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April 12, 2024 61 mins
This week, Kirsten Dunst and Alex Garland sit down to chat with Simon about their new film ‘Civil War’, which sees Dunst star as a photojournalist travelling with her team across a dystopian United States, engulfed by a second civil war, in a bid to interview and photograph the president. Mark also gives his take on the film, as well as reviewing ‘The Teachers’ Lounge’, a drama in which a teacher decides to step in when one of her students is suspected of theft, finding herself caught between her ideals and the school system in the process; and ‘The First Omen’, which sees a young American nun start to question her own faith when she uncovers a terrifying conspiracy to bring about the birth of evil incarnate in Rome. The big review of the week is ‘Back to Black’, a musical biopic about singer Amy Winehouse’s tumultuous relationship with Blake Fielder-Civil inspires her to write and record the groundbreaking album ‘Back to Black’. Timecodes (relevant only for the Vanguard - who are also ad-free!): The Teachers’ Lounge – 6:58 Box Office Top Ten – 10:55 The First Omen – 13:16 Kirsten Dunst & Alex Garland Interview – 25:32 Civil War Review – 37:45 Back to Black Review – 46:11 You can contact the show by emailing or you can find us on social media, @KermodeandMayo EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal ➼ Try it risk-free now with a 30-day money-back guarantee! A Sony Music Entertainment production. Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at and follow us @sonypodcasts To advertise on this show contact: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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