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kindergarten cop

Canceling Kindergarten Cop is a step too far

August 6, 2020 12:35 pm

This is nothing to do with the strength of activists, and everything to do with the cowardice of institutions

american pickle

Heavy-handed satire and schmaltz

August 6, 2020 12:54 am

An American Pickle reviewed

barbarians guerra

Guerra goes to war

August 2, 2020 11:04 am

After the waiting, the barbarians arrive

olivia de havilland

Olivia de Havilland’s Red Scare

July 28, 2020 9:26 am

She was not an anti-communist in spite of being a liberal, she was an anti-communist because she was a liberal

halle berry

Halle Berry and the death of acting

July 8, 2020 3:50 pm

The LGBT hit squad kills another role

Larry Elder appears in Uncle Tom trailer

Uncle Tom shows another side of the African American story

July 7, 2020 2:34 pm

Black America is hardly a monolith

patriot

Revolution then: The Patriot stands alone

June 29, 2020 8:22 am

Gibson achieves peace of mind by dismembering a redcoat with a hatchet

eurovision

Not nul points but it’s no Spinal Tap

June 25, 2020 1:14 pm

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga reviewed

bong joon-ho oscars

The Oscars and the triumph of Social Justice Realism

June 17, 2020 5:36 pm

Hollywood’s audiences don’t care about diversity in movies as much as people in Hollywood do

gone with the wind

Cotton, slaves and arrogance: the message of Gone with the Wind

June 16, 2020 1:29 pm

The film makes us love something that didn’t really exist

peter bogdanovich

The rise and fall of Peter Bogdanovich

June 14, 2020 5:23 pm

David Thomson talks to the director about Buster Keaton, Orson Welles and falling out of favor with Hollywood

corporations

Conservatives — corporations are not your friend

June 13, 2020 4:53 am

The right needs to unlearn its affinity for big capitalism

da 5 bloods

Messy but absolutely necessary

June 11, 2020 4:43 pm

Da 5 Bloods reviewed

We need black conservatism

June 10, 2020 5:51 am

We are living through an update of radical chic. Elite white liberals are apologizing for and even applauding the worst…

david copperfield

The similarity between Charles Dickens and Armando Iannucci

May 15, 2020 1:46 pm

The director's new work, The Personal History of David Copperfield, is certainly brave

vertigo

Why does anyone still praise Vertigo and its creepy, wonky plot?

May 14, 2020 5:31 pm

Hitchcock’s thriller is hailed as the greatest film of all time, but its plot is full of holes and it’s creepy, and not in a good way

george formby british

Did George Formby and Gracie Fields really help Britain out of the Depression?

May 14, 2020 3:13 pm

Cheer Up! British Musical Films, 1929-1945 by Adrian Wright reviewed

marjane satrapi

Difficult women

May 11, 2020 5:15 pm

Marjane Satrapi, the author-director of Persepolis, tells Sarah Ditum about her Marie Curie biopic, exile from Iran and fears for the future of democracy

scriptnotes

The importance of sadism in writing a great screenplay

April 30, 2020 7:39 pm

Incitement to child murder aside, Scriptnotes is pleasantly technical

peckinpah classic cinema

What can we learn about coronavirus from classic cinema?

April 29, 2020 4:06 pm

My Sam Peckinpah lockdown bender

graham greene

How Graham Greene earned The Spectator a place in cinematic history

April 24, 2020 3:21 pm

The 400 film reviews he wrote for the magazine are full of sparkling observation

hud

Newman’s own

April 24, 2020 2:18 pm

A pink Cadillac in the Texas Panhandle

future hollywood

The future will not follow any of the already imagined Hollywood movie scripts

April 18, 2020 5:55 pm

We desperately need new scripts, new stories that will provide a realistic, non-catastrophic sense of where we should be going

susan rosenberg

The bloody decade: think America’s divided now? Try the 1970s

April 12, 2020 11:12 am

In 1974 alone, there were 2,044 bombings in America, with 24 people killed