I, Tonya is not quite a gold-medal masterpiece

March 3, 2018 9:00 am

Films about the Winter Olympics don’t grow on conifers. Twenty-five years ago there was Cool Runnings about the Jamaican bobsleigh…

What Washington is really like

March 2, 2018 12:00 pm

A couple of months ago, I moved to the capital of the United States. I had one year of university…

Bruce on Broadway – and out of touch

February 27, 2018 1:53 pm

Bruce Springsteen promised that he was ‘Born To Run’, and now, like Judy Garland and Ethel Merman before him, he…

Coffee and cookies with Tonya Harding

February 26, 2018 8:08 pm

The film I, Tonya, has been well-received and is even up for an Oscar or two. I’m pleased about that…

All hail the free-thinking revolution

February 26, 2018 7:50 pm

In January, Channel 4’s Cathy Newman interviewed the Canadian academic Jordan Peterson. The channel broadcast a short version of the…

Children’s cinema is conservative – and brilliant

February 26, 2018 7:37 pm

The Oscars promise to be truly unbearable this year, with vomit-inducing levels of sanctimony followed by the usual gibberish from the…

A curious violence in America’s heart

February 22, 2018 4:30 pm

As a British woman, I love Americans’ kindness, generosity and energy but am often thrown by their exaggerated politeness and…

I liked Shape of Water well enough but Lady Bird is where it’s at

February 17, 2018 9:00 am

Lady Bird is a semi-autobiographical film written and directed by Greta Gerwig with a plot synopsis that need not detain…

Jonas Kaufmann

‘I was really, really scared’: Jonas Kaufmann opens up about his #MeToo moment

February 15, 2018 12:38 pm

‘Hi, it’s Jonas.’ When the great tenor rings from Vienna, I ask if there are any topics he wants me…

Where is Norman Mailer when you need him?

February 14, 2018 12:26 pm

There’s fear and loathing out there and a whole new moral climate with new rules

Obama’s drab portrait is a fitting metaphor for his presidency

February 12, 2018 5:30 pm

Has Barack Obama become a flower child? His new presidential portrait, which is over seven feet high, depicts him on…

Wonderfully fixating and wholly non-formulaic: Phantom Thread reviewed

February 3, 2018 9:00 am

Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread is a lush psychosexual drama starring Daniel Day-Lewis as a pampered, tyrannical, pernickety 1950s couturier…

Downsizing throws away its brilliant premise

January 27, 2018 9:00 am

Downsizing is a film with the most brilliant premise. What if, to save the planet, we were all made tiny?…


In praise of French women

January 23, 2018 11:53 pm

I spent the better part of two sunny days indoors writing about authenticity for a Greek magazine, a strange subject…

Hamilton: America 1776? Or Britain 2016?

January 23, 2018 3:08 pm

I know this because I saw it in New York two years ago, just before Britain’s EU referendum. And I was…

The secret, sordid lives of Met conductors

January 23, 2018 3:07 pm

I once knew a great conductor who claimed that he never boarded a plane to a new orchestra without a…

Andrew Roberts’s guide to Churchill on screen

January 23, 2018 3:04 pm

From Soviet propaganda and revisionist nonsense to Simon Ward and Gary Oldman: the best and worst Churchills on film and TV

You just can’t argue against Hanks and Streep: The Post reviewed

January 20, 2018 9:00 am

Steven Spielberg’s The Post, which dramatizes the Washington Post’s publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971, doesn’t exactly push at…

Three Billboards is a hoot and a blast, which I never thought I’d say about a rape movie

January 13, 2018 9:00 am

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri does, indeed, feature three billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri. They have been placed at the roadside…

Indulgent rather than stinging satire: Brad’s Status reviewed

January 6, 2018 9:00 am

Brad’s Status is a midlife crisis film starring Ben Stiller as a nearly 50-year-old man whose status anxiety is through…

Hamilton: America 1776? Or Britain 2016?

January 6, 2018 8:00 am

Hamilton is the most exciting American cultural export in decades. It’s now showing in London every to large, delighted audiences — and we Brits love…

If this is Aaron Sorkin’s riposte to those who criticise his portrayal of women, God help us

December 16, 2017 9:00 am

Molly’s Game marks the directorial debut of Hollywood’s most celebrated screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin, and is based on his adaptation of…

My favourite frum film of the year – thus far: Menashe reviewed

December 9, 2017 9:00 am

Menashe is a drama set amid Brooklyn’s ultra-orthodox Hasidic community. It is performed entirely in the Yiddish language. It is…

It will amply satisfy all your comeuppance needs: Battle of the Sexes reviewed

November 25, 2017 9:00 am

Battle of the Sexes recreates the famed, culture-changing 1973 tennis match between 55-year-old Bobby Riggs, a self-proclaimed chauvinist, and 29-year-old…

If Annette Bening isn’t Oscar-nominated, I’ll eat my hat and also yours

November 18, 2017 9:00 am

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool is plainly wonderful, and stars Annette Bening, who is plainly wonderful, as Gloria Grahame,…