Arts

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?…

Deneuve

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,…

The Florida Project never sanctifies or demonises and is absorbing throughout

November 11, 2017 9:00 am

The Florida Project is a drama set in one of those cheap American motels occupied by poor people who would…

Chances are you will wish you were dead: Blade Runner 2049 reviewed

October 7, 2017 9:00 am

Ridley Scott’s original Blade Runner first came out in cinemas 35 years ago, which I was going to say probably…

It gets us from A to B but doesn’t dazzle: Borg vs McEnroe reviewed

September 23, 2017 9:00 am

Borg vs McEnroe is a dramatised account of one of the greatest tennis rivalries of all time — between Bjorn…

Is Darren Aronofsky taking the piss? Mother! reviewed

September 16, 2017 9:00 am

The film-maker Darren Aronofsky says he wrote Mother! in five days as if in a ‘fever dream’ and, as a…

The genius of Stephen King

September 16, 2017 9:00 am

Stephen King, 69, has sold more than 350 million books, and tries not to apologise for being working-class, or imaginative,…

Cheaply mainstream and exploitative: Wind River reviewed

September 9, 2017 9:00 am

The starting point for Taylor Sheridan’s crime-thriller Wind River is explicitly stated at the end when the following words come…

Difficult and disturbing: Una reviewed

September 2, 2017 9:00 am

Una is a psychological drama about a woman who was abused by a man when she was 12, and who…