Cinema

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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

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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

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Newman’s own

April 24, 2020 2:18 pm

A pink Cadillac in the Texas Panhandle

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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

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I’ve found the perfect family film (eventually)

January 9, 2020 10:59 am

Getting everyone to agree on a film to watch is always tricky in the Young household

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How could any woman fail to be won over by my new cinema room?

December 12, 2019 9:29 am

‘No, thanks,’ my wife said, ‘I prefer the television’

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Quentin Tarantino on how spaghetti westerns shaped modern cinema

May 30, 2019 7:52 am

‘The movie that made me consider filmmaking is Once Upon a Time in the West’

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Publish and be damned

May 19, 2019 11:20 am

Non-Fiction reviewed

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What I learned from Doris Day

May 14, 2019 9:53 am

We’re all Doris; standing around trying to figure out how relationships work

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Christmas at the cinema with Donald Trump

December 17, 2018 3:37 pm

‘We can say Merry Christmas again’ — and again, and again

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There’s something about Mary

December 13, 2018 2:56 pm

Mary Poppins Returns reviewed

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Hollywood loves a remake, but do we?

December 10, 2018 10:19 am

Once more, with feeling

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Mr Trump goes to the movies

September 27, 2018 6:35 pm

What might an evening at the flicks with the 45th President look like?

First Reformed is Taxi Driver for the age of Trump

May 26, 2018 2:00 pm

‘That was some weird shit,’ George W. Bush is said to have muttered after Donald Trump’s desolate inauguration speech of…

Hammer horror

March 8, 2018 9:00 am

You Were Never Really Here is a fourth feature from Lynne Ramsay (Ratcatcher, Morvern Callar, We Need to Talk About…

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…

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…

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?…

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…

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…