Film

New York: the fact – and fiction

December 6, 2018 1:49 pm

I’ve had a good time in the Bagel and am always reluctant to leave it, but nostalgia has its limits

Fantastic Beasts 2 is visually delicious, but where’s its sense of humor?

November 15, 2018 12:58 pm

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald reviewed

What does the commonplace cruelty of Red Dead Redemption say about our times?

November 15, 2018 12:45 pm

Every era has its western. Ours happens to be a game of such attritional violence that it will stop those not totally inured in their tracks

Bring back Kevin Spacey

November 1, 2018 5:44 pm

If Spacey is not tried, and therefore not convicted, he should return to acting

A succession of predigested clichés

October 25, 2018 11:21 am

Bohemian Rhapsody reviewed

‘Darmstadt taught me how to compose’: Ennio Morricone interviewed

October 25, 2018 11:09 am

The 91-year-old pop-cultural phenomenon is actually a major modernist composer hiding in plain sight

‘I should just shut up’: Dominic West on #MeToo and the perils of talking politics

October 18, 2018 10:54 am

Melissa Kite wishes the actor didn’t voice his Remainer views all the time – but he is fabulous opposite Keira Knightley in new film Colette

Lady Gaga is a revelation

October 4, 2018 6:30 am

A Star is Born reviewed

Sacha Baron Cohen isn’t funny – especially when he’s mocking the powerless

July 26, 2018 10:02 am

I am troubled by the misuse to which he puts his considerable acting skills, quick brain and undoubted ballsiness.

Cynical, one-dimensional and oddly colourless: Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom reviewed

June 7, 2018 12:34 pm

Back in the mists of prehistory, when I was eight, dinosaur films followed a set pattern. The dinosaurs themselves would…

Review: Godard Mon Amour

April 29, 2018 10:53 am

It is now fifty years since the événements of May 1968, when young Parisians lobbed onobble stones at the police,…

Plenty to wonder at – like who thought it was a good idea to make it: Wonderstruck reviewed

April 5, 2018 10:51 am

Wonderstruck is a film by Todd Haynes and you will certainly be struck by wonder, often. You will wonder at…

The subtly savage world of filmmaker Ruben Ostlund

March 15, 2018 11:57 am

There is a culty YouTube video shot three years ago on the laptop camera of Ruben Ostlund. It shows the…

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…