Cinema

Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden

Oliver Stone is far too certain that Snowden's a hero: Snowden reviewed

10 December 2016 9:00 am

If you were to see one film about American whistle-blower Edward Snowden — there is no law saying you have…

Greece is the word: Teyonah Parris as Lysistrata in ‘Chi-Raq’

A tragicomic lecture about deadly penis extensions: Chi-Raq reviewed

3 December 2016 9:00 am

The bizarro concept of a ‘President-elect Trump’ came to pass despite the wishes, clearly stated on the stump, of the…

Forbidden love: Rosamund Pike as Ruth Williams and David Oyelowo as Seretse Khama

Such courage, bravery and love – if only we could feel it: A United Kingdom reviewed

26 November 2016 9:00 am

A United Kingdom is based on the greatest love story you probably didn’t have a clue about. I know I…

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Bristles with sexual energy, emotional richness and, yes, indignation: Indignation reviewed

19 November 2016 9:00 am

Indignation is an adaptation of Philip Roth’s 2008 novel and amazingly, for an adaptation of a Philip Roth novel —…

Amy Adams as Louise Banks in ARRIVAL

A big film with a smaller, cleverer film trying to get out: Arrival reviewed

12 November 2016 9:00 am

Arrival is a big budget sci-fi film with a smaller, more pensive, cleverer film trying to get out, which has…

To the lighthouse: Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander in ‘The Light Between Oceans’

Suckers for manipulation, fill your boots: The Light Between Oceans reviewed

5 November 2016 9:00 am

The Light Between Oceans is one of those films that comes issued with a handy how-to-use manual. Shudder as hero…

Lo and behold

Herzog leaves us as anxious and uncertain as we are thrilled: Lo and Behold reviewed

29 October 2016 9:00 am

As a documentary-maker, Werner Herzog is a master of tone. His widely parodied voiceovers — breathy, raspy, ominous — are…

I, Daniel Blake

Loach at his most Loach – and most powerful: I, Daniel Blake reviewed

22 October 2016 9:00 am

I, Daniel Blake is a Ken Loach film about a Newcastle joiner who can’t work but faces a welfare bureaucracy…

Electric: Sasha Lane as Star in Andrea Arnold’s American Honey

Lyrical, arresting, atmospheric – but turn that music down! American Honey reviewed

15 October 2016 9:00 am

As a general rule, I would not wish to spend nearly three hours in a mini-van with young people who…

Emily Blunt in ‘The Girl on the Train’

No more interesting than watching your average buddleia: The Girl on the Train reviewed

8 October 2016 9:00 am

You will surely have seen the posters for The Girl on the Train with Emily Blunt staring from a train…

Goodfella: Matthew McConaughey as Newton Knight in ‘Free State of Jones’

No ambiguity, character development or psychological insight: Free State of Jones reviewed

1 October 2016 9:00 am

Free State of Jones is an American Civil War drama ‘inspired’ by the life of Newton Knight, who led an…

What’s eating them? Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine and Fisayo Akinade in ‘The Girl With All the Gifts’

Not a film for a zombie-sceptic like me: The Girl With All the Gifts reviewed

24 September 2016 9:00 am

I can’t say I care for zombies particularly or even understand them — OK, they’re the living dead, but what…

Born again: Emma Thompson and Renée Zellweger in ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’

Bridget Jones is back – but do we care?

17 September 2016 9:00 am

Bridget Jones’s Baby is the third outing for our heroine as played by Renée Zellweger, whose cosmetic work to face…

Luxury appeal: Parker Posey as Rad Taylor

Woody Allen’s Café Society is undoubtedly enjoyable – but is it any good?

3 September 2016 9:00 am

Woody Allen has made a film nearly every year in the four decades since the release of the award-winning Annie…

Almodóvar’s loving gaze: Emma Suárez as Julieta

Red hot: Almodóvar's Julieta reviewed

27 August 2016 9:00 am

Everything about Julieta feels totally Almodóvarian. It’s a family saga that smoothly blends tragedy and levity, with exquisite performances from…

Too much of a good thing? Ricky Gervais in ‘David Brent: Life on the Road’

Some comedies should never be resurrected – this is one of them: David Brent – Life on the Road reviewed

20 August 2016 9:00 am

I should probably nail my colours to the mast and state that The Office is possibly my favourite TV sitcom…

Keaton Nigel Cooke as Remi in ‘Wiener-Dog’

Love it or hate it, you will certainly never forget it: Wiener-Dog reviewed

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Todd Solondz’s Wiener-Dog is billed as a ‘dark comedy’ although it is far more dark than comic. If pressed to…

Brian Cox in The Carer

The Carer has one of the most jarring lines of all time

6 August 2016 9:00 am

The Carer is a Hungarian-British co-production about a cantankerous old thesp (Brian Cox) and the young Hungarian woman (Coco König)…

J.T. LeRoy (Photo: Getty)

Engrossing, educative and baffling: The JT LeRoy Story reviewed

30 July 2016 9:00 am

JT LeRoy was a teenage hustler who emerged from a childhood of abuse, drug addiction and homelessness to write about…

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An awkward alliance between Roald Dahl and Steven Spielberg: The BFG reviewed

23 July 2016 9:00 am

Nobody who witnessed it can have forgotten Mark Rylance summoning giants to his aid in Jerusalem. As Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron,…

Who ya gonna call? Melissa McCarthy (Abby), Kate McKinnon (Holtzmann), Kristin Wiig (Erin) and Leslie Jones (Patty) in ‘Ghostbusters’

The Ghostbusters women are great. Shame about their film, though

16 July 2016 9:00 am

From the moment this all-female reboot of Ghostbusters was announced, the fan-boy panic set in: where will it end? An…

Anthony Weiner campaigns in New York (Photo: Getty)

Why was it so hard for Anthony Weiner not to send dick pics? Weiner reviewed

9 July 2016 9:00 am

Anthony Weiner is the American politician who made a comeback after a sexting scandal and stood for New York mayor.…

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Notes on Blindness makes the profoundly uncinematic wonderfully cinematic

2 July 2016 9:00 am

Perhaps you have sometimes wondered: how would you even begin to make a film about going blind and being blind…

Pets

The six-year-old loved it – but they don't ever get the bigger picture: The Secret Life of Pets reviewed

25 June 2016 8:00 am

The Secret Life of Pets is the latest animation from Illumination Entertainment, which also brought us Minions and Despicable Me,…

Heart of the matter: Salma Hayek as the queen

A gorgeous fantasy – unless you're as pitifully literal as I am: Tale of Tales reviewed

18 June 2016 9:00 am

Matteo Garrone’s first English-language film is a baroque fantasy based on Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), the 17th-century collection of fairy…