Cinema

Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant

Not a trip to the cinema you’ll bitterly resent – or hugely enjoy: Florence Foster Jenkins reviewed

7 May 2016 9:00 am

Before we turn our attention to Florence Foster Jenkins — but if you can’t wait, it’s so-so — I feel…

Captain America goes head to head with Iron Man (Photo: Marvel)

I swear this is the last Marvel film I see: Captain America reviewed

30 April 2016 9:00 am

Captain America: Civil War is the 897th instalment — or something like it — in the Marvel comic franchise. This…

Caption – Natalie Portman in Jane Got a Gun

Jane Got a Gun is about as feminist as my cat Daphne, who barely moves

23 April 2016 9:00 am

Jane Got a Gun is being sold as a rousing feminist Western although the truth is that it’s about as…

Mowgli the man-cub with Bagheera

You won’t care it’s been done before, because it’s never been done like this: Jungle Book reviewed

16 April 2016 9:00 am

This Jungle Book is Disney’s remake of its animated classic of 1967, as beloved by all generations thereafter. Warner Bros…

The outsiders: Kalieaswari Srinivasan (Yalini), Claudine Vinasithamby (Illayaal), Jesuthasan Antonythasan (Dheepan)

Quiet but potent film about the migrant experience: Dheepan reviewed

9 April 2016 9:00 am

The French master film-maker Jacques Audiard has never been anywhere near Hollywood plot school. His films contain gathering menace —…

Taron Egerton as Eddie 'the Eagle' Edwards with Hugh Jackman as Bronson Peary

Downton Abbey on skis: Eddie the Eagle reviewed

2 April 2016 9:00 am

I once forced some pals on a skiing holiday to spend an afternoon off the slopes watching Chalet Girl. Suffice…

The public prosecutor, Geetanjali Kulkarni, in ‘Court’

A devastating critique of the Indian justice system: Court reviewed

26 March 2016 9:00 am

The big hitter this week is, of course, Batman v Superman, but if you want to learn something new, and…

Tom Hiddleston living the high life

Incoherent and misogynistic: High-Rise reviewed

19 March 2016 9:00 am

High-Rise is Ben Wheatley’s adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel, and it is deeply unpleasant, if not deeply, deeply unpleasant. (Ideally,…

Mirror, mirror: Michael Stone, as voiced by David Thewlis

Anomalisa makes me wish all my sex was puppet sex

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Anomalisa is an animated film written by Charlie Kaufman, and while the temptation is to label it a midlife crisis…

The thighs have it: George Clooney (Baird Whitlock) at his goofiest and most short-skirted

Are the Coen Brothers taking us for a ride? Hail, Caesar! reviewed

5 March 2016 9:00 am

The latest film from the Coen brothers is a comedy set during the ‘golden age’ of Hollywood and in some…

Richard Gere in The Benefactor

What were they thinking? The Benefactor reviewed

27 February 2016 9:00 am

The Benefactor is both a bad film and a thoroughly inexplicable one. It’s one of those what-were-they-thinking projects that wastes…

Tim Roth in ‘Chronic’, a morality tale about the care industry

Cinema needs films like Chronic – just not a lot of them

20 February 2016 9:00 am

Scholarly filmgoers may recall a movement that sprouted from Danish soil called Dogme 95. It worked to a Spartan set…

Owen Wilson as Hansel, Ben Stiller as Derek Zoolander and Penélope Cruz as Valentina Valencia

What on earth was Ben Stiller thinking? Zoolander 2 reviewed

13 February 2016 9:00 am

‘I’m pretty sure there’s a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good-looking,’ said a pouty Derek Zoolander…

Dream team: the cast of ‘Dad’s Army’ 2016

Watch it backwards – and then don’t stay for long: Dad’s Army reviewed

6 February 2016 9:00 am

The TV sitcom Dad’s Army ran on the BBC from 1968 to 1977 (nine series, 80 episodes) with repeats still…

Left to right: Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Brian D’Arcy James, Michael Keaton and John Slattery

A worthy film that just doesn't fly: Spotlight reviewed

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Like The Revenant and The Big Short, Spotlight is yet another Oscar contender ‘based on true events’ — although it…

Ryan Gosling plays Jared Vennett in The Big Short

Fascinating, sexy, improbably compelling and scathingly funny: The Big Short reviewed

23 January 2016 9:00 am

The Big Short is a drama about the American financial collapse of 2008. It talks you through sub-prime mortgages, tranches,…

Leonardo DiCaprio as Hugo Glass

I admired it - but also desperately wanted it to end: The Revenant reviewed

16 January 2016 9:00 am

The Revenant is a survival-against-the-odds film that so puts Leonardo DiCaprio through it I bet he was thinking, ‘I wish…

Close encounters: Jacob Tremblay and Brie Larson in ‘Room’

Not as good as the book, but good enough: Room reviewed

9 January 2016 9:00 am

This is the week of The Hateful Eight, the latest Quentin Tarantino film, but Tarantino being Tarantino, there were no…

Eddie Redmayne as Lili Elbe in ‘The Danish Girl’

The Danish Girl is a film that is killed by good taste

2 January 2016 9:00 am

The Danish Girl is based on the true (if heavily revised and simplified) story of Lili Elbe, one of the…

Julia Garner and Lily Tomlin in ‘Grandma’

Grandma: a feminist comedy that punches magnificently above its weight

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Apologies if you were expecting a review of Star Wars here, but Disney is not allowing critics access prior to…

Towering will-o’-the-wisp: Agyness Deyn as Chris Guthrie

Sunset Song is close to masterly

5 December 2015 9:00 am

Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s Sunset Song is the best-remembered title of a short career. Born in 1901, he was dead by…

Stagey and mannered: Cate Blanchett as Carol

I wanted to beat it with a stick and cry, ‘Get on with it!’: Carol reviewed

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Carol is an easy film to admire — so beautiful to look at; entirely exquisite — but such a hard…

Adolf Hitler with Hans Frank in the background (Photo: Getty)

What’s it like to have a Nazi for a father?

21 November 2015 9:00 am

This is a documentary in which three men travel across Europe together, but they’re not pleasurably interrailing, even though there…

Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs

Was Steve Jobs really a genius?

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Steve Jobs is a film about a man in whom I have little interest, but for 120 minutes I was…

Saoirse Ronan as Eilis and Emory Cohen as Tony in ‘Brooklyn’

Traditional storytelling at its most exquisite: Brooklyn reviewed

7 November 2015 9:00 am

Brooklyn is a wee slip of a thing compared to the Bond film, Spectre, and cost $12 million, as opposed…