Cinema

Alex R. Hibbert and Mahershala Ali in ‘Moonlight’

Forget La La Land. Moonlight is the film that deserves every award going

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Moonlight is, in fact, a traditional story about identity, and finding out who you are, but it has rarely been…

Relative values: Annette Bening and Lucas Jade Zumann in ‘20th Century Women’

Annette Bening deserves thousands of Oscars: 20th Century Women reviewed

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Unlike with buses, you wait ages and ages for one fabulous film as framed by the older female perspective to…

Rags to riches to rags to riches to rags to riches (or rags): Gold reviewed

4 February 2017 9:00 am

‘All that glisters is not gold,’ wrote Shakespeare (The Merchant of Venice), and you have to hand it to the…

Take two: Ewan McGregor (Renton) and Ewen Bremner (Spud) in ‘T2 Trainspotting’

I take no pleasure in saying it but the Trainspotting sequel is tragically tired

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Danny Boyle introduced T2 Trainspotting at the screening I attended and said that, throughout filming, he’d seen the cast looking…

We see what she is but never why: Natalie Portman as Jackie Onassis

We see what she is but never why: Jackie reviewed

21 January 2017 9:00 am

Let’s be clear: Jackie is a better performance than it is a film, although I suspect the performance will carry…

Let’s dance: Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in ‘La La Land’

Even with caveats it is still more wonderful than almost anything else: La La Land reviewed

14 January 2017 9:00 am

You will have registered the buzz surrounding La La Land and clocked its seven Golden Globe wins and 11 Bafta…

Say a little prayer: Liam Neeson as Father Ferreira in ‘Silence’

So long and repetitive, I had a nap: Silence reviewed

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Silence is Martin Scorsese’s film about Jesuit priests in 17th-century Japan whose faith is sorely tested, just as your patience…

Yew and me: Lewis MacDougall, as Conor, and the tree monster

All bark and no bite: A Monster Calls reviewed

31 December 2016 9:00 am

A Monster Calls is a fantasy drama about a young boy whose life is crap, basically. His mother is sick.…

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…

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 —…

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…

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…

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…