Film

Put a spell on you: Jamie Parker as Harry in ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’

Platitudes, banalities and plotlines that punch each other in the face: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child reviewed

6 August 2016 9:00 am

Consider it commercially. So powerful is the pull of the Potter franchise that the characters could simply re-enact the plot…

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…

Dark arts: William Friedkin working on ‘The Exorcist’, 1973

‘I never thought my films would find a large audience’: William Friedkin interviewed

9 July 2016 9:00 am

William Friedkin tells A.J. Goldmann how Star Wars stopped the Easy Rider generation of American film-makers in its tracks

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…

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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,…

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Absolutely Fabulous was too spiteful to be funny. It invited us to laugh at female failure

25 June 2016 8:00 am

Absolutely Fabulous, which is about to make its cinema debut, is a comedy about women being useless. I watched it…

Antonio Bolívar, left, as the older Karamakate in ‘Embrace of the Serpent’

Extraordinary, audacious cinema – and butt cheeks: Embrace of the Serpent reviewed

11 June 2016 9:00 am

Every now and then, with great infrequency (alas), a film comes along that is like no other and completely knocks…

Isabelle Huppert, c.1980, New York City

Three hours of vomit, fellatio and menstruation: Isabelle Huppert on Phaedra(s)

4 June 2016 9:00 am

A blushing James Woodall is riveted by Isabelle Huppert’s performance in Phaedra(s)

A side order of extra Marmite comes in the considerable silhouette of Russell Crowe as Jackson Healy

Russell Crowe knows how to wear a pair of inverted commas: The Nice Guys reviewed

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Regular filmgoers must be losing count of the Rabelaisian revelries they’ve been invited to of late. You may recognise the…

'Spectre' German Premiere In Berlin

It’s time to kill James Bond

28 May 2016 9:00 am

After six decades, it’s time we were done with 007

Portrait of a Lady: Chloë Sevigny as Alicia Johnson and Kate Beckinsale as Lady Susan in ‘Love & Friendship’

Why Deborah Ross wants to punch G.K. Chesterton in the head

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Love & Friendship is based on the little-known Jane Austen epistolary novella, Lady Susan, which was not published until after…

Closing Ceremony - Red Carpet Arrivals - The 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Cannes, exclusive? I’ve met classier crowds in brothels

28 May 2016 9:00 am

New York Let’s face it, sleaze is to professional party-givers what jail is to a burglar, an occupational hazard. I’ve…

Hound of love: Lolabelle gets old and Lolabelle goes blind and keyboards are laid out on the floor so that she can bash them with her paws, and enjoy the sounds

Weird, wise, thought-provoking and hypnotic: Heart of a Dog reviewed

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Heart of a Dog is a film by Laurie Anderson and it’s a meditative, free-associating rumination on life, loss, love…

Blake Jenner as Jake and Zoey Deutch as Beverly in ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’

I’m sure women spoke in 1980: Everybody Wants Some!! reviewed

14 May 2016 9:00 am

Everybody Wants Some!! is a comedy written and directed by Richard Linklater, which is the good news, but it’s set…

Florence Foster Jenkins entertains at home

When opera singers can’t sing

7 May 2016 9:00 am

Were Florence Foster Jenkins and her fellow culprits touchingly heroic, cynically fraudulent or just plain bonkers? Rupert Christiansen reports

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…

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With the release of Oculus Rift, cinema will never be the same again

2 April 2016 9:00 am

With the release of Oculus Rift – virtual reality you can buy from a shop – cinema will never be the same again, says Peter Hoskin

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…