Film

Domhnall Gleeson as Jim Farrell and Saoirse Ronan as Eilis in ‘Brooklyn’

Colm Toibin on priests, loss and the half-said thing

24 October 2015 9:00 am

Jenny McCartney talks to unstoppable literary force Colm Tóibín about loss, priests and half-said things

Electrifying: Marlon Brando as a young man

Self-pitying, despairing, often delusional: the real Marlon Brando

24 October 2015 9:00 am

Listen to Me Marlon is a documentary portrait of Marlon Brando that has him burbling into your ear for 102…

Riding high: Ben Foster as Lance Armstrong in 'The Program'

The Program could do with a good dose of performance-enhancing drugs

17 October 2015 8:00 am

The Program, as directed by Stephen Frears, is a biopic of Lance Armstrong, the American cyclist and ‘sporting hero’ who…

'Fire Woman', 2005, by Bill Viola

What is it about Bill Viola’s films that reduce grown-ups to tears?

17 October 2015 8:00 am

What is it about Bill Viola's films that reduce grown-ups to tears? William Cook dries his eyes and talks to the video artist about Zen, loss and nearly drowning

From top left: Lucian Freud, Rudolf Bing, Stefan Zweig, Walter Gropius, Rudolf Laban, Max Born, Kurt Schwitters, Friedrich Hayek, Fritz Busch, Frank Auerbach, Emeric Pressburger, Oskar Kokoschka

German refugees transformed British cultural life - but at a price

3 October 2015 9:00 am

German-speaking refugees dragged British culture into the 20th century. But that didn’t go down well in Stepney or Stevenage, says William Cook

Michael Fassbender: animal magnetism but no clue as to what oils Macbeth’s cogs

Horridly magnificent - but real problems occur when anyone opens their mouth: Macbeth reviewed

3 October 2015 9:00 am

Who goes to big-screen Shakespeare? Not theatre-goers much, and with reason. Apart from the odd corker by Kurosawa, arguably Olivier…

Margit Carstensen as Petra, downing gin and grovelling on her deep-pile carpet, in ‘The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant’

Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s films verge on the incomprehensible — but that doesn’t stop him being a genius

3 October 2015 8:00 am

London’s Goethe-Institut has a two-month season of films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder (whose 70th anniversary it’s celebrating), but only five…

Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in Manhattan

Woody Allen: a life of jazz, laughter, depression —and a few misdemeanours

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Woody Allen (born Allan Stewart Konigsberg), the prolific, Oscar-winning auteur, New Orleans-style jazz clarinettist, doyen of New York delicatessen society,…

Andrew Garfield in 99 Homes

It will tear your heart out: 99 Homes reviewed

26 September 2015 8:00 am

99 Homes is an American drama about house repossession. Bummer, you might think, but here is what you don’t yet…

Still from the documentary ‘Palio’: a medieval rite at once nonsensical and puerile, and yet profoundly alive and meaningful

Palio exposes the bribery and violence that lies at the heart of Siena’s lawless ritual

19 September 2015 8:00 am

Siena’s Palio is steeped in violence, bribery and corruption. But it matters to its people more than anything, says Jasper Rees

The ascent of man: Michael Kelly as Jon Krakauer

All about the climb (and little else): Everest reviewed

19 September 2015 8:00 am

‘Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side,’ sang Miley Cyrus. ‘It’s the climb.’ She’s not usually a musician to…

Sympathy for the devils: Reggie and Ronnie Kray in northeast London, 1964

I was Reggie Kray's penpal

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Harry Mount once idolised the Kray twins. He’s since seen the error of his ways

Tom Hardy as Ronnie Kray

Tom Hardy is dazzling — but the film isn’t: Legend reviewed

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Legend is a biopic of the Kray twins starring Tom Hardy as Reggie and Tom Hardy as Ronnie, so it’s…

The face of a film: Charlotte Rampling is hypnotic in ‘45 Years’

A film in which nothing happens — yet everything happens: 45 Years reviewed

29 August 2015 9:00 am

Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years stars Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay as a long married couple whose relationship is disturbed by…

Gemma Arterton as Gemma Bovery, the male sexual fantasy made flesh, and Fabrice Luchini as Joubert

Gemma Bovery does not work as a film in any way whatsoever

22 August 2015 9:00 am

Gemma Bovery is a modern-day refashioning of Gustave Flaubert’s literary masterpiece Madame Bovary, and while such refashionings can work well…

The eyes have it: Andy Warhol’s gift for second sight was preternatural

What I learned from reshooting the dullest film ever made

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Stephen Smith finally sees the point of Empire, one of the dullest films in cinema history

Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow get serious in Trainwreck

Trainwreck wastes Amy Schumer’s talents

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Trainwreck is a romcom as written and directed by Amy Schumer, the American comedy prodigy whose Comedy Central sketch show…

Joel Edgerton in The Gift

The plot has enough holes to file the Albert Hall: The Gift reviewed

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Were you ever not very nice at school? A bit of a tosspot to others, perhaps. Ever so slightly a…

You can’t keep your eyes off Iris

Fashion tips - and replacement hips - from a nonagenarian style icon: Iris reviewed

1 August 2015 9:00 am

Iris is a documentary portrait of Iris Apfel, the nonagenarian New York fashion icon. Nope, me neither, but that’s irrelevant,…

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The Legend of Barney Thomson reviewed: comedy is sought but, alas, never properly found

25 July 2015 9:00 am

The Legend of Barney Thomson is the directorial debut of actor Robert Carlyle, and it’s one of those black comedies…

John Waters: ‘I’m a good uncle — I’ll get you an abortion, I’ll get you out of jail, I’ll take you to rehab.’

John Waters interview: ‘We can’t make fun of Bruce Jenner?’

11 July 2015 9:00 am

No one does transgression like the filmmaker John Waters. Jasper Rees talks to him about political correctness, post-ops and pubes

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I honestly had no idea how rubbish The Choir would be

11 July 2015 9:00 am

If heartwarming, against-the-odds, triumph-over-adversity, wrong-side-of-the-tracks films float your boat and you are in no way demanding then The Choir is…

Amy Winehouse: ‘not a fake bone in her tiny body’

Masterly and heartbreaking: Amy reviewed

4 July 2015 9:00 am

Asif Kapadia’s documentary about Amy Winehouse, whom Tony Bennett describes as ‘one of the truest jazz singers that ever lived’,…

Imogen Poots and Owen Wilson

She's Funny That Way isn't funny at all

27 June 2015 9:00 am

The writer and director Peter Bogdanovich has made three of my favourite films of all time (The Last Picture Show,…

Women only: The Gift of Fire

Why is a festival of Israeli film fighting for censorship in London?

20 June 2015 9:00 am

The attempt to ban Jewish men from seeing ‘The Gift of Fire’ sets a very dangerous precedent