Cinema

Ginger Leigh Ryan in ‘All This Panic’

A jumped-up episode of Bergerac: Another Mother's Son reviewed

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Two films for you this week, one of which is surprisingly good and one of which does not surprise in…

Funny, lively and preposterous: Beauty and the Beast reviewed

18 March 2017 9:00 am

To cut to the chase, my ten-year-old daughter really liked Beauty and the Beast. And given you’re probably going to…

Perhaps I’m not ‘post-feminist’ enough to comprehend this ‘rape revenge comedy’: Elle reviewed

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Elle has been described as ‘a rape revenge comedy’, which seems unlikely, and also as ‘post-feminist’, which is likely as,…

All the Raj: Gurinder Chadha’s ‘Viceroy’s House’

A perfectly decent primer on the Partition of India: Viceroy’s House reviewed

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Gurinder Chadha’s modern comedies have fun with cultural divides. Girls kick footballs in Bend It Like Beckham. A gaggle of…

Carry on screaming: Nathalie Baye as Martine in ‘It’s Only the End of the World’

Xavier Dolan’s latest is (probably) a failure but you haven’t heard the last from him

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World is one of those angst-ridden dramas focusing on what is commonly…

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…