Cinema

Extremely predictable and extremely dull: Downton Abbey reviewed

14 September 2019 9:00 am

The much-anticipated film version of Downton Abbey has arrived and I suppose you could describe it as the Avengers Assemble…

Is this film saying relationships between teachers and kids are OK? Scarborough reviewed

7 September 2019 9:00 am

Scarborough is a small British film but it will give you a very big headache. Its subject is teachers who…

Sensational: Honor Swinton Byrne as Julie and Tom Burke as Anthony

Sensational: The Souvenir reviewed

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Joanna Hogg’s films are the antithesis of popcorn entertainment so if it’s not the antithesis of popcorn entertainment that you…

Back together again: Antonio Banderas as Salvador Mallo and Asier Etxeandia as Alberto

Unlike the Tarantino, this has humanity, sympathy and generosity: Pain and Glory reviewed

24 August 2019 9:00 am

Pedro Almodovar can sometimes be overly flamboyant if not out-and-out nuts — let us never talk about I’m So Excited!…

Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate in Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

DiCaprio and Pitt are transfixing: Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood reviewed

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is a sprawling tale set in Hollywood in 1969, against…

Sweet but formulaic: Blinded by Light reviewed

10 August 2019 9:00 am

Once upon a time two men sat in a New York bar lamenting the state of Broadway. So they decided…

Grandma (Farrukh Jaffar) and grandson (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) in Photograph by Ritesh Batra

So sloooooooow: Photograph reviewed

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Ritesh Batra had a smash hit with his gentle romance The Lunchbox (2013) and then made a couple of less…

Young love: Ihlen and Cohen in the 1960s

Uncomfortable and distasteful: Marianne & Leonard reviewed

27 July 2019 9:00 am

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love is Nick Broomfield’s documentary chronicling the muse-artist relationship between Marianne Ihlen and Leonard Cohen.…

Animal magnetism: you’ll want to reach into the screen, pluck Simba out and take him on to your lap for a cuddle

Completely and utterly and entirely blown away: The Lion King reviewed

20 July 2019 9:00 am

The Lion King is Disney’s photorealistic CGI remake of the beloved, hand-drawn 1994 original that, for many children, offered a…

Steve Bannon will be thrilled by The Brink

13 July 2019 9:00 am

The Brink is Alison Klayman’s documentary portrait of Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s former chief strategist (he shaped the ‘America First’…

A good horror film for those who don't like horror films: Midsommar reviewed

6 July 2019 9:00 am

Midsommar is the latest horror film from Ari Aster, who made Hereditary, which starred Toni Collette and was a sensation.…

Himesh Patel as Jack in Yesterday

Funny moments swamped by an intolerable romance: Yesterday reviewed

29 June 2019 9:00 am

Yesterday is the latest comedy (with sad bits) from Richard Curtis, directed by Danny Boyle, about an unsuccessful singer-songwriter, Jack,…

You’ve got a friend in me: Woody and Forky getting acquainted in Toy Story 4

Still reliably fab: Toy Story 4 reviewed

22 June 2019 9:00 am

Nearly 25 years on from its immaculate birth, Toy Story — like Wagner’s Ring, like John Updike’s Rabbit novels —…

Ball boy: Maradona and his parents

Gripping and heartbreaking but I wanted to know more: Diego Maradona reviewed

15 June 2019 9:00 am

Diego Maradona, Asif Kapadia’s take on the poor boy from the slums of Buenos Aires who became a footballing god,…

Entitled white men won't like it – which is why I did: Late Night reviewed

8 June 2019 9:00 am

Late Night is a comedy starring Emma Thompson as a chat-show host in America whose ratings are in decline and…

Good hats – shame about the film: Sunset reviewed

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Sunset is French-Hungarian writer-director Laszlo Nemes’s follow-up to his astonishing Oscar-winning debut, Son of Saul. This time round the film…

Sublime: Taron Egerton as Elton John in Rocketman

Rocketman is cheesy and clichéd – and all the better for it

25 May 2019 9:00 am

There have been claims that Rocketman, the biopic of Elton John, is ‘cheesy’ and ‘clichéd’, but, in truth, you do…

The tropes of noir and the spaghetti western are passed through a magical prism: a scene from Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego’s Birds of Passage

Startlingly fresh and jaggedly strange: Birds of Passage reviewed

18 May 2019 9:00 am

You don’t come across too many films from Colombia, but every few years one wriggles its way through the festival…

Mighty resurrection: Aretha Franklin in Amazing Grace

A mighty resurrection: Amazing Grace reviewed

11 May 2019 9:00 am

Each December in Washington DC, the Kennedy Center Honors anoints five performing artists who have contributed to American life. In…

Can Deborah Ross finish her Tolkien review before it fades from memory?

4 May 2019 9:00 am

Tolkien is a biopic covering the early life of J.R.R. Tolkien (Nicholas Hoult) and it is not especially memorable. I’m…

Any scene she isn’t in pretty much dies on its arse: Julianne Moore in Bel Canto

Not nearly as good as the book: Bel Canto reviewed

27 April 2019 9:00 am

Bel Canto is an adaptation of the Ann Patchett novel first published in 2001, which I remembered as being brilliant…

Manspreading, The Movie: Loro reviewed

20 April 2019 9:00 am

Fans of Paolo Sorrentino’s Il Divo, The Great Beauty (which won an Oscar) and his HBO series, The Young Pope,…

With each song Jessie Buckley practically burns a hole in the screen

Jessie Buckley’s performance burns a hole in the screen: Wild Rose reviewed

13 April 2019 9:00 am

Jessie Buckley is the actress who, you may remember, was ‘phenomenal’ in Beast — I am quoting myself here so…

The innocent: Adriano Tardiolo as Lazzaro

Intriguing and beguiling but God knows what it adds up to: Happy as Lazzaro reviewed

6 April 2019 9:00 am

Alice Rohrwacher’s Happy as Lazzaro sets out as a neorealist tale of exploited sharecroppers, but midway through the story it…

When I see an elephant fly: a scene from Tim Burton’s Dumbo

Clumsy, long and lacking circus thrills: Tim Burton’s Dumbo reviewed

30 March 2019 9:00 am

Dumbo is an elephant we can’t forget. More than 70 years since Disney’s 1941 film, the big-eared baby is still…