Cinema

Why has this folk artist’s disability been prettified for the big screen?

5 August 2017 9:00 am

Maudie is a biopic of the folk artist Maud Lewis (1903–70) who is, apparently, beloved in Canada, and while Sally…

Too long, iffy end and at times racist: The Big Sick reviewed

29 July 2017 9:00 am

The Big Sick is a rom-com that’s smarter than most rom-coms, which isn’t saying much, admittedly. It stars a Muslim…

However brave it is, Dunkirk lacks an emotional core

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk has already been described as ‘a masterpiece’ and ‘a glorious, breathtakingly vivid triumph’, but we need to…

Ladies first: Nicole Kidman as Miss Martha in Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled

A pulpy, misogynistic B-movie refashioned into an explosive feminist revenge drama: The Beguiled reviewed

15 July 2017 9:00 am

Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled is set during the American Civil War and is about a wounded Union solider, Corporal John…

If you go down to the woods: Kelvin Harrison Jnr as Travis in It Comes at Night

How can anyone can say It Comes at Night isn’t full of the usual horror clichés

8 July 2017 9:00 am

It Comes at Night is a horror film and I can’t say horror is my favourite genre. In fact, as…

Cut to the chase: Ansel Elgort as Baby in Baby Driver

The blaring pop music does not make Baby Driver good

1 July 2017 9:00 am

Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver is an action, heist, car-chase film that is said to reinvent the action, heist, car-chase film.…

Diane Keaton as Emily and Brendon Gleeson as Donald in Hampstead

This ‘love letter’ to Hampstead should have been scrunched up and thrown in the bin

24 June 2017 9:00 am

Oh, Hampstead, what did you do to deserve Hampstead? Bet you wish the film-makers had pressed on down Fitzjohn’s Avenue…

Well-acted, badly written and poorly directed: Churchill reviewed

17 June 2017 9:00 am

The star of this film is the music, composed by Lorne Balfe. I really liked it, which was just as…

Insufficiently dark, twisted or tense – but the bonnets are lovely: My Cousin Rachel reviewed

10 June 2017 9:00 am

My Cousin Rachel is an adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s mystery-romance and, even though it stars the forever wonderful Rachel…

A ragbag of pointless subplots: Geoffrey Rush and Javier Bardem in Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge

The new Pirates of the Caribbean is so insultingly lazy it’s a wonder anyone puts up with it

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Oh, Pirates of the Caribbean, I have given you every chance down the years. Every chance. I am always hopeful.…

You will lose the will to live: Snatched reviewed

20 May 2017 9:00 am

We love Amy Schumer. Fact. And we love Goldie Hawn. Fact. But can we love Snatched? Not so much, if…

The prodigal daughter: Ellie Kendrick as Clover in The Levelling

A painterly exercise in grim atmospherics: The Levelling reviewed

13 May 2017 9:00 am

There are bigger entities landing at your local multiplex this week. An ancient indestructible franchise is re-re-(re-)booted in Alien: Covenant.…

Sweet and sour: Michelle Holmes (Sue, centre) and Siobhan Finneran (Rita, centre right) in ‘Rita, Sue and Bob Too’

Thirty years on, Rita, Sue and Bob Too remains one of Britain's greatest films

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Hilary Mantel called the film ‘remorselessly indecent’, but William Cook fell head over heels in love with Rita, Sue and Bob Too

Plain terrific: Florence Pugh as Katherine in ‘Lady Macbeth’

Plain terrific: Lady Macbeth reviewed

29 April 2017 9:00 am

Lady Macbeth, which has nothing to do with boring old Shakespeare beyond indicating a certain archetype (huge sighs of relief…

Lily Collins as Marla in ‘Rules Don’t Apply’

All dressed up, nowhere to go: Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply reviewed

22 April 2017 9:00 am

Rules Don’t Apply is Warren Beatty’s first film appearance in 15 years and his first as writer, director, producer and…

We love, love, love her: Charlotte Rampling as Veronica in ‘The Sense of an Ending’

The ending of The Sense of an Ending makes no sense

15 April 2017 8:00 am

The Sense of an Ending is an adaptation of Julian Barnes’s 2011 Man Booker prize-winning novel starring Jim Broadbent (we…

Cynthia Nixon is terrific as Emily Dickinson: A Quiet Passion reviewed

8 April 2017 9:00 am

Films can be poetry — or like poetry; or poetic, at least — but can poetry ever be film? That…

Dialogue so ham-fisted it makes you die inside: Ghost in the Shell reviewed

1 April 2017 9:00 am

Ghost in the Shell is the Hollywood live-action remake of the 1995 Japanese anime of the same name and it’s…

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…