Cinema

Have they got news for you: Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee and Meryl Streep as Katharine Graham in The Post

You just can’t argue against Hanks and Streep: The Post reviewed

20 January 2018 9:00 am

Steven Spielberg’s The Post, which dramatizes the Washington Post’s publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971, doesn’t exactly push at…

Fighting talk: Frances McDormand as Mildred Hayes in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Three Billboards is a hoot and a blast, which I never thought I’d say about a rape movie

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri does, indeed, feature three billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri. They have been placed at the roadside…

Indulgent rather than stinging satire: Brad’s Status reviewed

6 January 2018 9:00 am

Brad’s Status is a midlife crisis film starring Ben Stiller as a nearly 50-year-old man whose status anxiety is through…

Bang her up! Jessica Chastain as Molly Bloom in Aaron Sorkin’s Molly’s Game

If this is Aaron Sorkin’s riposte to those who criticise his portrayal of women, God help us

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Molly’s Game marks the directorial debut of Hollywood’s most celebrated screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin, and is based on his adaptation of…

About a boy: Ruben Niborski as Rievan in Menashe

My favourite frum film of the year – thus far: Menashe reviewed

9 December 2017 9:00 am

Menashe is a drama set amid Brooklyn’s ultra-orthodox Hasidic community. It is performed entirely in the Yiddish language. It is…

Unhappy families: Fantine Harduin, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Isabelle Huppert, Laura Verlinden and Toby Jones in Happy End

The heart is left unstirred by Haneke’s morose critique of a fractured society: Happy End reviewed

2 December 2017 9:00 am

The films of Michael Haneke wear a long face. Psychological terror, domestic horror, sick sex, genital self-harm — these are…

Mix and match: Emma Stone as Billie Jean King and Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs in Battle of the Sexes

It will amply satisfy all your comeuppance needs: Battle of the Sexes reviewed

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Battle of the Sexes recreates the famed, culture-changing 1973 tennis match between 55-year-old Bobby Riggs, a self-proclaimed chauvinist, and 29-year-old…

If Annette Bening isn't Oscar-nominated, I'll eat my hat and also yours

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool is plainly wonderful, and stars Annette Bening, who is plainly wonderful, as Gloria Grahame,…

The Florida Project never sanctifies or demonises and is absorbing throughout

11 November 2017 9:00 am

The Florida Project is a drama set in one of those cheap American motels occupied by poor people who would…

Hideously watchable: Nicole Kidman as ophthalmologist Anna and Colin Farrell as surgeon Steven

Hideously watchable: Killing of a Sacred Deer reviewed

4 November 2017 9:00 am

You know where you aren’t with director Yorgos Lanthimos. The Greek allegorist creates parallel worlds which superficially resemble our own.…

Still scary: Grace Jones in Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

Who was Grace Jones? You’ll be none the wiser after this documentary about her

28 October 2017 9:00 am

In the first scene of this distinctly odd documentary, Grace Jones meets a group of fans, who squeal with delight…

Steve Buscemi (Khrushchev), Michael Palin (Molotov) and Paul Whitehouse (Mikoyan) in The Death of Stalin

Not quite as funny as I’d hoped: Death of Stalin reviewed

21 October 2017 9:00 am

Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin is nearly two hours of men in bad suits bickering, but if you have…

Guess who’s coming to dinner: Timothy Spall (Bill), Cillian Murphy (Tom), Emily Mortimer (Jinny) and Patricia Clarkson (April) in Sally Potter’s The Party

Half the length of Blade Runner 2049 and 676 times as entertaining: The Party reviewed

14 October 2017 9:00 am

Sally Potter’s The Party, which unfolds in real time during a politician’s soirée to celebrate her promotion, is just 71…

Ryan Gosling as K and Sylvia Hoeks as Wallace’s sidekick Luv in Blade Runner 2049

Chances are you will wish you were dead: Blade Runner 2049 reviewed

7 October 2017 9:00 am

Ridley Scott’s original Blade Runner first came out in cinemas 35 years ago, which I was going to say probably…

Goodbye Christopher Robin will give your child PTSD

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Scriptwriters love to feast on the lives of children’s authors. The themes tend not to vary: they may have brought…

The rivals: Shia LaBeouf as John McEnroe and Sverrir Gudnason as Bjorn Borg in Borg vs McEnroe

It gets us from A to B but doesn’t dazzle: Borg vs McEnroe reviewed

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Borg vs McEnroe is a dramatised account of one of the greatest tennis rivalries of all time — between Bjorn…

Mad house: Jennifer Lawrence as Mother

Is Darren Aronofsky taking the piss? Mother! reviewed

16 September 2017 9:00 am

The film-maker Darren Aronofsky says he wrote Mother! in five days as if in a ‘fever dream’ and, as a…

Cheaply mainstream and exploitative: Wind River reviewed

9 September 2017 9:00 am

The starting point for Taylor Sheridan’s crime-thriller Wind River is explicitly stated at the end when the following words come…

Girl, interrupted: Rooney Mara as Una

Difficult and disturbing: Una reviewed

2 September 2017 9:00 am

Una is a psychological drama about a woman who was abused by a man when she was 12, and who…

Going platinum: Daniel Craig as Joe Bang in Logan Lucky

You have to suspend not just disbelief but also cognitive faculties: Logan Lucky reviewed

26 August 2017 9:00 am

Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky is a heist caper that, to be fair, does what it says on the can. There…

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…