Cinema

A mess: Fantastic Beasts reviewed

17 November 2018 9:00 am

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the sequel to the Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find…

Carey Mulligan in 'Wildlife'. Photo: Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Exquisite and riveting: Wildlife reviewed

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Wildlife is an adaptation of the 1990 novel by Richard Ford about a family coming apart at the seams, and…

A large cast is mostly led by shouty men, who lead shouty meetings: Mike Leigh’s Peterloo

It's like being trapped in an episode of Poldark: Peterloo reviewed

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Mike Leigh’s Peterloo is one of those films where you keep waiting for it to get good, and waiting and…

Mercury rising: Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody

A succession of predigested clichés: Bohemian Rhapsody reviewed

27 October 2018 9:00 am

There is a moment in Bohemian Rhapsody when the screen swims with print. The reviews for Queen’s epic new single…

The only ones to come out of Dogman well are the dogs

Bleak, unflinching, oppressive, violent – and magical: Dogman reviewed

20 October 2018 9:00 am

Matteo Garrone’s Dogman, which is Italy’s entry for the foreign language Oscar next year, is bleak, unflinching, oppressive, masculine (very),…

Running on empty: Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong in First Man

What was Neil Armstrong like? A complete bore if First Man is anything to go by

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Damien Chazelle’s First Man is a biographical drama that follows Neil Armstrong in the decade leading up to the Apollo…

Bradley Cooper as Jack and Lady Gaga as Ally in A Star Is Born

Lady Gaga is a revelation: A Star is Born reviewed

6 October 2018 9:00 am

This version of A Star Is Born, starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, is the fourth iteration (Janet Gaynor and…

Face value: Glenn Close as Joan Castleman in The Wife showing how much can be expressed with the tremor of an eyelid

Glenn Close rescues this clumsy new adaptation: The Wife reviewed

29 September 2018 9:00 am

The Wife is an adaptation of the Meg Wolitzer novel (2003) and stars Glenn Close. Her performance is better than…

JR and Agnès Varda in Faces Places, a mesmerising meditation on lives lived

The invisible woman of French cinema: Faces Places reviewed

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Faces Places is a documentary directed by Agnès Varda in collaboration with JR, the famous Parisian photographer and muralist (although,…

Awkwafina, as Peik Lin Goh, brings some much-needed liveliness to Crazy Rich Asians

Just an average romcom – or am I being too old-trouty?: Crazy Rich Asians reviewed

15 September 2018 9:00 am

The cast and producer of Crazy Rich Asians were present at the screening I attended and said a few words…

The superb Annette Bening in an iffy new film adaptation of Chekhov's The Seagull

Annette Bening saves this from being a total waste of time: The Seagull reviewed

8 September 2018 9:00 am

This adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s play is handsomely mounted, as they say, and features a stellar cast (including Annette Bening,…

Aml Ameen as D in Idris Elba’s Yardie

Patchy and muddled: Yardie reviewed

1 September 2018 9:00 am

Yardie is Idris Elba’s first film as a director and what I have to say isn’t what I wanted to…

Emma Thompson as Fiona Maye in The Children Act

If you think you can't have too much Ian McEwan, then you are wrong

25 August 2018 9:00 am

The Children Act is the third Ian McEwan film adaptation in 18 months (after The Child in Time and On…

Still life: Iris Bry, Laura Smet and Natalie Baye in The Guardians

A captivating addition to the filmography of the first world war: The Guardians reviewed

18 August 2018 9:00 am

There are moments in The Guardians when you can imagine you’re in the wrong art form. Time stills, the frame…

For any politician spoiling for a fight over Ireland's border, Under the Tree is required viewing

11 August 2018 9:00 am

Every so often there’s a news story in which neighbours quarrel over rampaging leylandii. The police are summoned, the case…

It will save some marriages – or end others: The Escape reviewed

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Dominic Savage had an early start. In Barry Lyndon (1975), Stanley Kubrick’s sprawling take on Thackeray, he played a prepubescent…

Molly Wright as Alex in Apostasy

Fascinating, powerful and brilliantly done: Apostasy reviewed

28 July 2018 9:00 am

For many years I would chat genially with our local Jehovah, Stephen, who came door-to-door every few months or so,…

Dreary, familiar, empty watch – until Streep appears: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again reviewed

21 July 2018 9:00 am

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again aims to do what it says on the can. That is, be Mamma Mia,…

Ethan Hawke as the Revd Ernst Toller and Amanda Seyfried as Mary

Powerfully – grippingly – puzzling: First Reformed reviewed

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Paul Schrader’s First Reformed is slow, churchy, cerebral, bleak, difficult, tormented and puzzling, which is always a blow. So exhausting…

That sinking feeling: Rob Brydon (Eric) and his fellow asshats in Swimming with Men

Shamelessly derivative and, worse, asks us to root for asshats: Swimming with Men reviewed

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Swimming with Men is a British drama-comedy starring Rob Brydon as a disaffected middle-aged accountant who joins his local male…

Leave No Trace is inaction-packed – yet it pulls you in and keeps you pulled in

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Debra Granik, the writer-director who made quite a splash with Winter’s Bone (which launched the career of Jennifer Lawrence in…

Wilde at heart: Colin Morgan as Bosie and Rupert Everett as Oscar Wilde in The Happy Prince

The Happy Prince is a ravishingly sad film

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Hereditary is the horror film that has been described as a ‘ride of pure terror’ and likened to The Exorcist…

Women can now make dull formulaic franchise films too! Hurrah! Ocean’s 8 reviewed

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Ocean’s 8 is the all-female spin-off of the all-male Ocean’s trilogy and it’s a sop, with a third act that…

A betrayal – despite moments of spectacle that would have made John Martin gasp

Cynical, one-dimensional and oddly colourless: Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom reviewed

9 June 2018 9:00 am

Back in the mists of prehistory, when I was eight, dinosaur films followed a set pattern. The dinosaurs themselves would…

Louise Brooks is sensational in Pabst's silent classic Pandora's Box (Credit: BFI)

Ninety years old and still feels as fresh as a daisy: G.W. Pabst's Pandora's Box reviewed

2 June 2018 9:00 am

Two films this week, one that has stood the test of time, dazzlingly — it still feels as fresh as…