Cinema

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…

I desperately wanted to love Edie but I couldn’t

26 May 2018 9:00 am

Edie tells the story of an 84-year-old woman who wants to fulfil a girlhood ambition by climbing a Scottish mountain.…

Wonder woman: Saoirse Ronan is miraculous as Florence in On Chesil Beach

Whoever signed off on the ending deserves a good thrashing: On Chesil Beach reviewed

19 May 2018 9:00 am

But it’s surefooted mostly and always watchable and Ronan Saoirse is a wonder

One angry mother: Nicole Kidman as Queen Boadicea in How to Talk to Girls at Parties

Convoluted, woeful mishmash with no central story: How to Talk to Girls at Parties reviewed

12 May 2018 9:00 am

How to Talk to Girls at Parties is set in the 1970s and has punk as the backdrop and an…

Lean on Pete is a beauty

5 May 2018 9:00 am

Andrew Haigh makes inaction films. Weekend (2011) tells of two young homosexuals getting to know each other in Nottingham. In…

Jessie Buckley is mesmerising in 'Beast' – review

28 April 2018 9:00 am

When I first read that Beast is a serial-killer thriller my heart sank like a stone — yet more women…

Male order: Juliette Binoche as Isabelle in Let the Sunshine In

Maxine Peake is blistering in Funny Cow

21 April 2018 9:00 am

Two films about women this week. One, Funny Cow, is about a woman who daringly takes on men at their…

My knuckles went pure white and have yet to return to full colour: Custody reviewed

14 April 2018 9:00 am

Custody is both social realism and a thriller and it’s terrific. It is smart, beautifully acted, never crass about the…

Oakes Fegley as Ben and Julianne Moore as Lillian Mayhew in Wonderstruck

Plenty to wonder at – like who thought it was a good idea to make it: Wonderstruck reviewed

7 April 2018 9:00 am

Wonderstruck is a film by Todd Haynes and you will certainly be struck by wonder, often. You will wonder at…

It was good but I preferred slurping my genitals: Monty the dog reviews Isle of Dogs

31 March 2018 9:00 am

The latest film from Wes Anderson is a doggy animation set in a fantasy Japan and as there was a…

Unsensitive, Unhumane and Uncredible: Unsane reviewed

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Steven Soderbergh’s latest film, Unsane, is a psychological thriller about a woman who is incarcerated in a psychiatric hospital even…

A belt would have worked wonders: Rooney Mara as Mary Magdalene

The Bishop of Wherever won't have a fit – assuming he stays awake: Mary Magdalene reviewed

17 March 2018 9:00 am

This biopic of Mary Magdalene is a feminist retelling that may well be deserved but it’s so dreary and unremarkable…

You Were Never Really There has Tarantino's sadism but none of his narrative invention

10 March 2018 9:00 am

You Were Never Really Here is a fourth feature from Lynne Ramsay (Ratcatcher, Morvern Callar, We Need to Talk About…

The big chill: Allison Janney as LaVona Golden

I, Tonya is not quite a gold-medal masterpiece

3 March 2018 9:00 am

Films about the Winter Olympics don’t grow on conifers. Twenty-five years ago there was Cool Runnings about the Jamaican bobsleigh…

Heavy-going and heavy-handed: Dark River reviewed

24 February 2018 9:00 am

Dark River is the much-anticipated third feature from British writer/director Clio Barnard and it is one of those bleak, rural-…

Girls having mums. That’s where it’s at: Saoirse Ronan as Lady Bird and Laurie Metcalf as Marion

I liked Shape of Water well enough but Lady Bird is where it’s at

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Lady Bird is a semi-autobiographical film written and directed by Greta Gerwig with a plot synopsis that need not detain…

Devastating but also more involving than you’d ever think possible: Loveless reviewed

10 February 2018 9:00 am

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless is, indeed, devastatingly loveless, as well as devastatingly pitiless, which does not sound hopeful. Yet it is…

Dressed to thrill: Vicky Krieps as Alma in Phantom Thread

Wonderfully fixating and wholly non-formulaic: Phantom Thread reviewed

3 February 2018 9:00 am

Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread is a lush psychosexual drama starring Daniel Day-Lewis as a pampered, tyrannical, pernickety 1950s couturier…