Cinema

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…

Rags to riches to rags to riches to rags to riches (or rags): Gold reviewed

4 February 2017 9:00 am

‘All that glisters is not gold,’ wrote Shakespeare (The Merchant of Venice), and you have to hand it to the…

Take two: Ewan McGregor (Renton) and Ewen Bremner (Spud) in ‘T2 Trainspotting’

I take no pleasure in saying it but the Trainspotting sequel is tragically tired

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Danny Boyle introduced T2 Trainspotting at the screening I attended and said that, throughout filming, he’d seen the cast looking…

We see what she is but never why: Natalie Portman as Jackie Onassis

We see what she is but never why: Jackie reviewed

21 January 2017 9:00 am

Let’s be clear: Jackie is a better performance than it is a film, although I suspect the performance will carry…

Let’s dance: Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in ‘La La Land’

Even with caveats it is still more wonderful than almost anything else: La La Land reviewed

14 January 2017 9:00 am

You will have registered the buzz surrounding La La Land and clocked its seven Golden Globe wins and 11 Bafta…

Say a little prayer: Liam Neeson as Father Ferreira in ‘Silence’

So long and repetitive, I had a nap: Silence reviewed

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Silence is Martin Scorsese’s film about Jesuit priests in 17th-century Japan whose faith is sorely tested, just as your patience…

Yew and me: Lewis MacDougall, as Conor, and the tree monster

All bark and no bite: A Monster Calls reviewed

31 December 2016 9:00 am

A Monster Calls is a fantasy drama about a young boy whose life is crap, basically. His mother is sick.…