Cinema

Booze and pews

14 April 2012 11:45 am

Home cinema equipment isn’t only for the home; in fact, home may not be the best place for it. If…

Twilight zone

7 April 2012 12:00 pm

I’m not sure that everything wrong with the world can be blamed on Twilight — but most of it can.…

Defying logic

31 March 2012 12:00 pm

Switch is a French action thriller starring that lumbering wooden legend of French cinema, Eric Cantona, and it’s awful, but…

Bad habits

31 March 2012 11:00 am

When the late Ken Russell published his autobiography in 1989, he called it A British Picture. That title could just…

Man and boy

24 March 2012 1:00 pm

Totally unexpectedly, as I don’t like Brit gangster films particularly — so many sociopaths, so little time — I loved,…

Redeeming creatures

17 March 2012 12:00 pm

We Bought a Zoo — in which a family buys a zoo — does what it says on the tin…

Running on empty

10 March 2012 12:00 pm

Bel Ami is based on Guy de Maupassant’s 1895 novel of the same name about a young man who sleeps…

People like us

3 March 2012 11:00 am

This week A Separation, Asghar Farhadi’s deceptively simple domestic drama, added the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film to its…

Going nowhere

3 March 2012 11:00 am

The first and perhaps only thing to really say about Hunky Dory is that it is anything but. It is…

Golden oldies

25 February 2012 11:00 am

A young Indian entrepreneur, Sonny (Dev Patel), has a brilliant idea: to open a hotel that caters for the ‘elderly…

Terribly long & awfully sentimental

18 February 2012 12:00 pm

Unless I am Extremely Dim & Incredibly Thick, which is always a possibility — you think I don’t know? I…

Loves, hates and unfulfilled desires

18 February 2012 10:00 am

Montaigne, who more or less invented the discursive essay, had a method which was highly unmethodical: ‘All arguments are alike…

It’s not easy being green

11 February 2012 11:00 am

The Muppet Show was my favourite TV programme when I was growing up, but this film, the first in over…

The parent trap

4 February 2012 11:00 am

Carnage is Roman Polanski’s adaptation of Yasmina Reza’s hit stage play The God of Carnage, in which two sets of…

Crisis in Hawaii

28 January 2012 11:00 am

The Descendants is a comedy-drama about a dysfunctional family — is there any other kind of family? I’ve yet to…

Who does she think she is?

21 January 2012 12:00 pm

W.E. is Madonna’s second outing as a film director, and this tells ‘the greatest royal love story of the 20th…

No compromises

14 January 2012 12:00 pm

Christopher Kanal talks to Steve McQueen about his latest film, which stars Michael Fassbender, as a sex addict, and Carey Mulligan, as his sister

Lost in translation

14 January 2012 11:00 am

Steven Spielberg’s version of War Horse is like an extended Sunday afternoon episode of Black Beauty gone mad via the…

Mixed blessings

7 January 2012 11:00 am

Firstly, my review of 2011, which I was going to do in photographs until I realised I didn’t take any,…

Unalloyed joy

31 December 2011 11:00 am

Every so often a film comes from the left field and plays a complete blinder and The Artist is such…

Plucky woman

17 December 2011 9:00 pm

The Iron Lady is a better performance than it is film, although I suspect the performance will carry the day.…

For your eyes only

10 December 2011 11:00 am

Puss in Boots was the surprise hit character — the standout sidekick — of the second Shrek movie, and went…

A la recherche du temps perdu

3 December 2011 12:00 pm

Hugo 3D is Martin Scorsese’s first child-friendly family film and the first thing to say about Martin Scorsese’s first child-friendly…

Choppy waters

26 November 2011 12:00 pm

As there were no invites this week from Hollywood movie stars — I thought Nicole Kidman might ask me over…

My dinner with Meryl

19 November 2011 11:30 am

Justice is a plodding and uninteresting revenge thriller starring Nicolas Cage and January Jones, and as I don’t have much…