Cinema

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…

The miniaturists: Kristen Wiig and Matt Damon in Downsizing

Downsizing throws away its brilliant premise

27 January 2018 9:00 am

Downsizing is a film with the most brilliant premise. What if, to save the planet, we were all made tiny?…

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,…