Cinema

Crackles with nylon, self-regard and unearned privilege: On the Basis of Sex reviewed

23 February 2019 9:00 am

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is too ill to sit on the Supreme Court. When she saw On the Basis of Sex,…

Mesmerising: Rosamund Pike as Marie Colvin in A Private War

The film makes you ashamed to call yourself a journalist: A Private War reviewed

16 February 2019 9:00 am

A Private War is a biopic of the celebrated Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin who was, judging from this,…

The thrilling first part of Dmitri Tcherniakov's new production of Berlioz's Les Troyens for Opéra Bastille. Photo: Vincent Pontet / Opéra National de Paris

Dau is not just a pretentious fraud – it's rather disgusting

16 February 2019 9:00 am

The best booers, in my experience, are the Germans. There’s real purpose and thickness to their vocals. Italians hiss. The…

All is not very true in All Is True – and all is not very interesting either

9 February 2019 9:00 am

All Is True is Kenneth Branagh’s biopic of Shakespeare’s last years and All Is Not Very True, apparently, which we…

Emotionally devastating: Richard E. Grant and Melissa McCarthy in Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Rivetingly moving: Can You Ever Forgive Me? reviewed

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Can You Ever Forgive Me? is a true story based on the 2008 memoir of Lee Israel, the writer who…

Nicole Kidman being 'brave' in Destroyer

Boy, does Nicole Kidman look terrible: Destroyer reviewed

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Destroyer is an LA noir starring Nicole Kidman ‘as you have never seen her before’. Her hair is terrible. Her…

Better than the film deserves: Saoirse Ronan as Mary Queen of Scots

A slog – and why does Elizabeth look like Ronald McDonald? Mary Queen of Scots reviewed

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Mary Queen of Scots is a historical costume drama that, unlike The Favourite, does not breathe new life into the…

Divine comedy: Steve Coogan as Stan Laurel and John C. Reilly as Oliver Hardy

The best tribute possible to the greatest comics ever: Stan & Ollie reviewed

12 January 2019 9:00 am

You mess with Laurel and Hardy at your peril. Their fan base is essentially the entire world. Samuel Beckett adored…

Flat-out fabulous: Emma Stone as Abigail Hill in The Favourite

I don’t just recommend you see The Favourite. I command it

5 January 2019 9:00 am

The Favourite is a period romp set during the reign of Queen Anne, but it’s not your average period romp.…

Practically perfect in every way: Joel Dawson and Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins Returns

I had my spite at the ready – but had to put most of it away: Mary Poppins Returns reviewed

15 December 2018 9:00 am

So, Mary Poppins returns, and I was, of course, primed to be spiteful, as is my nature. Not a patch…

Nothing much happens, yet there is so much to watch: Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma. [Photograph: Carlos Somonte/Netflix]

Nothing much happens, yet there’s so much to watch: Roma reviewed

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Roma is the latest film from Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity,Y Tu Mama Tambien, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) and…

Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola in Disobedience

A major missed opportunity: Disobedience reviewed

1 December 2018 9:00 am

Disobedience is an adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s novel about forbidden, lesbian love in orthodox Jewish north London, starring Rachel Weisz…

Forget Robin Hood and Girl in the Spider’s Web – Shoplifters is the film to see this week

24 November 2018 9:00 am

The major releases this week are Robin Hood, as a big Hollywood retelling, and The Girl in the Spider’s Web,…

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…