Deathly dull

20 November 2010 12:00 am

By the time a film franchise arrives at its seventh and penultimate instalment, you probably know if it is something you enjoy or not, or at least I would hope so.

Trouble ahead

13 November 2010 12:00 am

This is, I should confess, not a film I meant to see. I meant to see Harry Potter, but turned up for the screening in the right place at the wrong time — a week early, I’m such a schmuck — and had to take what was showing, which was You Again, with the tag line: ‘What doesn’t kill you...will marry your brother.’ Instantly, I doubted the veracity of this — I can’t put my finger on what made me doubtful, I just felt it in my bones, and called my brother. ‘Jon,’ I said, ‘if I had athlete’s foot and it didn’t kill me, would you marry it?’ ‘No,’ he said. ‘And I’m already married to Mary, as you know.’ I do know this, just as I know that, if you can’t trust a film’s tag line, there may be trouble ahead.

Life’s losers

6 November 2010 12:00 am

Mike Leigh’s latest film feels cruel and is uncomfortable to watch which isn’t necessarily a bad thing — you can’t expect cinema to offer only comfort and warmth, my dears; cinema is not like the lobby of a country-house hotel — but it does make it a rather horrible experience.

Stiff competition

30 October 2010 12:00 am

So, a funny thing happened on the way home from the screening: I bumped into Paul Whitehouse, who has a cameo in Burke and Hare, and congratulated him on an extremely convincing tumble he takes down two flights of stairs (it hits just the right note, somewhere between the pantomime and The Exorcist).

Gang of four

23 October 2010 12:00 am

Red is not a very good film and neither does it try to be.

Interview – Tomas Alfredson: outside the frame

23 October 2010 12:00 am

Without warning, Tomas Alfredson jumps up and starts wading about the room like a water bird treading over lily pads.

Nice work, Zuck!

16 October 2010 12:00 am

The Social Network is a brilliantly entertaining and fascinating film about a subject in which I have absolutely no interest: Facebook.

When Stone gets stick

16 October 2010 12:00 am

Oliver Stone hits back at his critics

Enough is enough

9 October 2010 12:00 am

Really? This was necessary? Why? What’s the point? OK, I suppose revisiting Wall Street all these years later is timely, given the banking crisis and resultant global meltdown.

Women on top

2 October 2010 12:00 am

Although Made in Dagenham is far from perfect and has a particular fondness for those impromptu speeches which turn out to be stirringly spot-on, it is so warm-hearted and affectionate it wouldn’t be right to take against it.

Gut instincts

9 September 2009 12:00 am

Julie Powell wrote Julie and Julia, a book (and now a film) in which she described her attempts to cook a huge number of recipes by the cookery writer Julia Child.

Moving swiftly on

20 May 2009 12:00 am

Chaplin’s Girl, by Miranda Seymour
Love Child, by Allegra Huston

On message

15 April 2009 12:00 am

In the Loop
15, Nationwide

Liz suggests

20 February 2009 3:30 pm

Film There’s been a rush of good movies recently — Rachel Getting Married (with Anne Hathaway) and Vicky Cristina Barcelona,…

Liz suggests

12 January 2009 3:52 pm

Circus Cirque du Soleil has taken a surreal turn with its latest show, Quidam, at the Albert Hall: a headless…

A cliché too far

24 September 2008 12:00 am

15, Nationwide

One-trick pony

17 September 2008 12:00 am

Tropic Thunder
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Saved by the horses

4 June 2008 12:00 am

15, Nationwide

Pete suggests

7 May 2008 2:29 am

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In Scarlett’s shoes

12 April 2008 12:00 am

Lloyd Evans on the extraordinary story behind Trevor Nunn’s ‘Gone with the Wind’

Matthew suggests

1 April 2008 5:09 pm

THEATRE I can strongly recommend God of Carnage, the new play by Yasmina Reza, which tracks the descent into madness…

Clemency suggests

10 March 2008 5:33 pm

FILM One of the most remarkable things about Africa is how rare it is to see Africans cry. You meet…

Pete suggests

29 February 2008 12:34 pm

BOOK I’m just coming to the end of The Last Titan: A Life of Theodore Dreiser – Jerome Loving’s critical…

Matthew suggests

26 January 2008 12:00 am

I have three books on the go at the moment: Charles Leadbeater’s brilliant analysis of web-world, We-Think, The Craftsman, by…

Clemency suggests

17 January 2008 5:29 pm

January may traditionally be the year’s grimmest month, characterised as it is by broken resolutions, misery-inducing detox diets and frightening…