Film

Steve Buscemi (Khrushchev), Michael Palin (Molotov) and Paul Whitehouse (Mikoyan) in The Death of Stalin

Not quite as funny as I’d hoped: Death of Stalin reviewed

21 October 2017 9:00 am

Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin is nearly two hours of men in bad suits bickering, but if you have…

Guess who’s coming to dinner: Timothy Spall (Bill), Cillian Murphy (Tom), Emily Mortimer (Jinny) and Patricia Clarkson (April) in Sally Potter’s The Party

Half the length of Blade Runner 2049 and 676 times as entertaining: The Party reviewed

14 October 2017 9:00 am

Sally Potter’s The Party, which unfolds in real time during a politician’s soirée to celebrate her promotion, is just 71…

Ryan Gosling as K and Sylvia Hoeks as Wallace’s sidekick Luv in Blade Runner 2049

Chances are you will wish you were dead: Blade Runner 2049 reviewed

7 October 2017 9:00 am

Ridley Scott’s original Blade Runner first came out in cinemas 35 years ago, which I was going to say probably…

Goodbye Christopher Robin will give your child PTSD

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Scriptwriters love to feast on the lives of children’s authors. The themes tend not to vary: they may have brought…

The rivals: Shia LaBeouf as John McEnroe and Sverrir Gudnason as Bjorn Borg in Borg vs McEnroe

It gets us from A to B but doesn’t dazzle: Borg vs McEnroe reviewed

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Borg vs McEnroe is a dramatised account of one of the greatest tennis rivalries of all time — between Bjorn…

Tears of a clown: ‘Clowns hate Stephen King. They blame him for the “creepy clown” epidemic, which has led to multiple clown arrests’

The genius of Stephen King

16 September 2017 9:00 am

The genius of Stephen King, by his number one fan Tanya Gold

Mad house: Jennifer Lawrence as Mother

Is Darren Aronofsky taking the piss? Mother! reviewed

16 September 2017 9:00 am

The film-maker Darren Aronofsky says he wrote Mother! in five days as if in a ‘fever dream’ and, as a…

Cheaply mainstream and exploitative: Wind River reviewed

9 September 2017 9:00 am

The starting point for Taylor Sheridan’s crime-thriller Wind River is explicitly stated at the end when the following words come…

Still life: ‘A Kiss’, 1891, by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema

The Victorian painter who shaped cinema

9 September 2017 9:00 am

On 15 September 1888 Vincent van Gogh was intrigued to read an account of an up-to-date artist’s house in the…

Ira Aldridge as Othello, painted in 1826 by James Northcote

The first black actor to play Othello was also one of the greatest

2 September 2017 9:00 am

Robert Gore-Langton celebrates Ira Aldridge, the first black actor to play Othello

Girl, interrupted: Rooney Mara as Una

Difficult and disturbing: Una reviewed

2 September 2017 9:00 am

Una is a psychological drama about a woman who was abused by a man when she was 12, and who…

Going platinum: Daniel Craig as Joe Bang in Logan Lucky

You have to suspend not just disbelief but also cognitive faculties: Logan Lucky reviewed

26 August 2017 9:00 am

Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky is a heist caper that, to be fair, does what it says on the can. There…

Netflix is great because (unlike the BBC) it doesn’t ram its politics down your throat

5 August 2017 9:00 am

All this week I have been trying, with considerable success, to avoid being bludgeoned by TV programmes telling me in…

Too long, iffy end and at times racist: The Big Sick reviewed

29 July 2017 9:00 am

The Big Sick is a rom-com that’s smarter than most rom-coms, which isn’t saying much, admittedly. It stars a Muslim…

How James Ivory made Howards End

22 July 2017 9:00 am

As one of his greatest films returns to the cinema, James Ivory talks to William Cook about his 50-year career

However brave it is, Dunkirk lacks an emotional core

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk has already been described as ‘a masterpiece’ and ‘a glorious, breathtakingly vivid triumph’, but we need to…

‘Tennis’, 1930, by Eric Ravilious

How artists from Ravilious to Rauschenberg fell for tennis

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Tennis is best played with a wooden racket on a shady lawn somewhere close to Dorking. There is no need…

If you go down to the woods: Kelvin Harrison Jnr as Travis in It Comes at Night

How can anyone can say It Comes at Night isn’t full of the usual horror clichés

8 July 2017 9:00 am

It Comes at Night is a horror film and I can’t say horror is my favourite genre. In fact, as…

Cut to the chase: Ansel Elgort as Baby in Baby Driver

The blaring pop music does not make Baby Driver good

1 July 2017 9:00 am

Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver is an action, heist, car-chase film that is said to reinvent the action, heist, car-chase film.…

And then there were three: Lanzmann in 1964 with Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, with whom he had a seven-year affair

Claude Lanzmann, legendary director of Shoah, finally turns the camera on himself

24 June 2017 9:00 am

Legendary French documentary maker Claude Lanzmann finally turns the camera on himself. He talks to Tobias Grey about a lusty, youthful adventure in North Korea

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…

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.…

Folly by Phyllida Barlow, British Pavilion, Venice, 2017

Huge, diverse and yet monotonous, the Venice Biennale is very like the EU

20 May 2017 9:00 am

‘Are you enjoying the Biennale?’ is a question one is often asked while patrolling the winding paths of the Giardini…

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…