Film

The tropes of noir and the spaghetti western are passed through a magical prism: a scene from Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego’s Birds of Passage

Startlingly fresh and jaggedly strange: Birds of Passage reviewed

18 May 2019 9:00 am

You don’t come across too many films from Colombia, but every few years one wriggles its way through the festival…

Bring me my arrow of desire: the original Italian film poster for Pasolini’s 1974 Il Fiore delle Mille e Una Notte

How film fell for caliphs and slave girls

11 May 2019 9:00 am

Justin Marozzi on film’s love affair with the Arabian Nights

Any scene she isn’t in pretty much dies on its arse: Julianne Moore in Bel Canto

Not nearly as good as the book: Bel Canto reviewed

27 April 2019 9:00 am

Bel Canto is an adaptation of the Ann Patchett novel first published in 2001, which I remembered as being brilliant…

Manspreading, The Movie: Loro reviewed

20 April 2019 9:00 am

Fans of Paolo Sorrentino’s Il Divo, The Great Beauty (which won an Oscar) and his HBO series, The Young Pope,…

With each song Jessie Buckley practically burns a hole in the screen

Jessie Buckley’s performance burns a hole in the screen: Wild Rose reviewed

13 April 2019 9:00 am

Jessie Buckley is the actress who, you may remember, was ‘phenomenal’ in Beast — I am quoting myself here so…

The innocent: Adriano Tardiolo as Lazzaro

Intriguing and beguiling but God knows what it adds up to: Happy as Lazzaro reviewed

6 April 2019 9:00 am

Alice Rohrwacher’s Happy as Lazzaro sets out as a neorealist tale of exploited sharecroppers, but midway through the story it…

When I see an elephant fly: a scene from Tim Burton’s Dumbo

Clumsy, long and lacking circus thrills: Tim Burton’s Dumbo reviewed

30 March 2019 9:00 am

Dumbo is an elephant we can’t forget. More than 70 years since Disney’s 1941 film, the big-eared baby is still…

Spell-binding: Lupita Nyong’o as Adelaide in Us

Nyong’o is spellbinding but the plot is ultimately baffling: Us reviewed

23 March 2019 9:00 am

Us is a second feature from Jordan Peele after his marvellous debut Get Out, which was more brilliantly satirical than…

Colin Morgan as Benjamin and Phénix Brossard as Noah in Simon Amstell’s Benjamin

Tender, sweet, affecting: Simon Amstell’s Benjamin reviewed

14 March 2019 9:00 am

Simon Amstell’s Benjamin is a romantic comedy about a young filmmaker whose second feature is about to première, and he’s…

More than able to carry a film of this type: Brie Larson as Captain Marvel

Finally a Marvel film that doesn't entirely bore the pants off Deborah Ross

9 March 2019 9:00 am

Captain Marvel is the 654th film in the Marvel franchise — the figure is something like that, I think —…

Only the lonely: Charlotte Rampling is superb as Hannah

Peculiarly mesmerising: Hannah reviewed

2 March 2019 9:00 am

Hannah stars Charlotte Rampling in a film where not much happens and not much happens and not much happens and…

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…

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…

Fasten your seatbelts: Bette Davis in her dressing room during the filming of All About Eve

All About Eve was all about bitching – off-screen as well as on

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Bette Davis didn’t have to act; she was Margo Channing. Robert Gore-Langton goes behind the scenes of Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s 1950 masterpiece

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…

Gary Raymond and Richard Burton in Tony Richardson’s 1959 film version of Look Back in Anger

What a relief we can finally admit Jimmy Porter was a pain in the neck

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Gary Raymond, one of the original stars of Look Back in Anger, tells Steve Morris what he – and most other people – really thought of John Osborne’s angry young man

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…

Writers of some of the best-loved programmes in British television history: Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement

Dick Clement on Porridge, Kirk Douglas and having seven projects on the go

5 January 2019 9:00 am

Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais are still going strong after more than 50 years. James Walton discovers their secret

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…

Times Square

New York: the fact – and fiction

8 December 2018 9:00 am

New York At times I used to think the place was real. The New York of films, that is. The…

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…