Film

Blue Ruin is unwatchable, bloody – but, from what I saw, rather good

3 May 2014 9:00 am

Blue Ruin is a low-budget yet highly accomplished revenge thriller although whether you have the stomach for it is another…

Simon Callow’s notebook: What it’s like to lose at an awards ceremony

8 March 2014 9:00 am

It was one of those weeks. On Monday, I was in four countries: I woke up at crack of dawn…

Harry Shearer on bringing out Richard Nixon’s feminine side

18 January 2014 9:00 am

Simpsons star Harry Shearer on what it takes to play the president

The Butler, about a black domestic in the White House, is too painfully obvious

16 November 2013 9:00 am

The Butler tells the story of an African–American butler at the White House who served eight American presidents over three…

'You can't handle the truth!' — the greatest courtroom dramas of all time

9 November 2013 9:00 am

As a new production of Twelve Angry Men opens in the West End, Robert Gore-Langton names his favourite courtroom dramas

Ryan Gosling couldn’t play Taki better than Taki

9 November 2013 9:00 am

Seduced and Abandoned is both a satire on film-making and a love letter to film-making and a joy. A documentary…

Scary monsters: the demon from Jacques Tourneur’s 1957 film

How I learned to start screaming and love the horror movie

2 November 2013 9:00 am

Peter Hoskin looks forward to being scared witless courtesy of the BFI’s feast of Gothic cinema

Philomena is Dame Judi’s film

2 November 2013 9:00 am

Philomena is based on the true story of an Irish woman searching for the son stolen from her by the…

Sandra Bullock must be blindfolded when she picks her movies

3 August 2013 9:00 am

Sandra Bullock is a highly watchable actress and she seems like she’d be fun to hang out with — I…

The World is Ever Changing, by Nicolas Roeg - a review

20 July 2013 9:00 am

‘Value and worth in any of the arts has always been about timing,’ writes British director Nicolas Roeg at the…

Nicolas Roeg interview: ‘I hate the term “sex scene”’

13 July 2013 9:00 am

At 85, the film director Nicolas Roeg is pleased to see the critics catching up with him

Daniel Radcliffe: why are the leaders of our political parties so uninspiring?

22 June 2013 9:00 am

Former Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe on Che, Noam Chomsky, giving up drink and being ‘frighteningly thorough’

A troubled conscience: Saoirse Ronan as Eleanor

Gemma Arterton's new vampire flick, Byzantium, is melancholia at its most trying

1 June 2013 9:00 am

Neil Jordan’s Byzantium may well be stylish and moody — so moody, in fact, I wanted to send it to…

Taki: What's Cannes all about? Seducing someone important

25 May 2013 9:00 am

Cannes It’s raining, the stars are hiding, the hacks and paparazzi are waterlogged and frustrated, and the shimmering images of…

The end of the affair?

10 March 2012 10:00 am

Of those caught up in the 1963 Profumo affair, the only winner seems to have been that blithe spirit Mandy…

Loves, hates and unfulfilled desires

18 February 2012 10:00 am

Montaigne, who more or less invented the discursive essay, had a method which was highly unmethodical: ‘All arguments are alike…

Stronger than fiction

21 January 2012 10:00 am

I think it was a Frenchman — it usually is — who observed that the English love their animals more…

Who’s the real monster?

31 December 2011 10:00 am

‘The first monster that an audience has to be scared of is the film-maker. They have to feel in the…

Scenes from the Mad Hatter’s tea party

2 July 2011 12:00 am

I only ever heard my mother admit twice to fancying other men.

The Midas touch

23 April 2011 12:00 am

Now that we can read on Kindle and some people fear that paper-and-ink books will become extinct, one’s first impulse might be to say hurrah for this mighty production.

Still life

12 February 2011 12:00 am

I didn’t go and see the Coen brothers’ remake of True Grit this week because I couldn’t get excited about it and don’t like westerns anyhow.

Steps to destruction

22 January 2011 12:00 am

I have always suspected that, if you look for the black swan within yourself, it will end in tears, and now Darren Aronofsky has proved me right.

Neither here nor there

15 January 2011 12:00 am

Conviction is yet another film based on ‘an inspirational true story’ because, I’m assuming, Hollywood has now run out of made-up stories.

Film: Farewell to arm

8 January 2011 12:00 am

Unless you’ve been living under a rock — in which case, keep it to yourself; I’m done with rocks — you’ll have already heard about 127 Hours.

The wow factor

18 December 2010 12:00 am

‘Nothing succeeds like excess,’ quipped Oscar Wilde, and Franco Zeffirelli’s production of Aida at La Scala, Milan in 2006 bears him out: for sheer jaw-dropping, applause- garnering theatrical bling, I have never seen anything like it and I doubt I ever will.