Jasper Rees

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…

Mighty resurrection: Aretha Franklin in Amazing Grace

A mighty resurrection: Amazing Grace reviewed

11 May 2019 9:00 am

Each December in Washington DC, the Kennedy Center Honors anoints five performing artists who have contributed to American life. In…

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…

Still life: Iris Bry, Laura Smet and Natalie Baye in The Guardians

A captivating addition to the filmography of the first world war: The Guardians reviewed

18 August 2018 9:00 am

There are moments in The Guardians when you can imagine you’re in the wrong art form. Time stills, the frame…

For any politician spoiling for a fight over Ireland’s border, Under the Tree is required viewing

11 August 2018 9:00 am

Every so often there’s a news story in which neighbours quarrel over rampaging leylandii. The police are summoned, the case…

It will save some marriages – or end others: The Escape reviewed

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Dominic Savage had an early start. In Barry Lyndon (1975), Stanley Kubrick’s sprawling take on Thackeray, he played a prepubescent…

Lean on Pete is a beauty

5 May 2018 9:00 am

Andrew Haigh makes inaction films. Weekend (2011) tells of two young homosexuals getting to know each other in Nottingham. In…

Discomfort and joy: the director Ruben Ostlund, whose films are funny but subtly savage

The subtly savage world of filmmaker Ruben Ostlund

17 March 2018 9:00 am

There is a culty YouTube video shot three years ago on the laptop camera of Ruben Ostlund. It shows the…

The big chill: Allison Janney as LaVona Golden

I, Tonya is not quite a gold-medal masterpiece

3 March 2018 9:00 am

Films about the Winter Olympics don’t grow on conifers. Twenty-five years ago there was Cool Runnings about the Jamaican bobsleigh…

The 1958 world première of Pinter’s The Birthday Party at the Lyric Hammersmith: John Stratton as McCann, John Slater as Goldberg and Richard Pearson as Stanley

The last survivor of The Birthday Party’s 1958 première remembers the traumatic first night

17 February 2018 9:00 am

‘Mad, wearying and inconsequential gabble,’ sighed the Financial Times in 1958. ‘One quails in slack-jawed dismay.’ Here’s the FT at…

Unhappy families: Fantine Harduin, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Isabelle Huppert, Laura Verlinden and Toby Jones in Happy End

The heart is unstirred in Haneke’s morose critique of a fractured society: Happy End reviewed

2 December 2017 9:00 am

The films of Michael Haneke wear a long face. Psychological terror, domestic horror, sick sex, genital self-harm — these are…

Hideously watchable: Nicole Kidman as ophthalmologist Anna and Colin Farrell as surgeon Steven

Hideously watchable: Killing of a Sacred Deer reviewed

4 November 2017 9:00 am

You know where you aren’t with director Yorgos Lanthimos. The Greek allegorist creates parallel worlds which superficially resemble our own.…

The art of the football shirt

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Part canvas, part sandwich board, club kits don’t always work – but their designs can be addictive

Unhappy days

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…

An out-of-work steel worker walking through Port Talbot, 1964

Made in Port Talbot

9 September 2017 9:00 am

Port Talbot, on the coast of South Wales, is literally overlooked. Most experience the town while flying over it on…

A side order of extra Marmite comes in the considerable silhouette of Russell Crowe as Jackson Healy

Russell Crowe knows how to wear a pair of inverted commas: The Nice Guys reviewed

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Regular filmgoers must be losing count of the Rabelaisian revelries they’ve been invited to of late. You may recognise the…

Dark magus: Don Cheadle as Miles Davis in ‘Miles Ahead’

‘Do black movies really not sell?’: Don Cheadle on Miles Ahead

16 April 2016 9:00 am

The musical biopic is a staple of the Hollywood economy. Like an Airfix model kit it comes with the necessary…

The outsiders: Kalieaswari Srinivasan (Yalini), Claudine Vinasithamby (Illayaal), Jesuthasan Antonythasan (Dheepan)

Quiet but potent film about the migrant experience: Dheepan reviewed

9 April 2016 9:00 am

The French master film-maker Jacques Audiard has never been anywhere near Hollywood plot school. His films contain gathering menace —…

Tim Roth in ‘Chronic’, a morality tale about the care industry

Cinema needs films like Chronic – just not a lot of them

20 February 2016 9:00 am

Scholarly filmgoers may recall a movement that sprouted from Danish soil called Dogme 95. It worked to a Spartan set…

Towering will-o’-the-wisp: Agyness Deyn as Chris Guthrie

Sunset Song is close to masterly

5 December 2015 9:00 am

Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s Sunset Song is the best-remembered title of a short career. Born in 1901, he was dead by…

Is television at its best when it mimics radio?

21 November 2015 9:00 am

Not that long ago the BBC trumpeted a new Stakhanovite project to big up the arts in its many and…

Hunted blows a fresh breeze through the stale world of reality TV

17 October 2015 8:00 am

Television used to employ entertainers to entertain the public. Back then you could count the channels on the fingers of…

Michael Fassbender: animal magnetism but no clue as to what oils Macbeth’s cogs

Horridly magnificent - but real problems occur when anyone opens their mouth: Macbeth reviewed

3 October 2015 9:00 am

Who goes to big-screen Shakespeare? Not theatre-goers much, and with reason. Apart from the odd corker by Kurosawa, arguably Olivier…

Still from the documentary ‘Palio’: a medieval rite at once nonsensical and puerile, and yet profoundly alive and meaningful

Palio exposes the bribery and violence that lies at the heart of Siena’s lawless ritual

19 September 2015 8:00 am

If you don’t want to spend hundreds of euros on a good seat, the best place to watch the Palio…

Joel Edgerton in The Gift

The plot has enough holes to file the Albert Hall: The Gift reviewed

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Were you ever not very nice at school? A bit of a tosspot to others, perhaps. Ever so slightly a…