Cinema

Buttercup the cow was so convincing I felt quite moved: Jack and the Beanstalk reviewed

12 December 2020 9:00 am

This pantomime was filmed by ‘legendary Blue Peter presenter’ Peter Duncan in his back garden over the summer. It was…

A hard watch, but ultimately a rewarding one: County Lines reviewed

5 December 2020 9:00 am

County Lines is the kind of social realism that the British do so well, if not too well. In other…

A gripping portrait: Billie reviewed

14 November 2020 9:00 am

This documentary about Billie Holiday is transfixing. Not just because it’s about Billie Holiday — I am not into jazz…

Every scene Sophia Loren isn’t in feels like a wasted one: The Life Ahead reviewed

7 November 2020 9:00 am

The Life Ahead stars Sophia Loren, and if there is one reason to see The Life Ahead it is this:…

You won’t be able to look away: Shirley reviewed

31 October 2020 9:00 am

This week, two electrifying performances in two excellent films rather than two mediocre performances in the one mediocre film —…

You're not going to get a better spin on bromance – brobably: The Climb reviewed

24 October 2020 9:00 am

The Climb is, essentially, a bickering bromance as two longtime pals bicker bromantically down the years, and it doesn’t sound…

Like a weird episode of Downton – with less sexual chemistry: Rebecca reviewed

17 October 2020 9:00 am

Rebecca is a new adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s gothic, twisted, never-out-of-print tale of sexual jealousy. It’s directed by Ben…

Gripping high gothic psychological horror: Saint Maud reviewed

10 October 2020 9:00 am

Saint Maud is a first feature from writer-director Rose Glass and it’s being billed as a horror film. But it’s…

One zinger after another – but it’ll leave you cold: Trial of the Chicago 7 reviewed

3 October 2020 9:00 am

Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 — don’t worry, you haven’t missed six earlier films — is a…

Would be much better without Bill or Ted: Bill & Ted Face the Music reviewed

26 September 2020 9:00 am

I think I am supposed to say that Bill & Ted Face the Music, the third in a franchise about…

Horrifyingly beautiful – but I will never watch it again: Painted Bird review

12 September 2020 9:00 am

The Painted Bird opens with a young boy (Jewish) running through a forest and clutching his pet ferret. He is…

A James Bond film with added physics no one understands: Tenet reviewed

29 August 2020 9:00 am

Tenet is the latest high-concept, time-bending blockbuster from Christopher Nolan and it’s the film that (unofficially) reopens cinemas in the…

Why have they made Pinocchio look like Freddy Krueger?

15 August 2020 9:00 am

Matteo Garrone’s live-action version of Pinocchio is visually sumptuous and there are some enchanting characters (my favourite: Snail). And unlike…

I want to support cinema but I have my work cut out with Love Sarah

11 July 2020 9:00 am

Some cinemas have reopened, with the rest to follow by the end of the month, thankfully. But the big, hotly…

Gorgeous and electrifying: And Then We Danced reviewed

28 March 2020 9:00 am

The film you want to see this week that you mightn’t have seen if you weren’t stuck at home is…

Catherine Deneuve is at her most Deneuve-ish: The Truth reviewed

21 March 2020 9:00 am

To tell you the truth about The Truth, even though it stars Catherine Deneuve at her most Catherine Deneuve-ish (i.e.…

What is driving the rise in extreme cinema?

21 March 2020 9:00 am

Film-makers are increasingly turning to the violent, provocatively slow or viscerally repulsive.What is driving this rise in extreme cinema? asks Francesca Steele

The director of Persepolis talks about her biopic of Marie Curie: Marjane Satrapi interviewed

21 March 2020 9:00 am

The director of Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi, talks to Sarah Ditum about her new biopic of Marie Curie, exile from Iran and her fears for the future of democracy

Astonishing to think Miss World ever existed: Misbehaviour reviewed

14 March 2020 9:00 am

Misbehaviour is a film about the 1970 Miss World contest that was disrupted by ‘bloody women’s libbers’ — that’s what…

An algorithmic zero-to-hero narrative: Military Wives reviewed

7 March 2020 9:00 am

Military Wives is a British comedy drama starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan. It is based on the true…

Deeply romantic and wildly sexy: Portrait of a Lady on Fire reviewed

29 February 2020 9:00 am

Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire is set on a remote, windswept Brittany island in the late 18th…

In this instance, greed isn’t good: Greed reviewed

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

Greed is Michael Winterbottom’s satire on the obscenely rich and, in particular, a billionaire, asset-stripping retail tycoon whose resemblance to…

You’ll laugh, cry, cringe and covet the hats and bedspreads: Emma reviewed

15 February 2020 9:00 am

‘Too pretty,’ blithers Miss Bates in the Highbury haberdasher as she plucks at a silken tassel. ‘Too pretty’ goes for…

Fabulous and enthralling: Parasite reviewed

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite won the Bafta for best foreign film and is up for six Oscars and it is an…

Mad but terrific: The Lighthouse reviewed

1 February 2020 9:00 am

The Lighthouse stars Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson (and a very nasty seagull) in a gothic thriller set off the…