Cinema

You'll tire of the wackiness and the whimsy: The French Dispatch reviewed

23 October 2021 9:00 am

The American filmmaker Wes Anderson has an apartment in Paris and has always yearned to make a French movie but…

Hang in there for the gripping final half an hour: The Last Duel reviewed

16 October 2021 9:00 am

Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel is set in the 14th century and is a tale of rivalry and rape told…

A compelling mess: No Time to Die reviewed

2 October 2021 9:00 am

These days, James Bond can no longer just be the main character in the Bond films. He’s also had to…

Delivers in spades: The Many Saints of Newark reviewed

25 September 2021 9:00 am

So how exactly did Tony Soprano become a New Jersey mob boss? It’s 1967 and young Anthony is struggling to…

A pep-talk nightmare: Everybody's Talking About Jamie reviewed

18 September 2021 9:00 am

It’s a hard heart that doesn’t warm to the musical drama Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. I don’t have a hard…

Intensely powerful: Herself reviewed

11 September 2021 9:00 am

Herself is an intensely powerful film about domestic violence that isn’t Nil By Mouth or The Killer Inside Me or…

A fantastical fever dream that's hard to follow or enjoy: Annette reviewed

4 September 2021 9:00 am

Leos Carax is the director whose films have always been wilfully odd. Ron and Russell Mael (the brothers from the…

The genius of Basic Instinct

28 August 2021 9:00 am

Our occasional series on cinema’s most underrated films arrives at what many have considered the peak of misogynistic trash. We’re…

An intensely quiet and soulful performance from Nicolas Cage: Pig reviewed

21 August 2021 9:00 am

What use does a fallen and corrupted world have for a man of integrity? This was not the question I…

The best Cold War thriller I've seen that I fully understand: The Courier reviewed

14 August 2021 9:00 am

The Courier is a Cold War spy thriller and the prospect of a Cold War spy thriller always makes my…

Mesmerising and monstrous: @zola reviewed

7 August 2021 9:00 am

The distinction between on and offline life blurred long ago. The greatest spats, sexual self-fashionings and mad soliloquies now unfurl…

I laughed quite a lot when I shouldn’t have: Old reviewed

31 July 2021 9:00 am

The biggest challenge in reviewing M. Night Shyamalan’s Old lies in describing its central idea without making the film sound…

Quietly devastating: Nowhere Special reviewed

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Not one, but two British films this week, one that’s only being screened at the cinema (if you’re brave enough)…

Lame and formulaic: Black Widow reviewed

17 July 2021 9:00 am

Black Widow is the latest Marvel film and although I’d sworn off these films a while ago, due to sheer…

If you didn’t love Jansson already, you will now: Tove reviewed

10 July 2021 9:00 am

Tove is a biopic of the Finnish artist Tove Jansson who, most famously, created the Moomins, that gentle family of…

An unrewarding slog: Thomas Vinterberg's Another Round reviewed

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round has been heaped with awards: an Oscar, a Bafta, it swept the European Film Awards. And…

Tucci and Firth are like Eric and Ernie but sexier: Supernova reviewed

26 June 2021 9:00 am

At the time Supernova went into production one headline read: ‘What did we do to deserve a love story starring…

Blissfully colourful, fun and basic: In The Heights reviewed

19 June 2021 9:00 am

In The Heights is an adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash-hit stage musical — the one he wrote before Hamilton —…

Anthony Hopkins's portrayal of dementia will undo you: The Father reviewed

12 June 2021 9:00 am

The Father is an immensely powerful film about dementia starring Sir Anthony Hopkins, who was asleep in his bed in…

Definitely the best cow film of the year: First Cow reviewed

29 May 2021 9:00 am

Kelly Reichardt’s First Cowstars John Magaro, Orion Lee, Toby Jones, and a Jersey cow listed in the credits as ‘Evie’,…

Children will love it – alas: Peter Rabbit 2 reviewed

22 May 2021 9:00 am

The cinemas finally reopened this week and what better way to celebrate than with Peter Rabbit 2? You’ll probably be…

Riveting and heartbreaking: Sound of Metal reviewed

10 April 2021 9:00 am

The multi-Oscar-nominated Sound of Metalstars Riz Ahmed as a heavy-metal drummer whose life is in freefall after losing his hearing.…

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…