Cinema

Women can now make dull formulaic franchise films too! Hurrah! Ocean’s 8 reviewed

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Ocean’s 8 is the all-female spin-off of the all-male Ocean’s trilogy and it’s a sop, with a third act that…

A betrayal – despite moments of spectacle that would have made John Martin gasp

Cynical, one-dimensional and oddly colourless: Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom reviewed

9 June 2018 9:00 am

Back in the mists of prehistory, when I was eight, dinosaur films followed a set pattern. The dinosaurs themselves would…

Louise Brooks is sensational in Pabst's silent classic Pandora's Box (Credit: BFI)

Ninety years old and still feels as fresh as a daisy: G.W. Pabst’s Pandora’s Box reviewed

2 June 2018 9:00 am

Two films this week, one that has stood the test of time, dazzlingly — it still feels as fresh as…

I desperately wanted to love Edie but I couldn’t

26 May 2018 9:00 am

Edie tells the story of an 84-year-old woman who wants to fulfil a girlhood ambition by climbing a Scottish mountain.…

Wonder woman: Saoirse Ronan is miraculous as Florence in On Chesil Beach

Whoever signed off on the ending deserves a good thrashing: On Chesil Beach reviewed

19 May 2018 9:00 am

On Chesil Beach is an adaptation of the Ian McEwen novella set in 1962 when ‘conversation about sexual difficulties was…

One angry mother: Nicole Kidman as Queen Boadicea in How to Talk to Girls at Parties

Convoluted, woeful mishmash with no central story: How to Talk to Girls at Parties reviewed

12 May 2018 9:00 am

How to Talk to Girls at Parties is set in the 1970s and has punk as the backdrop and an…

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…

Not like any serial-killer thriller you’ve seen before: Beast reviewed

28 April 2018 9:00 am

When I first read that Beast is a serial-killer thriller my heart sank like a stone — yet more women…

Male order: Juliette Binoche as Isabelle in Let the Sunshine In

Maxine Peake is blistering in Funny Cow

21 April 2018 9:00 am

Two films about women this week. One, Funny Cow, is about a woman who daringly takes on men at their…

My knuckles went pure white and have yet to return to full colour: Custody reviewed

14 April 2018 9:00 am

Custody is both social realism and a thriller and it’s terrific. It is smart, beautifully acted, never crass about the…

Oakes Fegley as Ben and Julianne Moore as Lillian Mayhew in Wonderstruck

Plenty to wonder at – like who thought it was a good idea to make it: Wonderstruck reviewed

7 April 2018 9:00 am

Wonderstruck is a film by Todd Haynes and you will certainly be struck by wonder, often. You will wonder at…

It was good but I preferred slurping my genitals: Deborah’s dog reviews Isle of Dogs

31 March 2018 9:00 am

The latest film from Wes Anderson is a doggy animation set in a fantasy Japan and as there was a…

Unsensitive, Unhumane and Uncredible: Unsane reviewed

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Steven Soderbergh’s latest film, Unsane, is a psychological thriller about a woman who is incarcerated in a psychiatric hospital even…

A belt would have worked wonders: Rooney Mara as Mary Magdalene

Original sin

17 March 2018 9:00 am

This biopic of Mary Magdalene is a feminist retelling that may well be deserved but it’s so dreary and unremarkable…

Hammer horror

10 March 2018 9:00 am

You Were Never Really Here is a fourth feature from Lynne Ramsay (Ratcatcher, Morvern Callar, We Need to Talk About…

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…

Heavy-going and heavy-handed: Dark River reviewed

24 February 2018 9:00 am

Dark River is the much-anticipated third feature from British writer/director Clio Barnard and it is one of those bleak, rural-…

Girls having mums. That’s where it’s at: Saoirse Ronan as Lady Bird and Laurie Metcalf as Marion

I liked Shape of Water well enough but Lady Bird is where it’s at

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Lady Bird is a semi-autobiographical film written and directed by Greta Gerwig with a plot synopsis that need not detain…

Devastating but also more involving than you’d ever think possible: Loveless reviewed

10 February 2018 9:00 am

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless is, indeed, devastatingly loveless, as well as devastatingly pitiless, which does not sound hopeful. Yet it is…

Dressed to thrill: Vicky Krieps as Alma in Phantom Thread

Wonderfully fixating and wholly non-formulaic: Phantom Thread reviewed

3 February 2018 9:00 am

Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread is a lush psychosexual drama starring Daniel Day-Lewis as a pampered, tyrannical, pernickety 1950s couturier…

The miniaturists: Kristen Wiig and Matt Damon in Downsizing

Downsizing throws away its brilliant premise

27 January 2018 9:00 am

Downsizing is a film with the most brilliant premise. What if, to save the planet, we were all made tiny?…

Have they got news for you: Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee and Meryl Streep as Katharine Graham in The Post

You just can’t argue against Hanks and Streep: The Post reviewed

20 January 2018 9:00 am

Steven Spielberg’s The Post, which dramatizes the Washington Post’s publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971, doesn’t exactly push at…

Three Billboards is a hoot and a blast, which I never thought I’d say about a rape movie

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri does, indeed, feature three billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri. They have been placed at the roadside…

Indulgent rather than stinging satire: Brad’s Status reviewed

6 January 2018 9:00 am

Brad’s Status is a midlife crisis film starring Ben Stiller as a nearly 50-year-old man whose status anxiety is through…

Bang her up! Jessica Chastain as Molly Bloom in Aaron Sorkin’s Molly’s Game

If this is Aaron Sorkin’s riposte to those who criticise his portrayal of women, God help us

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Molly’s Game marks the directorial debut of Hollywood’s most celebrated screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin, and is based on his adaptation of…