Cinema

What James Bond and Aristophanes have in common

9 October 2021 9:00 am

So James Bond is back, doing exactly what he always does, inviting the audience into a fantasy world for the…

Has Covid killed criticism?

9 October 2021 9:00 am

A world without criticism is just advertising

In defence of Marvel

2 October 2021 9:00 am

A global pandemic is no match for the Marvel multiverse, says Rosie Millard

The time is up for long films

2 October 2021 9:00 am

Why do films have to go on for so long?

Awards season loses its shine when no one can go to the cinema

20 March 2021 9:00 am

The inevitable listlessness of this year’s awards season

How Korean cinema mastered the art of horror

19 December 2020 9:00 am

The triumph of Korean cinema

The only man who didn’t want to be Cary Grant was Cary Grant himself

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Cary Grant was a hoax so sublime his creator struggled to escape him. He was a metaphor, too, for the…

Why I won't mourn the death of the cinema

13 December 2020 6:00 pm

You could smell the stale popcorn and rancid carpet from the other end of the high street but that unmistakable…

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 —…

The magic of cinema isn’t just about film

31 October 2020 9:00 am

Going to the movies was a religious experience

The genius of stop-motion wizard Ray Harryhausen

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Claudia Massie explores the cinematic majesty and mind-bending visual trickery of stop-motion wizard Ray Harryhausen

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…

Worth catching the virus for: Saint Frances reviewed

25 July 2020 9:00 am

Two films about young women this week, one at the cinema, if you dare, and one to stream, if you…

Drive-in cinemas are back – but for how long?

18 July 2020 9:00 am

Tanya Gold on the rise and fall of drive-in cinema

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…

Not merely funny but somehow also joyous: Sky One's Brassic reviewed

9 May 2020 9:00 am

Danny Brocklehurst, the scriptwriter for Sky One’s Brassic, used to work for Shameless in its glory days — although if…

The director that everyone loved to hate: David Thomson interviews Peter Bogdanovich

21 March 2020 9:00 am

David Thomson talks to the director about Buster Keaton, falling out of favour with Hollywood, and his mentor Orson Welles

The film that shaped my vision of the world

29 February 2020 9:00 am

Joyce Marriott of Pyrton, Oxford, has written a letter to the Times on the subject of how a person’s imagination…

I’ve found the perfect family film (eventually)

11 January 2020 9:00 am

As a member of Bafta, I get sent about 75 ‘screeners’ during the awards season, which is always a treat…

How could any woman fail to be won over by my new cinema room?

14 December 2019 9:00 am

As Christmas approaches, fighting has broken out in the Young household. No, I’m not talking about my three boys, aged…

Sergio Leone’s 1968 Once Upon a Time in the West

Quentin Tarantino on how spaghetti westerns shaped modern cinema

1 June 2019 9:00 am

The movie that made me consider filmmaking, the movie that showed me how a director does what he does, how…

Manspreading, The Movie: Loro reviewed

20 April 2019 9:00 am

Fans of Paolo Sorrentino’s Il Divo, The Great Beauty (which won an Oscar) and his HBO series, The Young Pope,…

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…

Don’t believe the sales figures – DVDs are thriving

4 November 2017 9:00 am

According to the accountants’ ledgers, DVDs are dying. Sales of those shiny discs, along with their shinier sibling the Blu-ray,…

Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot

The death of cosy Christie

4 November 2017 9:00 am

This is not Midsomer Murders. The new film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express is thick with…