Film

Limp and lifeless: Freud’s Last Session reviewed

15 June 2024 9:00 am

Freud’s Last Session stars Anthony Hopkins and Matthew Goode and is a work of speculative fiction asking what would have…

Minor Linklater but fun: Hit Man reviewed

8 June 2024 9:00 am

Richard Linklater’s Hit Man is a minor Linklater but a minor Linklater is still an event. Also, after all those…

Craving some alien spider insanity? Sting’s the film for you

1 June 2024 9:00 am

This week, a horror film – and with it, a whole load of alien spider insanity. If you’ve been hankering…

The new Mad Max film is a betrayal of everything that made Fury Road so good

25 May 2024 9:00 am

Action films are boring. This isn’t really an opinion, it’s just demonstrably true. Try it for yourself: put on any…

Headed for the canon: Withnail and I, at the Birmingham Rep, reviewed

25 May 2024 9:00 am

After nearly 40 years, Withnail has arrived on stage. Sean Foley directs Bruce Robinson’s adaptation, which starts with a live…

Wonderfully special: La chimera reviewed

11 May 2024 9:00 am

La chimera, which, as in English, means something like ‘the unrealisable dream’, is the latest film from Italian writer/director Alice…

Tennis romance that doesn’t contain much tennis: Challengers reviewed

27 April 2024 9:00 am

It sounds straightforward enough: a tennis romance starring Zendaya, idol of the mid-teen demographic and last seen riding a sandworm…

Should beautiful actors be allowed to play those with plain faces?

20 April 2024 9:00 am

Sometimes I Think About Dying is one of those titles you want to shout back at – what? Only sometimes?…

You’ll want to claw your face off: Scoop reviewed

6 April 2024 9:00 am

Scoop is a dramatised account of the events leading up to the BBC’s 2019 Newsnight interview with Prince Andrew. The…

‘You cannot begin by calling me France’s most famous living artist!’: Sophie Calle interviewed

4 November 2023 9:00 am

‘You cannot begin by calling me France’s most famous living artist!’ Thus Sophie Calle objected to the first line of…

Outstanding and eye-opening doc about North Korea: Beyond Utopia review

4 November 2023 9:00 am

The documentary Beyond Utopia follows various families as they attempt to flee North Korea. It is eye-opening and outstanding. In…

Basic, plodding and lacking any actual horror: Doctor Jekyll reviewed

28 October 2023 9:00 am

Tis the season of horror, as it’s Halloween, which we celebrate in this house by turning off all the lights…

Epic, immersive and tiresomely long: Killers of the Flower Moon reviewed

21 October 2023 9:00 am

Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon is a Western crime drama that runs to three-and-a-half hours. (Sit on that,…

The miracle of The Miracle Club is that it does, I promise, end

14 October 2023 9:00 am

The Miracle Club, which is about a group of Irish women who travel to Lourdes, has a magnificent cast –…

Soapy and sentimental: Ken Loach’s The Old Oak reviewed

30 September 2023 9:00 am

Ken Loach has said The Old Oak will be his last film – he’s 87; the golf course probably beckons.…

The best drama without any drama that you’ll see: Past Lives reviewed

9 September 2023 9:00 am

Past Lives is an exquisite film made with great precision and care about what could have been, even if what…

Depardieu’s Maigret is the best yet: Maigret reviewed

2 September 2023 9:00 am

Georges Simenon’s lugubrious detective Maigret has appeared in umpteen screen adaptations and dozens of actors have played him. Now it’s…

Colourful, tender and sweet, grounded in magical rather than social realism: Scrapper reviewed

26 August 2023 9:00 am

Scrapper is a film about a working-class kid who, after her mother dies, has to look after herself. I know…

A brilliantly cruel Cosi and punkish Petrushka but the Brits disappoint: Festival d’Aix-en-Provence reviewed

26 August 2023 9:00 am

Aix is an odd place. It should be charming, with its dishevelled squares, Busby Berkeley-esque fountains, pretty ochres and pinks.…

Dense and spectacular – and not pink: Oppenheimer reviewed

29 July 2023 9:00 am

Oppenheimer is Christopher Nolan’s biopic of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the brilliant quantum physicist and ‘father of the atomic bomb’ who…