Film

The acting is very Scooby-Doo: Blithe Spirit reviewed

16 January 2021 9:00 am

The comedy Blithe Spiritwas written by Noël Coward in 1941. It is, essentially, about a séance going wrong and a…

Most artistic careers end in failure. Why does no one talk about this?

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Rosie Millard dispels the myth that persistence is always rewarded

Riveting: Dear Comrades! reviewed

9 January 2021 9:00 am

Andrei Konchalovsky’s Dear Comrades! is based on a true event and set in 1962 in the Russian city of Novocherkassk…

How Korean cinema mastered the art of horror

19 December 2020 9:00 am

The triumph of Korean cinema

Even I, a bitter and cynical middle-aged woman, felt stirred: Sylvie’s Love reviewed

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Sylvie’s Love is an exquisitely styled, swooning, old-school, period Hollywood romance and while it has been described as ‘glib’ in…

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…

What's an art form that feels unpopular and pointless, but isn't? Video art

12 December 2020 9:00 am

How did the universe begin? Did the great god Bumba vomit us up, as the Kuba believe? Or did we…

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…

It’ll blow you away: Collective reviewed

28 November 2020 9:00 am

When I recommend this documentary to people, telling them it follows the journalistic investigation into a fire that broke out…

Like a never-ending episode of The Jerry Springer Show: Hillbilly Elegy reviewed

21 November 2020 9:00 am

Hillbilly Elegy is an adaptation of the best-selling memoir, published in 2016, by J.D. Vance and it’s quite a story.…

The journalists who scripted the golden age of Hollywood

14 November 2020 9:00 am

Tanya Gold on the journalists who scripted the golden age of Hollywood

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 —…

The magic of cinema isn’t just about film

31 October 2020 9:00 am

Going to the movies was a religious experience

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…

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…

Why great speeches are made for stage and screen

10 October 2020 9:00 am

Curious thing, writer’s block. If you believe it exists. Terry Pratchett didn’t. ‘There’s no such thing,’ he said. ‘It was…

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…

This is what cinema is for: Netflix’s Cuties reviewed

19 September 2020 9:00 am

Cuties is the subject of a moral panic and a hashtag #CancelNetflix. It tells the story of Amy (Fathia Youssouf),…

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…

Half the fun of the animation – and much longer: Mulan reviewed

5 September 2020 9:00 am

Mulan is Disney’s latest live-action remake, coming in at 120 minutes, compared with the 1998 animation, which ran to 80.…

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…

Heavy-handed satire and schmaltz: American Pickle reviewed

8 August 2020 9:00 am

American Pickle is a comedy based on a short story by Simon Rich, originally published in the New Yorker, and…