Film

Inhuman being: Scarlett Johansson as Lucy

Lucy: the shoot-outs, car chases and mysteries of the universe

23 August 2014 9:00 am

Here’s an idea for an article: The Tree of Life (2011) is the most influential film of the past decade.…

The bits of Magna Carta that David Cameron won’t want taught in schools

21 June 2014 8:00 am

The not-so-great charter David Cameron wants every child to be taught about Magna Carta. Some bits he might want to…

The starchy, conservative lawyer who freed every slave in England

14 June 2014 8:00 am

Slavery was ended in England not through blood and glory, but by the common law

Why Ken Loach hasn’t made a decent film since Kes

31 May 2014 9:00 am

He hasn’t made anything worth watching since Kes

Blue Ruin is unwatchable, bloody – but, from what I saw, rather good

3 May 2014 9:00 am

Blue Ruin is a low-budget yet highly accomplished revenge thriller although whether you have the stomach for it is another…

Simon Callow’s notebook: What it’s like to lose at an awards ceremony

8 March 2014 9:00 am

It was one of those weeks. On Monday, I was in four countries: I woke up at crack of dawn…

Harry Shearer on bringing out Richard Nixon’s feminine side

18 January 2014 9:00 am

Simpsons star Harry Shearer on what it takes to play the president

The Butler, about a black domestic in the White House, is too painfully obvious

16 November 2013 9:00 am

The Butler tells the story of an African–American butler at the White House who served eight American presidents over three…

'You can't handle the truth!' — the greatest courtroom dramas of all time

9 November 2013 9:00 am

As a new production of Twelve Angry Men opens in the West End, Robert Gore-Langton names his favourite courtroom dramas

Ryan Gosling couldn’t play Taki better than Taki

9 November 2013 9:00 am

Seduced and Abandoned is both a satire on film-making and a love letter to film-making and a joy. A documentary…

Scary monsters: the demon from Jacques Tourneur’s 1957 film

How I learned to start screaming and love the horror movie

2 November 2013 9:00 am

Peter Hoskin looks forward to being scared witless courtesy of the BFI’s feast of Gothic cinema

Philomena is Dame Judi’s film

2 November 2013 9:00 am

Philomena is based on the true story of an Irish woman searching for the son stolen from her by the…

Sandra Bullock must be blindfolded when she picks her movies

3 August 2013 9:00 am

Sandra Bullock is a highly watchable actress and she seems like she’d be fun to hang out with — I…

The World is Ever Changing, by Nicolas Roeg - a review

20 July 2013 9:00 am

‘Value and worth in any of the arts has always been about timing,’ writes British director Nicolas Roeg at the…

Nicolas Roeg interview: ‘I hate the term “sex scene”’

13 July 2013 9:00 am

At 85, the film director Nicolas Roeg is pleased to see the critics catching up with him