Cinema

Quietly devastating: Nowhere Special reviewed

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Not one, but two British films this week, one that’s only being screened at the cinema (if you’re brave enough)…

Lame and formulaic: Black Widow reviewed

17 July 2021 9:00 am

Black Widow is the latest Marvel film and although I’d sworn off these films a while ago, due to sheer…

If you didn’t love Jansson already, you will now: Tove reviewed

10 July 2021 9:00 am

Tove is a biopic of the Finnish artist Tove Jansson who, most famously, created the Moomins, that gentle family of…

An unrewarding slog: Thomas Vinterberg's Another Round reviewed

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round has been heaped with awards: an Oscar, a Bafta, it swept the European Film Awards. And…

Tucci and Firth are like Eric and Ernie but sexier: Supernova reviewed

26 June 2021 9:00 am

At the time Supernova went into production one headline read: ‘What did we do to deserve a love story starring…

Blissfully colourful, fun and basic: In The Heights reviewed

19 June 2021 9:00 am

In The Heights is an adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash-hit stage musical — the one he wrote before Hamilton —…

Anthony Hopkins's portrayal of dementia will undo you: The Father reviewed

12 June 2021 9:00 am

The Father is an immensely powerful film about dementia starring Sir Anthony Hopkins, who was asleep in his bed in…

Definitely the best cow film of the year: First Cow reviewed

29 May 2021 9:00 am

Kelly Reichardt’s First Cowstars John Magaro, Orion Lee, Toby Jones, and a Jersey cow listed in the credits as ‘Evie’,…

Children will love it – alas: Peter Rabbit 2 reviewed

22 May 2021 9:00 am

The cinemas finally reopened this week and what better way to celebrate than with Peter Rabbit 2? You’ll probably be…

Riveting and heartbreaking: Sound of Metal reviewed

10 April 2021 9:00 am

The multi-Oscar-nominated Sound of Metalstars Riz Ahmed as a heavy-metal drummer whose life is in freefall after losing his hearing.…

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…

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…

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 —…

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…

Like a weird episode of Downton – with less sexual chemistry: Rebecca reviewed

17 October 2020 9:00 am

Rebecca is a new adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s gothic, twisted, never-out-of-print tale of sexual jealousy. It’s directed by Ben…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Gorgeous and electrifying: And Then We Danced reviewed

28 March 2020 9:00 am

The film you want to see this week that you mightn’t have seen if you weren’t stuck at home is…