Cinema

Left to right: Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Brian D’Arcy James, Michael Keaton and John Slattery

Doing the wrong thing

28 January 2016 3:00 pm

Like The Revenant and The Big Short, Spotlight is yet another Oscar contender ‘based on true events’ — although it…

Fascinating, sexy, improbably compelling and scathingly funny: The Big Short reviewed

23 January 2016 9:00 am

The Big Short is a drama about the American financial collapse of 2008. It talks you through sub-prime mortgages, tranches,…

On the money

21 January 2016 3:00 pm

The Big Short is a drama about the American financial collapse of 2008. It talks you through sub-prime mortgages, tranches,…

Leonardo DiCaprio as Hugo Glass

I admired it - but also desperately wanted it to end: The Revenant reviewed

16 January 2016 9:00 am

The Revenant is a survival-against-the-odds film that so puts Leonardo DiCaprio through it I bet he was thinking, ‘I wish…

Leonardo DiCaprio as Hugo Glass

Endurance test

14 January 2016 3:00 pm

The Revenant is a survival-against-the-odds film that so puts Leonardo DiCaprio through it I bet he was thinking, ‘I wish…

Close encounters: Jacob Tremblay and Brie Larson in ‘Room’

Not as good as the book, but good enough: Room reviewed

9 January 2016 9:00 am

This is the week of The Hateful Eight, the latest Quentin Tarantino film, but Tarantino being Tarantino, there were no…

Close encounters: Jacob Tremblay and Brie Larson in ‘Room’

Mad about the boy

7 January 2016 3:00 pm

This is the week of The Hateful Eight, the latest Quentin Tarantino film, but Tarantino being Tarantino, there were no…

Eddie Redmayne as Lili Elbe in ‘The Danish Girl’

The Danish Girl is a film that is killed by good taste

2 January 2016 9:00 am

The Danish Girl is based on the true (if heavily revised and simplified) story of Lili Elbe, one of the…

Eddie Redmayne as Lili Elbe in ‘The Danish Girl’

Bad manners

31 December 2015 3:00 pm

The Danish Girl is based on the true (if heavily revised and simplified) story of Lili Elbe, one of the…

Julia Garner and Lily Tomlin in ‘Grandma’

Grandma: a feminist comedy that punches magnificently above its weight

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Apologies if you were expecting a review of Star Wars here, but Disney is not allowing critics access prior to…

Julia Garner and Lily Tomlin in ‘Grandma’

Grandma: a feminist comedy that punches magnificently above its weight

10 December 2015 3:00 pm

Apologies if you were expecting a review of Star Wars here, but Disney is not allowing critics access prior to…

Towering will-o’-the-wisp: Agyness Deyn as Chris Guthrie

Sunset Song is close to masterly

5 December 2015 9:00 am

Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s Sunset Song is the best-remembered title of a short career. Born in 1901, he was dead by…

Towering will-o’-the-wisp: Agyness Deyn as Chris Guthrie

The still point

3 December 2015 3:00 pm

Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s Sunset Song is the best-remembered title of a short career. Born in 1901, he was dead by…

Stagey and mannered: Cate Blanchett as Carol

I wanted to beat it with a stick and cry, ‘Get on with it!’: Carol reviewed

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Carol is an easy film to admire — so beautiful to look at; entirely exquisite — but such a hard…

Stagey and mannered: Cate Blanchett as Carol

I wanted to beat it with a stick and cry, ‘Get on with it!’: Carol reviewed

26 November 2015 3:00 pm

Carol is an easy film to admire — so beautiful to look at; entirely exquisite — but such a hard…

What’s it like to have a Nazi for a father?

21 November 2015 9:00 am

This is a documentary in which three men travel across Europe together, but they’re not pleasurably interrailing, even though there…

Sins of the fathers

19 November 2015 3:00 pm

This is a documentary in which three men travel across Europe together, but they’re not pleasurably interrailing, even though there…

Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs

Was Steve Jobs really a genius?

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Steve Jobs is a film about a man in whom I have little interest, but for 120 minutes I was…

Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs

Was Steve Jobs really a genius?

12 November 2015 3:00 pm

Steve Jobs is a film about a man in whom I have little interest, but for 120 minutes I was…

Saoirse Ronan as Eilis and Emory Cohen as Tony in ‘Brooklyn’

Traditional storytelling at its most exquisite: Brooklyn reviewed

7 November 2015 9:00 am

Brooklyn is a wee slip of a thing compared to the Bond film, Spectre, and cost $12 million, as opposed…

Saoirse Ronan as Eilis and Emory Cohen as Tony in ‘Brooklyn’

Lush, lyrical, exquisite

5 November 2015 3:00 pm

Brooklyn is a wee slip of a thing compared to the Bond film, Spectre, and cost $12 million, as opposed…

Sultry and dull: Daniel Craig as James Bond

Shaken, not stirred

29 October 2015 3:00 pm

Spectre is the 24th film in the Bond franchise, the fourth starring Daniel Craig, the second directed by Sam Mendes,…

Sultry and dull: Daniel Craig as James Bond

I wept only with frustration: Spectre reviewed

29 October 2015 9:00 am

Spectre is the 24th film in the Bond franchise, the fourth starring Daniel Craig, the second directed by Sam Mendes,…

Electrifying: Marlon Brando as a young man

Self-pitying, despairing, often delusional: the real Marlon Brando

24 October 2015 9:00 am

Listen to Me Marlon is a documentary portrait of Marlon Brando that has him burbling into your ear for 102…

Electrifying: Marlon Brando as a young man

Self-pitying, despairing, often delusional: the real Marlon Brando

22 October 2015 2:00 pm

Listen to Me Marlon is a documentary portrait of Marlon Brando that has him burbling into your ear for 102…