Cinema

Sexed-up pacifism

21 May 2015 1:00 pm

Big-screen documentaries never change the world. Blackfish has not shortened the queues to see maltreated killer whales leap through hoops…

Seeking a berth in Valhalla: Nicholas Hoult as Nux in ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

Mad Max: Fury Road reviewed - your inner 12-year-old will be in heaven

16 May 2015 9:00 am

No one goes slack-jawed in wonder at the movies any more. In our cyber-enabled times, kid designers can mega-pixelate any…

Seeking a berth in Valhalla: Nicholas Hoult as Nux in ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

To the maddest max

14 May 2015 1:00 pm

No one goes slack-jawed in wonder at the movies any more. In our cyber-enabled times, kid designers can mega-pixelate any…

Top Five reviewed: Chris Rock hits rock bottom

9 May 2015 9:00 am

The oeuvre of Chris Rock may not be fully known in this parish. He was the African-American stand-up who made…

Rock bottom

7 May 2015 1:00 pm

The oeuvre of Chris Rock may not be fully known in this parish. He was the African-American stand-up who made…

Spirited but always stylish: Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba

Far from the Madding Crowd reviewed: a proper film with proper acting and a proper story

2 May 2015 9:00 am

Firstly, a message to all Marvel fanboys: there is nothing for you here. Nothing. No CGI, no endless battles, no…

Spirited but always stylish: Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba

Crowd pleaser

30 April 2015 1:00 pm

Firstly, a message to all Marvel fanboys: there is nothing for you here. Nothing. No CGI, no endless battles, no…

Back to black: Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow

Avengers: Age of Ultron reviewed - confusing, undramatic, repetitive and loud

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Avengers: Age of Ultron is the second film in the Avengers franchise, as written and directed by Joss Whedon, and…

Back to black: Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow

Superheroic failure

23 April 2015 1:00 pm

Avengers: Age of Ultron is the second film in the Avengers franchise, as written and directed by Joss Whedon, and…

Gardeners’ world: Alan Rickman (Louis XIV) and Kate Winslet (Sabine De Barra) at Versailles

A Little Chaos review: Kate Winslet emotes her little socks off

18 April 2015 9:00 am

A Little Chaos is a period drama directed by Alan Rickman and starring Kate Winslet as a woman charged to…

Ryan Reynolds and Helen Mirren in ‘Woman in Gold’

Woman in Gold review: even Helen Mirren is weighed down by the script’s banalities

11 April 2015 9:00 am

Woman in Gold feels rather like a Jewish version of Philomena as this too is about an older woman seeking…

Portrait of a director: Robert Altman

I always think I'm going to hate Baumbach's films and never do: While We're Young reviewed

4 April 2015 9:00 am

Every time I sit down to a Noah Baumbach film I think I’m going to hate it, but I never…

Lily James's Cinderella is more of a doormat than my actual doormat

28 March 2015 9:00 am

Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella is a Disney film based on a Disney film, so is double Disney, if you like. It…

The Voices review: a hateful, repellent, empty film

21 March 2015 9:00 am

The Voices is ‘a dark comedy about a serial killer’, which is not an overcrowded genre, and I think we…

Suite Francaise review: what is this film playing at, when it comes to Jews in attics?

14 March 2015 9:00 am

Suite Française is being billed as a second world war romance about ‘forbidden love’ and, in this regard, it is…

Still Alice review: you can see why Julianne Moore won an Oscar but the film’s still boring

7 March 2015 9:00 am

There’s always seemed something masklike about Julianne Moore’s face: she seems walled in by her beauty. When she smiles, the…

The Boy Next Door reviewed: a terrible new J-Lo movie that's disturbingly enjoyable

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Stateside critics, who panned Jennifer Lopez’s new film The Boy Next Door on its US release last month, may be…

Fifty Shades of Grey, review: ‘Use a condom!’ my sister shouted

21 February 2015 9:00 am

And so, in the end, I went with my sister, Toni, to see Fifty Shades of Grey and we saw…

A humdinger of a plus: Alfred Molina and John Lithgow in ‘Love Is Strange’

Love Is Strange review: subtle and nuanced in ways which, I’m assuming, Fifty Shades is not

14 February 2015 9:00 am

You will be wondering why I haven’t seen Fifty Shades of Grey as this is very much Fifty Shades of…

King maker: David Oyelowo in ‘Selma’, the best performance of the year not nominated for an Oscar

Selma review: rich, nuanced, heartbreaking

7 February 2015 9:00 am

Selma, the civil rights film that stars David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, undoubtedly contains the best and most powerful…

Trash, review: trash by name, trash by nature

31 January 2015 9:00 am

Trash is the sort of film one desperately wishes to be kind about — heart supremely, if not burstingly, in…

A Most Violent Year, review: mesmerising performances - and coats

24 January 2015 9:00 am

A Most Violent Year is a riveting drama even though I can’t tell you what it’s about, or even what…

Wild made me want to puke

17 January 2015 9:00 am

Wild is yet another film based on a true story, as currently seems to be in vogue for some reason.…

Channing Tatum and Steve Carell

Foxcatcher: piercing, shattering, spellbinding

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Foxcatcher is a crime drama (of sorts) that has already been dubbed ‘Oscarcatcher!’ as it barely puts a foot wrong.…

Birdman: plenty to see, little to feel

3 January 2015 9:00 am

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, which stars Michael Keaton as a one-time superhero movie star (just like Keaton himself), is audacious…