Cinema

Tricky, and slightly sicky

29 July 2017 9:00 am

The Big Sick is a rom-com that’s smarter than most rom-coms, which isn’t saying much, admittedly. It stars a Muslim…

Visual, visceral, confusing

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk has already been described as ‘a masterpiece’ and ‘a glorious, breathtakingly vivid triumph’, but we need to…

Ladies first: Nicole Kidman as Miss Martha in Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled

This charming man

15 July 2017 9:00 am

Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled is set during the American Civil War and is about a wounded Union solider, Corporal John…

If you go down to the woods: Kelvin Harrison Jnr as Travis in It Comes at Night

Do not be afraid

8 July 2017 9:00 am

It Comes at Night is a horror film and I can’t say horror is my favourite genre. In fact, as…

Cut to the chase: Ansel Elgort as Baby in Baby Driver

Car trouble

1 July 2017 9:00 am

Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver is an action, heist, car-chase film that is said to reinvent the action, heist, car-chase film.…

Diane Keaton as Emily and Brendon Gleeson as Donald in Hampstead

Non-magnetic north

24 June 2017 9:00 am

Oh, Hampstead, what did you do to deserve Hampstead? Bet you wish the film-makers had pressed on down Fitzjohn’s Avenue…

1944 and all that

17 June 2017 9:00 am

The star of this film is the music, composed by Lorne Balfe. I really liked it, which was just as…

Static electricity

10 June 2017 9:00 am

My Cousin Rachel is an adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s mystery-romance and, even though it stars the forever wonderful Rachel…

A ragbag of pointless subplots: Geoffrey Rush and Javier Bardem in Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge

When will I ever learn?

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Oh, Pirates of the Caribbean, I have given you every chance down the years. Every chance. I am always hopeful.…

No laughing matter

20 May 2017 9:00 am

We love Amy Schumer. Fact. And we love Goldie Hawn. Fact. But can we love Snatched? Not so much, if…

The prodigal daughter: Ellie Kendrick as Clover in The Levelling

Farming today

13 May 2017 9:00 am

There are bigger entities landing at your local multiplex this week. An ancient indestructible franchise is re-re-(re-)booted in Alien: Covenant.…

Sweet and sour: Michelle Holmes (Sue, centre) and Siobhan Finneran (Rita, centre right) in ‘Rita, Sue and Bob Too’

Thatcher’s Britain with her knickers down

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Two 16-year-old schoolgirls from a sink estate in Bradford find fun and happiness by shacking up with a middle-aged married…

Plain terrific: Florence Pugh as Katherine in ‘Lady Macbeth’

Girl power

29 April 2017 9:00 am

Lady Macbeth, which has nothing to do with boring old Shakespeare beyond indicating a certain archetype (huge sighs of relief…

Lily Collins as Marla in ‘Rules Don’t Apply’

All dressed up, nowhere to go

22 April 2017 9:00 am

Rules Don’t Apply is Warren Beatty’s first film appearance in 15 years and his first as writer, director, producer and…

We love, love, love her: Charlotte Rampling as Veronica in ‘The Sense of an Ending’

Seeking closure

14 April 2017 11:00 pm

The Sense of an Ending is an adaptation of Julian Barnes’s 2011 Man Booker prize-winning novel starring Jim Broadbent (we…

Poetry in motion

8 April 2017 9:00 am

Films can be poetry — or like poetry; or poetic, at least — but can poetry ever be film? That…

Major to minor

1 April 2017 9:00 am

Ghost in the Shell is the Hollywood live-action remake of the 1995 Japanese anime of the same name and it’s…

Ginger Leigh Ryan in ‘All This Panic’

Hide and seek

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Two films for you this week, one of which is surprisingly good and one of which does not surprise in…

Got the message?

18 March 2017 9:00 am

To cut to the chase, my ten-year-old daughter really liked Beauty and the Beast. And given you’re probably going to…

Victim mentality

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Elle has been described as ‘a rape revenge comedy’, which seems unlikely, and also as ‘post-feminist’, which is likely as,…

Victim mentality

9 March 2017 3:00 pm

Elle has been described as ‘a rape revenge comedy’, which seems unlikely, and also as ‘post-feminist’, which is likely as,…

All the Raj: Gurinder Chadha’s ‘Viceroy’s House’

Parting shots

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Gurinder Chadha’s modern comedies have fun with cultural divides. Girls kick footballs in Bend It Like Beckham. A gaggle of…

All the Raj: Gurinder Chadha’s ‘Viceroy’s House’

Parting shots

2 March 2017 3:00 pm

Gurinder Chadha’s modern comedies have fun with cultural divides. Girls kick footballs in Bend It Like Beckham. A gaggle of…

Carry on screaming: Nathalie Baye as Martine in ‘It’s Only the End of the World’

Pump up the volume

23 February 2017 3:00 pm

Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World is one of those angst-ridden dramas focusing on what is commonly…

Carry on screaming: Nathalie Baye as Martine in ‘It’s Only the End of the World’

Pump up the volume

23 February 2017 3:00 pm

Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World is one of those angst-ridden dramas focusing on what is commonly…