Film

Boldly and brilliantly unoriginal: Kermode and Mayo’s Take reviewed

21 May 2022 9:00 am

Last April Fools’ Day, Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo wound up their award-winning film review show on BBC Radio 5…

Quietly devastating: Benediction reviewed

21 May 2022 9:00 am

Terence Davies’s Benediction is a biopic of the first world war poet Siegfried Sassoon told with great feeling and tenderness.…

The nightmare of making films about poets

21 May 2022 9:00 am

Craig Raine on the challenges of translating poets’ lives and work to the screen

Should have been even longer with less gore: The Northman reviewed

7 May 2022 9:00 am

In Rus, which we now call Ukraine, Amleth (Alexander Skarsgard) begins his pursuit of revenge. A sea captain who later…

Fellowes fluffs it: Downton Abbey – A New Era reviewed

30 April 2022 9:00 am

Downton Abbey: A New Era is the second film spin-off from the TV series and, like the first, it doesn’t…

Disney's rococo roots

23 April 2022 9:00 am

A clever, original exhibition at the Wallace Collection has Laura Freeman twirling her way through the West End

A hoot: The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent reviewed

23 April 2022 9:00 am

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent stars Nicolas Cage playing a version of Nicolas Cage, in a parody of Nicolas…

Mostly gripping – and boasts not one but two Mr Darcys: Operation Mincemeat reviewed

16 April 2022 9:00 am

Operation Mincemeat is based on the book by Ben Macintyre, which in turn is based on what Sir Hugh Trevor-Roper…

Was Thomas Edison guilty of murder?

16 April 2022 9:00 am

In September 1890 a Frenchman called Louis Le Prince left his brother in Dijon and boarded a train to Paris,…

Will put you in mind of Lost in Translation: Compartment No. 6 reviewed

9 April 2022 9:00 am

Compartment No. 6 is set aboard a long train journey across Russia, a country we don’t hear much of these…

Oscars diary: a jaw-dropping night

2 April 2022 9:00 am

Oscar week is intense – and it’s been a while since it’s been as intense. The red carpet is full…

Didn't deserve an Oscar: Coda reviewed

2 April 2022 9:00 am

This year the Oscar for best film went to the drama Coda– ‘Child of Deaf Adults’ – but the ceremony…

You will feel nothing: The Worst Person in the World reviewed

26 March 2022 9:00 am

The Worst Person in the World is a Norwegian film that has made a big splash. To date, its star…

Fun, good-natured and schmaltzy: Phantom of the Open reviewed

19 March 2022 9:00 am

Phantom of the Open is a comedy-drama telling a true story that would have to be true as no one…

A compelling, if flawed, example of the new American noir: Red Rocket reviewed

12 March 2022 9:00 am

Mikey (Simon Rex) first appears striding down a road in utterly wrecked jeans and shirt. He is carrying nothing and…

Humourless and stale: The Batman reviewed

5 March 2022 9:00 am

The latest Batman film, The Batman, may be a reboot, or even a reboot of a rebooted reboot that’s been…

Perfection: The Duke reviewed

26 February 2022 9:00 am

The Duke is an old-fashioned British comedy caper that is plainly lovely and a joy. Based on a true story,…

May put you off Chaplin for ever: The Real Charlie Chaplin reviewed

19 February 2022 9:00 am

Charlie Chaplin is one of the most famous movie stars ever and is certainly the most famous movie star with…

Staggeringly confident and powerful: After Love reviewed

12 February 2022 9:00 am

As there are no stand-out films this week aside from Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Death on the Nile — is…

Sounds ghastly but it's somehow riveting: The Souvenir – Part II reviewed

5 February 2022 9:00 am

The Souvenir: Part II is Joanna Hogg’s follow-up to The Souvenir (2019) but it’s not your regular sequel. It’s not…

Unpredictable, delicious and flamboyantly stunning: Parallel Mothers reviewed

29 January 2022 9:00 am

Pedro Almodovar’s latest is a film about identity, secrets, lies, buried skeletons, real and metaphorical. But what you mainly need…

Manipulative and sentimental but also affectionate: Belfast reviewed

22 January 2022 9:00 am

After Artemis Fowl and Murder on the Orient Express you may have had concerns about Kenneth Branagh ever helming a…

Robert Harris on Boris Johnson, cancel culture and rehabilitating Chamberlain

22 January 2022 9:00 am

Nigel Jones talks to the writer Robert Harris about Blair, Johnson and Polanski, cancel culture and his quest to rehabilitate Neville Chamberlain

My clash with Maureen Lipman

22 January 2022 9:00 am

After my Unapologetic Diaries were published recently, I was apparently accused of offending several people. At a lavish Christmas lunch…

The unexpected brilliance of Don’t Look Up

15 January 2022 9:00 am

I wasn’t looking forward to seeing Don’t Look Up, the new satirical film on Netflix. It’s about a couple of…