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…

Adolf Hitler with Hans Frank in the background (Photo: Getty)

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…

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…

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…

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…

Riding high: Ben Foster as Lance Armstrong in 'The Program'

The Program could do with a good dose of performance-enhancing drugs

17 October 2015 8:00 am

The Program, as directed by Stephen Frears, is a biopic of Lance Armstrong, the American cyclist and ‘sporting hero’ who…

Her face is one of those faces you can't stop watching: Carey Mulligan in 'Suffragette'

They do more than just ninny about in elaborate hats, thank Christ: Suffragette reviewed

10 October 2015 9:00 am

Suffragette is one of those films in which the parts are greater than the sum. Or, in this instance, the…

The Shepperton surrealist: J.G. Ballard outside his house

Modernity, whisky and cats: the J.G. Ballard I knew

10 October 2015 9:00 am

That cinema is having another Ballardian moment will surprise few fans. J.G. Ballard, who died of cancer in 2009 at…

Michael Fassbender: animal magnetism but no clue as to what oils Macbeth’s cogs

Horridly magnificent - but real problems occur when anyone opens their mouth: Macbeth reviewed

3 October 2015 9:00 am

Who goes to big-screen Shakespeare? Not theatre-goers much, and with reason. Apart from the odd corker by Kurosawa, arguably Olivier…

Margit Carstensen as Petra, downing gin and grovelling on her deep-pile carpet, in ‘The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant’

Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s films verge on the incomprehensible — but that doesn’t stop him being a genius

3 October 2015 8:00 am

London’s Goethe-Institut has a two-month season of films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder (whose 70th anniversary it’s celebrating), but only five…

Andrew Garfield in 99 Homes

It will tear your heart out: 99 Homes reviewed

26 September 2015 8:00 am

99 Homes is an American drama about house repossession. Bummer, you might think, but here is what you don’t yet…

The ascent of man: Michael Kelly as Jon Krakauer

All about the climb (and little else): Everest reviewed

19 September 2015 8:00 am

‘Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side,’ sang Miley Cyrus. ‘It’s the climb.’ She’s not usually a musician to…

Tom Hardy as Ronnie Kray

Tom Hardy is dazzling — but the film isn’t: Legend reviewed

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Legend is a biopic of the Kray twins starring Tom Hardy as Reggie and Tom Hardy as Ronnie, so it’s…

The Second Mother

A film about class and the female experience that won’t make you want to run for the hills: The Second Mother reviewed

5 September 2015 9:00 am

The Second Mother is a Brazilian film concerning a wealthy family, their live-in housekeeper, and the arrival of the housekeeper’s…

The face of a film: Charlotte Rampling is hypnotic in ‘45 Years’

A film in which nothing happens — yet everything happens: 45 Years reviewed

29 August 2015 9:00 am

Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years stars Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay as a long married couple whose relationship is disturbed by…

Gemma Arterton as Gemma Bovery, the male sexual fantasy made flesh, and Fabrice Luchini as Joubert

Gemma Bovery does not work as a film in any way whatsoever

22 August 2015 9:00 am

Gemma Bovery is a modern-day refashioning of Gustave Flaubert’s literary masterpiece Madame Bovary, and while such refashionings can work well…

Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow get serious in Trainwreck

Trainwreck wastes Amy Schumer’s talents

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Trainwreck is a romcom as written and directed by Amy Schumer, the American comedy prodigy whose Comedy Central sketch show…

Joel Edgerton in The Gift

The plot has enough holes to file the Albert Hall: The Gift reviewed

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Were you ever not very nice at school? A bit of a tosspot to others, perhaps. Ever so slightly a…

You can’t keep your eyes off Iris

Fashion tips - and replacement hips - from a nonagenarian style icon: Iris reviewed

1 August 2015 9:00 am

Iris is a documentary portrait of Iris Apfel, the nonagenarian New York fashion icon. Nope, me neither, but that’s irrelevant,…


The Legend of Barney Thomson reviewed: comedy is sought but, alas, never properly found

25 July 2015 9:00 am

The Legend of Barney Thomson is the directorial debut of actor Robert Carlyle, and it’s one of those black comedies…

Charmless and boring: James Franco as Christian Longo

True Story does not deserve to have been told

18 July 2015 9:00 am

True Story is based on the book True Story, which is itself based on a true story, so there is…


I honestly had no idea how rubbish The Choir would be

11 July 2015 9:00 am

If heartwarming, against-the-odds, triumph-over-adversity, wrong-side-of-the-tracks films float your boat and you are in no way demanding then The Choir is…

Amy Winehouse: ‘not a fake bone in her tiny body’

Masterly and heartbreaking: Amy reviewed

4 July 2015 9:00 am

Asif Kapadia’s documentary about Amy Winehouse, whom Tony Bennett describes as ‘one of the truest jazz singers that ever lived’,…

Imogen Poots and Owen Wilson

She's Funny That Way isn't funny at all

27 June 2015 9:00 am

The writer and director Peter Bogdanovich has made three of my favourite films of all time (The Last Picture Show,…