Francesca Steele

Casey Affleck (Lee) and Lucas Hedges (Patrick) in Manchester By The Sea

Affleck carries the film – with the help of that jaw: Manchester By The Sea reviewed

11 January 2017 11:49

Everyone in Hollywood knows that if you want some good jaw-clenching you go to an Affleck brother. To older brother…

Shu Qi in The Assassin

Dull and impenetrable: Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s The Assassin reviewed

19 January 2016 11:39

Fans of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon be warned: this is not that. Never have I watched a film where the…


Magic Mike XXL reviewed: stripping can be sexy – but lying on a pinned-down woman’s face is not

6 July 2015 18:17

It’s hard to overstate how much I wanted to like Magic Mike XXL, the sequel to the 2012 Steven Soderbergh…


Entourage review: its obsession with boobs, babes and oiled up bodies continues

17 June 2015 14:54

Look, could everyone please stop denigrating the Entourage movie for spurious reasons like ‘it feels like an extended episode of…


The Falling reviewed: a film of beauty and magic

24 April 2015 12:37

Long live the glockenspiel, that typically dull percussion stalwart usually relegated to primary school memories, along with humdrum gym classes…

Eddie Redmayne accepts his award from Cate Blanchett
Picture: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

Oscars 2015: Neil Patrick Harris took it too far

23 February 2015 10:23

Birdman soared past longtime favourite Boyhood at the 87th Academy Awards, as Alejandro González Iñárritu’s hilarious Hollywood satire unexpectedly took…


Leviathan: the anti-Putin film the Russians tried to ban that’s tipped for an Oscar

6 November 2014 17:32

The funny thing about a film like Leviathan, which many expected to win the Palme d’Or at Cannes earlier this…