Guru Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy. Photo: Rosie Hallam/Getty Images

Inside the Ecuadorian embassy with Julian Assange: Risk reviewed

25 May 2016 12:10

‘This film would not have been possible without the following encryption tools,’ is one of the least expected film credits…

Still from Winding Refn's The Neon Demon

Keanu Reeves’ asshole motel owner is one of the more sympathetic characters: Neon Demon reviewed

23 May 2016 12:53

The first time we see Elle Fanning in The Neon Demon, Nicolas Winding Refn’s cannibalistic catwalk, she’s reclining on a…

Still from Xavier Dolan's It's Only the End of the World

The wunderkind disappoints – but Cassel may take Best Actor: Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World reviewed

20 May 2016 17:36

‘This day fucking sucks,’ remark several characters over the course of Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World. It’s hard…

Kirsten Stewart in Olivier Assayas' Personal Shopper

Assayas’ Personal Shopper is slick, unnecessarily complex and totally irrelevant

20 May 2016 16:18

Creaking doors, rustling leaves and leaky taps make up the soundtrack of Olivier Assayas’ improbable horror film Personal Shopper. But…

This luvvies’ letter warning against Brexit isn’t worth the paper it’s written on

20 May 2016 8:22

Politicians from across the spectrum have had their say on Brexit. So, too, have various business leaders. Spy chiefs have…

A still from Pedro Almodóvar's latest, Julieta. Photo: Manolo Pavó / El Deseo

Great hairdos, love the wallpaper – shame about the movie: Almodóvar’s Julieta reviewed

19 May 2016 15:27

Pedro Almodóvar’s last two films were affronts to his reputation as a director. The Skin I Live In (2011) was…

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…

Stephen Hawking and his former wife Jane at the premiere of The Theory of Everything (Photo: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images)

Stephen Hawking is a misogynist. And The Theory of Everything is a whitewash

29 December 2015 10:00

We’re closing 2015 by republishing our ten most-read articles of the year. No9 is Tanya Gold’s piece from January, when The Theory…

Still from Dragon Inn

The ten best home video releases of 2015

7 December 2015 16:00

‘Tis the season for end-of-year lists. Here is mine. It’s for the ten best home video releases of 2015; which…

A still from the film Cairo Drive

The films the Arab world doesn’t want you to see

4 November 2015 16:35

‘I want a woman to be President,’ declared one of the ambulance drivers interviewed by Sherief Elkatsha for his film…

Richard Strauss at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Photo: Erich Auerbach/Getty Images

Richard Strauss was no conservative

17 October 2015 12:13

With the ardent zeal characteristic of the freshly converted, I found myself channelling waves of anger towards Stanley Kubrick. The…

Chernobyl's radar station, Duga-3, is the star of Chad Gracia's documentary 'The Russian Woodpecker' about what really happened in Chernobyl in 1986. Photo: Sundance

Conspiracies, hookers and bombs – welcome to the Odessa Film Festival

30 July 2015 13:16

Odessa, the pearl of the Black Sea, is one of the most charming port cities you can imagine, the centre…


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…

Soviet Colonel who prevented 1983 nuclear response

Meet Stanislav Petrov – the cantankerous man who saved the world

1 July 2015 9:36

I’ve just watched a rather good DVD. This happens so rarely that I thought I’d share the fact with you.…


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…


What Afghan soldiers really think – the same as us

19 May 2015 11:36

‘The NATO Commander in Eastern Afghanistan has said that this year 54 foreign bases have already been closed…’ Last December…


Force Majeure reviewed: meaty and hilarious – but it may wreck your relationship

24 April 2015 13:13

If you’re unsure about the man (or woman) you’re dating, go and see this film. It’ll cause rifts in a…


Russell Brand’s The Emperor’s New Clothes reviewed: ‘uncomfortable viewing’

23 April 2015 13:45

For the past year Russell Brand – who is worth an estimated £10 million – has been making a film…


The trailer for the new Star Wars film suggests it could be the best yet

17 April 2015 16:30

If the Fast & Furious team made Casablanca 2 (‘Morocco Drift’) it would be a more artistically credible, better acted,…

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Jeffrey Archer: Bollywood plagiarised my books

4 March 2015 15:56

Jeffrey Archer is none too impressed with the Bollywood film industry. In an interview with India’s DNA Newspaper, he said that…

Eddie Redmayne accepts his award from Cate Blanchett
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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…

Emir Kusturica in Andrićgrad

Emir Kusturica interview: why Slavoj Žižek is a fraud

19 February 2015 8:00

Last month I was invited on a press trip to Serbia. The whole thing sounded great; free accommodation, free food,…

Vladimir Urin, head of the Bolshoi Theatre Photo: Corbis

The Kremlin is dictating Russian culture once more – and it’s neo-Soviet and anti-Western

18 February 2015 14:42

It’s suddenly gone icy-cold in Russia’s arts relations with us and the US. Last year’s Russia-UK Year of Culture just…

Mr Turner. Photo: Kobal Collection

Deborah Ross’s top five films of 2014

23 December 2014 14:55

1. Mr Turner Mike Leigh’s infinitely superior biopic starring a sublime, if grunty, Timothy Spall. 2. 12 Years A Slave…

Mike Nichols collecting an AFI Life Achievement  Award

The Spectator’s original review of The Graduate, directed by Mike Nichols

20 November 2014 13:57

This review first appeared in The Spectator on 15 August 1968. In the United States The Graduate is already as…