Film

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

16 March 2017 16:18

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

Why we need to cancel the Oscars to save the Oscars

22 February 2017 16:38

Oscar has a problem, and I say that as a fan. If I could, I’d take one of those famous…

I want Elle to win an Oscar – but I also wish it hadn’t been made

22 February 2017 16:02

Is it possible simultaneously to want a film to win an Oscar and to wish it hadn’t been made? That’s…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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,…

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…

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 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,…