Film of the week: 12 Years a Slave
Steve McQueen’s best film yet deploys his signature style of painterly compositions and dexterous long takes to impress unflinchingly painful truths, says Calum Marsh.
Friday 10 January 2014
Film of the week: The Wolf of Wall Street
DiCaprio and Scorsese illustrate the lubricious art of blowing stock-market bubbles. This picaresque farce is a riot, says Nick Pinkerton.
Friday 17 January 2014
Film of the week: Inside Llewyn Davis
The Coens’ latest takes a left turn from their usual fables of heedless ambition to essay a listless 1960s folk singer, “boomeranging between bad memories and botched opportunities”, write J.M. Tyree and Ben Walters.
Friday 24 January 2014
Film of the week: Journal de France
Jonathan Romney visits an intimate, wistful portrait of France past and present through the eyes – and in the person – of its enigmatic documentary wayfarer Raymond Depardon.
Friday 31 January 2014
Film of the week: An Oversimplification of Her Beauty
Ashley Clark is bowled over by a dazzling, deliquescent, take-this-heart love movie.
Friday 7 February 2014
Film of the week: Her
Nick James considers technological creep and its creepy effects in Spike Jonze’s marvellously unsettling cybernautical romance.
Friday 14 February 2014
Film of the week: Stranger by the Lake
Lakeside cruising and what lies beneath: Ben Walters on a spellbinding erotic mystery from French writer-director Alain Guiraudie.
Friday 21 February 2014
Film of the week: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Fanciful fabrication, fanatical detail and an undertone of rue combine in Wes Anderson’s most complete Sachertorte yet, says Philip Kemp.
Friday 7 March 2014
Film of the week: Under the Skin
Scarlett Johansson falls to Scotland – and Jonathan Glazer launches us into yonder void. Samuel Wigley probes a terrifically estranging movie.
Thursday 13 March 2014
Film of the week: Starred Up
Michael Pattison on violence and vulnerability in a close-to-the-knuckle slice of prison life.
Thursday 20 March 2014
Review: The Wind Rises
Studio Ghibli’s Miyazaki Hayao signs off with a deeply personal paean to flight – and deeply ambiguous portrait of the artist as blinkered visionary. But what are his obligations to history, asks Andrew Osmond?
Friday 9 May 2014
Film of the week: Frank
Lenny Abrahamson’s biopic manqué of Frank Sidebottom shows us the impenetrable layers of papier-mâché between us and our heroes, says Ryan Gilbey.
Friday 9 May 2014
Film of the week: A Touch of Sin
Up and down contemporary China, Jia Zhangke imagines the violent fantasies of the powerless – and documents the violent fantasies of the mighty, writes Andrew Tracy.
Saturday 17 May 2014
Film of the week: Camille Claudel 1915
Bruno Dumont and Juliette Binoche follow their subject into Montdevergues asylum – with typically astringent results, says Graham Fuller.
Friday 20 June 2014
Film of the week: Boyhood
Twelve years go by in Richard Linklater’s ‘indie epic’, a simple, magical study of the subtle turns of life, says Ashley Clark.
Friday 11 July 2014
Film of the week: Norte, the End of History
Filipino arthouse hero Lav Diaz shoots for Balzacian social breadth and Dostoevskyian moral depth with this sprawling crime-and-punishment fable, his first to gain UK release. If only he would stretch himself, says Adrian Martin.
Thursday 17 July 2014
Film of the week: Night Moves
Adam Nayman on Kelly Reichardt’s latest tale of alienation and rue, a paranoid tragedy of eco-terrorism.
Thursday 28 August 2014
Film of the week: 20,000 Days on Earth
Nick Cave beckons you into the caverns of his mind, writes Trevor Johnston.
Thursday 18 September 2014
Film of the week: Ida
Pawel Pawlikowski condenses European (and cinematic) history into a “sad, small”, ineffably potent road movie of the soul, writes Catherine Wheatley.
Thursday 25 September 2014
Film of the week: Citizenfour
Portrait of the whistleblower: Laura Poitras’s ground-zero record of Edward Snowden’s revelations of national-security creep finds intensity in intimacy, says Nick Bradshaw.
Friday 31 October 2014
Mike Leigh’s biopic of the great Romantic painter is a wickedly gruff late-life tragicomedy and class critique, reports Isabel Stevens from its Cannes premiere. (Release date: 31 October.)