Divines review: an exuberant young female buddy thriller
This go-its-own-way banlieu barnstormer from the self-taught Houda Benyamina was officially the best debut feature at Cannes 2016, says Isabel Stevens.
Sunday 22 May 2016
Film of the week: Silence, Martin Scorsese’s journey through the valley of doubt
With an interiority even stronger than its historical sweep, Scorsese’s epic portrait of the trials and temptations of a Jesuit missionary in seventeenth-century Japan gives us one of the director’s most tortured accounts of spiritual exile, writes Richard Combs.
Sunday 1 January 2017
Upbeat film of the week: La La Land – a modern musical of stardust and blues
Damien Chazelle’s irresistibly fleet-footed reboot of the classical Hollywood musical makes earthy whimsy from a story of love versus creative dedication, says Erika Balsom.
Saturday 14 January 2017
Downbeat film of the week: Manchester by the Sea – a bracing portrait of grief
With an outstandingly icy Casey Affleck as a mournful loner drawn back into his old fold, Kenneth Lonergan’s New England community study is a masterful, darkly American account of a heart in the dead of January, says Nick Pinkerton.
Saturday 14 January 2017
Jackie review: portrait of the icon under the shadow
Pablo Larraín’s prismatic take on a newly widowed Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis explores the legend-cultivating icon, but doesn’t much lift the veil on anything human, says Tom Charity.
Friday 16 September 2016
Film of the week: Cameraperson, an inside-out documentary of lives across the lens
Highly journeyed nonfiction cinematographer Kirsten Johnson unfolds the vitality and ethical conundrums of her art in this essay-cum-diary-cum-scrapbook of professional and personal outtakes, writes Hannah McGill.
Friday 27 January 2017
Film of the week: Toni Erdmann – a shaggy dad comedy with a deep bite
Maren Ade’s glorious original plays out a running battle of manners between a get-ahead daughter and her wind-up artist father in a corporatised corner of Bucharest – and cuts to the quick, says Catherine Wheatley.
Thursday 2 February 2017
Film of the week: 20th Century Women – a rich ensemble character drama
A wonderful Annette Bening performance as a child of the Depression turned 1970s single mother undergirds Mike Mills’ complex, empathetic portrait of a female-led surrogate family on the cusp of another new era, writes Pamela Hutchinson.
Friday 10 February 2017
Prevenge review: Alice Lowe’s broody slasher satire
Look who’s stalking: director-star Alice Lowe lets it all hang out as a psycho mum-to-be in this wicked send-up of pregnancy mores, says Michael Leader.
Friday 23 September 2016
Film of the week: Moonlight, a prism of repression and desire, awash in poetry
Barry Jenkins’ three-ages portrait of a queer black youth comes bearing a weight of significance; but its nuanced ensemble performances and agile formalism give it a rare beauty and tenderness, writes Adam Nayman.
Thursday 16 February 2017
Film of the week: The Fits explores the feints and bounds of girlhood
This intensely physical debut film from Anna Rose Holmer sets its tale of growing up, fitting in and breaking out in a community gym where a teenage tomboy exchanges her boxing gloves for a sequinned leotard. But does it duck the challenge of addressing social questions, asks Ginette Vincendeau?
Thursday 23 February 2017
Film of the week: Certain Women, Kelly Reichardt’s minimalist Montana triptych
Pitch-perfect performances, muted cinematography and austere direction make these three stories of tired, tender women emotionally compelling without a moment of melodrama, writes Kate Stables.
Thursday 2 March 2017
Film of the week: Elle – far deeper (and more disquieting) than a rape-revenge thriller
Isabel Huppert’s darkly defiant bourgeois renegade turns the tables on her rapist in Paul Verhoeven’s masterfully twisted meditation on human bondage, write Adrian Martin and Cristina Álvarez López.
Friday 10 March 2017
Personal Shopper – first look
A medium-cool Kristen Stewart shops and flirts with dropping in Olivier Assayas’s modern mystical Paris, says Nick James.
Wednesday 18 May 2016
Film of the week: Graduation offers a riveting look at a rotten system
Cristian Mungiu’s fourth feature tells a cautionary tale of petty corruption in Romania with a mixture of Renoiresque empathy and Haneke-style moral rigour, writes Michael Brooke.
Thursday 30 March 2017
Neruda – first look
The latest from Chile’s beady-eyed Pablo Larraín is a ludic thriller about exiled poet and enemy of the junta Pablo Neruda that plays cat and mouse games with fact and fiction, says Wendy Ide.
Sunday 15 May 2016
Film of the week: A Quiet Passion – Terence Davies and Cynthia Nixon conjure Emily Dickinson in fetters
Terence Davies’s biopic of the aberrant American poet gives free reign to an artist impeded in her lifetime, says Thirza Wakefield.
Friday 7 April 2017
Raw – first look
Chloe Roddick hails a fresh feminine (and sororal) horror from French first feature director Julia Ducournau, set in the blank spaces of a veterinary college.
Saturday 21 May 2016
Film of the week: Get Out, a surreal satire of racial tension
Jordan Peele’s debut film is a brilliantly inventive horror that skewers the insecurities and injustices of modern America, says Trevor Johnston.
Thursday 16 March 2017
Film of the week: Aquarius puts Sonia Braga in the belly of elite Brazil
Braga’s complex, formidable widow fights her ground against Recife’s encroaching property developers in Kleber Mendonça Filho’s deft, trenchant follow-up to Neighbouring Sounds, says Jonathan Romney.
Friday 24 March 2017
Film of the week: The Handmaiden, Park Chan-wook’s intricate erotic intrigue
This adaptation of Sarah Waters’ Fingersmith from the South Korean director of Oldboy cocoons a tale of illicit lesbian passion in an intricate, mutable narrative that’s as labyrinthine as its gothic mansion setting, writes Jonathan Romney.
Thursday 13 April 2017
Casting JonBenet review: an uncanny quest
Kitty Green’s documentary about a notorious American murder case uses a sequence of auditions to probe our reactions to the mystery, writes Sophie Brown.
Wednesday 8 February 2017
Film of the week: Lady Macbeth pares the period film back to its bones
In William Oldroyd’s compelling psychological drama, Florence Pugh delivers an unforgettable performance as a chattel bride seeking revenge and sovereignty at all costs, writes Pamela Hutchinson.
Thursday 27 April 2017
Film of the week: The Levelling unearths secrets from a sodden landscape
Hope Dickson Leach’s powerful and precise debut feature stages a family tragedy in flood-ravaged Somerset, where stifled emotions threaten to overflow like river water, writes Anton Bitel.
Thursday 11 May 2017
Film of the week: My Life as a Courgette, a joyful cartoon about damaged children
Claude Barras’s marvellous stop-motion feature juggles the troubles, dreams and fortitude of a boy in a children’s home with deft realism, says Hannah McGill.
Friday 2 June 2017
Film of the week: The Red Turtle is a dream of a desert island movie
Delicate, elegant and profound, Michael Dudok de Wit’s collaboration with Studio Ghibli is a touching tale of man’s uneasy relationship to nature, set in a sinister paradise, writes Kate Stables.
Friday 26 May 2017
The Other Side of Hope review: Aki Kaurismäki salutes the down and dogged
Nick James reports on the latest from Finland’s deadpan morose-romantic master, a Chaplinesque fable of two disparate strivers commingling in Helsinki.
Wednesday 15 February 2017
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail review – Steve James meets the minnows of mortgage fraud
Tom Charity on Steve James’s documentary portrait of a (sometimes too) friendly family firm of Chinese-American bankers – and their post-banking crash prosecution.
Tuesday 20 September 2016
Review: Wonder Woman defies the warring bores
Gal Gadot’s empathic anti-warrior puts the hero back in ‘superhero’, and a chink of likeability in the Warners/DC cinematic universe, says Kim Newman.
Thursday 1 June 2017
Film of the week: By the Time It Gets Dark refracts memories of a massacre
Anocha Suwichakornpong’s formally experimental, provocative film frames and re-frames stories related to an infamous Thai student massacre in 1976, with each of its narrative threads occupying its own questionable reality, writes Ben Nicholson.
Friday 16 June 2017
Film of the week: Edith Walks makes England loopy again
Andrew Kötting’s latest “brief and incorrect” country lark lights out with the apparition of King Harold’s widow, and kindred history-diviners, in commemoration of the dismemberment of Anglo-Saxon England, writes Hannah McGill.
Friday 23 June 2017
Okja review: Bong Joon-ho’s rampant superpig spectacle tickles and troubles
With Tilda Swinton in a dual role leading a mostly excellent cast, the Host director’s snazzy science fiction succeeds as both a critique of the modern meat industry and a bittersweet tale of the bond between a girl and a mighty beast, writes Trevor Johnston.
Friday 19 May 2017
Film of the week: Baby Driver, Edgar Wright’s mixtape on wheels
This hotshot heist musical is the joyride of Wright’s life, says Henry K. Miller.
Friday 30 June 2017
Film of the week: It Comes at Night, an astute and ruthless thriller
While America is ravaged by plague, monstrous forces are unleashed in a besieged family home in Trey Edwards Shults’s expertly handled horror, writes Jason Anderson.
Wednesday 5 July 2017