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  • The best films of 2013

    The best films of 2013

    Our new issue looks back at the year in cinema with the help of over one hundred international critics, curators and academics. As a preview, here’s our voters’ top ten, plus in-house selections and highlights.
    Monday 25 November 2013

  • Stanley Kubrick, cinephile

    Stanley Kubrick, cinephile

    On the occasion of Stanley Kubrick’s 85th birthday, Nick Wrigley explores the director’s favourite films and viewing habits with the help of Kubrick’s right-hand man, Jan Harlan.
    Friday 26 July 2013

  • Video essay: What is neorealism?

    Video essay: What is neorealism?

    kogonada pits the director of The Bicycle Thieves against the producer of Gone with the Wind on the same movie material.
    Friday 17 May 2013

  • Film of the week: Iron Man Three

    Film of the week: Iron Man Three

    Zooming back in on its main techno-man – and switching hands to a different cult writer-director – the Marvel movie universe scores another irrespressible hit, reckons Kim Newman.
    Friday 26 April 2013

  • The right-hand man: Jan Harlan on Stanley Kubrick

    The right-hand man: Jan Harlan on Stanley Kubrick

    Kubrick’s brother-in-law, confidant and regular executive producer tells Nick Wrigley about the master’s ‘voracious curiosity’ for cinema.
    Friday 26 July 2013

  • BFI London Film Festival 2013: 
30 recommendations

    BFI London Film Festival 2013: 
30 recommendations

    With vampires and folkies, stories from Mexico, the Philippines and Yorkshire, the BFI LFF 2013 is as multifarious as ever. Here are our favourite films so far.
    Friday 13 September 2013

  • Film of the week: The Great Gatsby

    Film of the week: The Great Gatsby

    Finally, Leo smiles again! And brings layers of resonance to lurid Baz Luhrmann’s madcap assault on Scott Fitzgerald’s glittering prize, says Nick Pinkerton.
    Friday 17 May 2013

  • Death Tarantino style

    Death Tarantino style

    Where is the Django Unchained auteur taking his talent, asks Kevin B. Lee?
    Thursday 7 March 2013

  • Film of the week: Star Trek Into Darkness

    Film of the week: Star Trek Into Darkness

    The second instalment of JJ Abrams’ franchise ‘refresh’ brassily goes where the series has gone before, says Kim Newman.
    Friday 10 May 2013

  • Film of the week: To the Wonder

    Film of the week: To the Wonder

    Look afresh at Terrence Malick’s first contemporaneously set movie, writes Nick Pinkerton, and you’ll see gold in these visions.
    Friday 22 February 2013

  • Film of the week: The Place Beyond the Pines

    Film of the week: The Place Beyond the Pines

    Blue Valentine writer-director Derek Cianfrance moves his ambitions up several gears with this expansive, bifurcated epic about adolescent sons and absent fathers, writes Thirza Wakefield.
    Friday 12 April 2013

  • The essay film

    The essay film

    Andrew Tracy explores the characteristics that have come to define this most elastic of forms, while eight more contributors highlight a dozen influential milestone essay films, from Jean Vigo to Chris Marker.
    Saturday 3 August 2013

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  • The best of 2013 in cinematic nonfiction

    The best of 2013 in cinematic nonfiction

    Robert Greene reflects on a triumphant year for the art of documentary.
    Monday 23 December 2013

  • The roots of neorealism

    The roots of neorealism

    For all its revolutionary impact, Italian neorealism did not represent a complete break with the past. Pasquale Iannone is your guide to 12 key milestones in the development of a new cinematic language.
    Thursday 2 May 2013

  • Second youth: the golden age of Nikkatsu Studios

    Second youth: the golden age of Nikkatsu Studios

    Jasper Sharp on how Japan’s oldest film studio became home to the country’s hippest post-war talents.
    Tuesday 4 June 2013

  • Head trip: the animated worlds of Yamamura Kôji

    Head trip: the animated worlds of Yamamura Kôji

    Ten years ago Yamamura Kôji’s comically surreal Mt. Head put the thriving world of Japanese independent animation on the map. He looks back over his quarter-century career with Jasper Sharp.
    Friday 4 January 2013

  • Sight & Sound: the October 2013 issue

    Sight & Sound: the October 2013 issue

    In this issue: 40 years of The Wicker Man, plus The Great Beauty, Slavoj Žižek on cinema’s dark secrets, Claude Sautet’s noir classic Classe tous risques, Eddie Marsan’s stealthy success and James Benning on watching paint dry.

  • Editorial: Rough cuts

    Editorial: Rough cuts

    The 10 per cent cut in the BFI’s grant is five per cent more than other cultural institutions. Why, asks Nick James?
    Wednesday 7 August 2013

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  • Blockage on the line: Snowpiercer vs Scissorhands

    Blockage on the line: Snowpiercer vs Scissorhands

    Bong Joonho’s Snowpiercer was one of the most anticipated films of 2013. But while it has been a hit in France and Korea, English-speaking audiences won’t be able to see it for some time to come. This is more than just a case of the wrong kind of snow, reports Tony Rayns.
    Friday 13 December 2013

  • True surrealism: Walter Benjamin and The Act of Killing

    True surrealism: Walter Benjamin and The Act of Killing

    Carrie McAlinden on how Joshua Oppenheimer’s lurid incursion into Indonesia’s past horrors incarnates Walter Benjamin’s philosophies of historical awakening.
    Friday 29 November 2013

  • Eastern Europe’s uprooted

    Eastern Europe’s uprooted

    With old structures failing a new generation of filmmakers, what are the hopes for arthouse cinema from the east, asks Verena von Stackelberg?
    Friday 21 June 2013

  • A personal report on an adventure called film.factory

    A personal report on an adventure called film.factory

    What Jonathan Rosenbaum learnt teaching at Béla Tarr’s new film school.
    Thursday 18 July 2013

  • Film of the week: It’s Such a Beautiful Day

    Film of the week: It’s Such a Beautiful Day

    Cult animator Don Hertzfeldt grows up with a majestic passion play about a stickman named Bill, his mortal coil, life and the universe, writes Nick Bradshaw.
    Friday 3 May 2013

  • Flaming the fans

    Flaming the fans

    On the internet, amateur subtitlers are taking commercially neglected cinema into their own hands, says Brad Stevens.
    Wednesday 31 July 2013

  • Berlinale 2013: The Grandmaster

    Berlinale 2013: The Grandmaster

    Wong Kar-wai’s first film in six years is a kung fu melodrama that spans the decades – and focusses on icicles falling, one at a time, says Nick James.
    Thursday 7 February 2013

  • Female film reporter competition: the results

    Female film reporter competition: the results

    Nick Bradshaw surveys the entries – and reveals the winners – of our hunt for women film sleuths.
    Wednesday 8 May 2013

  • Film of the week: Before Midnight

    Film of the week: Before Midnight

    Life – middle-aged, familial, digital – has caught up with Before Sunset’s Jesse and Celine; but their love is not quite eclipsed, sees Sukhdev Sandhu.
    Friday 21 June 2013

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