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  • 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

  • How John Berger gave us new ways of seeing Hollywood cinema

    The late writer and critic rarely dealt directly with film, but his theories about oil painting can help us rebuff a conservative tendency to attribute Hollywood artists’ successes to the studio system itself, writes Brad Stevens.
    Monday 20 February 2017

  • Ana, mon amour review: scenes from an agonised relationship

    This time-shifting dissection of a romantic coupling beset by a mental disorder, from the director of the Golden Bear-winning Child’s Pose, echoes Ingmar Bergman’s probing psychological studies, says Geoff Andrew.
    Monday 20 February 2017

  • A Date for Mad Mary: a romcom about real people

    Irish romantic comedy A Date for Mad Mary combines the charm of classic teen flicks with the rawness of realist drama. Director Darren Thornton tells Trevor Johnston how he made this unusual film, and why at 40, he identifies with teenage Mary’s predicament.
    Thursday 16 February 2017

  • Untitled review: Michael Glawogger’s posthumous cine-soul odyssey

    The late Austrian documentarist may have prematurely come to rest in 2014, but his spirit and drive live on in this deliberately themeless compendium of his roving observations of human labour and culture across more than a dozen countries, says Jordan Cronk.
    Friday 17 February 2017

  • The Party review: Sally Potter’s fast and furious farce

    The versatile writer-director’s latest is a dark satire exposing the foibles of the British middle classes, and political systems, with barbed dialogue and delicious irony, writes Geoff Andrew.
    Tuesday 14 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

  • Video: Scorsese NYC

    It’s complicated: Martin Scorsese’s irresistible passion for the mean streets of his hometown show us not just the psyche of a city, but the soul of a nation, says Leigh Singer.
    Friday 3 February 2017

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    Moonlight – a beacon of hope in troubled times. Plus Viola Davis, Toni Erdmann, Certain Women, 20th Century Women, The Fits, Prevenge, Werner Schroeter and our 2016 obituaries record.

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  • The best films of 2016

    The best films of 2016

    We asked 163 critics and curators to name their five top movies of the year – and atop what may be our most diverse annual poll yet, the runaway winner is a German comedy…
    Friday 2 December 2016

  • The best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2016

    The best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2016

    Three blockbuster restoration-revivals dominate our survey of this year’s best home cinema, as picked out by 32 critics and curators.
    Friday 6 January 2017

  • The best documentaries of 2016: cinematic nonfiction in the year of nonfact

    The best documentaries of 2016: cinematic nonfiction in the year of nonfact

    As the world entered the post-truth era, documentary film artists embraced ever more levels of formal awareness and complexity. Obfuscation, or the only way through the media maze, asks Robert Greene? Plus: the 25 best documentaries of the year.
    Friday 13 January 2017

  • The best indie animation of 2016

    The best indie animation of 2016

    It was a year rich in features – but even more so in short-form films, if only you could see them. Chris Robinson, Alex Dudok de Wit and Jez Stewart uncover the gems crying out for a place on the bill at your local cinema.
    Friday 6 January 2017

  • The superhero movies of 2016: brawl without end?

    The superhero movies of 2016: brawl without end?

    In the year of Batman v Superman v Captain America v Iron Man et al, snarky Deadpool, self-parodying X-Men: Apocalypse and super-grim Suicide Squad, could Doctor Strange show us the door to a better world – or at least a richer class of superhero film? A video essay by Leigh Singer.
    Friday 20 January 2017

  • The departed: the filmmakers we lost in 2016

    The departed: the filmmakers we lost in 2016

    Our full roll call of film figures who passed away in 2016, compiled by Bob Mastrangelo, with a graphic evocation in 12 panels by Naiel Ibarrola and Ehsan Khoshbakht, inspired by Kiarostami’s Where Is the Friend’s Home?
    Friday 20 January 2017

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  • Video: A tour through French noir

    Video: A tour through French noir

    What makes French film noir French? Dive down to the lowest depths with Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin’s video abstract, charting six key Gallic characteristics of cinema’s most alluringly brooding genre.

    Friday 4 November 2016


  • Kirk Douglas: Hollywood champ

    Kirk Douglas: Hollywood champ

    As Kirk Douglas reaches his 100th birthday, we celebrate the dimpled one with a survey of his extraordinary career, plus a video tribute to his host of classic roles playing ruthless villains, morally ambiguous mavericks and self-interested sharks.

    Friday 2 September 2016


  • Video: A speck in the cosmos – the inner frontiers of Raoul Walsh’s Pursued

    Video: A speck in the cosmos – the inner frontiers of Raoul Walsh’s Pursued

    Tag Gallagher offers a psychological reading of Raoul Walsh’s 1947 Robert Mitchum starrer Pursued, perhaps Hollywood’s first psychological western and certainly one of its weirdest.

    Monday 9 May 2016


  • 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


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