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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • William Peter Blatty obituary: The Exorcist writer was on the side of the angels

    Mark Kermode remembers a mesmerising novelist turned filmmaker whose investigations of faith and evil across The Exorcist, The Ninth Configuration and The Exorcist III (aka Legion) were testament to his belief in an afterlife.
    Tuesday 17 January 2017

  • 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 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 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

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  • Sight & Sound: the February 2017 issue

    Sight & Sound: the February 2017 issue

    Martin Scorsese on Silence – an extended interview. Plus Scorsese’s art of abstraction and the director as film historian and advocate, Manchester by the Sea; Cameraperson, A Monster Calls, Loving and Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply.

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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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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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