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

    Mark Kermode remembers the writer of both the funniest Inspector Clouseau film and ’the greatest film ever made’, 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 got busy layering on ever more levels of formal awareness and hall-of-mirrors complexity. Was this irresponsible obfuscation, or the only way through the maze of media performance, 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

  • Film of the week: Endless Poetry, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s self-portrait as a Santiago dandy

    The second part of the cult director’s movie memoirs charts his artistic coming of age in a splashy if soft-centred series of adventures through the Chilean capital’s 1940s bohemian class, says Tony Rayns.
    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Rogue One: a Star Wars Story review – a space saga in the doldrums

    Gareth Edwards’s earnest exercise in franchise engineering raids the Star Wars archive for narrative offcuts and old faces – but lacks the splendour of its predecessors, writes Tim Hayes.
    Tuesday 20 December 2016

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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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  • 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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