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  • Deep focus: The other side of 80s America

    Amid the 1980s’ ‘Morning in America’ reckoning, the ‘high concept’ spectacles, cartoonish action and the bottom line, some filmmakers who persisted in making personal, often overlooked films that revealed the other side of Reaganism’s patriotic bluster and hollow optimism. Nick Pinkerton explores the flipside of 1980s American cinema, with a video essay by Sierra Pettengill.
    Monday 28 May 2018

  • Film of the week: Zama makes slow jest of a mouldering colonial mandarin

    Lucrecia Martel’s masterly adaptation of Antonio di Benedetto’s 1956 novel maroons Daniel Giménez Cacho’s preening officer of the Spanish empire in an Argentine backwater, then turns the screw, writes Maria Delgado.
    Sunday 27 May 2018

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story review – how the young rebel fulfilled his franchise dues

    Alden Ehrenreich plays the younger incarnation of Harrison Ford’s cosmic tearaway Han Solo in Ron Howard’s rote but proficient space rollick that’s another brick in the Lucasfilm cinematic wall, writes Michael Leader.
    Saturday 26 May 2018

  • Film of the week: Jeune femme is a divisive portrait of a flamboyantly chaotic young woman

    The heroine of Léonor Serraille’s film comes across, at points, as a vulnerable, deluded individual and at others an enviably free spirit confronting the world’s hypocrisies. Is the trope of female messiness feminist or quite the reverse, asks Hannah McGill?
    Wednesday 23 May 2018

  • Deadpool 2 review: super-mouth runs on

    Ryan Reynolds’ super-jester returns with a proper story, a troupe of his own, X-Men franchise missteps to overwrite, and jokes that keep coming, thick and thin, writes Kim Newman.
    Thursday 24 May 2018

  • Raze the red carpet: Cannes 2018 responds to #MeToo

    To the #TimesUp moment and the world after Weinstein, Cannes offered an anti-harrasment hotline – but mostly just ceded its platform to women themselves to make the change, says Rebecca Harrison.
    Friday 18 May 2018

  • The best short films at Cannes 2018

    The shorts selections in the Competition, Cinefondation, Quinzaine and Semaine offered up miniature marvels that sometimes exhibited more craft in a matter of minutes than some visionaries were able to realise in a much meatier runtime, report Catherine Bray and Jake Cunningham.
    Thursday 24 May 2018

  • Cannes first look: In My Room welcomes the apocalypse

    A before-and-after-the-wipeout portrait of an alienated news cameraman who suddenly finds himself alone and thriving, Ulrich Köhler’s social critique is horrifying, hilarious and deeply humane, writes Giovanni Marchini Camia.
    Thursday 24 May 2018

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  • Women on a Bergman screen – a video essay

    Women on a Bergman screen – a video essay

    Swedish master Ingmar Bergman’s fascination with female experience and emotions underpinned one of the cinema’s greatest virtual communities of women on screen. In this video study Leigh Singer invites Bergman’s talented actresses and their creations into closest possible correspondence.

    Friday 2 February 2018


  • In her eyes: notes on Gloria Grahame (a video essay)

    In her eyes: notes on Gloria Grahame (a video essay)

    With a curl of her lip and an arch of her eyebrow, Gloria Grahame was the actress who stood up to both Humphrey Bogart and Lee Marvin in their most violent roles. In this video essay, Serena Bramble explores the burn mark Grahame left on the silver screen.

    Friday 24 November 2017


  • Wrapped in plasticity: Twin Peaks’ myriad Laura Palmers

    Wrapped in plasticity: Twin Peaks’ myriad Laura Palmers

    Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin conduct a forensic examination of the slippages at play in David Lynch and Mark Frost’s surrealistic investigative series.

    Friday 28 April 2017


  • 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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