Toronto review: Battle of the Sexes – Emma Stone and Steve Carell are a crowd-pleasing match
Billie Jean King’s showdown stunt fixture against retired men’s champion Bobby Riggs is played for more than just laughs in this smart, feminist comedy, writes Tom Charity.
Tuesday 12 September 2017
Call Me By Your Name review: a ravishing evocation of romance
Luca Guadagnino’s sun-kissed queer love story revels in the erotic tension of an encounter between a teenager and an older man, writes Paul O’Callaghan.
Wednesday 22 February 2017
The Florida Project review: a happy film about an ugly world
Sean Baker’s energetic, candy-coloured followup to Tangerine traces a fiery six-year-old girl’s progress through the rundown motels housing poor families in the shadow of Disney World, writes Isabel Stevens.
Wednesday 24 May 2017
Venice review: Foxtrot, a savage satire of Israeli military grief and grind
Following his Venice Golden Lion winner Lebanon, Samuel Maoz extends his range with this Silver Lion – Grand Jury Prize winner, playing off home-front traumas with the absurdism and rage of life on the Israeli frontline, writes Paul O’Callaghan.
Monday 11 September 2017
Happy End review: Michael Haneke hosts a family blowout
Corrupted by privilege, technology, teen anomie and other engines of psychosis, a fissile upper middle class family brings out the dark wit in the Austrian master, says Jessica Kiang.
Monday 22 May 2017
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) review: bittersweet and brutal stories of family life
Noah Baumbach’s latest is a thematic, mature sequel to his breakthrough The Squid and the Whale, with Dustin Hoffman at the head of a dysfunctional brood of New York intellectuals, writes Michael Leader.
Thursday 25 May 2017
Mudbound review: days of hell in 1940s Mississippi
Dee Rees’s devastating adaptation of Hillary Jordan’s WWII-era saga of neighbouring black and white cotton-farming families finds humanity up to its neck in hardships both natural and self-inflicted, says Sophie Brown.
Thursday 26 January 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
Redoubtable review: irreverent riff on Godard in ’68
Michel Hazanavicius’s nouvelle vague romcom re-enacts the affair between an angst-ridden Jean-Luc Godard and ingenue actress Anne Wiazemsky. It’s far from respectful, but few cinephiles will be able to resist its knowing humour, writes Jonathan Romney.
Friday 26 May 2017
Venice review: The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro’s magical anti-fascist fairytale
Guillermo del Toro conjures a cinematic extravaganza teeming with high notes, from Sally Hawkins’ mute, dreamy musical-loving cleaner to the B-movie creature from the deep she sides with against the worst of 1960s US military-industrial iniquity, writes Nick James.
Saturday 2 September 2017
Venice review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Frances McDormand grieves a small-town shitstorm
Martin McDonagh’s latest laconic, multilayered wrong-footer pits McDormand’s storming mourner against two local cops, Woody Harrelson’s omnipotently beloved sheriff and Sam Rockwell’s richly monstrous officer in waiting, writes Nick James.
Friday 8 September 2017
Wonderstruck review: Todd Haynes’s split-era kids’ yarn provides sumptuous but saccharine cinephilia
Haynes’s adaptation of Brian Selznick’s twin-track children’s detective adventure revels in the eloquence of silent cinema and gorgeous evocations of vintage New York, but falls dramatically flat, writes Sophie Monks Kaufman.
Friday 19 May 2017
You Were Never Really Here review: Joaquin Phoenix storms Lynne Ramsay’s kidnap thriller
A bulked-up Phoenix carries the weight of the world into nightmarish terrain in Ramsay’s hardboiled, sharp-edged, audacious adaptation of Jonathan Ames’s novel, says Jonathan Romney.
Saturday 27 May 2017