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50 key anime films

From the breakthrough of Akira in 1988, through the exquisite films of Miyazaki Hayao and others, Japanese animation has captivated audiences around the world. But anime’s history runs deeper still. Here we select 50 titles that celebrate its full, fascinating riches.

By Nick Bradshaw, Darren Ashmore and others

50 key anime films
Videos

Critics’ talk: an introduction to anime (for BFI at Home)

By Michael Leader, Kambole Campbell and others

Critics’ talk: an introduction to anime (for BFI at Home)
Reviews

Frankie first look: Ira Sachs rambles through all the family variations under the sun

By Michael Leader

Frankie first look: Ira Sachs rambles through all the family variations under the sun
Reviews

First Love first look: Miike Takashi pits yakuza against triads in a gonzo frenzy

By Michael Leader

First Love first look: Miike Takashi pits yakuza against triads in a gonzo frenzy
Reviews

The Dead Don’t Die first look: Jarmuschians assemble for the ultimate dead-end comedy

By Michael Leader

The Dead Don’t Die first look: Jarmuschians assemble for the ultimate dead-end comedy
Reviews

Suspiria first look: Luca Guadagnino makes heavy weather of Argento’s horror

By Michael Leader

Suspiria first look: Luca Guadagnino makes heavy weather of Argento’s horror
Reviews

Suspiria first look: Luca Guadagnino makes heavy weather of Argento’s horror

By Michael Leader

Suspiria first look: Luca Guadagnino makes heavy weather of Argento’s horror
Reviews

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs first look: a six-pack of western rambles by way of the Coen brothers

By Michael Leader

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs first look: a six-pack of western rambles by way of the Coen brothers
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Kevin Costner: 10 essential films

By Philip Concannon, Michael Leader and others

Kevin Costner: 10 essential films
Reviews

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

By Michael Leader

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

Under the Silver Lake first look: David Robert Mitchell casts a voyeur into pop’s hall of mirrors

By Michael Leader

Under the Silver Lake first look: David Robert Mitchell casts a voyeur into pop’s hall of mirrors
Reviews

Asako I & II first look: a mournful drama out of quarter-life-crisis doubt

By Michael Leader

Asako I & II first look: a mournful drama out of quarter-life-crisis doubt
Reviews

Petra first look: Jaime Rosales’s playful family tragedy

By Michael Leader

Petra first look: Jaime Rosales’s playful family tragedy
News

The best of Berlinale 2018 – the awards and our critics’ picks

By Geoff Andrew, Patrick Gamble and others

The best of Berlinale 2018 – the awards and our critics’ picks
Reviews

The Bookshop review: a muffled look at little England’s tactful tyrannies

By Michael Leader

The Bookshop review: a muffled look at little England’s tactful tyrannies
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The Happy Prince review: Rupert Everett’s dark Wilde

By Michael Leader

The Happy Prince review: Rupert Everett’s dark Wilde
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Angels Wear White review: sexism in a small town

By Michael Leader

Angels Wear White review: sexism in a small town
Reviews

The Third Murder review: Koreeda’s morally complex noir

By Michael Leader

The Third Murder review: Koreeda’s morally complex noir
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Good Time review: Robert Pattinson careens the Safdies’ mean streets

By Michael Leader

Good Time review: Robert Pattinson careens the Safdies’ mean streets
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The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) review: bittersweet and brutal stories of family life

By Michael Leader

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) review: bittersweet and brutal stories of family life
Reviews

Jupiter’s Moon review: a refugee takes super-flight

By Michael Leader

Jupiter’s Moon review: a refugee takes super-flight
Reviews

Prevenge review: Alice Lowe’s broody slasher satire

By Michael Leader

Prevenge review: Alice Lowe’s broody slasher satire