Joaquin Phoenix: star on a wire
As his sociopathic clown antihero in Joker confirms, right now Joaquin Phoenix is the most compelling actor in American film – a star, whether or not that’s what he wants, says Ryan Gilbey.
Saturday 5 October 2019
Final Cut: Apocalypse Now and the directorial imagination
As Francis Ford Coppola heads back upriver in search of an elusive, definitive version of his 1979 masterpiece, we look back at the film’s various releases and the history of the director’s cut.
Tuesday 13 August 2019
X-Men: Dark Phoenix: five influences on the final mutant blockbuster
As the last instalment in the mutant franchise turns up the heat in UK cinemas, we picked out five of its key influences.
Wednesday 5 June 2019
Where to begin with the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Your next obsession: the galaxy’s hugest superhero franchise
Monday 15 April 2019
Mad Max turns 40: Five films that influenced George Miller’s action classic
Forty years after Mad Max pulled up to nitro-charge the action film and propel Mel Gibson to superstardom, we glance in the rear-view mirror to find the influences it left for dust.
Friday 12 April 2019
Francis Ford Coppola: 10 essential films
As he turns 80, we pay tribute to one of the American greats: director Francis Ford Coppola, the man behind The Godfather and Apocalypse Now.
Friday 5 April 2019
The Matrix at 20: How the Wachowskis changed sci-fi
Released 20 years ago, the Wachowskis’ The Matrix created a revolution in sci-fi action and visual effects that reshaped blockbusters for the 21st century.
Tuesday 26 March 2019
Where to begin with M. Night Shyamalan
Your next obsession: the tricksy genre games of M. Night Shyamalan
Monday 28 January 2019
Mission: Impossible stunts – ranked for danger
As Mission: Impossible – Fallout drops into cinemas, we celebrate the Tom Cruise action franchise’s most death-defying stunts to date… and apply a little risk assessment.
Wednesday 25 July 2018
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and how to make a mighty dinosaur film
Colin Trevorrow, director of Jurassic World and co-writer and executive producer of its sequel, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, takes us through his six steps for making a roarsome dino adventure.
Tuesday 5 June 2018
Six unforgettable supporting characters who deserve their own film
With Han Solo finally getting his turn in the spotlight in Solo: A Star Wars Story, we got to thinking about other memorable support characters we’d love to see more of.
Friday 25 May 2018
Black Panther and a black Bond? Ryan Coogler on his favourite film and influences
From Blade Runner to Planet Earth, director Ryan Coogler reveals the cinematic inspirations behind his Marvel spectacular Black Panther.
Tuesday 13 February 2018
Last bows: eight great last performances
With Carrie Fisher’s swansong in The Last Jedi now in cinemas, we fondly remember eight more stars who bowed out with memorable performances in their final films.
Thursday 14 December 2017
Kingsman screenwriter Jane Goldman on her favourite spy thrillers
British screenwriter Jane Goldman’s films have made more than a billion dollars at the box office. With Kingsman: The Golden Circle now playing at BFI IMAX, we asked her which spy movies make her tick.
Friday 22 September 2017
10 great Stephen King adaptations
Stanley Kubrick, David Cronenberg and Brian De Palma are among the master directors who’ve tried their hand at bringing Stephen King stories to the screen.
Friday 1 September 2017
From Elvis to Dunkirk’s Harry Styles – seven teenybopper icons who got serious on screen
Pop made them famous, but cinema gave them gravitas. We present seven singers — from Elvis to Will Smith, Madonna to Harry Styles — who showed a different side of their talent on screen.
Wednesday 19 July 2017
Ridley Scott: ‘Stand outside and look at the galaxy and we’re it? Don’t be silly. We cannot be it’
With Alien: Covenant arriving in cinemas, legendary director Ridley Scott talks higher beings, taxing Apple and whether we share our universe.
Monday 8 May 2017
Five films to watch to get the most out of Wonder Woman
Watch yourself wiser with some homework viewing ahead of the latest comic-book movie sensation….
Friday 2 June 2017