If Beale Street Could Talk review: a thwarted romance in slow-motion
Barry Jenkins’s languorous follow-up to Moonlight is a lovingly observed story of two young people who come together in a hazy 1970s New York, before being torn apart by rough justice, writes Nick Pinkerton.
Thursday 7 February 2019
Happy as Lazzaro review: Alice Rorhwacher holds a holy mirror to the persistence of injustice
The steady gaze of Adriano Tadiolo’s beatific innocent anchors the Italian director’s superlative magical-realist fable of modern servitude, ancient bonds and timeless miracles, writes Erika Balsom.
Sunday 7 April 2019
Ash Is Purest White review: a woman toughs it out to forge her destiny
Jia Zhangke gets under the skin of 21st-century China with this superbly acted film that strays, briefly and thrillingly, into the gangster movie genre, writes Jonathan Romney.
Friday 26 April 2019
Rocketman review: an out and proud Elton John musical biopic
Dexter Fletcher’s take on the rock ’n’ roll history of Reginald Dwight is kinetic, poignant and, above all, refreshingly open and celebratory about its gay protagonist’s sex life, writes Rebecca Harrison.
Friday 17 May 2019
High Life review: Claire Denis probes the outer reaches of human taboos
Claire Denis’s extraordinary space venture expels Robert Pattinson’s convict to the dark side of the social contract, and pits the need to live together against the need to live, writes Erika Balsom.
Friday 10 May 2019
Wild Rose review: Jessie Buckley’s Glasgow dreamer keeps on keeping on
As an ex-con country singer who dreams of switching Glasgow for Nashville, Buckley turns in an exceptional performance in Tom Harper’s assured musical drama, writes Nikki Baughan.
Thursday 11 April 2019
Ray & Liz review: Richard Billingham digs deep into high-rise penury
Thatcher’s Britain provides more than a backdrop for the photographer-turned-director’s enriching autobiographical study of a family torn apart by poverty, neglect and depression in a West Midlands council flat, writes Ben Nicholson.
Thursday 7 March 2019
Film of the week: Birds of Passage finds common ground in gang war and blood feuds
Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego’s drug-trafficking drama is a fascinating hybrid of genre, anthropology and magical realism, as well as one of the best crime movies of recent years, writes Demetrios Matheou.
Friday 17 May 2019
Fighting with My Family review: an irresistible wrestling family comedy
In Stephen Merchant’s big-hearted adaptation of a hit Channel 4 documentary, Florence Pugh plays the Norwich girl who became WWF star Paige, writes Anna Smith.
Friday 8 March 2019
Us review: Jordan Peele raises the damned
Peele’s comic-horror follow-up to his hit Get Out makes hay with a scenario of our other half rising, writes Leigh Singer.
Friday 15 March 2019
At Eternity’s Gate review: Julian Schnabel brings Vincent van Gogh closer to God
Willem Dafoe plays the visionary painter as a gnarled and lonesome mystic in the latest of Schnabel’s portraits of tortured greats, says Graham Fuller.
Sunday 31 March 2019
The Mule review: Clint Eastwood kicks against the American Dream
Clint plays an aged drug trafficker in this disarming, funny movie, which offers a pointed critique of American values and the nuances of racial discrimination, writes Violet Lucca.
Thursday 24 January 2019
Dirty God review: Sacha Polak fleshes out a burn survivor’s story
Dutch director Sacha Polak crafts a hard-hitting portrait of a young woman, played vividly by newcomer Vicky Knight, who is rebuilding her life after an acid attack, writes Nikki Baughan.
Thursday 6 June 2019
Woman at War review: the super earth mother we need now
Halldóra Geirhardsdóttir’s eco-warring Mountain Woman channels her will to mother into a vigilante campaign against Iceland’s aluminium industry in Benedikt Erlingsson’s wonderfully light-touch character study, writes Nikki Baughan.
Friday 3 May 2019
Toy Story 4 review: examining life outside the toy box
In this satisfying entry in an endearing franchise, the stunts and set pieces fight for screen time with the travails of a toy who doesn’t know he’s a toy, a lonesome cowboy and a porcelain action heroine, writes Pamela Hutchinson.
Thursday 20 June 2019
Support the Girls review: a humanist ode to worker solidarity
Regina Hall plays a capable, kindly sports-bar manager facing a tumultuous day in Andrew Bujalski’s warm and tender film, which wears its political message gracefully, writes Adam Cook.
Monday 1 July 2019
Midsommar review: Ari Aster brews a tisane of terror
A summer festival in Sweden becomes a daylight nightmare for Florence Pugh and Jack Reynor in this hallucinogenic folk horror from the director of Hereditary, writes Roger Clarke.
Wednesday 3 July 2019