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Cinema of the United States

Hostage to Hollywood

If ever there's a career to demonstrate the fickle nature of Hollywood then it belongs to Ben Affleck.

Sunday, 4 November, 2012, 10:14am

Rewind: Vertigo - Alfred Hitchcock

Vertigo James Stewart, Kim Novac, Barbara Bel Geddes Director: Alfred Hitchcock It's official: Vertigo is the greatest film of all time - well, according to a critics' poll in British film magazine Sight & Sound. And the monthly publication for the dedicated and discerning cinephile is not to be trifled with.

30 Sep 2012 - 2:21pm

Brilliant rumination on memory and being human

In the great canon of science fiction, aliens are anthropomorphised in some way or other - from the Alien and E.T. to Yoda and the "greys" of Roswell fame.

23 Sep 2012 - 10:32am

Closing the loophole

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has made the rounds in the world of TV and film. His first major role was a long-haired, wise-cracking teen (well, an extraterrestrial in the body of a teen) in the TV comedy 3rd Rock from the Sun.

17 Sep 2012 - 12:04pm

Steven Soderbergh ready for the final few acts of his film directing career

Steven Soderbergh turns 50 next year - meaning the director who began his career in 1989, winning the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival with

17 Sep 2012 - 9:25am

Venice rises to the challenge but prize rules need changing

In the end, Alberto Barbera might have wished for less controversy.

The new artistic director of the Venice Film Festival - his second stint in the role - assembled a strong competition line-up that included such top-drawer names as Terrence Malick (To the Wonder), Brian De Palma (Passion) and, opening the festival, Mira Nair (The Reluctant Fundamentalist).

12 Oct 2012 - 2:01pm

Jaded rocker's quest too unfocused

It's named after a Talking Heads track, features a specially staged performance of said song by David Byrne (playing himself), and stars Eve Hewson - daughter of Paul, aka Bono - as fan and confidante of its goth-rocker protagonist. Overlaid with so many references to popular music past and present, This Must Be the Place might as well be Paolo Sorrentino's mischievous riposte to those who criticised his previous work as being like music videos, where visual panache reigned over humanity and depth.

10 Sep 2012 - 9:44am

Lucky for some - the start of a blockbuster slasher franchise

"There was a novelty in seeing a film that scrappy and that nasty being distributed by a big studio in a mainstream cinema. You were watching a nasty, grimy movie but in plush seats, in kind of polite surroundings. That was what made it something special, something that hadn't been seen before."

31 Aug 2012 - 2:35pm

Director Wes Anderson revisits the concept of family in latest offering 'Moonrise Kingdom'

When Wes Anderson was growing up in Texas, he came across a pamphlet on the refrigerator in his family's kitchen. It was titled

25 Aug 2012 - 8:21am

Studio and theme park plans unveiled

US animation company DreamWorks Animation SKG and its Chinese partners will set up a 20 billion yuan (HK$25.5 billion) theme park in Shanghai and produce Kung Fu Panda 3 in the city by 2016.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:11pm