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Review | The Mauritanian movie review: Tahar Rahim excels in exhilarating Guantanamo drama

The Mauritanian proves to be a stark reminder of recent military history and the unchecked aggressions of American foreign policy.

14 Jan 2021 - 8:34PM

The Mauritanian proves to be a stark reminder of recent military history and the unchecked aggressions of American foreign policy.

The Mauritanian movie review: Tahar Rahim excels in exhilarating Guantanamo drama
Review | News of the World movie review: Tom Hanks anchors slow-burn western by Bourne films director Paul Greengrass

Tom Hanks plays American civil war veteran Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, who goes from town to town reading out news stories to those who wish to pay – and escorts a young German girl back to her aunt and uncle.

11 Jan 2021 - 8:30PM

Tom Hanks plays American civil war veteran Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, who goes from town to town reading out news stories to those who wish to pay – and escorts a young German girl back to her aunt and uncle.

News of the World movie review: Tom Hanks anchors slow-burn western by Bourne films director Paul Greengrass
Oscars 2021 early predictions: Nomadland, Mank and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom to vie for top prizes

Minari, the story of a Korean family living on a rural farm in 1980s Arkansas, is the small film best placed to take Oscars from the big boys, but expect Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Mank and Nomadland to take home the top awards.

5 Jan 2021 - 5:56AM

Minari, the story of a Korean family living on a rural farm in 1980s Arkansas, is the small film best placed to take Oscars from the big boys, but expect Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Mank and Nomadland to take home the top awards.

Oscars 2021 early predictions: Nomadland, Mank and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom to vie for top prizes
Soul: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey and crew of Pixar’s new film on Disney+ talk about its black lead character and poignant message

We talked with the cast and crew of Pixar’s new movie Soul, to be released on Disney+ and in some cinemas, about its black lead character and poignant message.

23 Dec 2020 - 12:15AM

We talked with the cast and crew of Pixar’s new movie Soul, to be released on Disney+ and in some cinemas, about its black lead character and poignant message.

Soul: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey and crew of Pixar’s new film on Disney+ talk about its black lead character and poignant message
Review | Wonder Woman 1984 movie review: Gal Gadot returns as the ageless superhero in big, bold escapist sequel

In Wonder Woman 1984, Gal Gadot is back as the ageless superhero in a sequel that’s sure to keep you entertained throughout.

16 Dec 2020 - 1:40PM

In Wonder Woman 1984, Gal Gadot is back as the ageless superhero in a sequel that’s sure to keep you entertained throughout.

Wonder Woman 1984 movie review: Gal Gadot returns as the ageless superhero in big, bold escapist sequel
Review | Netflix movie review: The Midnight Sky – George Clooney stars in entertaining sci-fi drama

The Midnight Sky sees George Clooney play an Arctic scientist on a post-apocalyptic Earth in his first movie for Netflix, which proves more solidly entertaining than spectacular.

9 Dec 2020 - 11:20PM

The Midnight Sky sees George Clooney play an Arctic scientist on a post-apocalyptic Earth in his first movie for Netflix, which proves more solidly entertaining than spectacular.

Netflix movie review: The Midnight Sky – George Clooney stars in entertaining sci-fi drama
Has Warner Bros finally killed cinema with Matrix 4, Dune and all its other 2021 films coming straight to HBO Max?

Warner Bros’ decision to release all its 2021 films, including The Matrix 4 and Dune, on HBO Max and in cinemas at the same time could be very bad for big screens, but there’s still hope.

8 Dec 2020 - 8:48PM

Warner Bros’ decision to release all its 2021 films, including The Matrix 4 and Dune, on HBO Max and in cinemas at the same time could be very bad for big screens, but there’s still hope.

Has Warner Bros finally killed cinema with Matrix 4, Dune and all its other 2021 films coming straight to HBO Max?
Review | The Croods: A New Age movie review – animated sequel a surprisingly fun-filled family film

An on-form Nicolas Cage leads a starry voice cast that includes Game of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage in this unexpected sequel to 2013’s The Croods

7 Dec 2020 - 5:05PM

An on-form Nicolas Cage leads a starry voice cast that includes Game of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage in this unexpected sequel to 2013’s The Croods

The Croods: A New Age movie review – animated sequel a surprisingly fun-filled family film
Review | Netflix movie review: The Prom – Meryl Streep, James Corden light up Ryan Murphy’s feel-good musical

Director Ryan Murphy’s Netflix high-school musical The Prom sees Streep and Corden impress as Broadway actors who come out in support of a gay teenager banned from bringing her girlfriend to the prom.

11 Dec 2020 - 7:09PM

Director Ryan Murphy’s Netflix high-school musical The Prom sees Streep and Corden impress as Broadway actors who come out in support of a gay teenager banned from bringing her girlfriend to the prom.

Netflix movie review: The Prom – Meryl Streep, James Corden light up Ryan Murphy’s feel-good musical
Review | Netflix movie review: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – Chadwick Boseman, in his final role, lifts tale of race, sexuality and creativity

Chadwick Boseman’s final performance before his early death from bowel cancer, as a jazzman at a recording session in 1920s Chicago, is one of his best, and the chemistry between all the characters is a highlight of the movie.

21 Nov 2020 - 5:48AM

Chadwick Boseman’s final performance before his early death from bowel cancer, as a jazzman at a recording session in 1920s Chicago, is one of his best, and the chemistry between all the characters is a highlight of the movie.

Netflix movie review: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – Chadwick Boseman, in his final role, lifts tale of race, sexuality and creativity
Review | Military Wives movie review: The Full Monty director comes up with another British working-class feel-good drama

You won’t be surprised one jot by Military Wives’ entirely predictable plotting or outcome, but the drama based on the true story of a group of women who sing together is still a pleasure to watch.

11 Nov 2020 - 4:16PM

You won’t be surprised one jot by Military Wives’ entirely predictable plotting or outcome, but the drama based on the true story of a group of women who sing together is still a pleasure to watch.

Military Wives movie review: The Full Monty director comes up with another British working-class feel-good drama
Review | Netflix movie review: Hillbilly Elegy – Amy Adams, Glenn Close vie for Oscars in inspirational tale of frustrated white working-class

Amy Adams and Glenn Close go straight into the Oscars race after powerful performances in this adaptation of J.D. Vance’s bestselling memoir, directed by Ron Howard.

10 Nov 2020 - 10:00PM

Amy Adams and Glenn Close go straight into the Oscars race after powerful performances in this adaptation of J.D. Vance’s bestselling memoir, directed by Ron Howard.

Netflix movie review: Hillbilly Elegy – Amy Adams, Glenn Close vie for Oscars in inspirational tale of frustrated white working-class
Is Johnny Depp’s Hollywood movie career finished? Fantastic Beasts role loss could be least of his problems

Johnny Depp was ‘asked to resign’ from his Fantastic Beasts role after losing a libel case involving allegations he was a ‘wife beater’. Is his time as a movie A-lister finished?

11 Nov 2020 - 7:31PM

Johnny Depp was ‘asked to resign’ from his Fantastic Beasts role after losing a libel case involving allegations he was a ‘wife beater’. Is his time as a movie A-lister finished?

Is Johnny Depp’s Hollywood movie career finished? Fantastic Beasts role loss could be least of his problems
Review | Netflix movie review: Mank – David Fincher makes his own Citizen Kane with splendid turns from Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried

Gary Oldman plays Herman Mankiewicz, the veteran screenwriter tasked with scripting Citizen Kane for Orson Welles. Amanda Seyfried delivers a career-best performance as actress Marion Davies.

10 Nov 2020 - 2:03PM

Gary Oldman plays Herman Mankiewicz, the veteran screenwriter tasked with scripting Citizen Kane for Orson Welles. Amanda Seyfried delivers a career-best performance as actress Marion Davies.

Netflix movie review: Mank – David Fincher makes his own Citizen Kane with splendid turns from Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried
Review | The Craft: Legacy movie review – Blumhouse’s witchcraft reboot is woke enough but could be scarier

This reboot of the cult 1990s teen witch movie could have done with better special effects and isn’t quite scary enough, but it will appeal to teenage audiences, and Cailee Spaeny as the new girl in town is a star in the making.

31 Oct 2020 - 2:14AM

This reboot of the cult 1990s teen witch movie could have done with better special effects and isn’t quite scary enough, but it will appeal to teenage audiences, and Cailee Spaeny as the new girl in town is a star in the making.

The Craft: Legacy movie review – Blumhouse’s witchcraft reboot is woke enough but could be scarier
Review | The Witches movie review: Anne Hathaway glams up for striking Roald Dahl fantasy adaptation

Robert Zemeckis, Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuarón all pitched in for this new version of Roald Dahl’s fantasy, which stars Anne Hathaway as a witch bent on turning all children into mice.

22 Oct 2020 - 5:43AM

Robert Zemeckis, Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuarón all pitched in for this new version of Roald Dahl’s fantasy, which stars Anne Hathaway as a witch bent on turning all children into mice.

The Witches movie review: Anne Hathaway glams up for striking Roald Dahl fantasy adaptation
Sofia Coppola on reuniting with Bill Murray for On the Rocks: ‘He always brings magic and unexpectedness’

Director Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray reunite in On the Rocks. The pair last worked together on the award-winning Lost in Translation 17 years ago.

21 Oct 2020 - 7:14PM

Director Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray reunite in On the Rocks. The pair last worked together on the award-winning Lost in Translation 17 years ago.

Sofia Coppola on reuniting with Bill Murray for On the Rocks: ‘He always brings magic and unexpectedness’
Review | Soul movie review: Pixar’s existential masterpiece takes an emotional trip into the metaphysical world

Featuring the voices of Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey, Pixar’s latest film, Soul, examines the afterlife through the adventures of a lost soul trying to make it back to his body and the life he’s left behind – it’s heart-warming, emotional and hugely inventive.

12 Oct 2020 - 10:58AM

Featuring the voices of Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey, Pixar’s latest film, Soul, examines the afterlife through the adventures of a lost soul trying to make it back to his body and the life he’s left behind – it’s heart-warming, emotional and hugely inventive.

Soul movie review: Pixar’s existential masterpiece takes an emotional trip into the metaphysical world
Review | The Trial of the Chicago 7 movie review: Netflix courtroom drama by Aaron Sorkin is a probable Oscars contender

Aaron Sorkin’s biographical courtroom drama, The Trial of the Chicago 7, about the aftermath of the 1968 Democratic Party convention, crackles with his celebrated dialogue and boasts an ensemble cast of A-listers.

25 Sep 2020 - 9:16AM

Aaron Sorkin’s biographical courtroom drama, The Trial of the Chicago 7, about the aftermath of the 1968 Democratic Party convention, crackles with his celebrated dialogue and boasts an ensemble cast of A-listers.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 movie review: Netflix courtroom drama by Aaron Sorkin is a probable Oscars contender
Crazy Rich Asians’ Henry Golding on the Fast Times table-read, and returning to his Asian roots with Monsoon

Henry Golding enters Hollywood inner circle with his participation in a table-read via Zoom of teen classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High with Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, and Julia Roberts. His latest film, Monsoon, is his most personal yet.

23 Sep 2020 - 5:28PM

Henry Golding enters Hollywood inner circle with his participation in a table-read via Zoom of teen classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High with Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, and Julia Roberts. His latest film, Monsoon, is his most personal yet.

Crazy Rich Asians’ Henry Golding on the Fast Times table-read, and returning to his Asian roots with Monsoon
About Chloé Zhao, China-born director of Nomadland – an Oscars hope after Venice win – who’s directing Marvel’s Eternals with Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek

Nomadland director Chloé Zhao was born in Beijing, went to boarding school in England and attended film school in New York. Last week she became only the fifth woman to win the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival.

20 Sep 2020 - 5:05PM

Nomadland director Chloé Zhao was born in Beijing, went to boarding school in England and attended film school in New York. Last week she became only the fifth woman to win the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival.

About Chloé Zhao, China-born director of Nomadland – an Oscars hope after Venice win – who’s directing Marvel’s Eternals with Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek
Venice 2020: the 10 best films at the festival, from Chloé Zhao’s Golden Lion winner Nomadland to Vanessa Kirby’s star turn in Pieces of a Woman

From Chloé Zhao’s Golden Lion winner Nomadland to Pieces of a Woman featuring Vanessa Kirby’s star turn, here are our picks of the best films at the Venice Film Festival 2020.

15 Sep 2020 - 8:34PM

From Chloé Zhao’s Golden Lion winner Nomadland to Pieces of a Woman featuring Vanessa Kirby’s star turn, here are our picks of the best films at the Venice Film Festival 2020.

Venice 2020: the 10 best films at the festival, from Chloé Zhao’s Golden Lion winner Nomadland to Vanessa Kirby’s star turn in Pieces of a Woman
Review | Venice 2020: Nomadland movie review – Chloé Zhao returns to the American West for powerful ode to pioneer spirit

Frances McDormand, refugee from a collapsed community in the American West, leads a cast of nomads taking jobs where they can in Chloé Zhao’s beautifully shot character study infused with nature.

12 Sep 2020 - 4:00AM

Frances McDormand, refugee from a collapsed community in the American West, leads a cast of nomads taking jobs where they can in Chloé Zhao’s beautifully shot character study infused with nature.

Venice 2020: Nomadland movie review – Chloé Zhao returns to the American West for powerful ode to pioneer spirit
Venice 2020: Ann Hui on saving the Hong Kong film industry, and her Golden Lion for lifetime achievement

The director, whose new film Love After Love is screening in Venice, hopes to use her festival honour to give something back to the ailing Hong Kong film industry.

10 Sep 2020 - 9:30PM

The director, whose new film Love After Love is screening in Venice, hopes to use her festival honour to give something back to the ailing Hong Kong film industry.

Venice 2020: Ann Hui on saving the Hong Kong film industry, and her Golden Lion for lifetime achievement
Review | Venice 2020: Wife of a Spy movie review – Yu Aoi shines in Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s old-fashioned World War II drama

Directed by veteran Japanese filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Wife of a Spy is a stately, elegant World War II drama that features a strong performance from Yu Aoi as a naive but faithful young wife.

10 Sep 2020 - 4:15PM

Directed by veteran Japanese filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Wife of a Spy is a stately, elegant World War II drama that features a strong performance from Yu Aoi as a naive but faithful young wife.

Venice 2020: Wife of a Spy movie review – Yu Aoi shines in Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s old-fashioned World War II drama
Review | Venice 2020: The Disciple movie review – India’s competition entry an eye-opening exploration of Indian classical music

India’s first Venice entry since Monsoon Wedding in 2001 is the story of a man who dedicates his life to becoming an Indian classical vocalist.

9 Sep 2020 - 4:00PM

India’s first Venice entry since Monsoon Wedding in 2001 is the story of a man who dedicates his life to becoming an Indian classical vocalist.

Venice 2020: The Disciple movie review – India’s competition entry an eye-opening exploration of Indian classical music
Review | Mulan movie review: Liu Yifei, Donnie Yen, Gong Li in Disney’s visually gorgeous live-action remake

Coming to cinemas in Hong Kong and mainland China, and Disney+ where it’s available, Mulan stars Liu Yifei, Donnie Yen and Gong Li and is one of the most beautiful films you’ll see all year.

16 Sep 2020 - 3:29PM

Coming to cinemas in Hong Kong and mainland China, and Disney+ where it’s available, Mulan stars Liu Yifei, Donnie Yen and Gong Li and is one of the most beautiful films you’ll see all year.

Mulan movie review: Liu Yifei, Donnie Yen, Gong Li in Disney’s visually gorgeous live-action remake
Gong Li on her witch character in Mulan, why Saturday Fiction is an important film, and her favourite roles

Chinese actress, who plays the witch Xian Lang,in Disney’s Mulan, teases that her character is not all bad; enthuses about Saturday Fiction, in which she also stars; and reveals her favourite roles in a career bookmarked by Zhang Yimou films.

16 Sep 2020 - 3:31PM

Chinese actress, who plays the witch Xian Lang,in Disney’s Mulan, teases that her character is not all bad; enthuses about Saturday Fiction, in which she also stars; and reveals her favourite roles in a career bookmarked by Zhang Yimou films.

Gong Li on her witch character in Mulan, why Saturday Fiction is an important film, and her favourite roles
Review | The New Mutants movie review: X-Men spin-off is even worse than you expected

Anya Taylor-Joy has some fun playing a vamp, but there’s little for audiences to smile about here. A baffling tale with some minor scares and a cynical subplot, the X-Men merit only a passing reference.

31 Aug 2020 - 4:01PM

Anya Taylor-Joy has some fun playing a vamp, but there’s little for audiences to smile about here. A baffling tale with some minor scares and a cynical subplot, the X-Men merit only a passing reference.

The New Mutants movie review: X-Men spin-off is even worse than you expected
Tenet: Robert Pattinson and fellow cast members on secrets to Christopher Nolan’s spy epic – all you need to know

Actors Robert Pattinson, John David Washington, Kenneth Branagh and Elizabeth Debicki discuss working on Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi spy film, and how it might bring audiences back to cinemas after Covid-19.

27 Aug 2020 - 5:32AM

Actors Robert Pattinson, John David Washington, Kenneth Branagh and Elizabeth Debicki discuss working on Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi spy film, and how it might bring audiences back to cinemas after Covid-19.

Tenet: Robert Pattinson and fellow  cast members on secrets to Christopher Nolan’s spy epic – all you need to know