14 October 2011

Red State: it’s one sermon versus another

Kevin Smith’s darkly humorous horror film is spoiled by tacking on a hamfisted message about American politics.

10 October 2011

Warrior: a daft movie with a kick in the tale

It may be a hackneyed promo for mixed martial arts, but Gavin O’Connor’s film still moves you in the end.

29 September 2011

A true triumph of style over substance

Combining a cool, kitsch soundtrack, extreme violence and a tooth pick, Drive is a brilliant, profound play upon the action movie.

23 September 2011

Did the world need another Jane Eyre?

Cary Fukunaga’s new adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s classic is beautifully shot and acted, but a bit pointless.

2 September 2011

A spy thriller, without the self-importance

David Hare’s Page Eight tried to Say Something Important, and it was all the better for having failed to do so.

Books 26 August 2011

A story in which everything has already happened

Julian Barnes’ masterful retelling of a life lived in retrospect is also an exploration of the human desire to give life meaning and order.

25 August 2011

Taking the talent out of a music show

Sordid backstories, ineffably crap auditions and no Cheryl Cole – The X Factor’s back and it’s better than ever.

17 August 2011

Clichéd encounters of the Spielberg kind

By paying loving homage to the movie-making era of ET, Super 8 only flags up its own lack of magic.

11 February 2011

The roots of a musical movement

BBC4’s Reggae Britannia shows how Jamaican music provided a joyous soundtrack to political rebellion.

8 October 2009

The indie scene is fun, but it isn’t radical

A new documentary about the music festival All Tomorrow’s Parties tries far too hard to stand up to ‘the man’.