28 February 2013

Giving the real Hitchcock a cameo role

A new film about the making of the iconic shower slasher, Psycho, is too shallow to shed light on the master of suspense.

22 February 2013

The Oscars: it’s Abe versus the Argo-nauts

From soppy sentiment to fawning over method actors, the Oscars have become predictable. Sunday’s ceremony could change that.

15 February 2013

Wrecking the magic of kids’ movies

Wreck-It Ralph is so busy providing nostalgia for greying gamers, it forgets to enthrall children.

8 February 2013

America vs OBL: the weirdest war

Ignore the luvvies who say she supports torture - Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty is cleverly ambiguous about the 'war on terror'.

1 February 2013

Django vs Lincoln: clash of the slave films

Tarantino stands accused of blaxploitation, but does his movie tell a greater truth than Spielberg’s?

29 January 2013

Amour: an unflinching look at decline and death

Michael Haneke’s story of an elderly couple coping with infirmity is both tragic and powerfully life-affirming.

18 January 2013

Les Misérables: a revolutionary musical

After years of Hollywood giving us pale Broadway retreads,
Tom Hooper has made a musical that is worth seeing.

11 January 2013

The Impossible: a giant wave of sentimentality

Juan Antonio Bayona’s disaster movie about the Boxing Day tsunami starts well, but ends up as a cynical tearjerker.

4 January 2013

The Hobbit: an unexpected pleasure

For all the fears that Peter Jackson had unduly stretched Tolkien’s slim novel, in fact he’s given us a rollicking watch.

Books 27 December 2012

Ten stories, one promising debut

Sam Thompson’s Communion Town provides a poetic examination, from multiple points of view, of an ever-changing city and its inhabitants.