Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling are at the top of their game in this compelling drama of lost love and missed opportunity
(Roberto Rossellini, 1950-54; BFI, PG, DVD/Blu-ray)In 1948 the Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman was Hollywood’s greatest star, having appeared in a succession of prestigious box-office hits including Casablanca, For Whom the Bell Tolls and Notorious.
Everything about this Hailee Steinfeld adventure seems misjudged – from the terrible title to the action itself
Maya Newell on making the film, celebrations amid controversy and why a marriage equality plebiscite could have dangerous repercussions
Named a ‘screen legend’ at CinefestOz festival, Weaving on reuniting with director Jocelyn Moorhouse and why you’ve probably never seen his best work
In new film Vacation, the star of the Hangover movies and US version of The Office plays another normal man unhinged by events. Ed Helms talks southern manners, prosthetic penises – and what he hated about doing the Daily ShowThere is an atmosphere of embarkation and hangover at the Beverly Hills Hilton as the three-day junket for Vacation winds down.
It seems that Mountain Lake in Virginia – now nothing more than a reddish-brown pit – shows little regard for human intervention or Hollywood nostalgiaSeven miles up a winding road in Pembroke, Virginia, sits the Mountain Lake Lodge, an imposing 1930s stone building that looks out over a manicured lawn peppered with cabins.
Speaking at the premiere of Muhammad: Messenger of God, Majid Majidi says further films would help improve understanding of Islam around the worldIt had the potential to be one of the most inflammatory film projects of recent times.
Alex and Stephen Kendrick’s faith-based film argues that domestic abuse can be cured by retiring to a bunker and praying. It’s an odd plan of attack
The stock markets may be in turmoil but prospects could hardly be rosier for the US film industry as it feeds China’s insatiable desire for moviesHollywood seldom misses an opportunity to panic, but China’s financial turmoil has left it serene, even smug, while the world economy trembles.
Too much action and a senseless plot are the ingredients for a classic console-to-silver-screen turkey
Although laden with rock-pic set pieces, this is an energy-packed drama full of conflict, on and off the stage
For three decades, Mexico’s drug lords have terrorised the country. New documentary Cartel Land tells the story from the inside, exposing the meth labs, the torture, the corruption – and the government collusionOne must hope that audiences appreciate the extraordinary scene with which the documentary Cartel Land opens: deep within a forest in Mexico, a group of men cook crystal meth, and discuss their metier.
The Spierig brothers’ self-financed debut film was filled with severed limbs, cut-price but surprisingly sophisticated special effects and lashings of humour
Since Anjelica Huston took off her wig in 1990’s The Witches, we’ve made some progress and broken from lore that dictates witches are ugly and evilLast week saw the 25th anniversary of The Witches, a movie that arguably reflects what’s now become an increasingly dated approach to witches and witch culture.In the film (based on Roald Dahl’s 1983 book of the same name), a little boy and his grandmother rid England of its horrendously disfigured witches (including The Grand High Witch, played by Anjelica Huston) by turning them into mice.
The actor takes a break from the Suicide Squad shoot to talk about the energy of Comic-Con, working with DiCaprio and Scorsese – and having a ‘market value’Hi, Margot! Where are you now?In Toronto.So you’re still shooting Suicide Squad?
Director’s snub for 1989 film about racial tension in Brooklyn is considered by some to be one of the most glaring in Academy historySpike Lee, the American director whose 1989 film Do the Right Thing was famously snubbed by the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences more than a quarter of a century ago, is to receive an honorary Oscar for his contributions to film-making.
45 Years | Straight Outta Compton | Hitman Agent 47 | Zombie Fight Club | Billy Fury: The Sound Of The Fury | We Are Your Friends | Barely LethalThis insightful drama charts the gradual disintegration of an apparently happy couple.
Comedy staples adopt worried faces as parents fleeing with their kids from foreign unrest in this weirdly dubious action thrillerGoing abroad is stressful. Sometimes the food’s weird and the weather’s discombobulating, the language is a devil and the locals are unfriendly.
Veteran Irish actor looks set to join the previously-announced Timothy Spall, who will star as former Northern Ireland first minister Ian Paisley in Nick Hamm’s filmIrish actor Colm Meaney may join the cast of high-profile Troubles drama The Journey, starring as Martin McGuinness opposite Timothy Spall as Ian Paisley in the story of the two Northern Ireland political titans’ unlikely friendship.
Efron puts in a smart performance as a would-be DJ facing new frontiers
A terrific documentary explores the lives of a family in the north Pennines trying to rear the perfect sheep
Carey Mulligan’s Bathsheba Everdene is hardly Hardy’s in Thomas Vinterberg’s handsome adaptation, but Nina Hoss is immaculate in a postwar psychodrama
Steven Soderbergh bids farewell to cinema in style – with a gripping psychological thriller about big pharma and mental health that cruelly leaves you craving one last fixDid Steven Soderbergh just finish on his masterpiece?
Sophia Loren talks to Ian Woodward about Peter Sellars, Richard Burton and overcoming her shyness on screenThere are those who maintain that Sophia Loren is all fuse and no bang: she never seems to be ill, or fed up, or bored.
Majid Majidi’s origin tale of the prophet Muhammad chronicles the birth and rise of Islam, rich with gestural flair and images of bracing beautyThis is not the first time the prophet of Islam has hit the big screen, but Moustapha Akkad’s 1977 film The Message chose to relay Qu’ranic history only from Muhammad’s point of view.
Directed by actor and comedian Kevin Pollak, Misery Loves Comedy examines what makes people want to be funny for a living. In this clip from the documentary, The Office co-creator Stephen Merchant explains how his desire to be seen as witty ruined his first meeting with one of his comedy heroes, Steve Coogan Continue reading...
Beyond Borders | Cambridge Film Festival | Scalarama | John WatersThe ambitions of Beyond Borders – to facilitate wider international cultural exchange – extend to the film strand of this festival: for instance, 7 Days In Syria (Thu) concerns Newsweek’s Middle East editor Janine di Giovanni, who risked her life to report on the country.
Rogue stormtrooper looks like he’s about to battle Adam Driver’s sinister Kylo Ren in scene from JJ Abrams’ ultra-hyped space opera rebootThe first footage of Britain’s John Boyega wielding a lightsaber as rogue stormtrooper Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens has hit the web, sparking furious online debate from fans.
The film team review this week's big releases, including Andrew Haigh's long-term relationship drama 45 Years and the NWA biopic Straight Outta ComptonCatherine Shoard and Peter Bradshaw join Xan Brooks for our weekly round-up of the big cinema releases.