The Manchester by the Sea writer/director reveals how he creates, builds and develops his characters.
Ben Affleck directs and stars in this sprawling, ambitious and flawed east coast gangster epic.
He clashes with Brendan Gleeson in this upcoming Irish crime drama.
A new software update promises to make smartphones theatre safe for plugged-in patrons.
This inventive and emotional YA fantasy looks out how teenagers cope with depression.
We run down a clutch of the year’s finest DVD and Blu-ray purchases. Did your favourite make the cut?
Director Eugène Green mixes absurdism and sincerity in this tragidrama starring Mathieu Amalric.
Inside the hyper-charged mind of the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director.
This searing addiction drama from director Trey Edward Shults shows a big Thanksgiving gathering going to hell.
Nate Parker’s much-hyped take on the life of revolutionary slave Nat Turner severely lacks for nuance.
A romance between two poetic giants of the 20th century is rendered in a unique and affecting fashion.
David Lynch’s peek behind the curtain of smalltown USA remains as beautiful and unnerving as ever.
Miles Teller shows off his true acting might in this solid sports drama with a twist.
The directing duo answer questions on Aladdin, Hercules and Moana.
Take the catwalk car through snowy climes with our favourite American director and star Adrien Brody.
Billy Bob Thornton’s dangerously alcoholic Father Christmas return for this cheap and cheerful sequel.
With global nationalism on the rise, now seems like the time to revisit Claude Lanzmann’s masterpiece, Shoah.
Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard are lovers in the crosswind of war in this underwhelming romantic melodrama.
This Japanese box office behemoth arrives in the UK, but does it live up to the hype?
Philip Roth’s 29th novel is adapted to the big screen, with intriguing rather than supremely satisfying results.
Sidney Poitier confronts violent racists in smalltown Mississippi in this sweat-dappled 1967 policier.
Paul Schrader gets silly with a ’90s-inspired crime caper which prizes stoopid fun above all else.
One half of America’s greatest filmmaking family unit takes aim at the Trump enablers.
Russian director Alexander Sokurov takes a dance with the music of time in this moving plea for saving art.
A sparkling new Blu-ray edition helps remind of this melancholy British classic from 1969.
Movie folk have taken to Twitter to express fondness for the Canadian poet.
The one-time Democratic president’s message is well worth revisiting in our troubled political times.
Abel Gance’s staggering, five-and-a-half hour biography of Napoleon is heading to cinemas and Blu-ray.
Rooney Mara, Adam Driver and Rihanna are on board, and pop duo Sparks are supplying the music.
There’s an intimate, insightful and original documentary about Richard Linklater out... And this isn’t it.
Gal Gadot gets a long-awaited solo run-out as America’s premiere superhero siren.
Director Anthony Baxter takes an ineffectual swipe at potential world leader and heartless golf course builder, The Donald.
Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander get hit by a deluge of Emotion in Derek Cianfrance’s period melodrama.
In his sprawling new work for the BBC, HyperNormalisation, Adam Curtis reveals his limited range as a filmmaker.
A spin-dried movie biopic that manages to be both playful and moving – another triumph for its brilliant directors.
A welcome re-release of John Singleton’s emotionally wrenching ghetto saga heads up the BFI’s Black Star season.
Ken Loach’s latest polemic has a vital message that’s diluted by some heavy-handed direction.
Chess gets the Disney sports movie treatment in this likeable tale of strategy and empowerment from Mira Nair.
Say hello to one of 2016’s most likeable documentary subjects, as she overcomes misogyny with angry hip hop.
Director Robert Greene explains why he won a documentary writing prize at Sundance.
This unique not-quite-doc chronicles an actor striking up a morbid relationship with her latest character.
Epically stupid faux intellectual Euro sleuthing, with Tom Hanks reprising his role as the dullest character of his career.
All hail Julian Barratt, star of this exceptional – and exceptionally silly – British character comedy.
In a year when big movies went bad, there are lessons to be learned from Gareth Edwards’ micro-budget marvel.
A dreadfully silly serial killer movie involving crotchless trousers, an all-night car wash and lots and lots of grease.
Emily Blunt stars as a tipsy murder witness in this crushingly perfunctory literary adaptation.
A grotesque Slavic fairy tale is compared to the realities of modern Eastern Europe in this intriguing miniature.
This impressive, chilling debut feature brings home-invasion horror to 1980s Tehran.
The master of the macabre hit his creative peak with this singular suburban fairy tale from 1990.
World Home Movie Day falls on October 15, so there’s still time to dig out those lost treasures.
The director of 8 Mile and LA Confidential has died at the age of 71.
The US writer/director of Love is Strange and Little Men on indie cinema, Ozu and climbing mountains.
Noah Baumbach’s survey of the life and work of Brian De Palma is riveting and highly entertaining.
We’ve picked out a selection of essential viewing from this year’s bumper programme.
Every inch of every frame in this lilting father-daughter drama by Victor Erice is calculated perfection.
Antoine Fuqua drags the beloved 1960 all-star dad western kicking and screaming into the 21st century.
A very nuts and bolts true-life police saga in which Bryan Cranston goes deep undercover to foil a drug cartel.
A stunning 4K restoration of Nic Roeg’s classic sci-fi, in which David Bowie hits stellar heights.
A captivating Parisian gay love story with lashings of steamy sex.
Viggo Mortensen goes off-piste with mixed results in this homely family drama.
The always exceptional Mathieu Amalric directs and stars in this compelling literary noir.
The director’s bold and bleak cinematic vision chronicles life in World War Two-era Japan.
Cinematographer Tony Richmond discusses the making of Nicolas Roeg’s 1977 sci-fi opus.
The French actor and sometime director discusses his deliciously nasty take on a Georges Simenon classic.
The star-spangled tag team of Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander can’t save this ludicrous period weepie.
Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg lay on the old-school charm in Woody Allen’s Golden Age Hollywood satire.
Director Mia Hansen-Løve delivers something wonderful and somewhat unexpected – a film about cats.
Miles Teller and Jonah Hill are two jacked-up arms dealers in Todd Phillips underwhelming true-to-life caper.
Pedro Almodóvar is back to his very best with this beautiful, quietly devastating portrait of a broken woman.
The screen icon discusses her craft plus her upcoming roles in Mia Hansen-Løve’s Things to Come and Michael Haneke’s Happy End.
The high-rolling times of apocryphal teen idol Conner4Real make for a maddeningly shallow movie experience.
A new poll of critics conducted by the BBC reveals 100 cinematic marvels.
Actor and filmmaker Kentucker Audley celebrates the upcoming 21st anniversary of the inspirational drama, Powder.
The poetry and horror of globalisation and manual labour are beautifully evoked in this haunting doc-fiction hybrid.
A search for the inventor of competitive internet tickling gets very dark very quickly.
Gang warfare on the streets of Brussels is the backdrop of this flashy but unfulfilling romantic tragedy.
Don’t miss this masterful, macabre swansong from mad Polish maestro Andrzej Zulawski.
Warzone gadfly Moazzam Begg is the subject of this interrogative documentary about his life and times.
Check out 10 of the Spanish maestro’s most flamboyant, exuberant and downright gaudy posters.
A film in which Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu play fictional versions of themselves should’ve been better.
Abe Forsythe’s controversial new film Down Under is ruffling feathers among the Australian establishment.
Generations collide in this eccentric cookery-themed comedy drama from Japanese director Naomi Kawase.
Agnieszka Smoczynska’s The Lure raises a blood-stained middle finger to the likes of The Little Mermaid and Splash.
A 30th anniversary re-release for Alex Cox’s tragic tale of punk royalty lost to the needle.
Anna Biller’s The Love Witch offers a playful take on a genre dominated by male perspectives.
Thomas Vinterberg offers up the pros, cons and further cons of communal living experiments of the 1970s.
As America gears up for a season on the stump, we pick our favourite examples of great political oration in the movies.
This deluxe edition of Stanley Kubrick’s satirical classic comes with a top secret envelope of printed extras.
Did you hear the one about the guy who acquired a Bengal tiger and kept it in his New York apartment?
Michelle Carey, Artistic Director of the Melbourne International Film Festival, offers some vital tips to budding programmers.
The director of Attenberg returns with a biting study of the male ego in this sea-bound satire.
Very vanilla fourth sequel to the original animated smash with a major fetish for toilet humour.
This ultra conventional lesbian melodrama from French director Catherine Corsini shows that going through the motions still has its pleasures.
Guillermo del Toro choreographs a ballet with giants and offers one of cinema’s most beautiful definitions of love.
The final film by the late Polish maestro Andrzej Zulawski comes to cinemas this August.
The new Ghostbusters movie is much better than it needed to be, thanks to its stellar (and extremely charming) central cast.
This roistering profile of singer-songwriter Leon Russell finally escapes from its legal limbo.
One of the giants of world cinema has passed away at the age of 76.
American writer/director Alex Ross Perry returns with this superlative housebound psychodrama.
This Golden Lion winner from Venezuela offers intrigue a-plenty, but the pay off is regrettably modest.
An atmospheric, gently moving dramatisation of one man’s ocular impairment that doesn’t quite hit its mark.
The late Carol White is exceptional as a working class single mother in Ken Loach’s restored kitchen-sink drama.
The director of TV’s Gomorrah delivers a nasty by-the-numbers gangster yarn.
The ever charismatic Penélope Cruz is sorely wasted in this ineffectual piece of tragedy porn.
Coolly precise Brit debut whose grim and grotesque take on social realism always feels too artificial.
The veteran director returns with a stark look at contemporary Britain.
Underachieving rather than awful, Alex Proyas’ cornball, CG-driven adventure is tiresomely mad.
A robust dramatic rendering of the 1971 psychological experiment conducted in a University basement.
Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley make for a likeable pairing in this breezy motoring drama.
Fire at Sea director Gianfranco Rosi on filming a rural family in their home in the middle of the migrant crisis.
Europe’s migrant crisis is brought into focus in this quietly thought-provoking documentary.
Garry Marshall’s tin-eared greeting card movie extravaganza is so bad it’s almost quite good.
Meet the director of the beautiful new film widely rumoured to be Studio Ghibli’s last hurrah.
One of Britain’s most lauded and long-serving leftwing voices gets the whistlestop biog treatment.
A vital re-release of Isao Takahata’s serene slice of rustic nostalgia with a new English language voice dub.
With his spectacular new three-part film, Arabian Nights, director Miguel Gomes proves himself to be a grand master of combining music and image.
The peerless Whit Stillman returns with an ensemble Jane Austen adaptation like no other.
The dean of American comedy cinema talks tackling (and acing) a lost Jane Austen classic.
Don’t miss this newly restored director’s cut version of Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi opus.
The Russian director’s 1979 film is being reissued as part of a new retrospective.
Jodie Foster swings for the Wall Street fat cats and misses by miles in this thin thriller which premiered in Cannes.
The director of A Separation and The Past heads to the Cannes competition with another intricate domestic drama.
Team LWLies glance back over a strong competition and pick out their hot contenders for glory.
Paul Schrader is having a party and you’re all invited with this utterly berserko Nic Cage crime caper.
The 2007 Palme d’Or winner returns to Cannes with another gripping and meticulous drama.
A ghost trapped in limbo accompanies us on a romantic road-trip, but only tedium ensues.
Once director John Carney serves up a sugary crowd-pleaser that’s too soft-centred for its own good.
Adèle Haenel turns amateur sleuth as the Dardenne brothers try their hand at the murder-mystery genre.
An all-in Kristen Stewart performance is the lifeblood of Olivier Assayas’ bold, contemporary ghost story.
Pedro Almodóvar is back to his peak with this sumptuous and remarkably subtle Cannes competition entry.
The startling, bleakly poetic debut feature from one of the movie pantheon greats, Andrei Tarkovsky.
Another stunner from Jim Jarmusch starring Adam Driver as a bus driver who pines for a life of poetry.
A poet is born in this autobiographical epic from Chilean maverick, Alejandro Jodorowsky.
One of the great Cannes competition films of recent years comes from a little-known German director.
The Cannes Film Festival unveils Park Chan-wook’s suspenseful follow-up to 2013’s Stoker.
Director Bruno Dumont invites us on a French sea-side holiday with a macabre twist.
This Brit spy thriller starring Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris is a solid calling card for director Susanna White.
An endless spiral of crime and punishment is the subject of this raw and rambling documentary.
Ken Loach returns to Cannes with a ranty anti-government, anti-bureaucracy screed. Not all of it lands.
One of the progenitors of the Romanian New Wave returns to the Cannes competition with a rambling family drama.
There’s plenty to admire in Jeremy Saulnier’s follow up to Blue Ruin. But it’s not for the faint-hearted...
The most-wanted Brit star slinks into the boots of country troubadour Hank Williams.
Tom Hiddleston showcases his flexibility as a performer by slipping into the boots of country troubadour Hank Williams.
Ben Rivers returns with a blackly comic take on the ethics of filmmaking in another country.
Stephen Frears parlays the fascinating story of this warbling songbird into a cosy, featherlight comedy.
Terrence Malick continues to inspire awe with this transcendent tale of a man looking back to past loves.
The French writer/director reveals the steps she took to make her eerie sea-side epic.
A ridiculous comedy film that may well rank as the lamest thing Ricky Gervais has put his name to.
Is this fascistic Paris Hilton vehicle the ultimate example of a so-bad-it’s-good movie?
Arielle Holmes’ miraculous lead performance in this grubby addiction drama needs to be seen to be believed.
This documentary on the decimation of the Afghan Film Archive tells a wider tale about global cultural terrorism.
This dramatised concert film from 1984 remains the late singer-songwriter’s mightiest foray into cinema.
Idris Elba gets his action man on in this solid if unspectacular Parisian genre work-out.
Drone strikes, exploding whales and a Portugal on the brink of collapse... Miguel Gomes’ astonishing latest is a new breed of movie epic.
The Portuguese writer/director on his wondrous three-part epic Arabian Nights.
A stirring, detailed and objective take on the licentious life and times of this celebrated photographer.
Hey kids! Captain America’s back, and he’s brought some lively political views with him.
Jesse Eisenberg and Isabelle Huppert lead an impressive cast in Joachim Trier’s English-language debut.
The Norwegian director of Louder Than Bombs talks us through the intricacies of his writing process.
Peter Greenaway explores the Mexican dog days of the Russian maestro. The results are typically indelicate.
Steven Spielberg, Nicolas Winding Refn and Jim Jarmusch are among those with new films at the 69th Cannes Film Festival.
Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda returns with a sensitive and quietly sublime sibling drama.
One of Japan’s best living directors tells us about adapting manga and mimicking Ozu.
The Sherlock star goes through the looking glass in Marvel’s mind-bending latest.
Meet Eugene Cernan, the last man to lay his feet on the lunar surface, in this doc on the impossibility of the American Dream.
Look out for Eiichi Yamamoto’s transgressive epic from 1973, Belladonna of Sadness.
Jacques Audiard returns with a hard-hitting immigration drama about a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior.
This originality-neutral trawl through a fairy tale fantasy world is saved by the comedy sidekicks.
Sebastian Schipper’s sensational single-take thriller is an ode to the art of filmmaking.
This dour showcase for Australian actor Rachel Griffiths is a drama of grief and motherhood that is subtle with a capital S.
Improvised poetry slam antics are heightened by an ace comic turn from Alice Lowe.
The ever impressive Matthias Schoenaerts plays a PTSD sufferer in this taut thriller from Alice Winocour.
Where do trailers end and movies begin? Zack Snyder has the answer with his fever-pitched latest.
Meet Palestine’s only all-female motorsport team in this insightful documentary form Amber Fares.
He reinvented the comic-book movie. He filmed the unfilmable. So why doesn’t the Batman V Superman director get respect?
This turgid Afghan-based comedy will leave you wondered if Bill Murray will ever star in a good movie again.
Perfumed Nightmare is the hilarious and shocking story of extreme culture clash in the late 1970s.
Richard Linklater continues his hotter-than-hot streak with this dangerously charming fratboy freakout.
This Israeli drama from Asaf Korman offers a sensitive and probing portrait of caring for someone with disabilities.
Shailene Woodley appears bemused and bored by this crushingly lacklustre science fiction franchise.
Austrian directors Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz serve up a spine-tingling domestic horror.
Cate Blanchett is reliably magnetic as a TV news producer attempting to take down George W Bush.
Richard Gere channels the bruised (in)dignity of life on the streets of New York City in this thoughtful drama.
Could Pedro Almodòvar, the Dardennes brothers and Nicolas Winding Refn be in contention for the Palme d’Or this year?
The Hail, Caesar! star reveals how the writer/director pair put him at ease on the set of their latest triumph.
A restored 4k print of this classic Japanese war movie is coming to cinemas this April.
Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest comic creation is his most unapologetically grotesque – and least amusing – to date.
The Coen brothers return in scintillating and provocative form with this complex satire of 1950s Hollywood.
Australian director John Hillcoat assembles an A-list crack squad for this gritty by-the-numbers heist flick.
Ninety minutes in the delectable company of Blythe Danner is this rueful comedy’s chief pleasure.
Eli Roth pays homage to the cannibal exploration movie, but it’s all gore and no guts.
British director Stephen Fingleton announces himself with this thoroughly enjoyable dystopian sci-fi.
A one-time mixed martial arts champ completes her transition to the big screen with Deadpool.
From the death of gaming to online snuff videos, Holland’s premiere film jamboree delivered big time.
As director and star, Ben Stiller sleepwalks through this drab, inconsequential comedy sequel.
Feuding brothers come to the fore in this fleecy Icelandic comedy-drama form director Grímur Hákonarson.
The French maestro has died at the age of 87, and leaves behind him an unimpeachable canon of work.
Director Grant Gee’s cinematic love letter to Istanbul doubles as a profoundly moving study of memory.
The Chilean mining disaster of 2010 becomes a tacky but agreeable genre flick led by Antonio Banderas.
The necessary evil of shooting bad guys is the subject of this heinous new offering from Michael Bay.
Whit Stillman returns – and on absolute peak form – with this drastically delightful Jane Austen adaptation.
British writer/director Ben Hopkins returns with an enjoyably offbeat film industry satire.
Director David Gordon Green over-seasons this cynical political satire starring Sandra Bullock.
The director of Anchorman 2 dials back the screwball in this frisky tale of the sub-prime mortgage meltdown of 2007.
The legendary production designer reveals how he recreated the wilds of 19th century America for The Revenant.
The brilliant star of Room reveals the secret to being a good mother in the movies and how she bonded with her co-star Jacob Tremblay.
Brie Larson shines in this deceptively life-affirming drama about a young mother forced to raise her son in isolation.
The sad passing of this rock deity at the age of 69 has got us thinking about his greatest screen work.
A recent announcement confirmed that it’s one of the platform’s top performing films.
How has this grisly and graphic scrap book of middle American misery endured for nearly 20 years?
Vincent Cassel fails to deliver the goods in Ariel Kleiman’s underwhelming child soldier drama.
A behind-the-scenes look at Moscow’s famous arts institution that offers scant rewards.
Japan’s Takashi Miike is running on creative vapours in this tiring knockabout genre mash-up.
Natalie Portman has her finger firmly off the trigger in this calamitous faux feminist western.
One false move and it’s game over on the violent rapids of Great Falls in Maryland.
Alien takeovers, avenging potters and Shelley Duvall being awesome all feature in our round-up of the year’s finest DVD and Blu-ray releases.
A boy and his dog search for their missing mother in this clean-cut but extremely bland adventure yarn.
JJ Abrams delivers big time with his supremely classy and stirring addition to this cherished franchise.
War Work is indebted to the great Dziga Vertov and is available to view now on MUBI.
America’s most famous loser/dog comic strip combo graduate to the big screen with charm and ease.
As a director, writer and performer, Angelina Jolie-Pitt has finally come into her own.
Mr March of the Penguins returns with an affecting, unhysterical film about the ensuing climate disaster ahead.
The doyenne of American comedy and star of Grandma gives a lesson in poetry and swearing.
A selection wild and wonderful odysseys guaranteed to get you in the mood for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest.
Directors William Fairman and Max Gogarty deliver a vital exposé on a dangerous new trend within the gay community.
Ho-ho-hell no. This seasonal caper starring Seth Rogen is about as funny as Christmas cracker gag.
This Terence Davies passion project showcases an incandescent performance from Agyness Deyn.
A Pixar debut boy talks about plucking up the courage to direct The Good Dinosaur.
Dementia, patriarchy and unsanitary living are features of this tender drama on life’s twilight years.
Did we really need David Lean’s turgid, three hour epic back on our cinema screens?
From Brief Encounter to his upcoming Peggy Lee biopic, the Carol director muses on a variety of subjects.
The shining star of movies by Ozu, Naruse and Kurosawa has died at the age of 95.
Come and see one of the greatest New York films ever made... for free!
This lop-sided couture western staggers on long past what shoud've been a short, sharp run time.
Director Alonso Ruizpalacios takes us on a tour of his native Mexico City in this first-time feature to savour.
A peek inside a Milanese sculpture workshop makes for unexpectedly compelling viewing.
Troops in Afghanistan have trouble knowing the enemy in this impressive doc.
An expert yarn-spinner tells of his time on death row and the troubles of petitioning for his release.
This bittersweet summer road trip planned and orchestrated by Michel Gondry is one of the director’s finest.
Nicholas Hoult gets nasty in this lairy, sweary and utterly joyless dirge through the ’90s music industry.
Karen Guthrie turns her camera on her family and uncovers a host of strange and beautiful secrets.
Director Ondi Timoner may have over-estimated the interest of her subject in this strangely wipe-clean profile.
How come there are no people in the world of this new James Bond movie?
Stanley Nelson offers a broad survey of the militant political party.
A in-joke re-release of Robert Zemeckis’ lunatic sequel to his original time travel behemoth.
Guillermo del Toro’s luxuriant Gothic romance is the full cinematic package.
Interviews with soldiers involved in 1967’s “Six Day War” reveal the damaging effects of armed conflict.
What Jonny Greenwood did on his holidays makes for rousing cinematic statement.
The great Guillermo del Toro talks about his magnificent Gothic ghost story.
A sweet, if very slight, animated adventure which mixes the horrors with slavery with poo jokes.
The horrors of sleep paralysis are explored in a playful and provocative manner by director Rodney Ascher.
Strong moments and sincere intent can’t save Sarah Gavron’s shapeless take on the plight of the Suffragettes.
Greek actress Ariane Labed shines in this otherwise routine nautical drama of sexual self-fulfilment.
Andrew Kötting returns with another cinematic happening, this time based on the later life of poet John Clare.
Matt Damon cracks wise on Mars in Ridley Scott’s rose-tinted paean to human endeavour.
The ace cinematographer also discusses his work on Brit debut feature, Catch Me Daddy.
Robert Zemeckis makes Philippe Petit’s World Trade Centre wire-walk appear as fantasy in this glossy heist movie.
Director Roland Emmerich offers a laughably tin-eared take on ’60s gay counterculture.
Lucile Hadžihalilović makes a triumphant return with this experimental surgical horror (with added starfish).
Tsai Ming-Liang and his collaborator/muse Lee Kang-Sheng have a long, deep conversation about their relationship.
Legendary documentarian Frederick Wiseman’s ode to cultural diversity is a bustling profile of New York.
This cubist corporate musical set during the financial crash of 2008 oozes with boldness and creativity.
This big, brassy ’70s-style disaster movie wears its clichés lightly and packs a hefty emotional punch.
Michael Moore’s new movie is an example of a filmmaker with nothing valuable to say.
Ben Wheatley’s JG Ballard adaptation is a glowing cluster of stand-alone transgressions.
Sandra Bullock tears up the political scene in La Paz in David Gordon Green’s feather-light political comedy.
This country music biopic starring Tom Hiddleston is a model of thoughtful restraint.
A top-tier festival opener arrives in the form of this scattershot yet thoughtful study of grief.
This ultraviolent tale of smalltown puppy love stars Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg at their best.
Actor Steve Oram has decided to make a movie, and the results are spectacularly disturbing.
The sudden passing of the horror maestro reminds us that the fear he produced transcended the screen.
Disposable portrait of an EDM artist in ascent with a very genial Zac Efron in the lead.
Don’t miss this chance to catch Michelangelo Antonioni’s modernist masterpiece.
The director’s own professed black sheep is his most beautiful work.
The mad Chilean maverick Alejandro Jodorowsky returns with his first film since 1990.
James Franco and Kate Husdon bring their B game to this stock urban crime thriller.
Mohsen Makhmalbaf explores life after revolution from the perspective of a dictator and his grandson.
Hold on to your hats… Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig return with a brisk Brooklyn neo-screwball.
Bel Powley shines in Marielle Heller’s refreshingly non-judgmental chronicle of teenage sexuality in ’70s San Francisco.
Al Pacino plays a lovelorn locksmith in David Gordon Green’s exquisitely low-key drama.
Josh Trank strips back the tired super hero template with genuinely intriguing and valuable results.
Mia Hansen-Løve’s extraordinary fourth feature is about the impossibility of beat-matching life and fashion.
The French writer/director discusses how moviemaking can be an act of pure personal expression.
Spectre shows just why the franchise needs to rid itself of this antiquated generalisation.
A foiled assassination plot on the life of Hitler is uncovered and examined in this lethargic historical thriller.
Orson Welles is some kind of a man in this grisly, ultra-melancholic border-town noir from 1958.
Do Ghibli and Pixar have a new rival in Irish director Tomm Moore? This stunning film would suggest they do.
LWLies intercepts a long and winding letter to one-time Ant-Man director Edgar Wright.
This Japanese teen love story from Naomi Kawase is mired in emo histrionics and limp drama.
The moral minefield of Carol Reed’s The Third Man insures its place in the pantheon of greats.
More honest-to-goodness muckraking from one-man doc institution, Alex Gibney.
This neon-lit ghost story from Apichatpong Weerasethukal is another hushed adventure into the sublime.
Sir Ian McKellen is riveting in this moving and humane look at Sherlock Holmes in his twilight years.
Jason Schwartzman stars in this pointed portrait of a douchebag artist from Alex Ross Perry.
Steven Spielberg’s beloved 1993 movie is about so much more than dinosaurs.
Who picked up the silverware at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, including the coveted Palme d'Or?
The stunning pros and unfortunate cons in Justin Kurzel’s take on the Bard just about balance out.
Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-Hsien reinvents the martial arts movie, with utterly astonishing results.
Jacques Audiard follows up Rust and Bone with a nuanced and gratifying immigration tale.
Miguel Gomes dazzles and infuriates (but mostly dazzles) with a rambling love poem to his poverty-stricken country.
Brad Bird’s sparkling sci-fi blockbuster is powered by big ideas and wide-eyed inquiry.
Todd Haynes lights up the Croisette with this exemplary lesbian romance starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.
The new feature from Arnaud Desplechin is a rite-of-passage masterpiece.
The 2015 Cannes Director’s Fortnight strand opens with a magnificent miniature from Philippe Garrel.
Salma Hayek chows down on sea monster heart in Matteo Garrone’s riotous fantasy triptych.
Tsai Ming-liang’s (s)low-fi masterpiece Stray Dogs finally makes it to UK cinemas.
Prepare to be floored by Christian Petzold’s masterful postwar melo, particularly for its astonishing final shot.
Viggo Mortensen teams up with Argentinian visionary Lisandro Alonso to deliver one of the most singularly compelling films of the year.
The actor on football, festivals and films that ask lots of questions but don’t give away all the answers.
This Rolls Royce teen high-school movie is powered by a sparkling comic turn from Mae Whitman.
Like a rain-sodden old friend, Sir Ridley’s existential space-opera gets yet another cinematic run-out.
A stunning performance by Cara Delevingne doesn’t save this ungainly examination of the Meredith Kercher murder.
The dodgy politics of this would-be comedy might have been more hard-hitting had Will Ferrell and and Kevin Hard given us something to laugh about.
The writing process comes to life in Eskil Vogt’s unsentimental exploration into a woman who loses her eyesight.
A sex-worker turned feminist-force-of-nature is Kim Longinotto’s guide to Chicago in her characteristically great documentary.
The mischievous indie auteur talks about the importance of shoegaze music to his new film, White Bird in a Blizzard.
The inimitable writer/director throws open the doors to The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Sameena Jabeen Ahmed is a revelation as the lead in this smart debut feature by Daniel Wolfe.
The amazing chemistry between the two leads of this gay NY romance is sadly brushed to the side.
“Selma Now!” Ava DuVernay’s vital civil rights drama is the film Martin Luther King deserved.
Seth Rogen and James Franco topple communism with comic truth bombs in this jolly satire.
Paul Thomas Anderson charts the end of the hippy dream in this blissful gumshoe chimera.
The emotional divide between human and robot merges in Alex Garland’s throwback sci-fi chamber piece.
Jake Gyllenhaal sees his double and enters a vortex of wanton weirdness in this cold, experimental drama.
Tim Burton misses subtextual tricks in this colourful biopic of American kitsch artist, Margaret Keane.
Bill Murray plays Scrooge (again) in this sunny, (mildly) funny paean to the meaning of modern sainthood.
This old-school, undersea chiller starring Jude Law offers a sophisticated and moving exploration into the evils of greed.
The pod bay doors are open once more for this re-release of Stanley Kubrick’s space opera to end all space operas.
The nocturnal activities of modern-day Wellington's vampire community are captured in this mirthless mock doc.
Edwyn Collins is the subject of this superb, affirmative documentary about regaining your musical marbles following a major health scare.
This surprising winner of the Venice Golden Lion is a quaint, amusing if not particularly life-altering slice of Italian psychogeography.
Dire, imagination-free haunted-house horror which says you should never mess with killer ghosts.
Laura Poitras’ real-life spy thriller shows how and why Edward Snowden stepped up to blow the whistle on government spying.
Air-punch inducing drama with Kevin Costner about the surprisingly fascinating sport of American Football player trading.
The director reveals how he approached adapting Gillian Flynn’s psychological best-seller, ‘Gone Girl’.
David Fincher’s trash procedural for the Twitter age taunts, tickles and, ultimately, terrifies.
This tale of a wily German child murderer from legendary director Fritz Lang is still one of the all-time greats.
Dan Stevens is a strange visitor who ends up being a dull visitor in Adam Wingard’s underwhelming genre mash-up.
Kelly Reichardt returns with an extremely cool and collected heist movie with Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning.
If you only do one thing this year, make sure you catch this shattering masterpiece by the Dardenne brothers.
LWLies meets the Belgian twosome to talk Two Days, One Night, and why their films don't have any sex scenes.
David Michôd emerges from the lion’s den and leaps directly into the furnace for his brilliant second feature.
A cast of thousands coalesce for this jolly, bloodless third sortie by those irrepressible, elderly Expendables.
Mao! Mao! Mao! Michael Cimino invites horrific ’Nam flashbacks in his gruelling ’78 opus.
This uncomfortable and predictable melodrama concerns a plucky ex-con desperately attempting to go straight.
A weedy Crusier is dropped into a time-switching sci-fi set-up, with undeniably interesting results.
Jean-Luc Godard shakes up the 2014 Cannes competition with a dazzling 3D dirty bomb.
Hayao Miyazaki’s brilliant swansong is a complex, swooning melodrama on aviation and the caveats of creativity.
The lead singer of Super Furry Animals heads on a whimsical adventure odyssey in search of his cultural roots.
Tom Hardy driving a car for 90 minutes equals riveting drama from director Steven Knight.
The Guard’s Brendan Gleeson and director John Michael McDonagh reunite to deliver one of the year’s best films.
An exceptional teen girl rises up from the slurry of humanity and goes on to mount a revolution against… you know the drill.
Tahar Rahim and Bérénice Bejo are on top form in this immaculate study of marital disharmony.
Francis Ford Coppola’s magnum opus gets a big screen outing, see it if only to be able to understand The Simpsons better.
A scintillating and quietly radical gay-cruising murder mystery set in a single, sunny location.
The modern world is a strange and beautiful place in Jim Jarmusch’s melancholy vampire masterpiece.
The Inside Llewyn Davis star chats to LWLies about getting into character for the Coen brothers’ latest.
Two men, operating as a single creative body. Little White Lies was offered a rare audience with the Coen brothers.
A very decent seasonal Disney feature which amply refreshes a haggard old template.
Allen Ginsberg: The college years. This Daniel Radcliffe starring Beat bio is over-styled and earnest.
One of the year’s most extraordinary films is an experimental documentary about North Sea fishing.
Andrew Bujalski switches gears with a lo-fi marvel that channels the spirit of Robert Altman.
Don’t miss this exceptional and haunting British drama which boasts a career-best turn from Aidan Gillen.
A career-best Cate Blanchett dazzles in Woody Allen’s heartbreaking missive.
Guillermo del Toro’s epic homage to classic-era monster movies is a triumph of consummate design and old school romanticism.
Kill List director Ben Wheatley returns with a monochrome drug chimera which won't be to all tastes.
Heists and high-fashion coalesce in Sofia Coppola's subtle and intricate take on teen boredom and victimless crime.
Joshua Oppenheimer mixes the romance of the movies with the horror of genocide in this incredible one-off.
Richard Linklater makes it a trilogy for his beloved walkie-talkie love saga. And this one’s possibly the best of the lot.
Shane Meadows delivers a roistering film about extreme fandom under the subtle guise of a Stone Roses biography.
Hopes were sky high for James Gray's lavish NY period drama, but this one left us cold.
Pedro Almodóvar returns with a gaudy, mile-high sex romp that harks back to his trashy formative years.
Don’t believe the anti-hype: Terrence Malick’s fractured modern love poem is a sensual marvel.
A glossy, super lightweight comedy on collegiate a capella tournaments is saved by a few stunning moments.
Thomas Vinterberg’s study of a man wrongfully accused of child molestation is extremely prescient, if manipulative in the extreme.
A pair of astounding performances are the pillars that prop up Michael Haneke's formidable answer to the Hollywood weepie.
French enfant terrible Leos Carax finally comes good with this sublime and surreal ode to acting, moviemaking, Paris and the whole damn thing.
This sublime Portuguese fantasia from director Miguel Gomes will likely feature heavily on best of year lists.
For his final trick, Orson Welles will deliver a fruity, funny film essay. And astonishing it is too!
Despite obvious flaws, there’s a decent amount to admire in Tim Burton’s bizarre retro horror comedy.
Mumblecore empress Greta Gerwig dazzles in Whit Stillman’s first film in 13 years.
Peter Berg’s blockbusting board game ripoff has more rough edges than a sandpaper Rubik’s Cube.
Jafar Panahi’s extraordinary self-portrait/protest piece is the gift that keeps on giving.
Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s hypnotic metaphysical noir is towering, tough and very, very pretty.
If you haven’t read the book, you’ll want to. If you have read the book, you’ll want to read it again.
A scene of almost unwatchable violence will colour your opinion on Michael Winterbottom’s dark thriller.
Lean, empathetic and dramatically credible portrait of desperation and desire on the cider-splashed streets of adolescence.
Lars von Trier’s latest is an exercise in claustrophobic filmmaking, rife with symbolism and an unstoppable momentum.