Posts by David Jenkins

Eight good reasons why you should shoot on 16mm film

By David Jenkins

Juho Kousmanen, director of The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, extols the virtues of celluloid.

New films by Claire Denis, Sean Baker and Abel Ferrara to debut in Cannes

By David Jenkins

The 2017 Directors’ Fortnight line-up is even more tantalising than the main Competition.

Gemma Arterton: ‘I can definitely tell when a woman has written a script’

By David Jenkins

The British leading lady discusses her role in the delightful Blitz-era comedy-drama, Their Finest.

Their Finest

By David Jenkins

Gemma Arterton gives Blighty a much-needed morale boost in this charming wartime comedy-drama.

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The Transfiguration

By David Jenkins

The vampire movie gets an injection of postmodern blood in this intriguing teen drama.

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The Sense of an Ending

By David Jenkins

Charlotte Rampling and Jim Broadbent are on typically fine form in this era-spanning drama.

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The 2017 Cannes Film Festival line-up has been announced

By David Jenkins

Yorgos Lanthimos, Bong Joon-ho and Sofia Coppola all have films in the main competition.

Hanna Schygulla: ‘Fassbinder had very concrete ideas about the choreography of bodies’

By David Jenkins

The German actor reveals how she coped with being Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s muse.

Julia Ducournau: ‘The way losing your virginity is portrayed in most movies is very outdated’

By David Jenkins

The director of Raw discusses why her film is a bold expression of female sexuality.

Mad to Be Normal

By David Jenkins

David Tennant is perfectly cast as Scottish psychiatrist RD Laing in a film that’s as undisciplined as its subject.

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The 10 best films by Rainer Werner Fassbinder

By David Jenkins

An essential viewing guide to the work of this German maestro ahead of a full BFI retrospective.

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)

By David Jenkins

Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s subversive romantic masterpiece returns ahead of a full BFI retrospective.

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Free Fire

By David Jenkins

The myth of diplomacy is the key ingredient of a hot lead salad in Ben Wheatley’s wickedly funny pistol opera.

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Ghost in the Shell

By David Jenkins

All the slick CG in the galaxy can’t save this mind-numbing sci-fi noir starring Scarlett Johansson as a femme cyborg.

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Smurfs: The Lost Village

By David Jenkins

Here we smurfing go again...

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When CGI went bad: revisiting the original Power Rangers movie

By David Jenkins

The special effects in this 1995 folly have to be seen to be believed.

Power Rangers

By David Jenkins

Angel Grove’s finest are dragged into the 21st century in this glossy, respectable reboot.

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Kleber Mendonça Filho: ‘John Carpenter is always a reference point for me’

By David Jenkins

The brilliant Brazilian director of Aquarius talks about why he keeps coming back to Assault on Precinct 13.

A follow-up to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has been announced

By David Jenkins

And it’s a full-franchise reset for the iconic femme cyberpunk, Lisbeth Salander.

Song to Song – first look review

By David Jenkins

Terrence Malick dazzles with a metaphysical jukebox musical starring Rooney Mara and Ryan Gosling.

Uma Thurman is starring in Lars von Trier’s serial killer movie

By David Jenkins

The Danish provocateur re-teams with a familiar face from his previous, Nymphomaniac.

Beauty and the Beast

By David Jenkins

This luxuriant live-action refit of the beloved animated feature sees Disney extend its recent winning streak.

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Headshot

By David Jenkins

Eye-watering violence is the dish of the day in this stylish though ultra-formulaic martial arts runaround.

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Viceroy’s House

By David Jenkins

The dramatic story of Partition in India is rendered as a glossy, light comedy in this underwhelming effort from Gurinder Chadha.

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Certain Women

By David Jenkins

Director Kelly Reichardt returns with another brilliantly understated study of love and desire.

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Is this the grossest movie ever made?

By David Jenkins

Steve “Flying Lotus” Ellison delivers a sick suite of gag-inducing shorts at the 2017 Glasgow Film Festival.

A bold new film defends the practice of seal hunting

By David Jenkins

Angry Inuk is an intriguing documentary about the death of political nuance.

It’s Only the End of the World

By David Jenkins

Xavier Dolan’s latest is an accidental – and excruciating – exercise in endurance cinema.

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Sweet Dreams

By David Jenkins

Italian director Marco Bellocchio ends an impressive run with a slick but schlocky mama’s boy melodrama.

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On the Beach At Night Alone – first look review

By David Jenkins

The wistful latest from Korean maestro Hong Sang-soo is powered by an exceptional lead performance.

Logan

By David Jenkins

As Wolverine, Hugh Jackman bows out in real style in this soulful revisionist comic book yarn.

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Hidden Figures

By David Jenkins

The spirited tale of three secret weapons used in NASA’s initial attempts to send a man into space.

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John Waters: ‘I’m like a weird gay version of my father’

By David Jenkins

The Pope of Trash reflects on his controversial career ahead of the re-release of his black comedy Multiple Maniacs.

Call Me by Your Name – first look review

By David Jenkins

Remember that title, as you’ll be hearing a lot about Luca Guadagnino’s sublime summertime romance.

The Other Side of Hope – first look review

By David Jenkins

Finland’s Aki Kaurismäki lights up the Berlin competition with a typically bittersweet response to the migrant crisis.

Somniloquies – first look review

By David Jenkins

The directors of Leviathan return with a breathtaking character study of the world’s foremost sleep talker.

Spoor – first look review

By David Jenkins

Polish director Agnieszka Holland returns with an enigmatic woodland-set murder mystery.

A Fantastic Woman – first look review

By David Jenkins

Sebastián Lelio’s follow up to 2013’s Gloria is a surprisingly inert and cliché-driven portrait of a trans woman.

Wild Mouse – first look review

By David Jenkins

Josef Hader’s mid-life meltdown comedy has just enough madcap laughs for it to pass muster.

Fifty Shades Darker

By David Jenkins

Could this be the most nauseatingly vanilla erotic film franchise in the history of cinema?

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Le Parc

By David Jenkins

An innocent date in the park turns sinister in this burnished experimental gem from French director Damien Manivel.

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Fences

By David Jenkins

Viola Davis steals the show in this faithful stage adaptation from director Denzel Washington.

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Prevenge

By David Jenkins

Alice Lowe explores the horrors of maternity in this blackly comic riff on Rosemary’s Baby.

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Mike Mills: ‘Filmmaking isn’t therapy for me, I don’t cry on set’

By David Jenkins

The director of 20th Century Women discusses his personalised cine-poem written to his late mother.

Gold

By David Jenkins

Insane avarice in the 1980s leads a balding Matthew McConaughey into the wilds of Indonesia.

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Dentally challenged – the art of creating false teeth for the movies

By David Jenkins

Hollywood’s go-to false teeth guy, Gary Archer, tells the story behind seven of his finest creations.

Toni Erdmann

By David Jenkins

Maren Ade’s third feature stands as one of the most brilliant comedies of the new millennium.

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RIP John Hurt: 1940 – 2017

By David Jenkins

The man with the huskiest voice in showbiz is sadly passed, leaving behind a body of astonishing work.

What’s the bleakest film you’ve ever seen?

By David Jenkins

Recent events have got us thinking about the most depressingly hopeless movies ever made.

Hacksaw Ridge

By David Jenkins

Mel Gibson delivers an intensely brutal war movie with an intriguing moral twist.

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Lion

By David Jenkins

Dev Patel plays a displaced orphan retracing his roots in Garth Davis’ sentimental drama.

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Goodfellas (1990)

By David Jenkins

In tandem with a full Scorsese retrospective, this beloved meatball opera is served up once more.

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T2 Trainspotting

By David Jenkins

They’ve decided to bring the band back together. They really shouldn’t have bothered.

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Kenneth Lonergan: ‘A good idea is like having a daydream that you write down’

By David Jenkins

The Manchester by the Sea writer/director reveals how he creates, builds and develops his characters.

Live by Night

By David Jenkins

Ben Affleck directs and stars in this sprawling, ambitious and flawed east coast gangster epic.

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Michael Fassbender severs family ties in the Trespass Against Us trailer

By David Jenkins

He clashes with Brendan Gleeson in this upcoming Irish crime drama.

Would you ever use your phone in the cinema?

By David Jenkins

A new software update promises to make smartphones theatre safe for plugged-in patrons.

A Monster Calls

By David Jenkins

This inventive and emotional YA fantasy looks out how teenagers cope with depression.

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The 20 best home ents releases of 2016

By David Jenkins

We run down a clutch of the year’s finest DVD and Blu-ray purchases. Did your favourite make the cut?

The Son of Joseph

By David Jenkins

Director Eugène Green mixes absurdism and sincerity in this tragidrama starring Mathieu Amalric.

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Gareth Edwards: The Last Detail

By David Jenkins

Inside the hyper-charged mind of the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director.

Krisha

By David Jenkins

This searing addiction drama from director Trey Edward Shults shows a big Thanksgiving gathering going to hell.

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The Birth of a Nation

By David Jenkins

Nate Parker’s much-hyped take on the life of revolutionary slave Nat Turner severely lacks for nuance.

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The Dreamed Ones

By David Jenkins

A romance between two poetic giants of the 20th century is rendered in a unique and affecting fashion.

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Blue Velvet (1986)

By David Jenkins

David Lynch’s peek behind the curtain of smalltown USA remains as beautiful and unnerving as ever.

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Bleed for This

By David Jenkins

Miles Teller shows off his true acting might in this solid sports drama with a twist.

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Ron Clements and John Musker take our Disney movies quiz

By David Jenkins

The directing duo answer questions on Aladdin, Hercules and Moana.

Watch Wes Anderson’s charming Christmas advert for H&M

By David Jenkins

Take the catwalk car through snowy climes with our favourite American director and star Adrien Brody.

Bad Santa 2

By David Jenkins

Billy Bob Thornton’s dangerously alcoholic Father Christmas return for this cheap and cheerful sequel.

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Never forget this harrowing oral history of the Holocaust

By David Jenkins

With global nationalism on the rise, now seems like the time to revisit Claude Lanzmann’s masterpiece, Shoah.

Allied

By David Jenkins

Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard are lovers in the crosswind of war in this underwhelming romantic melodrama.

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Your Name

By David Jenkins

This Japanese box office behemoth arrives in the UK, but does it live up to the hype?

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Indignation

By David Jenkins

Philip Roth’s 29th novel is adapted to the big screen, with intriguing rather than supremely satisfying results.

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In the Heat of the Night (1967)

By David Jenkins

Sidney Poitier confronts violent racists in smalltown Mississippi in this sweat-dappled 1967 policier.

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Dog Eat Dog

By David Jenkins

Paul Schrader gets silly with a ’90s-inspired crime caper which prizes stoopid fun above all else.

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Read Ethan Coen’s darkly hilarious New York Times editorial

By David Jenkins

One half of America’s greatest filmmaking family unit takes aim at the Trump enablers.

Francofonia

By David Jenkins

Russian director Alexander Sokurov takes a dance with the music of time in this moving plea for saving art.

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Is Kes still Ken Loach’s best film?

By David Jenkins

A sparkling new Blu-ray edition helps remind of this melancholy British classic from 1969.

Moving tributes flood in for the late, great Leonard Cohen

By David Jenkins

Movie folk have taken to Twitter to express fondness for the Canadian poet.

Now is the time to watch Jimmy Carter’s “Crisis of Confidence” speech

By David Jenkins

The one-time Democratic president’s message is well worth revisiting in our troubled political times.

A classic epic made to play on three screens returns

By David Jenkins

Abel Gance’s staggering, five-and-a-half hour biography of Napoleon is heading to cinemas and Blu-ray.

Is Leos Carax’s new film Annette a secret homage to Jacques Tati?

By David Jenkins

Rooney Mara, Adam Driver and Rihanna are on board, and pop duo Sparks are supplying the music.

Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny

By David Jenkins

There’s an intimate, insightful and original documentary about Richard Linklater out... And this isn’t it.

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The first trailer for Wonder Woman is here

By David Jenkins

Gal Gadot gets a long-awaited solo run-out as America’s premiere superhero siren.

You’ve Been Trumped Too

By David Jenkins

Director Anthony Baxter takes an ineffectual swipe at potential world leader and heartless golf course builder, The Donald.

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The Light Between Oceans

By David Jenkins

Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander get hit by a deluge of Emotion in Derek Cianfrance’s period melodrama.

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The dirty tricks and shady tactics of Adam Curtis

By David Jenkins

In his sprawling new work for the BBC, HyperNormalisation, Adam Curtis reveals his limited range as a filmmaker.

Further Beyond

By David Jenkins

A spin-dried movie biopic that manages to be both playful and moving – another triumph for its brilliant directors.

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Boyz n the Hood (1991)

By David Jenkins

A welcome re-release of John Singleton’s emotionally wrenching ghetto saga heads up the BFI’s Black Star season.

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I, Daniel Blake

By David Jenkins

Ken Loach’s latest polemic has a vital message that’s diluted by some heavy-handed direction.

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Queen of Katwe

By David Jenkins

Chess gets the Disney sports movie treatment in this likeable tale of strategy and empowerment from Mira Nair.

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Sonita

By David Jenkins

Say hello to one of 2016’s most likeable documentary subjects, as she overcomes misogyny with angry hip hop.

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How to write a documentary, with the director of Kate Plays Christine

By David Jenkins

Director Robert Greene explains why he won a documentary writing prize at Sundance.

Kate Plays Christine

By David Jenkins

This unique not-quite-doc chronicles an actor striking up a morbid relationship with her latest character.

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Inferno

By David Jenkins

Epically stupid faux intellectual Euro sleuthing, with Tom Hanks reprising his role as the dullest character of his career.

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Mindhorn – first look review

By David Jenkins

All hail Julian Barratt, star of this exceptional – and exceptionally silly – British character comedy.

How Monsters challenged our expectations of blockbusters

By David Jenkins

In a year when big movies went bad, there are lessons to be learned from Gareth Edwards’ micro-budget marvel.

The Greasy Strangler

By David Jenkins

A dreadfully silly serial killer movie involving crotchless trousers, an all-night car wash and lots and lots of grease.

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The Girl on the Train

By David Jenkins

Emily Blunt stars as a tipsy murder witness in this crushingly perfunctory literary adaptation.

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The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga

By David Jenkins

A grotesque Slavic fairy tale is compared to the realities of modern Eastern Europe in this intriguing miniature.

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Under the Shadow

By David Jenkins

This impressive, chilling debut feature brings home-invasion horror to 1980s Tehran.

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Is Edward Scissorhands Tim Burton’s last truly great movie?

By David Jenkins

The master of the macabre hit his creative peak with this singular suburban fairy tale from 1990.

Don’t miss this festival dedicated to home movies

By David Jenkins

World Home Movie Day falls on October 15, so there’s still time to dig out those lost treasures.

RIP Curtis Hanson: a talented, versatile Hollywood craftsman

By David Jenkins

The director of 8 Mile and LA Confidential has died at the age of 71.

Ira Sachs: ‘In the age of Netflix, I’ve been showing my kids Buster Keaton’

By David Jenkins

The US writer/director of Love is Strange and Little Men on indie cinema, Ozu and climbing mountains.

De Palma

By David Jenkins

Noah Baumbach’s survey of the life and work of Brian De Palma is riveting and highly entertaining.

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10 films to see at the BFI London Film Festival

By David Jenkins

We’ve picked out a selection of essential viewing from this year’s bumper programme.

El Sur (1983)

By David Jenkins

Every inch of every frame in this lilting father-daughter drama by Victor Erice is calculated perfection.

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The Magnificent Seven

By David Jenkins

Antoine Fuqua drags the beloved 1960 all-star dad western kicking and screaming into the 21st century.

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The Infiltrator

By David Jenkins

A very nuts and bolts true-life police saga in which Bryan Cranston goes deep undercover to foil a drug cartel.

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The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

By David Jenkins

A stunning 4K restoration of Nic Roeg’s classic sci-fi, in which David Bowie hits stellar heights.

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Theo and Hugo

By David Jenkins

A captivating Parisian gay love story with lashings of steamy sex.

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Captain Fantastic

By David Jenkins

Viggo Mortensen goes off-piste with mixed results in this homely family drama.

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The Blue Room

By David Jenkins

The always exceptional Mathieu Amalric directs and stars in this compelling literary noir.

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Watch the epic trailer for Masaki Kobayashi’s The Human Condition trilogy

By David Jenkins

The director’s bold and bleak cinematic vision chronicles life in World War Two-era Japan.

Gallery: on the set of The Man Who Fell to Earth

By David Jenkins

Cinematographer Tony Richmond discusses the making of Nicolas Roeg’s 1977 sci-fi opus.

Mathieu Amalric: ‘Some people need to have sex every day’

By David Jenkins

The French actor and sometime director discusses his deliciously nasty take on a Georges Simenon classic.

The Light Between Oceans – first look review

By David Jenkins

The star-spangled tag team of Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander can’t save this ludicrous period weepie.

Café Society

By David Jenkins

Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg lay on the old-school charm in Woody Allen’s Golden Age Hollywood satire.

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Things to Come

By David Jenkins

Director Mia Hansen-Løve delivers something wonderful and somewhat unexpected – a film about cats.

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War Dogs

By David Jenkins

Miles Teller and Jonah Hill are two jacked-up arms dealers in Todd Phillips underwhelming true-to-life caper.

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Julieta

By David Jenkins

Pedro Almodóvar is back to his very best with this beautiful, quietly devastating portrait of a broken woman.

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An acting class with Isabelle Huppert

By David Jenkins

The screen icon discusses her craft plus her upcoming roles in Mia Hansen-Løve’s Things to Come and Michael Haneke’s Happy End.

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

By David Jenkins

The high-rolling times of apocryphal teen idol Conner4Real make for a maddeningly shallow movie experience.

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The greatest film of the 21st century has been named

By David Jenkins

A new poll of critics conducted by the BBC reveals 100 cinematic marvels.

Is this the greatest film-themed video essay ever made?

By David Jenkins

Actor and filmmaker Kentucker Audley celebrates the upcoming 21st anniversary of the inspirational drama, Powder.

Behemoth

By David Jenkins

The poetry and horror of globalisation and manual labour are beautifully evoked in this haunting doc-fiction hybrid.

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Tickled

By David Jenkins

A search for the inventor of competitive internet tickling gets very dark very quickly.

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Black

By David Jenkins

Gang warfare on the streets of Brussels is the backdrop of this flashy but unfulfilling romantic tragedy.

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Cosmos

By David Jenkins

Don’t miss this masterful, macabre swansong from mad Polish maestro Andrzej Zulawski.

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The Confession: Living the War on Terror

By David Jenkins

Warzone gadfly Moazzam Begg is the subject of this interrogative documentary about his life and times.

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Does Pedro Almodóvar have all the best movie posters?

By David Jenkins

Check out 10 of the Spanish maestro’s most flamboyant, exuberant and downright gaudy posters.

Valley of Love

By David Jenkins

A film in which Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu play fictional versions of themselves should’ve been better.

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Should film tackle racial hatred with comedy?

By David Jenkins

Abe Forsythe’s controversial new film Down Under is ruffling feathers among the Australian establishment.

Sweet Bean

By David Jenkins

Generations collide in this eccentric cookery-themed comedy drama from Japanese director Naomi Kawase.

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Discover this new mermaid movie with a very dark twist

By David Jenkins

Agnieszka Smoczynska’s The Lure raises a blood-stained middle finger to the likes of The Little Mermaid and Splash.

Sid and Nancy

By David Jenkins

A 30th anniversary re-release for Alex Cox’s tragic tale of punk royalty lost to the needle.

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Is this the feminist answer to sexploitation?

By David Jenkins

Anna Biller’s The Love Witch offers a playful take on a genre dominated by male perspectives.

The Commune

By David Jenkins

Thomas Vinterberg offers up the pros, cons and further cons of communal living experiments of the 1970s.

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10 great political speeches in film

By David Jenkins

As America gears up for a season on the stump, we pick our favourite examples of great political oration in the movies.

A new Dr Strangelove Blu-ray arrives with amazing packaging

By David Jenkins

This deluxe edition of Stanley Kubrick’s satirical classic comes with a top secret envelope of printed extras.

Ming of Harlem: Twenty One Storeys in the Air

By David Jenkins

Did you hear the one about the guy who acquired a Bengal tiger and kept it in his New York apartment?

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How to run an international film festival

By David Jenkins

Michelle Carey, Artistic Director of the Melbourne International Film Festival, offers some vital tips to budding programmers.

Chevalier

By David Jenkins

The director of Attenberg returns with a biting study of the male ego in this sea-bound satire.

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Ice Age: Collision Course

By David Jenkins

Very vanilla fourth sequel to the original animated smash with a major fetish for toilet humour.

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Summertime

By David Jenkins

This ultra conventional lesbian melodrama from French director Catherine Corsini shows that going through the motions still has its pleasures.

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Why Pacific Rim is the greatest blockbuster of the 21st century

By David Jenkins

Guillermo del Toro choreographs a ballet with giants and offers one of cinema’s most beautiful definitions of love.

Watch the trailer to one of 2016’s best (and weirdest) movies

By David Jenkins

The final film by the late Polish maestro Andrzej Zulawski comes to cinemas this August.

Ghostbusters

By David Jenkins

The new Ghostbusters movie is much better than it needed to be, thanks to its stellar (and extremely charming) central cast.

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A Poem Is a Naked Person (1974)

By David Jenkins

This roistering profile of singer-songwriter Leon Russell finally escapes from its legal limbo.

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No words: Abbas Kiarostami RIP

By David Jenkins

One of the giants of world cinema has passed away at the age of 76.

Queen of Earth

By David Jenkins

American writer/director Alex Ross Perry returns with this superlative housebound psychodrama.

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From Afar

By David Jenkins

This Golden Lion winner from Venezuela offers intrigue a-plenty, but the pay off is regrettably modest.

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Notes on Blindness

By David Jenkins

An atmospheric, gently moving dramatisation of one man’s ocular impairment that doesn’t quite hit its mark.

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Poor Cow (1967)

By David Jenkins

The late Carol White is exceptional as a working class single mother in Ken Loach’s restored kitchen-sink drama.

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Suburra

By David Jenkins

The director of TV’s Gomorrah delivers a nasty by-the-numbers gangster yarn.

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Ma Ma

By David Jenkins

The ever charismatic Penélope Cruz is sorely wasted in this ineffectual piece of tragedy porn.

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The Violators

By David Jenkins

Coolly precise Brit debut whose grim and grotesque take on social realism always feels too artificial.

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Watch the stirring new trailer for Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake

By David Jenkins

The veteran director returns with a stark look at contemporary Britain.

Gods of Egypt

By David Jenkins

Underachieving rather than awful, Alex Proyas’ cornball, CG-driven adventure is tiresomely mad.

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The Stanford Prison Experiment

By David Jenkins

A robust dramatic rendering of the 1971 psychological experiment conducted in a University basement.

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Learning to Drive

By David Jenkins

Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley make for a likeable pairing in this breezy motoring drama.

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Can a documentary ever be truly objective?

By David Jenkins

Fire at Sea director Gianfranco Rosi on filming a rural family in their home in the middle of the migrant crisis.

Fire at Sea

By David Jenkins

Europe’s migrant crisis is brought into focus in this quietly thought-provoking documentary.

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Mother’s Day

By David Jenkins

Garry Marshall’s tin-eared greeting card movie extravaganza is so bad it’s almost quite good.

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Hiromasa Yonebayashi: ‘The history of Studio Ghibli is also a history of myself’

By David Jenkins

Meet the director of the beautiful new film widely rumoured to be Studio Ghibli’s last hurrah.

Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach

By David Jenkins

One of Britain’s most lauded and long-serving leftwing voices gets the whistlestop biog treatment.

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Only Yesterday (1991)

By David Jenkins

A vital re-release of Isao Takahata’s serene slice of rustic nostalgia with a new English language voice dub.

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A musical journey through the films of Miguel Gomes

By David Jenkins

With his spectacular new three-part film, Arabian Nights, director Miguel Gomes proves himself to be a grand master of combining music and image.

Love & Friendship

By David Jenkins

The peerless Whit Stillman returns with an ensemble Jane Austen adaptation like no other.

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Whit Stillman: ‘There would be a lot more Jane Austen movies if there were dollar signs’

By David Jenkins

The dean of American comedy cinema talks tackling (and acing) a lost Jane Austen classic.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

By David Jenkins

Don’t miss this newly restored director’s cut version of Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi opus.

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In praise of Stalker – Andrei Tarkovsky’s existential masterpiece

By David Jenkins

The Russian director’s 1979 film is being reissued as part of a new retrospective.

Money Monster

By David Jenkins

Jodie Foster swings for the Wall Street fat cats and misses by miles in this thin thriller which premiered in Cannes.

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The Salesman – first look review

By David Jenkins

The director of A Separation and The Past heads to the Cannes competition with another intricate domestic drama.

Cannes Film Festival 2016 – awards predictions

By David Jenkins

Team LWLies glance back over a strong competition and pick out their hot contenders for glory.

Dog Eat Dog – first look review

By David Jenkins

Paul Schrader is having a party and you’re all invited with this utterly berserko Nic Cage crime caper.

Graduation – first look review

By David Jenkins

The 2007 Palme d’Or winner returns to Cannes with another gripping and meticulous drama.

Journey to the Shore

By David Jenkins

A ghost trapped in limbo accompanies us on a romantic road-trip, but only tedium ensues.

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Sing Street

By David Jenkins

Once director John Carney serves up a sugary crowd-pleaser that’s too soft-centred for its own good.

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The Unknown Girl – first look review

By David Jenkins

Adèle Haenel turns amateur sleuth as the Dardenne brothers try their hand at the murder-mystery genre.

Personal Shopper – first look review

By David Jenkins

An all-in Kristen Stewart performance is the lifeblood of Olivier Assayas’ bold, contemporary ghost story.

Julieta – first look review

By David Jenkins

Pedro Almodóvar is back to his peak with this sumptuous and remarkably subtle Cannes competition entry.

Ivan’s Childhood (1962)

By David Jenkins

The startling, bleakly poetic debut feature from one of the movie pantheon greats, Andrei Tarkovsky.

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Paterson – first look review

By David Jenkins

Another stunner from Jim Jarmusch starring Adam Driver as a bus driver who pines for a life of poetry.

Endless Poetry – first look review

By David Jenkins

A poet is born in this autobiographical epic from Chilean maverick, Alejandro Jodorowsky.

Toni Erdmann – first look review

By David Jenkins

One of the great Cannes competition films of recent years comes from a little-known German director.

Slack Bay – first look review

By David Jenkins

Director Bruno Dumont invites us on a French sea-side holiday with a macabre twist.

Our Kind of Traitor

By David Jenkins

This Brit spy thriller starring Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris is a solid calling card for director Susanna White.

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The Seventh Fire

By David Jenkins

An endless spiral of crime and punishment is the subject of this raw and rambling documentary.

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I, Daniel Blake – first look review

By David Jenkins

Ken Loach returns to Cannes with a ranty anti-government, anti-bureaucracy screed. Not all of it lands.

Sieranevada – first look review

By David Jenkins

One of the progenitors of the Romanian New Wave returns to the Cannes competition with a rambling family drama.

Green Room

By David Jenkins

There’s plenty to admire in Jeremy Saulnier’s follow up to Blue Ruin. But it’s not for the faint-hearted...

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Tom Hiddleston: “I had to commit to Hank’s truth.”

By David Jenkins

The most-wanted Brit star slinks into the boots of country troubadour Hank Williams.

I Saw the Light

By David Jenkins

Tom Hiddleston showcases his flexibility as a performer by slipping into the boots of country troubadour Hank Williams.

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The Sky Trembles and the Earth is Afraid and the two Eyes are Not Brothers

By David Jenkins

Ben Rivers returns with a blackly comic take on the ethics of filmmaking in another country.

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Florence Foster Jenkins

By David Jenkins

Stephen Frears parlays the fascinating story of this warbling songbird into a cosy, featherlight comedy.

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Knight of Cups

By David Jenkins

Terrence Malick continues to inspire awe with this transcendent tale of a man looking back to past loves.

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Lucile Hadzihalilovic on the evolution of Evolution

By David Jenkins

The French writer/director reveals the steps she took to make her eerie sea-side epic.

Special Correspondents

By David Jenkins

A ridiculous comedy film that may well rank as the lamest thing Ricky Gervais has put his name to.

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Tales of Cinema No. 2 – The Hottie and the Nottie

By David Jenkins

Is this fascistic Paris Hilton vehicle the ultimate example of a so-bad-it’s-good movie?

Heaven Knows What

By David Jenkins

Arielle Holmes’ miraculous lead performance in this grubby addiction drama needs to be seen to be believed.

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A Flickering Truth

By David Jenkins

This documentary on the decimation of the Afghan Film Archive tells a wider tale about global cultural terrorism.

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Remembering the soul-stirring power of Prince’s Purple Rain

By David Jenkins

This dramatised concert film from 1984 remains the late singer-songwriter’s mightiest foray into cinema.

Bastille Day

By David Jenkins

Idris Elba gets his action man on in this solid if unspectacular Parisian genre work-out.

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Arabian Nights

By David Jenkins

Drone strikes, exploding whales and a Portugal on the brink of collapse... Miguel Gomes’ astonishing latest is a new breed of movie epic.

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Miguel Gomes: ‘This film is like a secret door that I entered’

By David Jenkins

The Portuguese writer/director on his wondrous three-part epic Arabian Nights.

Robert Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures

By David Jenkins

A stirring, detailed and objective take on the licentious life and times of this celebrated photographer.

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Captain America: Civil War

By David Jenkins

Hey kids! Captain America’s back, and he’s brought some lively political views with him.

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Louder Than Bombs

By David Jenkins

Jesse Eisenberg and Isabelle Huppert lead an impressive cast in Joachim Trier’s English-language debut.

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Joachim Trier: ‘Making movies takes something out of you every time’

By David Jenkins

The Norwegian director of Louder Than Bombs talks us through the intricacies of his writing process.

Eisenstein in Guanajuato

By David Jenkins

Peter Greenaway explores the Mexican dog days of the Russian maestro. The results are typically indelicate.

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Cannes 2016: Line-up announced

By David Jenkins

Steven Spielberg, Nicolas Winding Refn and Jim Jarmusch are among those with new films at the 69th Cannes Film Festival.

Our Little Sister

By David Jenkins

Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda returns with a sensitive and quietly sublime sibling drama.

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Hirokazu Koreeda: ‘Families are priceless but troublesome’

By David Jenkins

One of Japan’s best living directors tells us about adapting manga and mimicking Ozu.

Watch Benedict Cumberbatch in the first trailer for Doctor Strange

By David Jenkins

The Sherlock star goes through the looking glass in Marvel’s mind-bending latest.

The Last Man on the Moon

By David Jenkins

Meet Eugene Cernan, the last man to lay his feet on the lunar surface, in this doc on the impossibility of the American Dream.

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Is this erotic anime one of the most beautiful films ever made?

By David Jenkins

Look out for Eiichi Yamamoto’s transgressive epic from 1973, Belladonna of Sadness.

Dheepan

By David Jenkins

Jacques Audiard returns with a hard-hitting immigration drama about a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior.

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The Huntsman: Winter’s War

By David Jenkins

This originality-neutral trawl through a fairy tale fantasy world is saved by the comedy sidekicks.

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Victoria

By David Jenkins

Sebastian Schipper’s sensational single-take thriller is an ode to the art of filmmaking.

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Mammal

By David Jenkins

This dour showcase for Australian actor Rachel Griffiths is a drama of grief and motherhood that is subtle with a capital S.

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Black Mountain Poets

By David Jenkins

Improvised poetry slam antics are heightened by an ace comic turn from Alice Lowe.

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Disorder

By David Jenkins

The ever impressive Matthias Schoenaerts plays a PTSD sufferer in this taut thriller from Alice Winocour.

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Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

By David Jenkins

Where do trailers end and movies begin? Zack Snyder has the answer with his fever-pitched latest.

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Speed Sisters

By David Jenkins

Meet Palestine’s only all-female motorsport team in this insightful documentary form Amber Fares.

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It’s time to take a serious look at Zack Snyder

By David Jenkins

He reinvented the comic-book movie. He filmed the unfilmable. So why doesn’t the Batman V Superman director get respect?

Rock the Kasbah

By David Jenkins

This turgid Afghan-based comedy will leave you wondered if Bill Murray will ever star in a good movie again.

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Discover this lost Filipino classic at the 2016 Essay Film Festival

By David Jenkins

Perfumed Nightmare is the hilarious and shocking story of extreme culture clash in the late 1970s.

Everybody Wants Some!!

By David Jenkins

Richard Linklater continues his hotter-than-hot streak with this dangerously charming fratboy freakout.

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Next to Her

By David Jenkins

This Israeli drama from Asaf Korman offers a sensitive and probing portrait of caring for someone with disabilities.

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The Divergent Series: Allegiant

By David Jenkins

Shailene Woodley appears bemused and bored by this crushingly lacklustre science fiction franchise.

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Goodnight Mommy

By David Jenkins

Austrian directors Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz serve up a spine-tingling domestic horror.

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Truth

By David Jenkins

Cate Blanchett is reliably magnetic as a TV news producer attempting to take down George W Bush.

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Time Out of Mind

By David Jenkins

Richard Gere channels the bruised (in)dignity of life on the streets of New York City in this thoughtful drama.

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20 films we’d like to see at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival

By David Jenkins

Could Pedro Almodòvar, the Dardennes brothers and Nicolas Winding Refn be in contention for the Palme d’Or this year?

Alden Ehrenreich’s guide to working with the Coen brothers

By David Jenkins

The Hail, Caesar! star reveals how the writer/director pair put him at ease on the set of their latest triumph.

Watch the trailer for a new restoration of Akira Kurosawa’s Ran

By David Jenkins

A restored 4k print of this classic Japanese war movie is coming to cinemas this April.

Grimsby

By David Jenkins

Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest comic creation is his most unapologetically grotesque – and least amusing – to date.

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Hail, Caesar!

By David Jenkins

The Coen brothers return in scintillating and provocative form with this complex satire of 1950s Hollywood.

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Triple 9

By David Jenkins

Australian director John Hillcoat assembles an A-list crack squad for this gritty by-the-numbers heist flick.

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I’ll See You In My Dreams

By David Jenkins

Ninety minutes in the delectable company of Blythe Danner is this rueful comedy’s chief pleasure.

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The Green Inferno

By David Jenkins

Eli Roth pays homage to the cannibal exploration movie, but it’s all gore and no guts.

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The Survivalist

By David Jenkins

British director Stephen Fingleton announces himself with this thoroughly enjoyable dystopian sci-fi.

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Gina Carano: ‘I never thought I’d eventually be in a Marvel movie’

By David Jenkins

A one-time mixed martial arts champ completes her transition to the big screen with Deadpool.

The 10 best films from the 2016 Rotterdam Film Festival

By David Jenkins

From the death of gaming to online snuff videos, Holland’s premiere film jamboree delivered big time.

Zoolander 2

By David Jenkins

As director and star, Ben Stiller sleepwalks through this drab, inconsequential comedy sequel.

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Rams

By David Jenkins

Feuding brothers come to the fore in this fleecy Icelandic comedy-drama form director Grímur Hákonarson.

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RIP Jacques Rivette – The filmmaker who helped me to love movies more

By David Jenkins

The French maestro has died at the age of 87, and leaves behind him an unimpeachable canon of work.

Innocence of Memories

By David Jenkins

Director Grant Gee’s cinematic love letter to Istanbul doubles as a profoundly moving study of memory.

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The 33

By David Jenkins

The Chilean mining disaster of 2010 becomes a tacky but agreeable genre flick led by Antonio Banderas.

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

By David Jenkins

The necessary evil of shooting bad guys is the subject of this heinous new offering from Michael Bay.

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Love & Friendship – first look review

By David Jenkins

Whit Stillman returns – and on absolute peak form – with this drastically delightful Jane Austen adaptation.

Lost in Karastan

By David Jenkins

British writer/director Ben Hopkins returns with an enjoyably offbeat film industry satire.

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Our Brand Is Crisis

By David Jenkins

Director David Gordon Green over-seasons this cynical political satire starring Sandra Bullock.

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The Big Short

By David Jenkins

The director of Anchorman 2 dials back the screwball in this frisky tale of the sub-prime mortgage meltdown of 2007.

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Jack Fisk: ‘Alejandro wanted a mountain of skulls’

By David Jenkins

The legendary production designer reveals how he recreated the wilds of 19th century America for The Revenant.

Brie Larson: ‘The hard part is letting go’

By David Jenkins

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.

Room

By David Jenkins

Brie Larson shines in this deceptively life-affirming drama about a young mother forced to raise her son in isolation.

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RIP David Bowie – In praise of The Man Who Fell to Earth

By David Jenkins

The sad passing of this rock deity at the age of 69 has got us thinking about his greatest screen work.

Why Adam Sandler’s Netflix western The Ridiculous 6 deserves its success

By David Jenkins

A recent announcement confirmed that it’s one of the platform’s top performing films.

What’s so great about Harmony Korine’s Gummo?

By David Jenkins

How has this grisly and graphic scrap book of middle American misery endured for nearly 20 years?

Partisan

By David Jenkins

Vincent Cassel fails to deliver the goods in Ariel Kleiman’s underwhelming child soldier drama.

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Bolshoi Babylon

By David Jenkins

A behind-the-scenes look at Moscow’s famous arts institution that offers scant rewards.

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Yakuza Apocalypse

By David Jenkins

Japan’s Takashi Miike is running on creative vapours in this tiring knockabout genre mash-up.

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Jane Got a Gun

By David Jenkins

Natalie Portman has her finger firmly off the trigger in this calamitous faux feminist western.

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Watch this amazing mini doc on extreme kayaking

By David Jenkins

One false move and it’s game over on the violent rapids of Great Falls in Maryland.

The best home entertainment releases of 2015

By David Jenkins

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.

Belle & Sebastian: The Adventure Continues

By David Jenkins

A boy and his dog search for their missing mother in this clean-cut but extremely bland adventure yarn.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

By David Jenkins

JJ Abrams delivers big time with his supremely classy and stirring addition to this cherished franchise.

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Composer Michael Nyman has made a great new film

By David Jenkins

War Work is indebted to the great Dziga Vertov and is available to view now on MUBI.

Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie

By David Jenkins

America’s most famous loser/dog comic strip combo graduate to the big screen with charm and ease.

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By the Sea

By David Jenkins

As a director, writer and performer, Angelina Jolie-Pitt has finally come into her own.

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Ice and the Sky

By David Jenkins

Mr March of the Penguins returns with an affecting, unhysterical film about the ensuing climate disaster ahead.

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Lily Tomlin: ‘I’m really good at swearing’

By David Jenkins

The doyenne of American comedy and star of Grandma gives a lesson in poetry and swearing.

10 films to watch before you see The Revenant

By David Jenkins

A selection wild and wonderful odysseys guaranteed to get you in the mood for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest.

Chemsex

By David Jenkins

Directors William Fairman and Max Gogarty deliver a vital exposé on a dangerous new trend within the gay community.

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The Night Before

By David Jenkins

Ho-ho-hell no. This seasonal caper starring Seth Rogen is about as funny as Christmas cracker gag.

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Sunset Song

By David Jenkins

This Terence Davies passion project showcases an incandescent performance from Agyness Deyn.

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Peter Sohn: ‘The process of making a Pixar film is devastating’

By David Jenkins

A Pixar debut boy talks about plucking up the courage to direct The Good Dinosaur.

Radiator

By David Jenkins

Dementia, patriarchy and unsanitary living are features of this tender drama on life’s twilight years.

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Doctor Zhivago (1965)

By David Jenkins

Did we really need David Lean’s turgid, three hour epic back on our cinema screens?

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Todd Haynes: The Amorous Imagination

By David Jenkins

From Brief Encounter to his upcoming Peggy Lee biopic, the Carol director muses on a variety of subjects.

RIP Setsuko Hara – One of Japanese cinema’s most enduring icons

By David Jenkins

The shining star of movies by Ozu, Naruse and Kurosawa has died at the age of 95.

MUBI x LWLies Present Chantal Akerman: A Celebration

By David Jenkins

Come and see one of the greatest New York films ever made... for free!

The Dressmaker

By David Jenkins

This lop-sided couture western staggers on long past what shoud've been a short, sharp run time.

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Güeros

By David Jenkins

Director Alonso Ruizpalacios takes us on a tour of his native Mexico City in this first-time feature to savour.

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Hand Gestures

By David Jenkins

A peek inside a Milanese sculpture workshop makes for unexpectedly compelling viewing.

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Tell Spring Not to Come This Year

By David Jenkins

Troops in Afghanistan have trouble knowing the enemy in this impressive doc.

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The Fear of 13

By David Jenkins

An expert yarn-spinner tells of his time on death row and the troubles of petitioning for his release.

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Microbe & Gasoline

By David Jenkins

This bittersweet summer road trip planned and orchestrated by Michel Gondry is one of the director’s finest.

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Kill Your Friends

By David Jenkins

Nicholas Hoult gets nasty in this lairy, sweary and utterly joyless dirge through the ’90s music industry.

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The Closer We Get

By David Jenkins

Karen Guthrie turns her camera on her family and uncovers a host of strange and beautiful secrets.

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Brand: A Second Coming

By David Jenkins

Director Ondi Timoner may have over-estimated the interest of her subject in this strangely wipe-clean profile.

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Why Spectre is a zombie movie

By David Jenkins

How come there are no people in the world of this new James Bond movie?

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

By David Jenkins

Stanley Nelson offers a broad survey of the militant political party.

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Back to the Future Part II

By David Jenkins

A in-joke re-release of Robert Zemeckis’ lunatic sequel to his original time travel behemoth.

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Crimson Peak

By David Jenkins

Guillermo del Toro’s luxuriant Gothic romance is the full cinematic package.

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Censored Voices

By David Jenkins

Interviews with soldiers involved in 1967’s “Six Day War” reveal the damaging effects of armed conflict.

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Paul Thomas Anderson’s Junun is a miniature miracle

By David Jenkins

What Jonny Greenwood did on his holidays makes for rousing cinematic statement.

Guillermo del Toro: ‘I like the Kubrick films that nobody likes’

By David Jenkins

The great Guillermo del Toro talks about his magnificent Gothic ghost story.

Zarafa

By David Jenkins

A sweet, if very slight, animated adventure which mixes the horrors with slavery with poo jokes.

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The Nightmare

By David Jenkins

The horrors of sleep paralysis are explored in a playful and provocative manner by director Rodney Ascher.

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Suffragette

By David Jenkins

Strong moments and sincere intent can’t save Sarah Gavron’s shapeless take on the plight of the Suffragettes.

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Fidelio: Alice’s Journey

By David Jenkins

Greek actress Ariane Labed shines in this otherwise routine nautical drama of sexual self-fulfilment.

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By Our Selves

By David Jenkins

Andrew Kötting returns with another cinematic happening, this time based on the later life of poet John Clare.

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The Martian

By David Jenkins

Matt Damon cracks wise on Mars in Ridley Scott’s rose-tinted paean to human endeavour.

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Robbie Ryan On New Andrea Arnold and Ken Loach Movies

By David Jenkins

The ace cinematographer also discusses his work on Brit debut feature, Catch Me Daddy.

The Walk

By David Jenkins

Robert Zemeckis makes Philippe Petit’s World Trade Centre wire-walk appear as fantasy in this glossy heist movie.

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Stonewall – first look review

By David Jenkins

Director Roland Emmerich offers a laughably tin-eared take on ’60s gay counterculture.

Evolution – first look review

By David Jenkins

Lucile Hadžihalilović makes a triumphant return with this experimental surgical horror (with added starfish).

Afternoon – first look review

By David Jenkins

Tsai Ming-Liang and his collaborator/muse Lee Kang-Sheng have a long, deep conversation about their relationship.

In Jackson Heights – first look review

By David Jenkins

Legendary documentarian Frederick Wiseman’s ode to cultural diversity is a bustling profile of New York.

Office – first look review

By David Jenkins

This cubist corporate musical set during the financial crash of 2008 oozes with boldness and creativity.

Everest

By David Jenkins

This big, brassy ’70s-style disaster movie wears its clichés lightly and packs a hefty emotional punch.

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Where to Invade Next – first look review

By David Jenkins

Michael Moore’s new movie is an example of a filmmaker with nothing valuable to say.

High-Rise – first look review

By David Jenkins

Ben Wheatley’s JG Ballard adaptation is a glowing cluster of stand-alone transgressions.

Our Brand Is Crisis – first look review

By David Jenkins

Sandra Bullock tears up the political scene in La Paz in David Gordon Green’s feather-light political comedy.

I Saw the Light – first look review

By David Jenkins

This country music biopic starring Tom Hiddleston is a model of thoughtful restraint.

Demolition – first look review

By David Jenkins

A top-tier festival opener arrives in the form of this scattershot yet thoughtful study of grief.

American Ultra

By David Jenkins

This ultraviolent tale of smalltown puppy love stars Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg at their best.

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Aaaaaaaah!

By David Jenkins

Actor Steve Oram has decided to make a movie, and the results are spectacularly disturbing.

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Thanks Wes Craven for one of the most haunting images of my youth

By David Jenkins

The sudden passing of the horror maestro reminds us that the fear he produced transcended the screen.

We Are Your Friends

By David Jenkins

Disposable portrait of an EDM artist in ascent with a very genial Zac Efron in the lead.

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L’Eclisse (1962)

By David Jenkins

Don’t miss this chance to catch Michelangelo Antonioni’s modernist masterpiece.

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Why Death Proof is Quentin Tarantino’s best movie

By David Jenkins

The director’s own professed black sheep is his most beautiful work.

The Dance of Reality

By David Jenkins

The mad Chilean maverick Alejandro Jodorowsky returns with his first film since 1990.

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Good People

By David Jenkins

James Franco and Kate Husdon bring their B game to this stock urban crime thriller.

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The President

By David Jenkins

Mohsen Makhmalbaf explores life after revolution from the perspective of a dictator and his grandson.

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Mistress America

By David Jenkins

Hold on to your hats… Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig return with a brisk Brooklyn neo-screwball.

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The Diary of a Teenage Girl

By David Jenkins

Bel Powley shines in Marielle Heller’s refreshingly non-judgmental chronicle of teenage sexuality in ’70s San Francisco.

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Manglehorn

By David Jenkins

Al Pacino plays a lovelorn locksmith in David Gordon Green’s exquisitely low-key drama.

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Fantastic Four

By David Jenkins

Josh Trank strips back the tired super hero template with genuinely intriguing and valuable results.

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Eden

By David Jenkins

Mia Hansen-Løve’s extraordinary fourth feature is about the impossibility of beat-matching life and fashion.

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Mia Hansen-Løve: ‘Making films is a way for me to harvest my own memories’

By David Jenkins

The French writer/director discusses how moviemaking can be an act of pure personal expression.

The Legend of Barney Thomson

By David Jenkins

Robert Carlyle’s directorial debut is a miserable, tone-deaf hash of black comic clichés.

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Isn’t it time we buried the term “Bond girl”?

By David Jenkins

Spectre shows just why the franchise needs to rid itself of this antiquated generalisation.

13 Minutes

By David Jenkins

A foiled assassination plot on the life of Hitler is uncovered and examined in this lethargic historical thriller.

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Touch of Evil (1958)

By David Jenkins

Orson Welles is some kind of a man in this grisly, ultra-melancholic border-town noir from 1958.

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Song of the Sea

By David Jenkins

Do Ghibli and Pixar have a new rival in Irish director Tomm Moore? This stunning film would suggest they do.

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Ant-Man

By David Jenkins

LWLies intercepts a long and winding letter to one-time Ant-Man director Edgar Wright.

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Still the Water

By David Jenkins

This Japanese teen love story from Naomi Kawase is mired in emo histrionics and limp drama.

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The Third Man (1949)

By David Jenkins

The moral minefield of Carol Reed’s The Third Man insures its place in the pantheon of greats.

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Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

By David Jenkins

More honest-to-goodness muckraking from one-man doc institution, Alex Gibney.

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Cemetery of Splendour – first look review

By David Jenkins

This neon-lit ghost story from Apichatpong Weerasethukal is another hushed adventure into the sublime.

Mr Holmes

By David Jenkins

Sir Ian McKellen is riveting in this moving and humane look at Sherlock Holmes in his twilight years.

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Listen Up Philip

By David Jenkins

Jason Schwartzman stars in this pointed portrait of a douchebag artist from Alex Ross Perry.

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Jurassic Park and the story of the modern blockbuster

By David Jenkins

Steven Spielberg’s beloved 1993 movie is about so much more than dinosaurs.

Cannes Film Festival 2015 – the winners

By David Jenkins

Who picked up the silverware at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, including the coveted Palme d'Or?

Macbeth – first look review

By David Jenkins

The stunning pros and unfortunate cons in Justin Kurzel’s take on the Bard just about balance out.

The Assassin – first look review

By David Jenkins

Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-Hsien reinvents the martial arts movie, with utterly astonishing results.

Dheepan – first look review

By David Jenkins

Jacques Audiard follows up Rust and Bone with a nuanced and gratifying immigration tale.

Arabian Nights – first look review

By David Jenkins

Miguel Gomes dazzles and infuriates (but mostly dazzles) with a rambling love poem to his poverty-stricken country.

Tomorrowland A World Beyond

By David Jenkins

Brad Bird’s sparkling sci-fi blockbuster is powered by big ideas and wide-eyed inquiry.

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Carol – first look review

By David Jenkins

Todd Haynes lights up the Croisette with this exemplary lesbian romance starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

My Golden Days – first look review

By David Jenkins

The new feature from Arnaud Desplechin is a rite-of-passage masterpiece.

In the Shadow of Women – first look review

By David Jenkins

The 2015 Cannes Director’s Fortnight strand opens with a magnificent miniature from Philippe Garrel.

Tale of Tales – first look review

By David Jenkins

Salma Hayek chows down on sea monster heart in Matteo Garrone’s riotous fantasy triptych.

Stray Dogs

By David Jenkins

Tsai Ming-liang’s (s)low-fi masterpiece Stray Dogs finally makes it to UK cinemas.

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Phoenix

By David Jenkins

Prepare to be floored by Christian Petzold’s masterful postwar melo, particularly for its astonishing final shot.

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The Falling

By David Jenkins

Carol Morley follows up the mesmerising Dreams of a Life with a tedious period drama set in an all-girls school.

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Jauja

By David Jenkins

Viggo Mortensen teams up with Argentinian visionary Lisandro Alonso to deliver one of the most singularly compelling films of the year.

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Viggo Mortensen: ‘I love working with directors who resist explaining things’

By David Jenkins

The actor on football, festivals and films that ask lots of questions but don’t give away all the answers.

The Duff

By David Jenkins

This Rolls Royce teen high-school movie is powered by a sparkling comic turn from Mae Whitman.

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Fast & Furious 7

By David Jenkins

Paul Walker’s swansong is a petrolhead poem to omnipotence and the concept of God in the digital age.

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Blade Runner: The Final Cut

By David Jenkins

Like a rain-sodden old friend, Sir Ridley’s existential space-opera gets yet another cinematic run-out.

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Cinederella

By David Jenkins

Kenneth Branagh’s refreshing, irony-free retelling of Cinderella with Downtown Abbey’s Lily James sliding on the glass slipper.

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The Face of an Angel

By David Jenkins

A stunning performance by Cara Delevingne doesn’t save this ungainly examination of the Meredith Kercher murder.

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Get Hard

By David Jenkins

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.

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Blind

By David Jenkins

The writing process comes to life in Eskil Vogt’s unsentimental exploration into a woman who loses her eyesight.

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Suite Française

By David Jenkins

Nazi occupation in the French countryside leads to forbidden love in this so-so literary adaptation.

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Dreamcatcher

By David Jenkins

A sex-worker turned feminist-force-of-nature is Kim Longinotto’s guide to Chicago in her characteristically great documentary.

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Gregg Araki: ‘Each movie I make is a snapshot of a certain time’

By David Jenkins

The mischievous indie auteur talks about the importance of shoegaze music to his new film, White Bird in a Blizzard.

Wes Anderson: ‘I don’t think Zubrovka people would speak like Jeff Goldblum’

By David Jenkins

The inimitable writer/director throws open the doors to The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Catch Me Daddy

By David Jenkins

Sameena Jabeen Ahmed is a revelation as the lead in this smart debut feature by Daniel Wolfe.

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Blackhat

By David Jenkins

Michael Mann returns with a majestic B-thriller which offers a sharp commentary on the mass digitisation of communication.

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Love Is Strange

By David Jenkins

The amazing chemistry between the two leads of this gay NY romance is sadly brushed to the side.

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Selma

By David Jenkins

“Selma Now!” Ava DuVernay’s vital civil rights drama is the film Martin Luther King deserved.

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The Interview

By David Jenkins

Seth Rogen and James Franco topple communism with comic truth bombs in this jolly satire.

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Inherent Vice

By David Jenkins

Paul Thomas Anderson charts the end of the hippy dream in this blissful gumshoe chimera.

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Ex Machina

By David Jenkins

The emotional divide between human and robot merges in Alex Garland’s throwback sci-fi chamber piece.

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Enemy

By David Jenkins

Jake Gyllenhaal sees his double and enters a vortex of wanton weirdness in this cold, experimental drama.

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Big Eyes

By David Jenkins

Tim Burton misses subtextual tricks in this colourful biopic of American kitsch artist, Margaret Keane.

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St Vincent

By David Jenkins

Bill Murray plays Scrooge (again) in this sunny, (mildly) funny paean to the meaning of modern sainthood.

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Black Sea

By David Jenkins

This old-school, undersea chiller starring Jude Law offers a sophisticated and moving exploration into the evils of greed.

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2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

By David Jenkins

The pod bay doors are open once more for this re-release of Stanley Kubrick’s space opera to end all space operas.

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What We Do in the Shadows

By David Jenkins

The nocturnal activities of modern-day Wellington's vampire community are captured in this mirthless mock doc.

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The Possibilities Are Endless

By David Jenkins

Edwyn Collins is the subject of this superb, affirmative documentary about regaining your musical marbles following a major health scare.

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Sacro GRA

By David Jenkins

This surprising winner of the Venice Golden Lion is a quaint, amusing if not particularly life-altering slice of Italian psychogeography.

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Ouija

By David Jenkins

Dire, imagination-free haunted-house horror which says you should never mess with killer ghosts.

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CITIZENFOUR

By David Jenkins

Laura Poitras’ real-life spy thriller shows how and why Edward Snowden stepped up to blow the whistle on government spying.

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Draft Day

By David Jenkins

Air-punch inducing drama with Kevin Costner about the surprisingly fascinating sport of American Football player trading.

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David Fincher: ‘A lot of luck goes into making a movie’

By David Jenkins

The director reveals how he approached adapting Gillian Flynn’s psychological best-seller, ‘Gone Girl’.

Gone Girl

By David Jenkins

David Fincher’s trash procedural for the Twitter age taunts, tickles and, ultimately, terrifies.

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M (1931)

By David Jenkins

This tale of a wily German child murderer from legendary director Fritz Lang is still one of the all-time greats.

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The Guest

By David Jenkins

Dan Stevens is a strange visitor who ends up being a dull visitor in Adam Wingard’s underwhelming genre mash-up.

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Night Moves

By David Jenkins

Kelly Reichardt returns with an extremely cool and collected heist movie with Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning.

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Two Days, One Night

By David Jenkins

If you only do one thing this year, make sure you catch this shattering masterpiece by the Dardenne brothers.

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The Dardenne brothers: ‘To make films, you must believe that you live with ghosts’

By David Jenkins

LWLies meets the Belgian twosome to talk Two Days, One Night, and why their films don't have any sex scenes.

The Rover

By David Jenkins

David Michôd emerges from the lion’s den and leaps directly into the furnace for his brilliant second feature.

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The Expendables 3

By David Jenkins

A cast of thousands coalesce for this jolly, bloodless third sortie by those irrepressible, elderly Expendables.

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The Deer Hunter (1978)

By David Jenkins

Mao! Mao! Mao! Michael Cimino invites horrific ’Nam flashbacks in his gruelling ’78 opus.

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The Sacrament

By David Jenkins

One of America's most exciting young directors delivers half of a great movie with this investigation into religious cults.

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Fruitvale Station

By David Jenkins

This uncomfortable and predictable melodrama concerns a plucky ex-con desperately attempting to go straight.

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Edge of Tomorrow

By David Jenkins

A weedy Crusier is dropped into a time-switching sci-fi set-up, with undeniably interesting results.

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Goodbye to Language 3D – first look review

By David Jenkins

Jean-Luc Godard shakes up the 2014 Cannes competition with a dazzling 3D dirty bomb.

The Wind Rises

By David Jenkins

Hayao Miyazaki’s brilliant swansong is a complex, swooning melodrama on aviation and the caveats of creativity.

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American Interior

By David Jenkins

The lead singer of Super Furry Animals heads on a whimsical adventure odyssey in search of his cultural roots.

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Locke

By David Jenkins

Tom Hardy driving a car for 90 minutes equals riveting drama from director Steven Knight.

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The Lunchbox

By David Jenkins

A Rolls Royce romantic comedy set in Mumbai that rides on a delectable, bittersweet central turn by Irrfan Khan.

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Calvary

By David Jenkins

The Guard’s Brendan Gleeson and director John Michael McDonagh reunite to deliver one of the year’s best films.

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Divergent

By David Jenkins

An exceptional teen girl rises up from the slurry of humanity and goes on to mount a revolution against… you know the drill.

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The Past

By David Jenkins

Tahar Rahim and Bérénice Bejo are on top form in this immaculate study of marital disharmony.

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The Godfather: Part II (1974)

By David Jenkins

Francis Ford Coppola’s magnum opus gets a big screen outing, see it if only to be able to understand The Simpsons better.

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Stranger by the Lake

By David Jenkins

A scintillating and quietly radical gay-cruising murder mystery set in a single, sunny location.

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Only Lovers Left Alive

By David Jenkins

The modern world is a strange and beautiful place in Jim Jarmusch’s melancholy vampire masterpiece.

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Oscar Isaac: The Music Man

By David Jenkins

The Inside Llewyn Davis star chats to LWLies about getting into character for the Coen brothers’ latest.

The Coen brothers: It Goes Where It Goes

By David Jenkins

Two men, operating as a single creative body. Little White Lies was offered a rare audience with the Coen brothers.

Frozen

By David Jenkins

A very decent seasonal Disney feature which amply refreshes a haggard old template.

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Kill Your Darlings

By David Jenkins

Allen Ginsberg: The college years. This Daniel Radcliffe starring Beat bio is over-styled and earnest.

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Leviathan

By David Jenkins

One of the year’s most extraordinary films is an experimental documentary about North Sea fishing.

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Computer Chess

By David Jenkins

Andrew Bujalski switches gears with a lo-fi marvel that channels the spirit of Robert Altman.

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Gravity

By David Jenkins

The trailers were right for once – Alfonso Cuarón’s disaster movie set in space is one of the year’s best.

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Mister John

By David Jenkins

Don’t miss this exceptional and haunting British drama which boasts a career-best turn from Aidan Gillen.

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Blue Jasmine

By David Jenkins

A career-best Cate Blanchett dazzles in Woody Allen’s heartbreaking missive.

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The Smurfs 2

By David Jenkins

More of the same (literally) as this time the Smurfs storm Paris, discuss racial politics and explore their sexuality.

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Pacific Rim

By David Jenkins

Guillermo del Toro’s epic homage to classic-era monster movies is a triumph of consummate design and old school romanticism.

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A Field in England

By David Jenkins

Kill List director Ben Wheatley returns with a monochrome drug chimera which won't be to all tastes.

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The Bling Ring

By David Jenkins

Heists and high-fashion coalesce in Sofia Coppola's subtle and intricate take on teen boredom and victimless crime.

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The Act of Killing

By David Jenkins

Joshua Oppenheimer mixes the romance of the movies with the horror of genocide in this incredible one-off.

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Before Midnight

By David Jenkins

Richard Linklater makes it a trilogy for his beloved walkie-talkie love saga. And this one’s possibly the best of the lot.

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The Stone Roses: Made of Stone

By David Jenkins

Shane Meadows delivers a roistering film about extreme fandom under the subtle guise of a Stone Roses biography.

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The Immigrant

By David Jenkins

Hopes were sky high for James Gray’s lavish NY period drama, but this one left us cold.

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I’m So Excited!

By David Jenkins

Pedro Almodóvar returns with a gaudy, mile-high sex romp that harks back to his trashy formative years.

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Simon Killer

By David Jenkins

Bad things go down in the city of lights in Antonio Campos’ chilling character study.

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Neighbouring Sounds

By David Jenkins

There’s distinctive new voice booming from Brazil (and it sounds a lot like John Carpenter).

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To the Wonder

By David Jenkins

Don’t believe the anti-hype: Terrence Malick’s fractured modern love poem is a sensual marvel.

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Pitch Perfect

By David Jenkins

A glossy, super lightweight comedy on collegiate a capella tournaments is saved by a few stunning moments.

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The Hunt

By David Jenkins

Thomas Vinterberg’s study of a man wrongfully accused of child molestation is extremely prescient, if manipulative in the extreme.

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Amour

By David Jenkins

A pair of astounding performances are the pillars that prop up Michael Haneke's formidable answer to the Hollywood weepie.

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Holy Motors

By David Jenkins

French enfant terrible Leos Carax finally comes good with this sublime and surreal ode to acting, moviemaking, Paris and the whole damn thing.

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Tabu

By David Jenkins

This sublime Portuguese fantasia from director Miguel Gomes will likely feature heavily on best of year lists.

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F for Fake (1973)

By David Jenkins

For his final trick, Orson Welles will deliver a fruity, funny film essay. And astonishing it is too!

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Dark Shadows

By David Jenkins

Despite obvious flaws, there’s a decent amount to admire in Tim Burton’s bizarre retro horror comedy.

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Damsels in Distress

By David Jenkins

Mumblecore empress Greta Gerwig dazzles in Whit Stillman’s first film in 13 years.

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Battleship

By David Jenkins

Peter Berg’s blockbusting board game ripoff has more rough edges than a sandpaper Rubik’s Cube.

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This Is Not A Film

By David Jenkins

Jafar Panahi’s extraordinary self-portrait/protest piece is the gift that keeps on giving.

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Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

By David Jenkins

Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s hypnotic metaphysical noir is towering, tough and very, very pretty.

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Patience (After Sebald)

By David Jenkins

If you haven’t read the book, you’ll want to. If you have read the book, you’ll want to read it again.

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The Killer Inside Me

By David Jenkins

A scene of almost unwatchable violence will colour your opinion on Michael Winterbottom’s dark thriller.

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Fish Tank

By David Jenkins

Lean, empathetic and dramatically credible portrait of desperation and desire on the cider-splashed streets of adolescence.

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Black Book

By David Jenkins

For two hours we’re at Paul Verhoeven's total mercy, and boy does it feel good.

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Manderlay

By David Jenkins

Lars von Trier’s latest is an exercise in claustrophobic filmmaking, rife with symbolism and an unstoppable momentum.

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Mysterious Skin

By David Jenkins

Gregg Araki has abandoned his rough-around-the-edges exploitation style in favour of the dream-like textures of David Lynch.

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