In Praise Of

Discover the secret ending to Picnic at Hanging Rock

By Georgina Guthrie

The unresolved conclusion to Peter Weir’s film is much more satisfying than the posthumously published final chapter.

‘What a woman will do for a good f*ck’ – Julia Cotton’s sexual agency in Hellraiser

By Kaite Welsh

All hail the lusty, bitchy antiheroine of Clive Barker’s visceral 1987 body horror.

Good afternoon, good evening and good night: The Truman Show at 20

By Shane O’Reilly

Jim Carrey’s portrayal of a man trapped in his own reality TV show remains as captivating as ever.

Bend It Like Beckham remains a vital portrayal of British Asian adolescence

By Salma Haidrani

As a Desi girl coming of age in the early 2000s, Gurinder Chadha’s film has a profound impact on me.

The low-slung, slyly subversive westerns of Budd Boetticher

By Nick Pinkerton

A new Blu-ray box set offers occasion to celebrate this horseriding, bullfighting artisan of the western.

How Cleo from 5 to 7 portrays a city under the female gaze

By Adam Scovell

A curiosity in the everyday powers Agnès Varda’s masterful second feature.

The crazy cult charm of Killer Klowns from Outer Space

By David Opie

With a long-awaited sequel on the way, we revisit the Chiodo brothers’ classic low-budget horror from 1988.

How Ghost World inspired me to leave my quiet suburban town

By Georgina Guthrie

Daniel Clowes’ story of teenage apathy stirred in me a desire to break away and be alone.

In defence of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

By Alex Flood

Is Indy’s fourth outing really as bad as everyone remembers?

Discover the movie riddles of Angela Schanelec

By David Jenkins

Now is the time to see the challenging and moving work of this little-known German auteur.

Why I love Mark Ruffalo’s performance in Zodiac

By Hannah Woodhead

As beleaguered detective Dave Toschi, Ruffalo turns in arguably the finest turn of his career to date.

Re-examining the challenging eroticism of In the Cut

By Justine Smith

Jane Campion’s much maligned 2003 thriller offers a vital subversion of the male gaze.

The serene, sophisticated beauty of Claire Denis’ Chocolat

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

The French writer/director’s debut feature from 1988 is an elegant, perfectly poised character study.

How A Taste of Honey put a female spin on the British New Wave

By Stephen Puddicombe

Shelagh Delaney’s voice stood out from the angry young men who dominated British cinema in the mid 20th century.

My Neighbour Totoro at 30: In praise of Hayao Miyazaki’s gentle giant

By Beth Webb

How this great grey tree-dweller became the Studio Ghibli co-founder’s most beloved creation.

Why I love Marisa Tomei’s performance in My Cousin Vinny

By Catherine Pearson

With her strong self-belief and striking dress sense, Mona Lisa Vito is a character we can all get behind.

How Once Upon a Time in the West reflects the social anxiety of 1968

By Dan Einav

Sergio Leone’s landmark western, which turns 50 this year, is a fascinating product of its time.

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