Posts by Adam Woodward

Guillermo del Toro is making an animated Pinocchio feature for Netflix

By Adam Woodward

The Mexican filmmaker is set to write and direct a stop-motion musical based on the classic children’s fable.

Inside the legendary surf film that inspired a generation

By Adam Woodward

In 1992, Taylor Steele made waves with Momentum, a short film about young surfers in Hawaii. Two decades on, a new doc tells the whole story.

Dogman

By Adam Woodward

A diminutive dog groomer comes a cropper in this dour crime fable from Italian director Matteo Garrone.

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Listen to Jonah Hill’s specially curated playlist for Mid90s

By Adam Woodward

The actor-turned-director has teamed up with Spotify to release an ‘Official Motion Picture Playlist’

Fahrenheit 11/9

By Adam Woodward

Michael Moore takes aim at both sides of the political establishment in this scattershot survey of Trump’s America.

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David Fincher’s World War Z sequel will begin production next year

By Adam Woodward

Brad Pitt is set to reprise his role in the long-awaited follow-up to 2013’s apocalyptic zombie horror.

First Man

By Adam Woodward

Damien Chazelle’s dramatisation of the Apollo 11 mission only scratches the surface of its human subject.

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Venom

By Adam Woodward

Tom Hardy sneers and sweats his way through this sanitised origin story of Marvel’s Spidey-bothering baddie.

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A Star is Born

By Adam Woodward

Bradley Cooper scores his first major hit as a director with this tender romance about the price of fame and addiction.

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Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk gets a gorgeous new trailer

By Adam Woodward

The director’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning Moonlight is based on James Baldwin’s classic novel.

Climax

By Adam Woodward

A dance troupe descends into a drug-addled nightmare in Gaspar Noé’s high-larks latest.

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David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti unearth “lost” jazz LP

By Adam Woodward

The duo’s fabled experimental album is set for release later this year.

Suspiria – first look review

By Adam Woodward

Dakota Johnson dances to an unfamiliar beat in Luca Guadagnino’s surprisingly naff horror remake.

Peterloo – first look review

By Adam Woodward

Mike Leigh recruits a top-notch ensemble for this faithful reenactment of the Peterloo Massacre.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – first look review

By Adam Woodward

The Coen brothers are up to their old tricks in this colourful, darkly comic anthology western.

A Star is Born – first look review

By Adam Woodward

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga hit all the right notes in this update of the classic Hollywood musical.

The Favourite – first look review

By Adam Woodward

Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz vie for Olivia Colman’s affections in this erotic 18th century romp from Yorgos Lanthimos.

First Man – first look review

By Adam Woodward

Damien Chazelle’s technically accomplished Moon landing drama, starring Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy, fails to achieve lift off.

BlacKkKlansman

By Adam Woodward

A black cop infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan in Spike Lee’s fiery, fiercely funny takedown of institutional racism.

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The Equalizer 2

By Adam Woodward

Denzel Washington emphatically reaffirms his action star credentials in this slick sequel.

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The Escape

By Adam Woodward

Gemma Arterton excels in this quietly devastating character study about a desperate housewife.

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The Coen brothers are heading to the 2018 Venice Film Festival

By Adam Woodward

Their feature-length western will screen in competition alongside new works from Luca Guadagnino, Jennifer Kent and Alfonso Cuarón.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

By Adam Woodward

Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie combine for one of the most purely entertaining action movies of the new century.

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Damien Chazelle’s First Man to open the 2018 Venice Film Festival

By Adam Woodward

The writer/director will be hoping to use the festival as a launchpad for next year’s Oscars.

The first trailer for Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite is here

By Adam Woodward

Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz star in the writer/director’s farce-ridden latest.

Check out this rare set of Alfred Hitchcock film posters

By Adam Woodward

Original alternate one-sheets for Psycho, Dial M for Murder and The Birds.

Sicario 2: Soldado

By Adam Woodward

Benicio Del Toro is at his formidable best in this deeply cynical and scattershot cartel saga sequel.

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Check out this delightful footage from the set of Lady Bird

By Adam Woodward

Watch Greta Gerwig direct a young love scene between Saoirse Ronan and Lucas Hedges.

Watch the brand new restoration trailer for The Deer Hunter

By Adam Woodward

Michael Cimino’s searing Vietnam opus returns to cinemas this summer courtesy of Park Circus.

Watch the first trailer for Tim Burton’s live-action Dumbo remake

By Adam Woodward

There’s thrills, spills and pink pachyderms in this early look at Disney’s latest live-action adventure.

Watch the intense first trailer for Bad Times at the El Royale

By Adam Woodward

Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson and Jeff Bridges star in the latest from writer/director Drew Goddard.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

By Adam Woodward

Chaos reigns in more ways than one in this muddled dinosaur pile-up from director JA Bayona and writer Colin Trevorrow.

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Steve McQueen’s Widows gets a pulsating first trailer

By Adam Woodward

Viola Davis and Michelle Rodriguez head up an all-star cast in the director’s female-driven heist thriller.

Bobby Robson: More Than a Manager

By Adam Woodward

This evocative documentary celebrates the life and career of one of football’s true greats.

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Watch the first trailer for Jacques Audiard’s western The Sisters Brothers

By Adam Woodward

Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal and John C Reilly star in the French director’s Oregon oater.

Paul Dano’s Wildlife gets a stunning first trailer

By Adam Woodward

Carey Mulligan plays a lovelorn 1960s housewife in the actor’s impressive directorial debut.

Take a first look at Nicolas Winding Refn’s Too Old To Die Young

By Adam Woodward

The Danish writer/director promises to take us on a tour of LA’s dark criminal underbelly.

Dogman – first look review

By Adam Woodward

Matteo Garrone returns to the crime-stained streets of southern Italy for his latest social realist parable.

Solo: A Star Wars Story

By Adam Woodward

This safe and fan service-heavy Han Solo origin story is the worst Star Wars movie since the prequel trilogy.

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BlacKkKlansman – first look review

By Adam Woodward

Spike Lee’s latest interrogation of racism in America is his most entertaining and thought-provoking film in years.

Climax – first look review

By Adam Woodward

It’s party time in Gaspar Noé’s latest about a dance ensemble’s dizzying descent into hell.

Girls of the Sun – first look review

By Adam Woodward

Eva Husson’s timely ode to female resistance and survival sees an all-female Kurdish battalion take on ISIS.

Ash is Purest White – first look review

By Adam Woodward

China’s foremost auteur Jia Zhangke returns with a stirring and constantly surprising social critique.

Entebbe

By Adam Woodward

Rosamund Pike and Daniel Brühl play freedom-loving terrorists in this underwhelming political thriller.

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Everybody Knows – first look review

By Adam Woodward

Asghar Farhadi returns to Cannes with a slowburn domestic drama about secrets, lies and unsettled scores.

Check out Stanley Kubrick’s candid photos of 1940s New York City

By Adam Woodward

A new book presents some 300 images from the filmmaker’s archives.

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote may not screen at Cannes after all…

By Adam Woodward

Legal action could prevent Terry Gilliam’s passion project from premiering at the festival next month.

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote will close the 71st Cannes Film Festival

By Adam Woodward

Terry Gilliam’s epic passion project is set to receive its world premiere on 19 May.

Reece Shearsmith on narrating Häxan and folk horror’s timely revival

By Adam Woodward

The actor, writer and comedian revisits the Swedish cult oddity ahead of a rare festival screening.

Howard Shore tells the story behind his favourite film scores

By Adam Woodward

The legendary composer discusses his work on Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and more.

A rare cut of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is up for auction

By Adam Woodward

Now’s your chance to own a piece of film history – along with Jack Nicholson’s corduroy jacket.

Catching up with the London Contemporary Orchestra ahead of Phantom Thread live

By Adam Woodward

Conductors and longtime friends Hugh Brunt and Robert Ames reveal how they helped bring Jonny Greenwood’s mesmerising score to life.

Annihilation

By Adam Woodward

Alex Garland delivers a visually stunning, coolly affecting allegory for life, loss and human fallibility.

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Timothée Chalamet set to play Henry V in David Michôd’s next film

By Adam Woodward

The Lady Bird and Call Me by Your Name star is in talks to appear in Netflix drama The King.

Paul Thomas Anderson: ‘Daniel retiring completely changes things’

By Adam Woodward

The American master talks Phantom Thread and preparing for a post-Daniel Day-Lewis future.

Black Dynamite is back, baby!

By Adam Woodward

Michael Jai White has teased a sequel to Scott Sanders’ blaxploitation-spoofing action comedy from 2009.

Masters of War: Martin McDonagh on Frances McDormand

By Adam Woodward

The British writer/director extols the many virtues of the star of his new film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Visiting Ingmar Bergman’s enchanting Swedish hideaway

By Adam Woodward

We journey to Fårö, a remote island in the Baltic Sea, in search of Sweden’s enigmatic master.

Oneohtrix Point Never discusses his intoxicating Good Time score

By Adam Woodward

Musician Daniel Lopatin on soundtracking the Safdie brothers’ stunning latest.

Good Time

By Adam Woodward

Robert Pattinson gets down and dirty in New York City in the Safdies’ authentically gritty crime thriller.

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Love My Way: A conversation with Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet

By Adam Woodward

The Call Me by Your Name stars speak candidly about their cherished time on set together.

Call Me by Your Name

By Adam Woodward

Luca Guadagnino’s scintillating follow-up to A Bigger Splash is a touchy-feely screen romance for our time and for all time.

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S Craig Zahler: ‘Shooting graphic violence is like setting up a magic trick’

By Adam Woodward

The director of Bone Tomahawk and Brawl in Cell Block 99 on his distinct approach to genre filmmaking.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

By Adam Woodward

Matthew Vaughn’s disastrous spy spoofing sequel is the film Brexit Britain (probably) deserves.

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A comprehensive analysis of the Air Bud franchise

By Adam Woodward

We watch and rank the greatest canine/sports movie series in American cinema history.

Tom of Finland

By Adam Woodward

Pioneering queer artist Touko Laaksonen is the subject of this handsome, if slightly too cosy, biopic.

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A Ghost Story

By Adam Woodward

Rooney Mara feels a spectral presence in this elegant slow-burner from director David Lowery.

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Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets

By Adam Woodward

Luc Besson’s expensive bubble gum space romp is 2017’s most spectacular misfire.

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Dunkirk

By Adam Woodward

Christopher Nolan’s breathtaking historical opus attempts to give the viewer a taste of what war actually feels like.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming

By Adam Woodward

Tom Holland gets top marks as Marvel’s teenage web-slinger goes back to school.

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Why Videodrome feels more relevant today than ever

By Adam Woodward

David Cronenberg’s erotically-charged social satire is a cautionary tale for the internet age.

Transformers: The Last Knight

By Adam Woodward

Michael Bay once again puts the ‘bro’ in Hasbro with this staggeringly incoherent Arthurian epic.

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Film companies are now cutting ‘stoner’ versions of trailers

By Adam Woodward

Marijuana users represent an increasingly large chunk of the marketing pie.

Harry Styles and cast on working with Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk

By Adam Woodward

The ensemble cast talk exclusively about their challenging roles in the upcoming war drama.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge

By Adam Woodward

The fifth instalment in Disney’s swashbuckling franchise is scuppered by a certain Mr Depp.

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Colossal

By Adam Woodward

This ultra-quirky Anne Hathaway monster movie is a total disaster – and not in the way it intends.

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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

By Adam Woodward

Guy Ritchie’s blokes-n-blades epic is big on style but light on substance.

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Alien: Covenant

By Adam Woodward

Ridley Scott delivers a baroque monster movie that’s better than Prometheus.

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Mindhorn

By Adam Woodward

Julian Barratt gives the finest comedy performance of his career in this hilarious caper.

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The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

By Adam Woodward

A charming romance anchors this handsome boxing drama from director Juho Kuosmanen.

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Fast and Furious 8

By Adam Woodward

Dwayne Johnson ups the ante as the automotive action franchise successfully navigates a tricky existential crossroads.

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Cynthia Nixon: ‘It’s a juicy thing for an actor to get to do, a death scene’

By Adam Woodward

The star of A Quiet Passion reveals how she conveyed her character’s mental and physical pain.

Ben Wheatley: ‘I didn’t get anywhere with film until I stopped caring’

By Adam Woodward

The Free Fire writer/director opens up about his colourful past, and why he’s desperate to make a rom-com.

The astonishing true story of Hollywood and World War Two

By Adam Woodward

Five Came Back reveals how a handful of famous directors went to war and came back changed.

Kong: Skull Island

By Adam Woodward

Tom Hiddleston on Apocalypse Now, ‘Heart of Darkness’, and great blockbusters.

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Chad Stahelski’s five-point guide to shooting great action sequences

By Adam Woodward

The John Wick: Chapter 2 director and onetime stunt double reveals some of the secrets of his craft.

Barry Jenkins: ‘Where I come from, people just don’t have the means to make a film’

By Adam Woodward

The Moonlight director discusses the value of film school and finding a personal voice.

Jack Nicholson is starring in a remake of Toni Erdmann

By Adam Woodward

The Hollywood veteran is coming out of retirement for a new version of Maren Ade’s sublime comedy.

Logan gets a lung-bustingly violent new trailer

By Adam Woodward

Wolverine is back for one last ride... and he’s bought a friend along with him.

How Superman defeated the KKK

By Adam Woodward

The incredible true story of a hero with a secret identity who battled a gang of masked villains.

Ben Wheatley reveals concept art for his next film Freakshift

By Adam Woodward

The director has dropped some bonkers early sketches by 2000 AD artist Mick McMahon.

Terrence Malick’s next feature finally gets a release date

By Adam Woodward

The director’s Austin-set new film stars Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender.

Tom Hardy on playing the ultimate anti-hero in Taboo

By Adam Woodward

The actor reveals details of his upcoming BBC drama – your new TV obsession.

Passengers

By Adam Woodward

Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence find love in a hopeless place in this catastrophic space romp.

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Brit Marling on her convention-breaking new show The OA

By Adam Woodward

The actor and writer discusses ‘genre slipstreaming’ and her anxieties about our digital age.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

By Adam Woodward

Gareth Edwards opts for the slow burn over the whiz-bang in this Star Wars spin-off. The results are spectacular.

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Watch an exclusive clip from dystopian drama The White King

By Adam Woodward

Jonathan Pryce and Agyness Deyn star in this upcoming portrait of an oppressed society.

Chi-Raq

By Adam Woodward

This stylish, urgent Chicago-set satire is a major return to form for its director, Spike Lee.

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An unreleased Bill Murray sci-fi comedy from 1984 has resurfaced

By Adam Woodward

Co-star Zach Galligan reveals the inside story of ‘lost masterpiece’ Nothing Lasts Forever.

Ben Younger: ‘I had to borrow money out of my mom’s 401k, it’s not a good look’

By Adam Woodward

The one-time prizefighting director discusses his return to the movie ring after an extended hiatus.

Arrival

By Adam Woodward

Denis Villeneuve’s latest is the most low-key alien invasion drama you’ll ever see.

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Is Before the Flood guilty of hypocrisy? Have your say

By Adam Woodward

We want to hear your thoughts on Leonardo DiCaprio’s globetrotting climate change doc.

Is Life set to be just another 2001/Alien rip-off?

By Adam Woodward

Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds chart familiar territory in this drab-looking space thriller.

John Carpenter: ‘A lot of purists want to go back to using film, but you’ve got to keep moving with the times’

By Adam Woodward

The cult director talks remakes, his love of early synthesisers and why nostalgia works in mysterious ways.

You can now stream the ‘Black & Chrome’ cut of Mad Max: Fury Road

By Adam Woodward

George Miller’s berserko road movie is available in all its monochrome majesty.

A Cure for Wellness gets a creepy, stylish first trailer

By Adam Woodward

Take a first look at Gore Verbinski’s upcoming psychological thriller.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

By Adam Woodward

Tom Cruise reprises his role as Lee Child’s enigmatic hero in a sequel that fails to hit the ground running.

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Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang

By Adam Woodward

China’s foremost proponent of large-scale pyrotechnics is the star of this engaging documentary from Kevin Macdonald.

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The Mexican film festival that’s building bridges with North America

By Adam Woodward

The director of the Los Cabos International Film Festival discusses the importance of supporting filmmakers across the border.

John Michael McDonagh: ‘I’ve become more jaded the more films I’ve made’

By Adam Woodward

The War on Everyone writer/director opens up about his conflicted relationship with his craft.

Blood Father

By Adam Woodward

Mel Gibson is back to his bruising best in this hugely entertaining throwback crime-thriller.

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Supersonic

By Adam Woodward

Peak Oasis proves an irresistible force in this explicit and invigorating documentary snapshot.

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Free State of Jones

By Adam Woodward

Matthew McConaughey suffers from white saviour complex in this deeply problematic Civil War drama.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

By Adam Woodward

Tim Burton’s latest is an enchanting YA fairy tale that sadly outstays its welcome.

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War on Everyone

By Adam Woodward

Alexander Skarsgård and Michael Peña cross the thin blue line in this sweary buddy cop romp.

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A vital new film season is putting black stars in the spotlight

By Adam Woodward

The likes of Sidney Poitier and Denzel Washington are being celebrated via a nationwide programme of events.

Imperium

By Adam Woodward

Daniel Radcliffe goes deep undercover in this thrilling neo-Nazi themed procedural.

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The Greatest: Antoine Fuqua on Denzel Washington

By Adam Woodward

The Magnificent Seven director offers a unique first-hand take on the acting heavyweight’s enduring appeal.

Into the Woods – The Blair Witch Project revisited

By Adam Woodward

Directors Eduardo Sánchez and Daniel Myrick tell the story of how their freshman film project became a cultural phenomenon.

Bridget Jones’s Baby

By Adam Woodward

Renée Zellweger is back to her breezy, lovable best in this triumphant second sequel.

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Why I love Peter Sellers’ performance in Being There

By Adam Woodward

The titan of big screen comedy is at his understated, singular best in Hal Ashby’s tale of a simple-minded gardener.

David Mackenzie: ‘My film asks some important questions about America’

By Adam Woodward

The Hell or High Water director on the themes and influences that make up his finely crafted anti-western.

Sausage Party

By Adam Woodward

It's the animated, existentially-inclined talking junk food comedy the world has been waiting for.

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Todd Phillips: ‘The world is waking up to the fact that the system is rigged’

By Adam Woodward

The War Dogs director talks truth, Trump and why laughter will always be the best medicine.

Rare Akira soundtrack set for special edition vinyl reissue

By Adam Woodward

Milan Records are set to release the classic ‘Akira Symphonic Suite’ score.

Steven Soderbergh is back in the driving seat for Logan Lucky

By Adam Woodward

The director has come out of retirement for a Channing Tatum starring NASCAR comedy.

Listen to the Stranger Things original series soundtrack

By Adam Woodward

The recording features music by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of S U R V I V E.

David Brent: Life on the Road

By Adam Woodward

Ricky Gervais revives his most famous – and cringeworthy – comic creation in this lamentable spin-off.

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Pete’s Dragon

By Adam Woodward

Disney’s dazzling ode to childhood innocence and the power of imagination will make your heart soar.

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Suicide Squad

By Adam Woodward

DC’s freak show rodeo is an undercooked, cartoonish romp that reveals a great deal about modern moviemaking.

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Meet the designer behind your favourite movie title sequences

By Adam Woodward

Typography titan Dan Perri discusses some of his most iconic designs – from Raging Bull to Star Wars.

Why War of the Worlds is the greatest blockbuster of the 21st century

By Adam Woodward

Steven Spielberg’s alien invasion epic offers a boldly personal take on a contemporary global crisis.

Meet the forward-thinking creatives leading Finnish cinema’s charge

By Adam Woodward

Aki Kaurismäki is still king, but emerging voices at both ends of the scale are ensuring a bright future for this small Scandinavian nation.

Becoming Zlatan

By Adam Woodward

Sweden’s mono-monikered footballing messiah gets his very own documentary profile. And it’s absolutely top-drawer.

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Independence Day: Resurgence

By Adam Woodward

Roland Emmerich’s shamelessly sentimental franchise reboot is big, dumb and a total blast.

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The Secret Life of Pets

By Adam Woodward

This animated adventure from the makers of Minions fails to live up to its initial promise.

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Where You’re Meant to Be

By Adam Woodward

Arab Strap’s Aidan Moffat tours Scotland in the name of cultural preservation. The results are unexpectedly profound.

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Tropical malady – making a film in the heart of darkness

By Adam Woodward

Embrace of the Serpent director Ciro Guerra on the logistical and spiritual challenge of shooting in a rainforest.

The Nice Guys

By Adam Woodward

Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe are irresistible in this salty shaggy dog yarn from Shane Black.

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Mon Roi

By Adam Woodward

Emmanuelle Bercot and Vincent Cassel tear each other apart in this so-so relationship drama.

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Bobby

By Adam Woodward

Relive England’s sole World Cup triumph 50 years on via this timely tribute to a true footballing icon.

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The Neon Demon

By Adam Woodward

Elle Fanning bares her soul in Nicolas Winding Refn’s beautiful dark twisted fantasy.

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Nicolas Winding Refn: ‘I wanted to make a film about the 16-year-old girl inside me’

By Adam Woodward

With The Neon Demon the Danish writer/director has made his most provocative film yet. We travelled to Copenhagen to meet him.

X-Men: Apocalypse

By Adam Woodward

The third instalment in the rebooted comic book franchise is a colossal failure on every conceivable level.

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Richard Linklater: ‘Making movies is a lot like putting a sports team together’

By Adam Woodward

LWLies steps up to the plate with the writer/director of the sensational Everybody Wants Some!!

A team talk with the cast of Everybody Wants Some!!

By Adam Woodward

Four first stringers from Richard Linklater’s brilliant new comedy chat squad goals and hanging out on the director’s Austin ranch.

Jon Favreau on the art of digital storytelling

By Adam Woodward

The director reveals how practical effects and a dash of magic helped bring Disney’s The Jungle Book to life.

The Jungle Book

By Adam Woodward

Jon Favreau brings Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale crashing into the 21st century. The result is astonishing.

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Jeff Nichols: ‘I think I can call myself a capable director at this point’

By Adam Woodward

The American writer/director of Midnight Special on honing his craft and retaining creative control.

Midnight Special

By Adam Woodward

Writer/director Jeff Nichols reaches for the stars with this simply awesome sci-fi parable.

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Jeff Nichols’ guide to crafting a movie ending

By Adam Woodward

The writer/director of Take Shelter and Midnight Special offers his take on an essential filmmaking skill.

The Here After

By Adam Woodward

A stunning smalltown drama about grieving and forgiveness from first-time Swedish writer/director Magnus von Horn.

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Robert Eggers: ‘The voices of the dead talk a lot louder to my imagination’

By Adam Woodward

The Witch puts in an early bid to be crowned 2016’s scariest film. Meets its director.

A Quiet Passion – first look review

By Adam Woodward

A stunning performance from Cynthia Nixon anchors Terence Davies’ unromantic portrait of reclusive American poet Emily Dickinson.

Things to Come – first look review

By Adam Woodward

Isabelle Huppert stars as a woman calmly losing control in Mia Hansen-Løve’s life-affirming fifth feature.

War on Everyone – first look review

By Adam Woodward

Alexander Skarsgård and Michael Peña put the “blue” and “line” in thin blue line in this salty buddy cop comedy.

Midnight Special – first look review

By Adam Woodward

Director Jeff Nichols and star Michael Shannon team up to deliver a modern science fiction classic. Believe.

Deadpool

By Adam Woodward

Marvel’s lewd crude crime-fighting dude, as played by Ryan Reynolds, is as unfunny as he is uninteresting.

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Bryan Cranston: ‘We have a warped sense of politics in America’

By Adam Woodward

The Trumbo star cuts loose about why the case of the Hollywood Ten should be viewed as a cautionary tale.

Youth

By Adam Woodward

A legend of British cinema teams with Italy’s master of screen sensuality to tell a sparkling tale of nostalgia and sorrow.

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Alejandro González Iñárritu defines cinema

By Adam Woodward

The Revenant director offers a personal and profound response to one of life’s biggest questions.

Lenny Abrahamson’s guide to shooting in a confined space

By Adam Woodward

The Room director reveals the logistical tricks that made filming in a claustrophobic setting possible.

Pilou Asbæk: ‘Today’s world leaders don’t have any answers’

By Adam Woodward

The star of A War and the new season of Game of Thrones offers his thoughts on a curious human compulsion.

At Any Price

By Adam Woodward

Zac Efron plays a stock car racing hotshot in this flaccid family drama from Rahmin Bahrani.

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The Hateful Eight

By Adam Woodward

Quentin Tarantino’s bloody, bloated ensemble western is about as much fun as watching snow melt.

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Sherpa

By Adam Woodward

Ever dreamed of one day scaling Mount Everest? This powerful doc about a Nepalese community will make you reconsider.

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The Revenant

By Adam Woodward

Leonardo DiCaprio feels the wrath of man in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s awesomely violent revenge western.

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Krampus

By Adam Woodward

Adam Scott and Toni Collette have a Christmas to forget in this enjoyable creature feature.

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The Good Dinosaur

By Adam Woodward

This prehistoric psychedelic western is Pixar’s strangest and most spectacular work to date.

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Gaspar Noé: ‘The porn I grew up with was much closer to real life’

By Adam Woodward

The Buenos Aires-born, Paris-based provocateur sounds off on all things Love.

Rooney Mara: The Look of Silence

By Adam Woodward

The Carol star tells us how she has managed to pack so much into her short career.

Spectre

By Adam Woodward

Bond 24 is an enormous, multi-tentacled beast. Sometimes for better, sometimes for worse.

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Listen to Me Marlon

By Adam Woodward

Marlon Brando unpacks his own mythology in this fascinating but flawed autobiography.

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The Program

By Adam Woodward

Like Lance Armstrong himself, there’s something disingenuous about this by-the-numbers biopic.

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Regression

By Adam Woodward

Emma Watson falls foul of a satanic cult in this pulpy potboiler from Alejandro Amenábar.

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

By Adam Woodward

The cinematic toast of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival is a whimsical comedy-drama about death and movies.

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The Wolfpack

By Adam Woodward

The kids are kind of alright in this intriguing real life tale of cinematically-inclined trap-ins.

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Honeytrap

By Adam Woodward

A thoughtful dissection of corruption and teen foibles among the black community in South London.

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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

By Adam Woodward

An off-the-chain Tom Cruise is the key and only asset in this fifth ride-along with the IMF crew.

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Maggie

By Adam Woodward

Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in a small indie horror film and the result ain’t pretty.

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Southpaw

By Adam Woodward

A classic underdog saga comes full circle in this low impact boxing drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

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Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera take our Pixar quiz

By Adam Woodward

The Inside Out director and producer pair test their knowledge of the cherished animation house.

The Wonders

By Adam Woodward

Alice Rohrwacher confirms herself as one of Italian cinema's brightest talents in this pollen-dusted family drama.

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Inside Pixar

By Adam Woodward

LWLies reports from the beguiling Bay Area basecamp of one of the world titans of feature animation.

Ted 2

By Adam Woodward

Seth MacFarlane’s swear bear is back and more outrageous than ever in the year’s weakest comedy.

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Terminator Genisys

By Adam Woodward

Arnold Schwarzenegger may be back, but this trilogy opener suggests the franchise is hardwired to self-destruct.

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Slow West

By Adam Woodward

Michael Fassbender shows his true grit in this gratifying and extremely violent saunter through Old America.

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The Overnight

By Adam Woodward

A bawdy social comedy which says that it’s not the size that matters, but what you do with it that counts.

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Queen and Country

By Adam Woodward

British veteran John Boorman returns with a jolly follow-up to his beloved Hope and Glory.

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Spy

By Adam Woodward

Melissa McCarthy and Paul Feig again prove they’re a match made in comedy heaven with this superior spoof.

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Ryan Gosling: ‘When I was a kid we lived with Elvis for a year’

By Adam Woodward

The Lost River director reflects on his childhood and ponders the myth of the American Dream.

San Andreas

By Adam Woodward

Crash bang wallop! Dwayne Johnson sizes up Mother Nature in this sub-Emmerichian actioner.

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10 things we learned about FIFA from United Passions

By Adam Woodward

Tim Roth stars as Sepp Blatter (no, really) in this prestige biopic on the football governing body we love to hate.

The Happiest Place on Earth

By Adam Woodward

As Disneyland turns 60, we turn back the clock to gauge the cultural impact of the most enchanted corner of the Magic Kingdom.

Green Room – first look review

By Adam Woodward

Blue Ruin director Jeremy Saulnier delivers another consummately crafted backwoods thriller.

Mon Roi – first look review

By Adam Woodward

Vincent Cassel and Emmanuelle Bercot find a (not so) groovy kind of love in Maïwenn’s drab relationship drama.

Mad Max: Fury Road

By Adam Woodward

The outer chassis may look battered and bruised, but there’s well-oiled action perfection under the bonnet.

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The Sea of Trees – first look review

By Adam Woodward

A powerhouse turn from Matthew McConaughey isn’t enough to save Gus Van Sant’s sappy suicide drama.

Lost River

By Adam Woodward

Ryan Gosling’s first stint behind the camera produces bold and sometimes baffling results.

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Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

By Adam Woodward

Unprecedented access to the Cobain archives fuels this cover-all collage documentary.

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While We’re Young

By Adam Woodward

Generational drift and the scourge of hipsterism are examined in Noah Baumbach’s bittersweet comedy of manners.

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Altman

By Adam Woodward

A roistering – if functional – tour through the life and work of the New Hollywood godhead.

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White God

By Adam Woodward

This Orwellian fable which climaxes in the creation of an all-dog army never transcends its central gimmick.

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Shaun The Sheep Movie

By Adam Woodward

This delectable tale of a stop-motion sheep in the city reminds us why Aardman Animation are a national treasure.

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Jupiter Ascending

By Adam Woodward

Not even Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis are enough to save the Wachowskis’ gnarly, garish space opera.

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Kingsman: The Secret Service

By Adam Woodward

Matthew Vaughn grabs the traditional spy movie by its tailored shirt and gives it a good slap.

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A Most Violent Year

By Adam Woodward

Oscar Isaac delivers the goods as the pacifist hero in this strange and slightly unsatisfying period crime drama.

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Bennett Miller & Steve Carell: ‘The make-up became part of the character’

By Adam Woodward

The writer/director and star of Foxcatcher chat comedy inspiration and facial prosthetics.

Foxcatcher

By Adam Woodward

Muscular machismo and misplaced American pride combine in this intense drama with Steve Carell and Channing Tatum.

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Into the Woods

By Adam Woodward

A sing-a-long review of this delightful screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical.

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Birdman

By Adam Woodward

Michael Keaton soars in director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s triumphant return to form.

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Kajaki: The True Story

By Adam Woodward

This suspenseful drama authentically reconstructs a disastrous rescue mission during the Afghan conflict.

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Paddington

By Adam Woodward

This one-for-the-ages family movie based on the books by Michael Bond is a full-blown Christmas triumph.

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The Drop

By Adam Woodward

The late James Gandolfini shows Tom Hardy how it’s done in this gritty gutter thriller.

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Set Fire to the Stars

By Adam Woodward

This affectionate and unconventional portrait of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas signals a great start for debut director Andy Goddard.

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Nightcrawler

By Adam Woodward

A bug-eyed Jake Gyllenhaal goes full Rupert Pupkin in this eminently creepy satire on the hysteria of rolling TV news.

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Fury

By Adam Woodward

Brad Pitt surveys the horrors of war a busted-up tank in David Ayer’s soulful if unoriginal tale of conflict and brotherhood.

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The new Ghostbusters movie is a false dawn for women in Hollywood

By Adam Woodward

Paul Feig’s all-female reboot is not quite the victory for gender equality it may appear.

’71

By Adam Woodward

Jack O’Connell continues to impress in Yann Demange’s compelling take on The Troubles.

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Julianne Moore: ‘Hollywood isn’t there to produce interesting roles for actors’

By Adam Woodward

The star of David Cronenberg’s movie industry satire reveals how she’s defied the odds during her glittering career.

20,000 Days on Earth

By Adam Woodward

Personal feelings for Nick Cave will determine enjoyment of this self-indulgent rock doc.

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Wish I Was Here

By Adam Woodward

Zach Braff stays on comfortable turf in this dramedy about a man facing the inevitability of death.

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The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

By Adam Woodward

The sad untimely death of precocious internet maven Aaron Schwartz is the focus of this chilling doc.

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Guardians of the Galaxy

By Adam Woodward

Chris Pratt and co deliver big in Marvel’s smartest and most surprising film to date.

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A Million Ways to Die in the West

By Adam Woodward

Seth MacFarlane has opted to make a comedy western as his follow-up to Ted. It’s an epic fail on every conceivable level.

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Frank

By Adam Woodward

Michael Fassbender stars as the artist formally known as Frank Sidebottom in this spiky music industry satire.

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Richard Linklater: Colossal Youth

By Adam Woodward

LWLies travels around the globe to meet the Boyhood director in his own backyard.

Starred Up

By Adam Woodward

This bruising and brutal jailhouse carve-up rides on the back of an astonishing central turn by Jack O’Connell.

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Non-Stop

By Adam Woodward

More mile-high misadventures as Liam Neeson rolls out his machismo B-movie thing on a packed passenger jet.

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The Monuments Men

By Adam Woodward

George Clooney socks it to the Nazis in this rambling adventure yarn with an all-star cast.

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Inside Llewyn Davis

By Adam Woodward

Cold exteriors and warm interiors combine in the Coen brothers’ rhapsodic portrait of a ’60s folk singer.

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Like Father, Like Son

By Adam Woodward

The simple, tragicomic trails of fatherhood are captured with perfection in the latest from Japan’s Hirokazu Koreeda.

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Short Term 12

By Adam Woodward

A barnstorming performance from Brie Larson elevates this bittersweet foster care drama.

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The Selfish Giant

By Adam Woodward

This yearning Northern fable examines childhood, poverty and the down-and-dirty face of modern capitalism.

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Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

By Adam Woodward

The spirit of Terrence Malick is evoked in this tender western starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara.

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Elysium

By Adam Woodward

Matt Damon suits up for Neill Blomkamp’s high-tech celestial epic. But we’re left wanting more.

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Only God Forgives

By Adam Woodward

Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn reunite with a vengeance in this beautiful and bruising Bangkok thriller.

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The World’s End

By Adam Woodward

Lagergeddon? The hopocalypse? The bitter end? Edgar Wright and co are back for one final throw of the dice.

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Hummingbird

By Adam Woodward

Not another Jason Statham movie?! This time he’s a vengeful tramp with a penchant for busting heads.

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Stories We Tell

By Adam Woodward

Director Sarah Polley delivers a bittersweet and compelling autobiographical family portrait.

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Star Trek Into Darkness

By Adam Woodward

Cumberbitches rest easy: JJ Abrams ably navigates the USS Enterprise through dark skies.

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Mud

By Adam Woodward

Matthew McConaughey’s sublime transformation into A Serious Actor continues apace with this ripping Souther thriller.

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The Place Beyond the Pines

By Adam Woodward

Ryan Gosling puts the pedal to the metal (again) in this over-reaching melodrama from the director of Blue Valentine.

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Spring Breakers

By Adam Woodward

Is this neon-hued apocalyptic party movie Harmony Korine’s masterpiece? We think it might be...

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In the House

By Adam Woodward

Literary prodigy writes rings around his prof in the spry latest from arty teaser François Ozon.

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Stoker

By Adam Woodward

Operatic style can’t paste over the meagre, far-fetched substance in Oldboy director Park Chan-wook’s English-language debut.

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Bullet to the Head

By Adam Woodward

Slam-bang action icons Walter Hill and Sylvester Stallone buddy up for some muscle-flexing and gunplay.

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The Last Stand

By Adam Woodward

Arnie takes the stage as America’s last line of defence in Kim Jee-woon’s highly satisfying action romp.

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Jack Reacher

By Adam Woodward

Not even Werner Herzog can’t save this slick but mediocre Tom Cruise vehicle.

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Chasing Ice

By Adam Woodward

Scenes of mass devastation have rarely looked so gorgeous, but this hectoring doc could’ve done something better with them.

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s guide to acting drunk

By Adam Woodward

The Smashed star talks us through the fine art of getting half-cut on camera.

Sightseers

By Adam Woodward

The director of Kill List and Down Terrace returns with a camp comedy caper about pair of cagoule-sporting serial killers.

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The Master

By Adam Woodward

Paul Thomas Anderson’s spiritual post-war love story will restore your faith in cinema.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman: ‘I’m a curious guy, but I also want to shut down sometimes’

By Adam Woodward

The star of Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master discusses his special relationship with his long-time friend and collaborator.

Frankenweenie

By Adam Woodward

Tim Burton goes old-school with a monochromatic animated gem that’s sadly not of its time.

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Tom Hardy: No More Drama

By Adam Woodward

LWLies goes nose-to-nose with the UK’s most fearsome acting talent and lives to tell the tale.

Ted

By Adam Woodward

The directorial debut from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is as deliciously salty as it is unexpectedly sweet.

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The Dark Knight Rises

By Adam Woodward

Christopher Nolan’s baroque opus is a worthy trilogy closer, both seriously epic and epically serious.

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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai

By Adam Woodward

Takashi Miike follows up his blood-pumping samurai blitzkrieg 13 Assassins with this talky and tiresome period drama.

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Sean Bean: My top five death scenes

By Adam Woodward

From taking a bullet at point-blank range to being pulled apart by horses, the British star relives his most memorable on-screen departures.

Project X

By Adam Woodward

Nima Nourizadeh’s insane party movie is like a John Hughes film spiralling down the K-hole.

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Chronicle

By Adam Woodward

Not only does Chronicle herald the coming of age of Generation I, it also won’t give you a headache.

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The Descendants

By Adam Woodward

A confident return to the feature filmmaking fold from Alexander Payne featuring a champagne turn from George Clooney.

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Alexander Payne: ‘People should speak only when they have something to say’

By Adam Woodward

The American director of The Descendants talks about finding paradise in his own backyard.

W.E.

By Adam Woodward

Madonna’s lavish retelling of a 20th century scandal is little more than a kitsch vanity project.

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Haywire

By Adam Woodward

Steven Soderbergh rallies together another strong A-list ensemble, but the result is surprisingly lacklustre.

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War Horse

By Adam Woodward

A strange sort of hybrid, wounded by the internal tensions between what it might be.

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Shame

By Adam Woodward

Steve McQueen’s erotically-charged descent into sex addiction is by turns raw, elegant and uncompromising.

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Take Shelter

By Adam Woodward

More metaphorical tact would turn Take Shelter from a brisk gale to a force five.

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Pedro Almodóvar: Anatomy of Desire

By Adam Woodward

The legendary Spanish filmmaker throws open the doors of his Madrid work space to the hungry eyes of LWLies.

Midnight in Paris

By Adam Woodward

Midnight in Paris isn’t a clutch at yesteryear; it’s a statement that Allen still has something left to say.

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Warrior

By Adam Woodward

Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton star in this rousing, fiercely acted tale of sibling bonds bruised and bandaged.

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

By Adam Woodward

Gary Oldman puts in a career-best shift in this gripping story of duplicity and paranoia.

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The Skin I Live In

By Adam Woodward

Pedro Almodóvar’s latest is an intoxicating elixir of dark fantasy, sick obsession and all-consuming desire.

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Cowboys & Aliens

By Adam Woodward

Jon Favreau’s genre mash-up is yet another underwhelming summer brouhaha that fails to up the ante.

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Arrietty

By Adam Woodward

A pure, wonderfully animated story of friendship against the odds from an emerging anime voice.

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon

By Adam Woodward

An ejaculatory mess that seeks to medicate its audience with a glut of whizz-bang spills and vein-bulging fist pumps.

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Kaboom

By Adam Woodward

A highly-fetishised, hyper-surreal teenage Twin Peaks that’s undone by its own excesses and a lack of narrative clarity.

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Hanna

By Adam Woodward

Any intrigue established in Hanna is smothered by a director unable to overcome his own art house ambitions.

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Meek’s Cutoff

By Adam Woodward

Kelly Reichardt’s boldness in eschewing a sprawling retelling of how the West was won should be applauded.

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Source Code

By Adam Woodward

Duncan Jones has hit the ground running, but there’s no need for Nolan to watch his back just yet.

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True Grit

By Adam Woodward

Newcomer Hailee Steinfeld steals the show from right under Jeff Bridges’ nose in the Coens’ deliciously salty western.

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Brighton Rock

By Adam Woodward

Rowan Joffe delivers a stale and soapy rehash when he should have dared to dream bigger.

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The AI List

By Adam Woodward

It’s the new technology that has hollywood’s top stars running scared, but will virtual actors ever take the place of the real thing?

The Kids Are All Right

By Adam Woodward

Annette Bening and Julianne Moore shine in this searingly funny tale of middle-age anxiety.

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The Town

By Adam Woodward

The Town’s true colours are there, but you’ll have to scratch through a layer of Hollywood gloss to see them.

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Certified Copy

By Adam Woodward

For all its poetry and cinematic beauty, Certified Copy offers little gratification.

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The Expendables

By Adam Woodward

Saving the world and getting the girl might still be all in day’s work, but it now comes at a price: dignity.

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Whatever Works

By Adam Woodward

Larry David might be plugging a gap between Curb series, but Woody Allen can do much better.

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Greenberg

By Adam Woodward

With its wispy idiosyncrasy and sharp, biting humour, Greenberg may well win over the Baumbach cynics.

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The Brothers Bloom

By Adam Woodward

As Rian Johnson’s difficult second album, The Brothers Bloom is more an anti-climax than a letdown.

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Life During Wartime

By Adam Woodward

Todd Solondz family reunion is just like any other: forced, painful and underwhelming.

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I Am Love

By Adam Woodward

Luca Guadagnino delivers a bold reclamation of the melodrama, spiked with fits of passion, lust and greed.

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Shutter Island

By Adam Woodward

Martin Scorsese’s latest is little more than a frustrating cobwebbed box of tricks and twists.

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Toy Story 3D

By Adam Woodward

If Pixar took us to infinity in 1995, then this supercharged re-issue is surely beyond.

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Afterschool

By Adam Woodward

A bold directorial debut, but Antonio Campos still has a lot to learn.

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An Inconvenient Truth

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This vital eco-doc from Al Gore contains a chilling wake-up call everyone needs to listen to.

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