The Japanese filmmaker’s follow-up to Shoplifters will have its world premiere on 28 August.
Directors Ewa Banaszkiewicz and Mateusz Dymek offer a unique, if not entirely successful spin on the culture clash drama.
Laia Costa and Josh O’Connor are swept up in a whirlwind romance in Harry Wootliff’s tender debut.
Stephen K Bannon builds a right wing populist movement in this intriguing portrait of a self-styled political scoundrel.
Mexican maverick Carlos Reygadas directs and stars in this lyrical, unconventional relationship drama.
The Mexican auteur reflects on Our Time whether those who create art are all-seeing creatures.
A handsome if underpowered period drama on literary lesbianism and the early career of Virginia Woolf.
This ghostly 1973 adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s short story is a masterclass of staging, acting and editing.
The Beatles’ sublime songbook is the subject of this sadly underpowered and incurious romantic Britcom.
This special, expanded edition of the magazine celebrates British cinema and contains moving illustrations.
Artistic director Miguel Oyarzun on blurring the boundary between audience and artist.
The worthy cause of asylum in Europe is the subject of this hand-wringing political drama.
Ethan Hawke gets his scream on as the bank robber who coined the first recorded example of Stockholm Syndrome.
The birth of a painting – from the building of the frame to its final sale – is the subject of this intriguing doc.
The celebrated Chadian filmmaker on A Season in France and his humane approach to depicting migrants.
A family of African refugees in Paris grapple with the asylum system in Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s dismaying drama.
On the road with Bob Dylan’s ramshackle rock circus in this kaleidoscopic concert chronicle.
If you didn’t realise there are environmental and economic downsides to consuming meat, then this entry-level film is for you.
The writer/director of Son of Saul returns with a mystery thriller set around a Budapest hat emporium circa 1910.
Kids hang loose as their parents attempt to build them a new civilisation in this easygoing political fable.
A glossy, lightly superficial portrait of the American whistleblower-cum-activist Chelsea Manning.
The combustible American tennis star is picked to pieces in this mischievous French essay film.
The French actor discusses the challenges of playing French literary icon Marguerite Duras.
A perfectly calibrated central performance by Mélanie Thierry powers this dour wartime literary drama.
This ultra-glossy ‘live action’ remake of Disney’s 1992 mega hit cleaves too closely to the original to justify its existence.
Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego mix ethnography and classical genre filmmaking to vibrant, if lumbering effect.
A journey through the wondrous and terrifying cinematic cosmos of the High Life director.
The live recording of Aretha Franklin’s seminal gospel album is one of the great music documentaries.
Light romance in the west wing as Charlize Theron hires Seth Rogen to funny-up her speeches… and more.
War leads to absurd moral decline in the Ukraine in Sergei Losnitza’s pitch-dark comedy of oppression.
Porn barons, rebel poets and teen sexuality are all part of this exciting cinematic crop.
The French filmmaker and sometime MIA collaborator chats about his gangster epic The World Is Yours.
Isabelle Adjani steals this playful French gangster comedy of hoods making a hash out of a simple drug deal.
Simon Rumley’s postwar gangster flick goes out of its way to deromanticise its deplorable subjects.
Reappraising Matthew McConaughey’s maligned rom-com dark days.
The beloved French filmmaker, who has passed away aged 90, leaves behind a peerless body of work.
Patricia Clarkson is dangerously out of her depth in Carol Morley’s mind-boggling detective noir.
This beautifully scripted drama of blithe romantic connections in ’90s France is a real keeper.
Lukas Dhont’s debut feature chronicles a young trans character’s difficult coming-of-age.
The annual festival at London’s ICA presents new visions for documentary filmmaking.
Andrew Garfield disappears down the rabbit hole in David Robert Mitchell’s zany LA noir.
The director of Under the Silver Lake talks LA history, ’80s RPGs and filming down toilet bowls.
Join us on a trip to the outer-reaches of the galaxy with Claire Denis’ spellbinding space odyssey.
Richard Billingham offers a bracingly honest portrait of life in a Birmingham council flat.
Brooklyn’s BAM hosts the first ever US screenings of Franco Rosso’s reggae classic.
An evicted Dublin family are left stranded in this deeply moving and beautifully restrained drama.
Corruption reigns free on the Israel/Palestine border in this intriguing feature from Samuel Maoz.
Married gay lawyers in Osaka fight everyday injustice in this delightful, deadpan documentary.
A Lebanese pre-teener sues his parents for having him in Nadine Labaki’s tale of poverty and neglect.
Nothing happens for a very long time in Abdellatif Kechiche’s follow-up to Blue is the Warmest Colour.
The healing power of stand-up comedy is at the centre of James Gardner’s off-kilter kitchen sink drama.
One of the most successful filmmakers of all time talks Alita: Battle Angel, Avatar and the future of cinema.
The Moonlight director sits down to pick apart his wonderful James Baldwin adaptation, If Beale Street Could Talk.
Robert Rodriguez’s latest is that rare beast: a throwback, effects-driven science fiction epic that runs on an infectious sense of fun.
Melissa McCarthy and Richard E Grant are on top form in Marielle Heller’s melancholy tale of forgery and friendship.
A full retrospective of this beloved director’s work caps off a tantalising programme.
Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie play duelling monarchs in this lifeless period piece.
Refugees and migrating crabs are the focus of this atmospheric doc which takes place on Christmas Island.
Olivia Colman is sublime as Queen Anne in Yorgos Lanthimos’ absurdist period tragicomedy.
Everyone’s favourite magical child carer is back in this strangely bland and uncatchy modern refit.
Lars von Trier is up to his old tricks in this absurdly macabre and deeply self-conscious portrait of a serial killer.
The Danish devil talks about murder, movies and his sensational new film The House That Jack Built.
Alfonso Cuaròn’s monumental love poem to Mexico and the woman who made him a man.
Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams are unable to lift this hackneyed tale of forbidden love.
In memory of this British titan of cinema, who died at the age of 90, we resurface a fascinating archive interview.
The veteran French auteur’s Cannes-winning latest arrives in cinemas and on MUBI next month.
Romy Schneider gives her final interview in this unconventional biopic – with a cameo from Denis Lavant.
The late Soviet director’s 1998 satire is said to have inspired Armando Ianucci’s The Death of Stalin.
An ageing, world-weary assassin takes on one last assignment in this well made if unremarkable Brit comedy.
The British actor reveals her personal connection to Mike Leigh’s historical epic.
This stripped back profile of East London artist Chris Moon is leavened by a bizarre rock photographer cameo appearance.
A wandering loner is haunted by a grotesque puppet in this ambient suburban chiller from one-time comic Matt Holness.
Jon S Baird’s biopic makes you question whether the titular silent comedy duo were ever funny in the first place.
Aubrey Plaza endures a wild, weird night in Jim Hosking’s turgid follow-up to The Greasy Strangler.
The Canadian filmmaker on the making of his heavy metal psycho-horror, Mandy, and working his one of his acting heroes.
A short, sharp portrait of the trailblazing Japanese pop artist Yayoi Kusama, from director Heather Lenz.
Another deep dive into the modern fashion industry, this time on the fur coat-tails of couture expert, André Leon Talley.
The loquacious goddess of French cinema reflects on her extraordinary career ahead of the release of her new film, Faces Places.
Filmmaker Steve Loveridge takes us on a whistle-stop tour of the life and career of his close friend M.I.A.
Isabelle Huppert cameos in this sentimental coming-out story from French director Anne Fontaine.
Writer/director Chloé Zhao’s spellbinding second feature is a wistful ode to a bygone America.
Shane Black exhumes this seminal ’80s monster franchise by paying homage to the abject nastiness of the original.
Stumped on what to book for this year’s festival? LWLies are on hand to help out.
A father uses technology to find his missing daughter in the latest ‘screenlife’ thriller.
A tempestuous romance on national themes makes for chilly viewing in Pawel Pawlikowski’s monochrome drama.
Alfonso Cuarón delivers his masterpiece with this stunning social fresco centred on a house maid in 1970s Mexico City.
MUBI and LWLies present Hitchcock’s sublime chiller, Dial M for Murder, at London’s Rio Cinema.
Mark Cousins returns with an essay feature on the doodles and draftsmanship of Orson Welles.
In tandem with a big Joan Crawford retrospective, this moving noir scorcher returns to cinemas.
Neighbours go to war in this bitterly cynical Icelandic comedy about our capacity for malevolence.
A pleasantly stripped back and non hyperbolic portrait of a working landscape artist.
Kim Dong-won’s rare 2003 film Repatriation plays at the 2018 London Korean Film Festival.
We’ve teamed up with the director of Drive and The Neon Demon to bring weird cinema to the masses.
A photojournalist undertakes a truth-seeking mission from the Catholic Church in Xavier Giannoli's new drama.
The dark chasm between traditional religion and modern living is the subject of Daniel Kokotajlo’s harrowing debut feature.
A welcome re-release of Jacques Rivette’s second feature, a ferocious and lightly erotic takedown of organised religion.
A rare and troubling cinematic foray to the Dominican Republic in this surreal, rustic revenge yarn.
Despite boasting a talented young cast, Sergio G Sánchez’s creepy chamber piece doesn’t add up to much.
This reveal-all documentary about the late pop icon Whitney Huston from director Kevin Macdonald makes for compelling viewing.
A welcome re-release of Agnés Varda’s best film, chronicling the final days of a French wanderer in search of freedom.
Debra Granik’s tender story of a father and daughter living off the grid is one of the year’s very best.
The director of Leave No Trace talks about the possibility of a total disconnect from the system.
Alex Lawthor struggles to bring his underwritten lead character to life in this gay-themed teen drama from Trudie Styler.
A fully-invested Diane Kruger can’t save this reactionary trash which masquerades as a thoughtful art film.
The New York artist-filmmaker discusses her intimate new profile of Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Sara Driver’s profile of Jean-Michel Basquiat doubles as a rich portrait of New York City in the 1970s and ’80s.
A female-dominated ensemble for the ages joins together for this crushing, zero-stakes heist caper.
On the life of a poverty-stricken Brazilian trans performance artist disco poet in remission from cancer.
From blockbusters like Interstellar and Rogue One, as well as various homegrown productions, cinema is now a vital part of the Icelandic economy.
Zosia Mamet stars as a wayward writer forced to confront a past romance in this underwhelming quirk-com.
The animation house behind Song of the Sea return with a timely takedown of religious fundamentalism.
Lucrecia Martel’s tale of colonial misadventure in South America is one of the great cinematic achievements of the decade.
The 2018 Cannes Film Festival saved the best for last with Nuri Bilge Ceylan's sublime literary opus.
Marital woe plagues a young couple honeymooning on the Dorset coast in this Ian McEwan adaptation.
This monumental new work from South Korean director Lee Chang-dong was well worth the eight-year wait.
Kevin Macdonald offers a rich and revealing glance back at the life of troubled pop sensation Whitney Houston.
Andrew Garfield adopts the role of pop culture gumshoe in David Robert Mitchell’s eccentric LA noir.
This poignant treatise on love at first sight is one of the best films in the 2018 Cannes competition line-up.
Another bittersweet bon-bon concerning the agreeable hum of domestic life from Japan’s Hirokazu Koreeda.
Movies and stories are everywhere in the beguiling new film by Iranian director Jafar Panahi.
This brilliant rites of passage drama from Belgium sees a trans girl fighting to become a career ballerina.
Debra Granik’s long-awaited follow-up to Winter’s Bone is a hushed masterpiece.
A bold but ultimately disastrous biography of one of the leading lights of European cinematic invention.
Obscure doesn’t even begin to cover the intractable delights of the latest cine-sortie from Jean-Luc Godard.
This eloquent and expressive gay romance from Christophe Honoré is one of the director’s finest achievements.
This miniature monochrome epic from Pawel Pawlikowski is a extraordinary piece of cinematic craftsmanship.
Embrace of the Serpent director Ciro Guerra returns with a full-bore narco saga set in rural Colombia.
Now is the time to see the challenging and moving work of this little-known German auteur.
Ever wondered why Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels wrote The Communist Manifesto?
One of the first and best haunted house movies receives a welcome re-release.
Kelly Macdonald headlines the bittersweet Puzzle, a film about competitive jigsaw making.
The French provocateur will be joined by Ciro Guerra and Debra Granik at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.
A wartime book group harbours a dark secret in this sparky British drama from director Mike Newell.
Russia's Sergei Loznita offers a damning critique of his homeland with this epically joyless road movie.
Jean-Luc Godard, Spike Lee and Alice Rohrwacher are set to compete for this year’s Palme d’Or.
Western is a sensual, rustic drama which pays subtle homage to the classic horse opera, explains its German maker.
A young boy becomes the victim of a broken marriage in Xavier Legrand’s accomplished debut.
The stars of Cory Finley’s venomous chamber comedy discuss getting into their complex characters.
Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke are a revelation in this suburban black comedy from Cory Finley.
Paddy Considine writes, directs and stars in this hard-hitting drama about a boxer who’s dealt an unexpected blow.
The stalwart British actor runs us through some of his scene-stealing career moments.
Movies are the only artform where consuming on your own is considered a faux pas. But why?
Steven Spielberg’s high-octane pop culture bonanza is hamstrung by its corny, treasure hunt plotting.
Fans of Quentin Tarantino and Jim Jarmusch will delight in Liu Jian’s animated crime noir.
This sublime teen romance evokes the heady passions that come from choosing between love and learning.
Rambo’s real-life American counterpart is the subject of this fractured, fascinating documentary portrait.
Karen Gillan tries her hand at writing and directing in this fiery but formulaic character study.
The wild and crazy cinema of Larry Cohen receives the in-depth documentary treatment that this master director deserves.
Ingmar Bergman’s first English-language feature is a lost, mid-career gem, unearthed and restored by the BFI.
Polish director Pawel Lozinski presents an immersive, intimate portrait of a mother-daughter relationship.
The master fabulist behind The Shape of Water talks sex, movies and what makes a monster tick.
The Lady Bird director espouses filmmaking as a team game and writing scripts inspired by personal memory.
Clint Eastwood cleverly restages a real-life act of heroism in this intriguing and moving docudrama.
Colin Firth heads for the open ocean in this mysterious drama from British writer/director James Marsh.
Emmanuel Gras documents one man’s daily grind in the Democratic Republic of Congo in this tough but compelling film.
Director Emmanuel Gras discusses the moral mine field of his gruelling Cannes prize-winner, Makala.
The star of Paul Thomas Anderson’s beguiling latest explains how she was able to square up with Daniel Day-Lewis.
The grim realities of life in the World War One trenches is the subject of this rousing if unoriginal tale of soldiers on the edge of sanity.
This Cannes-winning working class musical from Portugal’s Pedro Pinho is not all it seems.
Pixar mine the theme of mortality for light-hearted frolics in this Mexican-set adventure.
The Stone Age and the Bronze Age go to war in this daffy stop-frame comedy from Aardman Animation.
Old Slowhand receives the big life documentary treatment, with slightly uninspiring results.
Frances McDormand goes on the war path in director Martin McDonagh’s sensational latest.
Bravura technique trumps narrative coherence in this garbled modern demigod saga from Hungary.
Christian Bale gives it his actorly all as a jaded cavalry gunslinger in Scott Cooper’s dour, old-timey western.
Ingmar Bergman’s enigmatic masterpiece still shines with a piercing intensity after 50 years.
Jia Zhangke’s ambitious, multi-stranded romantic epic features a stunning central turn from Zhao Tao.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest is a swooning, masochistic love story set in mid-century London. It might just be his best film...
We have teamed with MUBI and the ICA to host a 35mm screening of this true original.
Europe’s refugee crisis backdrops this unconventional family drama from deadpan master Michael Haneke.
The Austrian auteur explains why he had to create a Facebook account for his new film, Happy End.
A Brooklyn teen struggles to find his own identity in Eliza Hittman’s stirring ballad of sexual awakening.
Sono Sion deconstructs power relationships on a porn movie set in this colourful, cacophonous miniature.
Emma Stone and Steve Carell go head-to-head in this fascinating true story of sport and sexism.
Two men return from war only to be confronted by racism in Dee Rees’ vital and sprawling American epic.
The Good Time directors reveal the secret to capturing the essence of their home town on screen.
This dire sequel filled with mechanically-reclaimed comedy marks a depressing low point for Will Ferrell.
There’s magic in every single frame of writer/director Sean Baker’s spellbinding latest.
Toby Jones stars as a nervy ex-con in his brother Rupert’s Hitchcockian, council estate-set thriller.
The potency of Agatha Christie’s 1934 novel shines through the glossy, high-camp screen adaptation.
‘A Dance With Fred Astaire’ sees the critic, filmmaker and social gadfly open up his personal archives.
The friendly little bear spends some time behind bars in this fantastically delightful family sequel.
The shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho goes under the microscope in this intriguing documentary.
Sophie Fiennes offers a satisfyingly original portrait of the iconic singer, artist and occasional actor.
Andy Serkis’ impressive directorial debut is powered by the outstanding central pairing of Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy.
Superheroes go comedy as Taika Waititi brings some much needed heart, soul and humour to the Marvel universe.
Filmmaker Jennifer Brea lays herself bare in this fascinating study of chronic fatigue syndrome.
Armando Iannucci plays post-Stalinist power grabs for laughs in this chilling, frequently hilarious historical satire.
Paddy Considine’s second feature as director is powered by a clutch of big, bold and unabashedly emotional performances.
The 40th POTUS is the subject of this interesting film on a time when public relations and politics began to merge.
Michael Winterbottom attempts to engineer a new kind of concert movie. The results are pure tedium.
Denis Villeneuve tangles with Replicants in this bombastic though naggingly shallow sci-fi sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 cult classic.
The Coen brothers heroically bleak debut feature still shines over thirty years since its inception.
The star of Daphne talks likeable characters, Fleabag and seeing Nicole Kidman in the nude.
Emily Beecham puts in a star-making turn in this soulful debut feature from Peter Mackie Burns.
Two abattoir workers experience a strange connection in this intriguing drama from Hungary’s Ildikó Enyedi.
It’s Ice Man versus Super Brat in this inoffensively bland chronicle of an epic sporting rivalry.
A teenager falls into a job in a bizarre funeral parlour in this touching if macabre observational documentary.
Jennifer Lawrence is plunged into the fiery depths of Hell in this conceptual ordeal saga from Darren Aronofsky.
Maurice Pialat’s A Nos Amours is a movie masterpiece about the violence that comes from being a teenager.
Stephen King’s iconic demonic clown gets a refresh and refit – and manages to give Tim Curry a run for his money.
Alicia Vikander and Christoph Waltz suffer through this turgid period drama.
Filmmaker Alex Barrett delivers a gorgeous, poetic ode to this bustling and diverse city.
A perilous religious crusade through the Moroccan countryside is the story which powers this challenging existential drama.
Kathryn Bigelow returns with this expansive, rousing and overwrought cine-autopsy of the 1967 Detroit riots.
The return of the king – Steven Soderbergh is making movies again, and has delivered one of his all-time best.
French undersea explorer and educator Jacques Cousteau is the subject of the middling, unofficial biopic.
This potty-mouthed road trip from Coventry to The Hague stars Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L Jackson and some top comic bants.
A vital survey of contemporary Venezuela as seen from the eyes of a single, struggling working class family.
This poetic, deeply moving portrait of a working class Philadelphia family spans nearly a decade.
This dark, complex 1962 policier heads up a celebration of French director Jean-Pierre Melville at London’s BFI Southbank.
This stripped-back haunted doll sequel racks up a few nice jump scares, but doesn’t manage much more than that.
This ambitious shoestring psycho thriller shoots for the Moon but doesn’t quite make it off the launchpad.
Motor racing’s favourite son comes under fire in this entertainingly unflattering documentary portrait.
A fine performance from Sally Hawkins shores up this portrait of a tragic folk artist.
The crazy world of digital smartphone pictograms get its own awful animated movie.
The sad story of jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan is revealed in Kasper Collin’s exceptional documentary.
Luis Buñuel’s 1967 classic is returning to cinemas in September.
The first slate of films from this year’s line-up has been announced.
A welcome re-release of Basil Dearden’s chilling survey of life as a gay man in London of the early ’60s.
She offers a fresh and frightening take on the comic book villain in this underrated genre classic.
The Dunkirk director reveals the challenges of transforming documented reality into an experience fit for the multiplex.
The great Jean-Pierre Leaud is at his comi-tragic best in this humanist portrait of a dying monarch.
The thinking person’s blockbuster franchise returns with big emotions, incredible effects but very little to actually say.
Two acting heavyweights of French cinema go head to head in this modest, rewarding character piece.
Terrence Malick’s dazzling romance is a film that will be talked about for decades to come.
Eduardo Williams’ striking feature debut ruminates on life and leisure in a digital world.
The veteran producer behind The Graduate and The Thing dispenses some sage advice.
An elderly widower considers ending it all in this Dickensian comic fable set in and around a Swedish housing estate.
This micro budgeted London-set comedy about aspiring actors plays too many of the same old notes.
The South Korean genre whiz behind Snowpiercer and The Host discusses his latest creature satire.
Bong Joon-ho delivers a colourful satire that questions the relationship between capitalism, food and pets.
Andrew Kötting embarks on another of his rambling, shambling pilgrimages.
The famed author of Ways of Seeing is the subject of this chaotic but charming doc.
He starts shooting a new sci-fi movie next month, directed by the great Claire Denis.
The director of Jurassic World skids off the rails in this bafflingly misguided kiddie revenge fantasia.
A grieving couple decide to take on the Nazis in this drab wartime thriller that’s noticeably short on thrills.
Our favourite documentaries from this year’s festival – all of which you should look out for.
The twinkling insta-charm of Tom Cruise can’t save this mangled mutt of a movie epic.
Viewed today, Edgar Wright’s comic satire of small town English attitudes feels scarily prescient.
Roger Michell’s plush adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s mystery romance novel fails to leave a lasting impression.
A damsel accepts a challenge offered to her by Death in Fritz Lang’s dazzlingly inventive 1921 masterpiece.
Woody Harrelson stars in this sketchy but likeable adaptation of Daniel Clowes’ graphic novel.
London Symphony is a collage of scenes capturing the richness and poetry of life in the British capital.
The screenwriter behind this Oscar-nominated animation talks through the intricacies of her working process.
Julie Dash’s dreamy debut feature is back in cinemas in time for its 25th anniversary.
There’s magic in every stop-motion frame of this miniature gem from Claude Barras and Céline Sciamma.
A compelling story, neatly-drawn characters and an inspiring lead help this DC comic book movie to soar.
The world’s greatest film festival is over for another year, and here are all the films that received awards.
Three scenarios for who might win big at this year’s prize giving.
This cunning literary thriller from Roman Polanski intrigues rather than wows at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.
Naomi Kawase channels Mills and Boon in this romance about the world of film audio description.
Corruption and vice reign supreme in Sergei Loznitsa’s punishingly bleak descent into the bowels of Russia.
Robert Pattinson slays it as a petty hood on a downward spiral in the Safdie brothers’ ace crime thriller.
This delectable French coming-of-age farce is powered by a stunning central performance from actor Laetitia Dosch.
Finland’s Aki Kaurismäki responds to the refugee crisis in typically deadpan and affecting fashion.
This delicate parting shot from the great Abbas Kiarostami is a wistful contemplation on the nature of the moving image.
A shot of pure cinematic joy from Tangerine director Sean Baker – and a big highlight of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.
The new film by Michael Haneke is not happy and doesn’t have an ending. Other than that, it’s harrowing business as usual.
A light but ultimately unnecessary recreation of Jean-Luc Godard’s late ’60s from director Michel Hazanavicius.
Another quietly astounding monochrome miniature on love and other demons from the great French director Philippe Garrel.
Agnès Varda douses the French landscape with art with the help of her new friend JR in this wonderfully eccentric road movie.
A sultry and sensational performance from Jeanne Balibar fuels Mathieu Amalric’s experimental music biopic.
A welcome 2K re-release of Federico Fellini’s punishing 1951 road movie about an abusive circus strongman.
Meat is murder in Bong Joon-ho’s rollicking fantasy satire about a girl and her pet pig taking on global capitalism.
This haunting documentary takes us inside the industrial hellscape of a Gujarat textile factory.
Christ returns to Earth in the form of a Syrian refugee in Kornél Mundruczó’s overblown B-movie.
Todd Haynes returns with a kid-friendly follow-up to Carol whose parts are more interesting than the sum total.
A bizarre choice of opening film for the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, but also an invigorating and impulsive one too.
This icy Austrian relationship drama ponders how much of a battering love can take before it all falls apart.
Hope Dickson Leach announces herself as the great white hope of British film with this quietly devastating debut.
Katell Quillévere, director of the wonderful Heal the Living, reveals her tactics.
Katell Quillévéré’s extraordinary third feature follows the journey of a human heart from one body into another.
This big shiny superhero sequel delivers on expectation, but never threatens to do anything more than that.
Juho Kousmanen, director of The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, extols the virtues of celluloid.
The 2017 Directors’ Fortnight line-up is even more tantalising than the main Competition.
The British leading lady discusses her role in the delightful Blitz-era comedy-drama, Their Finest.
Gemma Arterton gives Blighty a much-needed morale boost in this charming wartime comedy-drama.
The vampire movie gets an injection of postmodern blood in this intriguing teen drama.
Charlotte Rampling and Jim Broadbent are on typically fine form in this era-spanning drama.
Yorgos Lanthimos, Bong Joon-ho and Sofia Coppola all have films in the main competition.
The German actor reveals how she coped with being Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s muse.
The director of Raw discusses why her film is a bold expression of female sexuality.
David Tennant is perfectly cast as Scottish psychiatrist RD Laing in a film that’s as undisciplined as its subject.
An essential viewing guide to the work of this German maestro ahead of a full BFI retrospective.
Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s subversive romantic masterpiece returns ahead of a full BFI retrospective.
The myth of diplomacy is the key ingredient of a hot lead salad in Ben Wheatley’s wickedly funny pistol opera.
All the slick CG in the galaxy can’t save this mind-numbing sci-fi noir starring Scarlett Johansson as a femme cyborg.
The special effects in this 1995 folly have to be seen to be believed.
Angel Grove’s finest are dragged into the 21st century in this glossy, respectable reboot.
The brilliant Brazilian director of Aquarius talks about why he keeps coming back to Assault on Precinct 13.
And it’s a full-franchise reset for the iconic femme cyberpunk, Lisbeth Salander.
Terrence Malick dazzles with a metaphysical jukebox musical starring Rooney Mara and Ryan Gosling.
The Danish provocateur re-teams with a familiar face from his previous, Nymphomaniac.
This luxuriant live-action refit of the beloved animated feature sees Disney extend its recent winning streak.
Eye-watering violence is the dish of the day in this stylish though ultra-formulaic martial arts runaround.
The dramatic story of Partition in India is rendered as a glossy, light comedy in this underwhelming effort from Gurinder Chadha.
Director Kelly Reichardt returns with another brilliantly understated study of love and desire.
Steve “Flying Lotus” Ellison delivers a sick suite of gag-inducing shorts at the 2017 Glasgow Film Festival.
Angry Inuk is an intriguing documentary about the death of political nuance.
Xavier Dolan’s latest is an accidental – and excruciating – exercise in endurance cinema.
Italian director Marco Bellocchio ends an impressive run with a slick but schlocky mama’s boy melodrama.
The wistful latest from Korean maestro Hong Sang-soo is powered by an exceptional lead performance.
As Wolverine, Hugh Jackman bows out in real style in this soulful revisionist comic book yarn.
The spirited tale of three secret weapons used in NASA’s initial attempts to send a man into space.
The Pope of Trash reflects on his controversial career ahead of the re-release of his black comedy Multiple Maniacs.
Remember that title, as you’ll be hearing a lot about Luca Guadagnino’s sublime summertime romance.
Finland’s Aki Kaurismäki lights up the Berlin competition with a typically bittersweet response to the migrant crisis.
The directors of Leviathan return with a breathtaking character study of the world’s foremost sleep talker.
Polish director Agnieszka Holland returns with an enigmatic woodland-set murder mystery.
Sebastián Lelio’s follow up to 2013’s Gloria is a surprisingly inert and cliché-driven portrait of a trans woman.
Josef Hader’s mid-life meltdown comedy has just enough madcap laughs for it to pass muster.
Could this be the most nauseatingly vanilla erotic film franchise in the history of cinema?
An innocent date in the park turns sinister in this burnished experimental gem from French director Damien Manivel.
Viola Davis steals the show in this faithful stage adaptation from director Denzel Washington.
Alice Lowe explores the horrors of maternity in this blackly comic riff on Rosemary’s Baby.
The director of 20th Century Women discusses his personalised cine-poem written to his late mother.
Insane avarice in the 1980s leads a balding Matthew McConaughey into the wilds of Indonesia.
Hollywood’s go-to false teeth guy, Gary Archer, tells the story behind seven of his finest creations.
Maren Ade’s third feature stands as one of the most brilliant comedies of the new millennium.
The man with the huskiest voice in showbiz is sadly passed, leaving behind a body of astonishing work.
Recent events have got us thinking about the most depressingly hopeless movies ever made.
Mel Gibson delivers an intensely brutal war movie with an intriguing moral twist.
Dev Patel plays a displaced orphan retracing his roots in Garth Davis’ sentimental drama.
In tandem with a full Scorsese retrospective, this beloved meatball opera is served up once more.
They’ve decided to bring the band back together. They really shouldn’t have bothered.
The Manchester by the Sea writer/director reveals how he creates, builds and develops his characters.
Ben Affleck directs and stars in this sprawling, ambitious and flawed east coast gangster epic.
He clashes with Brendan Gleeson in this upcoming Irish crime drama.
A new software update promises to make smartphones theatre safe for plugged-in patrons.
This inventive and emotional YA fantasy looks out how teenagers cope with depression.
We run down a clutch of the year’s finest DVD and Blu-ray purchases. Did your favourite make the cut?
Director Eugène Green mixes absurdism and sincerity in this tragidrama starring Mathieu Amalric.
Inside the hyper-charged mind of the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director.
This searing addiction drama from director Trey Edward Shults shows a big Thanksgiving gathering going to hell.
Nate Parker’s much-hyped take on the life of revolutionary slave Nat Turner severely lacks for nuance.
A romance between two poetic giants of the 20th century is rendered in a unique and affecting fashion.
David Lynch’s peek behind the curtain of smalltown USA remains as beautiful and unnerving as ever.
Miles Teller shows off his true acting might in this solid sports drama with a twist.
The directing duo answer questions on Aladdin, Hercules and Moana.
Take the catwalk car through snowy climes with our favourite American director and star Adrien Brody.
Billy Bob Thornton’s dangerously alcoholic Father Christmas return for this cheap and cheerful sequel.
With global nationalism on the rise, now seems like the time to revisit Claude Lanzmann’s masterpiece, Shoah.
Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard are lovers in the crosswind of war in this underwhelming romantic melodrama.
This Japanese box office behemoth arrives in the UK, but does it live up to the hype?
Philip Roth’s 29th novel is adapted to the big screen, with intriguing rather than supremely satisfying results.
Sidney Poitier confronts violent racists in smalltown Mississippi in this sweat-dappled 1967 policier.
Paul Schrader gets silly with a ’90s-inspired crime caper which prizes stoopid fun above all else.
One half of America’s greatest filmmaking family unit takes aim at the Trump enablers.
Russian director Alexander Sokurov takes a dance with the music of time in this moving plea for saving art.
A sparkling new Blu-ray edition helps remind of this melancholy British classic from 1969.
Movie folk have taken to Twitter to express fondness for the Canadian poet.
The one-time Democratic president’s message is well worth revisiting in our troubled political times.
Abel Gance’s staggering, five-and-a-half hour biography of Napoleon is heading to cinemas and Blu-ray.
Rooney Mara, Adam Driver and Rihanna are on board, and pop duo Sparks are supplying the music.
There’s an intimate, insightful and original documentary about Richard Linklater out... And this isn’t it.
Gal Gadot gets a long-awaited solo run-out as America’s premiere superhero siren.
Director Anthony Baxter takes an ineffectual swipe at potential world leader and heartless golf course builder, The Donald.
Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander get hit by a deluge of Emotion in Derek Cianfrance’s period melodrama.
In his sprawling new work for the BBC, HyperNormalisation, Adam Curtis reveals his limited range as a filmmaker.
A spin-dried movie biopic that manages to be both playful and moving – another triumph for its brilliant directors.
A welcome re-release of John Singleton’s emotionally wrenching ghetto saga heads up the BFI’s Black Star season.
Ken Loach’s latest polemic has a vital message that’s diluted by some heavy-handed direction.
Chess gets the Disney sports movie treatment in this likeable tale of strategy and empowerment from Mira Nair.
Say hello to one of 2016’s most likeable documentary subjects, as she overcomes misogyny with angry hip hop.
Director Robert Greene explains why he won a documentary writing prize at Sundance.
This unique not-quite-doc chronicles an actor striking up a morbid relationship with her latest character.
Epically stupid faux intellectual Euro sleuthing, with Tom Hanks reprising his role as the dullest character of his career.
All hail Julian Barratt, star of this exceptional – and exceptionally silly – British character comedy.
In a year when big movies went bad, there are lessons to be learned from Gareth Edwards’ micro-budget marvel.
A dreadfully silly serial killer movie involving crotchless trousers, an all-night car wash and lots and lots of grease.
Emily Blunt stars as a tipsy murder witness in this crushingly perfunctory literary adaptation.
A grotesque Slavic fairy tale is compared to the realities of modern Eastern Europe in this intriguing miniature.
This impressive, chilling debut feature brings home-invasion horror to 1980s Tehran.
The master of the macabre hit his creative peak with this singular suburban fairy tale from 1990.
World Home Movie Day falls on October 15, so there’s still time to dig out those lost treasures.
The director of 8 Mile and LA Confidential has died at the age of 71.
The US writer/director of Love is Strange and Little Men on indie cinema, Ozu and climbing mountains.
Noah Baumbach’s survey of the life and work of Brian De Palma is riveting and highly entertaining.
We’ve picked out a selection of essential viewing from this year’s bumper programme.
Every inch of every frame in this lilting father-daughter drama by Victor Erice is calculated perfection.
Antoine Fuqua drags the beloved 1960 all-star dad western kicking and screaming into the 21st century.
A very nuts and bolts true-life police saga in which Bryan Cranston goes deep undercover to foil a drug cartel.
A stunning 4K restoration of Nic Roeg’s classic sci-fi, in which David Bowie hits stellar heights.
A captivating Parisian gay love story with lashings of steamy sex.
Viggo Mortensen goes off-piste with mixed results in this homely family drama.
The always exceptional Mathieu Amalric directs and stars in this compelling literary noir.
The director’s bold and bleak cinematic vision chronicles life in World War Two-era Japan.
Cinematographer Tony Richmond discusses the making of Nicolas Roeg’s 1977 sci-fi opus.
The French actor and sometime director discusses his deliciously nasty take on a Georges Simenon classic.
The star-spangled tag team of Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander can’t save this ludicrous period weepie.
Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg lay on the old-school charm in Woody Allen’s Golden Age Hollywood satire.
Director Mia Hansen-Løve delivers something wonderful and somewhat unexpected – a film about cats.
Miles Teller and Jonah Hill are two jacked-up arms dealers in Todd Phillips underwhelming true-to-life caper.
Pedro Almodóvar is back to his very best with this beautiful, quietly devastating portrait of a broken woman.
The screen icon discusses her craft plus her upcoming roles in Mia Hansen-Løve’s Things to Come and Michael Haneke’s Happy End.
The high-rolling times of apocryphal teen idol Conner4Real make for a maddeningly shallow movie experience.
A new poll of critics conducted by the BBC reveals 100 cinematic marvels.
Actor and filmmaker Kentucker Audley celebrates the upcoming 21st anniversary of the inspirational drama, Powder.
The poetry and horror of globalisation and manual labour are beautifully evoked in this haunting doc-fiction hybrid.
A search for the inventor of competitive internet tickling gets very dark very quickly.
Gang warfare on the streets of Brussels is the backdrop of this flashy but unfulfilling romantic tragedy.
Don’t miss this masterful, macabre swansong from mad Polish maestro Andrzej Zulawski.
Warzone gadfly Moazzam Begg is the subject of this interrogative documentary about his life and times.
Check out 10 of the Spanish maestro’s most flamboyant, exuberant and downright gaudy posters.
A film in which Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu play fictional versions of themselves should’ve been better.
Abe Forsythe’s controversial new film Down Under is ruffling feathers among the Australian establishment.
Generations collide in this eccentric cookery-themed comedy drama from Japanese director Naomi Kawase.
Agnieszka Smoczynska’s The Lure raises a blood-stained middle finger to the likes of The Little Mermaid and Splash.
A 30th anniversary re-release for Alex Cox’s tragic tale of punk royalty lost to the needle.
Anna Biller’s The Love Witch offers a playful take on a genre dominated by male perspectives.
Thomas Vinterberg offers up the pros, cons and further cons of communal living experiments of the 1970s.
As America gears up for a season on the stump, we pick our favourite examples of great political oration in the movies.
This deluxe edition of Stanley Kubrick’s satirical classic comes with a top secret envelope of printed extras.
Did you hear the one about the guy who acquired a Bengal tiger and kept it in his New York apartment?
Michelle Carey, Artistic Director of the Melbourne International Film Festival, offers some vital tips to budding programmers.
The director of Attenberg returns with a biting study of the male ego in this sea-bound satire.
Very vanilla fourth sequel to the original animated smash with a major fetish for toilet humour.
This ultra conventional lesbian melodrama from French director Catherine Corsini shows that going through the motions still has its pleasures.
Guillermo del Toro choreographs a ballet with giants and offers one of cinema’s most beautiful definitions of love.
The final film by the late Polish maestro Andrzej Zulawski comes to cinemas this August.
The new Ghostbusters movie is much better than it needed to be, thanks to its stellar (and extremely charming) central cast.
This roistering profile of singer-songwriter Leon Russell finally escapes from its legal limbo.
One of the giants of world cinema has passed away at the age of 76.
American writer/director Alex Ross Perry returns with this superlative housebound psychodrama.
This Golden Lion winner from Venezuela offers intrigue a-plenty, but the pay off is regrettably modest.
An atmospheric, gently moving dramatisation of one man’s ocular impairment that doesn’t quite hit its mark.
The late Carol White is exceptional as a working class single mother in Ken Loach’s restored kitchen-sink drama.
The director of TV’s Gomorrah delivers a nasty by-the-numbers gangster yarn.
The ever charismatic Penélope Cruz is sorely wasted in this ineffectual piece of tragedy porn.
Coolly precise Brit debut whose grim and grotesque take on social realism always feels too artificial.
The veteran director returns with a stark look at contemporary Britain.
Underachieving rather than awful, Alex Proyas’ cornball, CG-driven adventure is tiresomely mad.
A robust dramatic rendering of the 1971 psychological experiment conducted in a University basement.
Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley make for a likeable pairing in this breezy motoring drama.
Fire at Sea director Gianfranco Rosi on filming a rural family in their home in the middle of the migrant crisis.
Europe’s migrant crisis is brought into focus in this quietly thought-provoking documentary.
Garry Marshall’s tin-eared greeting card movie extravaganza is so bad it’s almost quite good.
Meet the director of the beautiful new film widely rumoured to be Studio Ghibli’s last hurrah.
One of Britain’s most lauded and long-serving leftwing voices gets the whistlestop biog treatment.
A vital re-release of Isao Takahata’s serene slice of rustic nostalgia with a new English language voice dub.
With his spectacular new three-part film, Arabian Nights, director Miguel Gomes proves himself to be a grand master of combining music and image.
The peerless Whit Stillman returns with an ensemble Jane Austen adaptation like no other.
The dean of American comedy cinema talks tackling (and acing) a lost Jane Austen classic.
Don’t miss this newly restored director’s cut version of Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi opus.
The Russian director’s 1979 film is being reissued as part of a new retrospective.
Jodie Foster swings for the Wall Street fat cats and misses by miles in this thin thriller which premiered in Cannes.
The director of A Separation and The Past heads to the Cannes competition with another intricate domestic drama.
Team LWLies glance back over a strong competition and pick out their hot contenders for glory.
Paul Schrader is having a party and you’re all invited with this utterly berserko Nic Cage crime caper.
The 2007 Palme d’Or winner returns to Cannes with another gripping and meticulous drama.
A ghost trapped in limbo accompanies us on a romantic road-trip, but only tedium ensues.
Once director John Carney serves up a sugary crowd-pleaser that’s too soft-centred for its own good.
Adèle Haenel turns amateur sleuth as the Dardenne brothers try their hand at the murder-mystery genre.
An all-in Kristen Stewart performance is the lifeblood of Olivier Assayas’ bold, contemporary ghost story.
Pedro Almodóvar is back to his peak with this sumptuous and remarkably subtle Cannes competition entry.
The startling, bleakly poetic debut feature from one of the movie pantheon greats, Andrei Tarkovsky.
Another stunner from Jim Jarmusch starring Adam Driver as a bus driver who pines for a life of poetry.
A poet is born in this autobiographical epic from Chilean maverick, Alejandro Jodorowsky.
One of the great Cannes competition films of recent years comes from a little-known German director.
Director Bruno Dumont invites us on a French sea-side holiday with a macabre twist.
This Brit spy thriller starring Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris is a solid calling card for director Susanna White.
An endless spiral of crime and punishment is the subject of this raw and rambling documentary.
Ken Loach returns to Cannes with a ranty anti-government, anti-bureaucracy screed. Not all of it lands.
One of the progenitors of the Romanian New Wave returns to the Cannes competition with a rambling family drama.
There’s plenty to admire in Jeremy Saulnier’s follow up to Blue Ruin. But it’s not for the faint-hearted...
The most-wanted Brit star slinks into the boots of country troubadour Hank Williams.
Tom Hiddleston showcases his flexibility as a performer by slipping into the boots of country troubadour Hank Williams.
Ben Rivers returns with a blackly comic take on the ethics of filmmaking in another country.
Stephen Frears parlays the fascinating story of this warbling songbird into a cosy, featherlight comedy.
Terrence Malick continues to inspire awe with this transcendent tale of a man looking back to past loves.
The French writer/director reveals the steps she took to make her eerie sea-side epic.
A ridiculous comedy film that may well rank as the lamest thing Ricky Gervais has put his name to.
Is this fascistic Paris Hilton vehicle the ultimate example of a so-bad-it’s-good movie?
Arielle Holmes’ miraculous lead performance in this grubby addiction drama needs to be seen to be believed.
This documentary on the decimation of the Afghan Film Archive tells a wider tale about global cultural terrorism.
This dramatised concert film from 1984 remains the late singer-songwriter’s mightiest foray into cinema.
Idris Elba gets his action man on in this solid if unspectacular Parisian genre work-out.
Drone strikes, exploding whales and a Portugal on the brink of collapse... Miguel Gomes’ astonishing latest is a new breed of movie epic.
The Portuguese writer/director on his wondrous three-part epic Arabian Nights.
A stirring, detailed and objective take on the licentious life and times of this celebrated photographer.
Hey kids! Captain America’s back, and he’s brought some lively political views with him.
Jesse Eisenberg and Isabelle Huppert lead an impressive cast in Joachim Trier’s English-language debut.
The Norwegian director of Louder Than Bombs talks us through the intricacies of his writing process.
Peter Greenaway explores the Mexican dog days of the Russian maestro. The results are typically indelicate.
Steven Spielberg, Nicolas Winding Refn and Jim Jarmusch are among those with new films at the 69th Cannes Film Festival.
Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda returns with a sensitive and quietly sublime sibling drama.
One of Japan’s best living directors tells us about adapting manga and mimicking Ozu.
The Sherlock star goes through the looking glass in Marvel’s mind-bending latest.
Meet Eugene Cernan, the last man to lay his feet on the lunar surface, in this doc on the impossibility of the American Dream.
Look out for Eiichi Yamamoto’s transgressive epic from 1973, Belladonna of Sadness.
Jacques Audiard returns with a hard-hitting immigration drama about a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior.
This originality-neutral trawl through a fairy tale fantasy world is saved by the comedy sidekicks.
Sebastian Schipper’s sensational single-take thriller is an ode to the art of filmmaking.
This dour showcase for Australian actor Rachel Griffiths is a drama of grief and motherhood that is subtle with a capital S.
Improvised poetry slam antics are heightened by an ace comic turn from Alice Lowe.
The ever impressive Matthias Schoenaerts plays a PTSD sufferer in this taut thriller from Alice Winocour.
Where do trailers end and movies begin? Zack Snyder has the answer with his fever-pitched latest.
Meet Palestine’s only all-female motorsport team in this insightful documentary form Amber Fares.
He reinvented the comic-book movie. He filmed the unfilmable. So why doesn’t the Batman V Superman director get respect?
This turgid Afghan-based comedy will leave you wondered if Bill Murray will ever star in a good movie again.
Perfumed Nightmare is the hilarious and shocking story of extreme culture clash in the late 1970s.
Richard Linklater continues his hotter-than-hot streak with this dangerously charming fratboy freakout.
This Israeli drama from Asaf Korman offers a sensitive and probing portrait of caring for someone with disabilities.
Shailene Woodley appears bemused and bored by this crushingly lacklustre science fiction franchise.
Austrian directors Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz serve up a spine-tingling domestic horror.
Cate Blanchett is reliably magnetic as a TV news producer attempting to take down George W Bush.
Richard Gere channels the bruised (in)dignity of life on the streets of New York City in this thoughtful drama.
Could Pedro Almodòvar, the Dardennes brothers and Nicolas Winding Refn be in contention for the Palme d’Or this year?
The Hail, Caesar! star reveals how the writer/director pair put him at ease on the set of their latest triumph.
A restored 4k print of this classic Japanese war movie is coming to cinemas this April.
Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest comic creation is his most unapologetically grotesque – and least amusing – to date.
The Coen brothers return in scintillating and provocative form with this complex satire of 1950s Hollywood.
Australian director John Hillcoat assembles an A-list crack squad for this gritty by-the-numbers heist flick.
Ninety minutes in the delectable company of Blythe Danner is this rueful comedy’s chief pleasure.
Eli Roth pays homage to the cannibal exploration movie, but it’s all gore and no guts.
British director Stephen Fingleton announces himself with this thoroughly enjoyable dystopian sci-fi.
A one-time mixed martial arts champ completes her transition to the big screen with Deadpool.
From the death of gaming to online snuff videos, Holland’s premiere film jamboree delivered big time.
As director and star, Ben Stiller sleepwalks through this drab, inconsequential comedy sequel.
Feuding brothers come to the fore in this fleecy Icelandic comedy-drama form director Grímur Hákonarson.
The French maestro has died at the age of 87, and leaves behind him an unimpeachable canon of work.
Director Grant Gee’s cinematic love letter to Istanbul doubles as a profoundly moving study of memory.
The Chilean mining disaster of 2010 becomes a tacky but agreeable genre flick led by Antonio Banderas.
The necessary evil of shooting bad guys is the subject of this heinous new offering from Michael Bay.
Whit Stillman returns – and on absolute peak form – with this drastically delightful Jane Austen adaptation.
British writer/director Ben Hopkins returns with an enjoyably offbeat film industry satire.
Director David Gordon Green over-seasons this cynical political satire starring Sandra Bullock.
The director of Anchorman 2 dials back the screwball in this frisky tale of the sub-prime mortgage meltdown of 2007.
The legendary production designer reveals how he recreated the wilds of 19th century America for The Revenant.
The brilliant star of Room reveals the secret to being a good mother in the movies and how she bonded with her co-star Jacob Tremblay.
Brie Larson shines in this deceptively life-affirming drama about a young mother forced to raise her son in isolation.
The sad passing of this rock deity at the age of 69 has got us thinking about his greatest screen work.
A recent announcement confirmed that it’s one of the platform’s top performing films.
How has this grisly and graphic scrap book of middle American misery endured for nearly 20 years?
Vincent Cassel fails to deliver the goods in Ariel Kleiman’s underwhelming child soldier drama.
A behind-the-scenes look at Moscow’s famous arts institution that offers scant rewards.
Japan’s Takashi Miike is running on creative vapours in this tiring knockabout genre mash-up.
Natalie Portman has her finger firmly off the trigger in this calamitous faux feminist western.
One false move and it’s game over on the violent rapids of Great Falls in Maryland.
Alien takeovers, avenging potters and Shelley Duvall being awesome all feature in our round-up of the year’s finest DVD and Blu-ray releases.
A boy and his dog search for their missing mother in this clean-cut but extremely bland adventure yarn.
JJ Abrams delivers big time with his supremely classy and stirring addition to this cherished franchise.
War Work is indebted to the great Dziga Vertov and is available to view now on MUBI.
America’s most famous loser/dog comic strip combo graduate to the big screen with charm and ease.
As a director, writer and performer, Angelina Jolie-Pitt has finally come into her own.
Mr March of the Penguins returns with an affecting, unhysterical film about the ensuing climate disaster ahead.
The doyenne of American comedy and star of Grandma gives a lesson in poetry and swearing.
A selection wild and wonderful odysseys guaranteed to get you in the mood for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest.
Directors William Fairman and Max Gogarty deliver a vital exposé on a dangerous new trend within the gay community.
Ho-ho-hell no. This seasonal caper starring Seth Rogen is about as funny as Christmas cracker gag.
This Terence Davies passion project showcases an incandescent performance from Agyness Deyn.
A Pixar debut boy talks about plucking up the courage to direct The Good Dinosaur.
Dementia, patriarchy and unsanitary living are features of this tender drama on life’s twilight years.
Did we really need David Lean’s turgid, three hour epic back on our cinema screens?
From Brief Encounter to his upcoming Peggy Lee biopic, the Carol director muses on a variety of subjects.
The shining star of movies by Ozu, Naruse and Kurosawa has died at the age of 95.
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This lop-sided couture western staggers on long past what shoud've been a short, sharp run time.
Director Alonso Ruizpalacios takes us on a tour of his native Mexico City in this first-time feature to savour.
A peek inside a Milanese sculpture workshop makes for unexpectedly compelling viewing.
Troops in Afghanistan have trouble knowing the enemy in this impressive doc.
An expert yarn-spinner tells of his time on death row and the troubles of petitioning for his release.
This bittersweet summer road trip planned and orchestrated by Michel Gondry is one of the director’s finest.
Nicholas Hoult gets nasty in this lairy, sweary and utterly joyless dirge through the ’90s music industry.
Karen Guthrie turns her camera on her family and uncovers a host of strange and beautiful secrets.
Director Ondi Timoner may have over-estimated the interest of her subject in this strangely wipe-clean profile.
How come there are no people in the world of this new James Bond movie?
Stanley Nelson offers a broad survey of the militant political party.
A in-joke re-release of Robert Zemeckis’ lunatic sequel to his original time travel behemoth.
Guillermo del Toro’s luxuriant Gothic romance is the full cinematic package.
Interviews with soldiers involved in 1967’s “Six Day War” reveal the damaging effects of armed conflict.
What Jonny Greenwood did on his holidays makes for rousing cinematic statement.
The great Guillermo del Toro talks about his magnificent Gothic ghost story.
A sweet, if very slight, animated adventure which mixes the horrors with slavery with poo jokes.
The horrors of sleep paralysis are explored in a playful and provocative manner by director Rodney Ascher.
Strong moments and sincere intent can’t save Sarah Gavron’s shapeless take on the plight of the Suffragettes.
Greek actress Ariane Labed shines in this otherwise routine nautical drama of sexual self-fulfilment.
Andrew Kötting returns with another cinematic happening, this time based on the later life of poet John Clare.
Matt Damon cracks wise on Mars in Ridley Scott’s rose-tinted paean to human endeavour.
The ace cinematographer also discusses his work on Brit debut feature, Catch Me Daddy.
Robert Zemeckis makes Philippe Petit’s World Trade Centre wire-walk appear as fantasy in this glossy heist movie.
Director Roland Emmerich offers a laughably tin-eared take on ’60s gay counterculture.
Lucile Hadžihalilović makes a triumphant return with this experimental surgical horror (with added starfish).
Tsai Ming-Liang and his collaborator/muse Lee Kang-Sheng have a long, deep conversation about their relationship.
Legendary documentarian Frederick Wiseman’s ode to cultural diversity is a bustling profile of New York.
This cubist corporate musical set during the financial crash of 2008 oozes with boldness and creativity.
This big, brassy ’70s-style disaster movie wears its clichés lightly and packs a hefty emotional punch.
Michael Moore’s new movie is an example of a filmmaker with nothing valuable to say.
Ben Wheatley’s JG Ballard adaptation is a glowing cluster of stand-alone transgressions.
Sandra Bullock tears up the political scene in La Paz in David Gordon Green’s feather-light political comedy.
This country music biopic starring Tom Hiddleston is a model of thoughtful restraint.
A top-tier festival opener arrives in the form of this scattershot yet thoughtful study of grief.
This ultraviolent tale of smalltown puppy love stars Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg at their best.
Actor Steve Oram has decided to make a movie, and the results are spectacularly disturbing.
The sudden passing of the horror maestro reminds us that the fear he produced transcended the screen.
Disposable portrait of an EDM artist in ascent with a very genial Zac Efron in the lead.
Don’t miss this chance to catch Michelangelo Antonioni’s modernist masterpiece.
The director’s own professed black sheep is his most beautiful work.
The mad Chilean maverick Alejandro Jodorowsky returns with his first film since 1990.
James Franco and Kate Husdon bring their B game to this stock urban crime thriller.
Mohsen Makhmalbaf explores life after revolution from the perspective of a dictator and his grandson.
Hold on to your hats… Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig return with a brisk Brooklyn neo-screwball.
Bel Powley shines in Marielle Heller’s refreshingly non-judgmental chronicle of teenage sexuality in ’70s San Francisco.
Al Pacino plays a lovelorn locksmith in David Gordon Green’s exquisitely low-key drama.
Josh Trank strips back the tired super hero template with genuinely intriguing and valuable results.
Mia Hansen-Løve’s extraordinary fourth feature is about the impossibility of beat-matching life and fashion.
The French writer/director discusses how moviemaking can be an act of pure personal expression.
Robert Carlyle’s directorial debut is a miserable, tone-deaf hash of black comic clichés.
Spectre shows just why the franchise needs to rid itself of this antiquated generalisation.
A foiled assassination plot on the life of Hitler is uncovered and examined in this lethargic historical thriller.
Orson Welles is some kind of a man in this grisly, ultra-melancholic border-town noir from 1958.
Do Ghibli and Pixar have a new rival in Irish director Tomm Moore? This stunning film would suggest they do.
LWLies intercepts a long and winding letter to one-time Ant-Man director Edgar Wright.
A passible Welles hagiography which offers very little that you won’t easily find in an Encyclopedia.
This Japanese teen love story from Naomi Kawase is mired in emo histrionics and limp drama.
This Thatcher-era gangland classic returns to the screens via a newly restored print.
The moral minefield of Carol Reed’s The Third Man insures its place in the pantheon of greats.
More honest-to-goodness muckraking from one-man doc institution, Alex Gibney.
This neon-lit ghost story from Apichatpong Weerasethukal is another hushed adventure into the sublime.
Sir Ian McKellen is riveting in this moving and humane look at Sherlock Holmes in his twilight years.
Jason Schwartzman stars in this pointed portrait of a douchebag artist from Alex Ross Perry.
Steven Spielberg’s beloved 1993 movie is about so much more than dinosaurs.
Who picked up the silverware at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, including the coveted Palme d'Or?
The stunning pros and unfortunate cons in Justin Kurzel’s take on the Bard just about balance out.
Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-Hsien reinvents the martial arts movie, with utterly astonishing results.
Jacques Audiard follows up Rust and Bone with a nuanced and gratifying immigration tale.
Miguel Gomes dazzles and infuriates (but mostly dazzles) with a rambling love poem to his poverty-stricken country.
Brad Bird’s sparkling sci-fi blockbuster is powered by big ideas and wide-eyed inquiry.
Todd Haynes lights up the Croisette with this exemplary lesbian romance starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.
The new feature from Arnaud Desplechin is a rite-of-passage masterpiece.
The 2015 Cannes Director’s Fortnight strand opens with a magnificent miniature from Philippe Garrel.
Salma Hayek chows down on sea monster heart in Matteo Garrone’s riotous fantasy triptych.
Tsai Ming-liang’s (s)low-fi masterpiece Stray Dogs finally makes it to UK cinemas.
Prepare to be floored by Christian Petzold’s masterful postwar melo, particularly for its astonishing final shot.
Carol Morley follows up the mesmerising Dreams of a Life with a tedious period drama set in an all-girls school.
Tom Hardy’s Russian accent may be a deal breaker for many watching this enjoyable potboiler.
Viggo Mortensen teams up with Argentinian visionary Lisandro Alonso to deliver one of the most singularly compelling films of the year.
The actor on football, festivals and films that ask lots of questions but don’t give away all the answers.
This Rolls Royce teen high-school movie is powered by a sparkling comic turn from Mae Whitman.
Paul Walker’s swansong is a petrolhead poem to omnipotence and the concept of God in the digital age.
Like a rain-sodden old friend, Sir Ridley’s existential space-opera gets yet another cinematic run-out.
Kenneth Branagh’s refreshing, irony-free retelling of Cinderella with Downtown Abbey’s Lily James sliding on the glass slipper.
Frédéric Tcheng documents the transitional period between creative directors at Dior in this moderately compelling fashion-world exposé.
A stunning performance by Cara Delevingne doesn’t save this ungainly examination of the Meredith Kercher murder.
The dodgy politics of this would-be comedy might have been more hard-hitting had Will Ferrell and and Kevin Hard given us something to laugh about.
The writing process comes to life in Eskil Vogt’s unsentimental exploration into a woman who loses her eyesight.
Another week, another snarling slab of Neesonalia. This one is a superior sample.
Nazi occupation in the French countryside leads to forbidden love in this so-so literary adaptation.
A sex-worker turned feminist-force-of-nature is Kim Longinotto’s guide to Chicago in her characteristically great documentary.
The mischievous indie auteur talks about the importance of shoegaze music to his new film, White Bird in a Blizzard.
The inimitable writer/director throws open the doors to The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Sameena Jabeen Ahmed is a revelation as the lead in this smart debut feature by Daniel Wolfe.
The Coen brothers’ Fargo inspires a globe-hopping, culture-clash treasure hunt in this inspired existential comedy.
Michael Mann returns with a majestic B-thriller which offers a sharp commentary on the mass digitisation of communication.
An popular uprising in Ukraine is captured by the calm, collected director Sergei Loznitsa in all its abject horror.
The amazing chemistry between the two leads of this gay NY romance is sadly brushed to the side.
“Selma Now!” Ava DuVernay’s vital civil rights drama is the film Martin Luther King deserved.
Seth Rogen and James Franco topple communism with comic truth bombs in this jolly satire.
Paul Thomas Anderson charts the end of the hippy dream in this blissful gumshoe chimera.
The emotional divide between human and robot merges in Alex Garland’s throwback sci-fi chamber piece.
Jake Gyllenhaal sees his double and enters a vortex of wanton weirdness in this cold, experimental drama.
Tim Burton misses subtextual tricks in this colourful biopic of American kitsch artist, Margaret Keane.
One of 2014’s best films comprises of 11 long takes from inside a Nepalese cable car.
Bill Murray plays Scrooge (again) in this sunny, (mildly) funny paean to the meaning of modern sainthood.
This old-school, undersea chiller starring Jude Law offers a sophisticated and moving exploration into the evils of greed.
Is Stanley Kubrick’s seminal 1968 sci-fi really the space opera to end all space operas?
The nocturnal activities of modern-day Wellington's vampire community are captured in this mirthless mock doc.
Edwyn Collins is the subject of this superb, affirmative documentary about regaining your musical marbles following a major health scare.
This surprising winner of the Venice Golden Lion is a quaint, amusing if not particularly life-altering slice of Italian psychogeography.
Dire, imagination-free haunted-house horror which says you should never mess with killer ghosts.
Laura Poitras’ real-life spy thriller shows how and why Edward Snowden stepped up to blow the whistle on government spying.
Air-punch inducing drama with Kevin Costner about the surprisingly fascinating sport of American Football player trading.
The director reveals how he approached adapting Gillian Flynn’s psychological best-seller, ‘Gone Girl’.
David Fincher’s trash procedural for the Twitter age taunts, tickles and, ultimately, terrifies.
This tale of a wily German child murderer from legendary director Fritz Lang is still one of the all-time greats.
Dan Stevens is a strange visitor who ends up being a dull visitor in Adam Wingard’s underwhelming genre mash-up.
Kelly Reichardt returns with an extremely cool and collected heist movie with Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning.
If you only do one thing this year, make sure you catch this shattering masterpiece by the Dardenne brothers.
LWLies meets the Belgian twosome to talk Two Days, One Night, and why their films don't have any sex scenes.
David Michôd emerges from the lion’s den and leaps directly into the furnace for his brilliant second feature.
A cast of thousands coalesce for this jolly, bloodless third sortie by those irrepressible, elderly Expendables.
Mao! Mao! Mao! Michael Cimino invites horrific ’Nam flashbacks in his gruelling ’78 opus.
One of America's most exciting young directors delivers half of a great movie with this investigation into religious cults.
This uncomfortable and predictable melodrama concerns a plucky ex-con desperately attempting to go straight.
A weedy Crusier is dropped into a time-switching sci-fi set-up, with undeniably interesting results.
Jean-Luc Godard shakes up the 2014 Cannes competition with a dazzling 3D dirty bomb.
Hayao Miyazaki’s brilliant swansong is a complex, swooning melodrama on aviation and the caveats of creativity.
The lead singer of Super Furry Animals heads on a whimsical adventure odyssey in search of his cultural roots.
Tom Hardy driving a car for 90 minutes equals riveting drama from director Steven Knight.
A Rolls Royce romantic comedy set in Mumbai that rides on a delectable, bittersweet central turn by Irrfan Khan.
The Guard’s Brendan Gleeson and director John Michael McDonagh reunite to deliver one of the year’s best films.
An exceptional teen girl rises up from the slurry of humanity and goes on to mount a revolution against… you know the drill.
Tahar Rahim and Bérénice Bejo are on top form in this immaculate study of marital disharmony.
Wes Anderson returns with an opulent and strangely moving caper movie.
Francis Ford Coppola’s magnum opus gets a big screen outing, see it if only to be able to understand The Simpsons better.
A scintillating and quietly radical gay-cruising murder mystery set in a single, sunny location.
The modern world is a strange and beautiful place in Jim Jarmusch’s melancholy vampire masterpiece.
Whimsical futuro-romance effortlessly evolves into ambiguous, unfathomable hard sci-fi in Spike Jonze’s best film to date.
The Inside Llewyn Davis star chats to LWLies about getting into character for the Coen brothers’ latest.
Two men, operating as a single creative body. Little White Lies was offered a rare audience with the Coen brothers.
A bittersweet road movie about the joy and sadness of ageing directed by the great Alexander Payne.
A very decent seasonal Disney feature which amply refreshes a haggard old template.
Allen Ginsberg: The college years. This Daniel Radcliffe starring Beat bio is over-styled and earnest.
A glassy-eyed and ambiguous portrait of a teenage call-girl from director François Ozon.
One of the year’s most extraordinary films is an experimental documentary about North Sea fishing.
Andrew Bujalski switches gears with a lo-fi marvel that channels the spirit of Robert Altman.
The trailers were right for once – Alfonso Cuarón’s disaster movie set in space is one of the year’s best.
A big return-to-form for director Stephen Frears in this lilting transatlantic weepie.
Don’t miss this exceptional and haunting British drama which boasts a career-best turn from Aidan Gillen.
A career-best Cate Blanchett dazzles in Woody Allen’s heartbreaking missive.
The juvenile comic book dirty bomb gets a sequel, and it’s a bit of a stinker...
More of the same (literally) as this time the Smurfs storm Paris, discuss racial politics and explore their sexuality.
Guillermo del Toro’s epic homage to classic-era monster movies is a triumph of consummate design and old school romanticism.
Kill List director Ben Wheatley returns with a monochrome drug chimera which won't be to all tastes.
Heists and high-fashion coalesce in Sofia Coppola's subtle and intricate take on teen boredom and victimless crime.
Joshua Oppenheimer mixes the romance of the movies with the horror of genocide in this incredible one-off.
Richard Linklater makes it a trilogy for his beloved walkie-talkie love saga. And this one’s possibly the best of the lot.
Werner Herzog’s 1972 masterpiece returns to the big screen, which is a cause for major celebration.
Shane Meadows delivers a roistering film about extreme fandom under the subtle guise of a Stone Roses biography.
Hopes were sky high for James Gray’s lavish NY period drama, but this one left us cold.
The superhero movie gets a Dickensian meta-comedy treatment care of writer/director Shane Black.
Pedro Almodóvar returns with a gaudy, mile-high sex romp that harks back to his trashy formative years.
Bad things go down in the city of lights in Antonio Campos’ chilling character study.
There’s distinctive new voice booming from Brazil (and it sounds a lot like John Carpenter).
How could a gore-flecked take on the beloved Brothers’ Grimm fairy tale turn out to be such a write-off?
The bold concept behind Cate Shortland’s wrenching Nazi downfall drama is sold short by its overblown style.
Don’t believe the anti-hype: Terrence Malick’s fractured modern love poem is a sensual marvel.
A glossy, super lightweight comedy on collegiate a capella tournaments is saved by a few stunning moments.
Dognapping! Vigilante killings! Christopher Walken's cravat! Just a few things you’ll find in Martin McDonagh’s latest.
Thomas Vinterberg’s study of a man wrongfully accused of child molestation is extremely prescient, if manipulative in the extreme.
A pair of astounding performances are the pillars that prop up Michael Haneke's formidable answer to the Hollywood weepie.
Sally Potter returns with a jumbled but heartfelt examination of teenage death anxiety in ’60s London.
French enfant terrible Leos Carax finally comes good with this sublime and surreal ode to acting, moviemaking, Paris and the whole damn thing.
This sublime Portuguese fantasia from director Miguel Gomes will likely feature heavily on best of year lists.
Alex Garland takes another sweep at bringing the infamous 2000AD strip to the screen. The results are sensational.
For his final trick, Orson Welles will deliver a fruity, funny film essay. And astonishing it is too!
Despite obvious flaws, there’s a decent amount to admire in Tim Burton’s bizarre retro horror comedy.
Wes Anderson has made a film about youth that feels like it was ripped from the overactive imagination of a 12-year-old.
Mumblecore empress Greta Gerwig dazzles in Whit Stillman’s first film in 13 years.
Peter Berg’s blockbusting board game ripoff has more rough edges than a sandpaper Rubik’s Cube.
Aki Kaurismäki’s charming people-trafficking drama gently floats into the realms of the magical.
Jafar Panahi’s extraordinary self-portrait/protest piece is the gift that keeps on giving.
Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s hypnotic metaphysical noir is towering, tough and very, very pretty.
If you haven’t read the book, you’ll want to. If you have read the book, you’ll want to read it again.
A glorious ode to the improbability of existence which asks us to cherish the simple processes of living and loving.
A scene of almost unwatchable violence will colour your opinion on Michael Winterbottom’s dark thriller.
Lean, empathetic and dramatically credible portrait of desperation and desire on the cider-splashed streets of adolescence.
For two hours we’re at Paul Verhoeven's total mercy, and boy does it feel good.
Lars von Trier’s latest is an exercise in claustrophobic filmmaking, rife with symbolism and an unstoppable momentum.
At times frustratingly slow, The Consequences of Love could be criticised for its meandering lack of action.