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Carey Mulligan: ‘Women have been having these conversations for millennia’

By Hannah Strong

Carey Mulligan is into taking risks, and her role as Cassie Thomas might just be her biggest one yet.

Steven Yeun is finally getting his dues

By Hannah Strong

From The Walking Dead to Minari, we chart the amazing journey of this Oscar-nominated star.

Lee Isaac Chung, Steven Yeun and Alan S Kim on making Minari

By Hannah Strong

The writer/director and on-screen father-son tell the story of how they captured cinematic lightning in a bottle.

Sound of Metal

By Hannah Strong

Riz Ahmed plays a drummer who loses his hearing in Darius Marder’s bold and brilliant debut.

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Darius Marder: ‘I wanted to show and capture deaf culture’

By Hannah Strong

The writer/director of Sound of Metal discusses replicating the experience of deafness on screen.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League

By Hannah Strong

This fan service-heavy redux of the 2017 superhero pile-up just about justifies its existence.

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Nomadland

By Hannah Strong

Chloé Zhao goes three for three with this extraordinary chronicle of life on the fringes of American society.

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LWLies 88: The Minari issue – On sale now!

By Hannah Strong

Brighten up your year with our illustrated celebration of Lee Isaac Chung’s charming immigrant fable.

Toxic Avenger: Emerald Fennell on Promising Young Woman

By Hannah Strong

The writer/director shares her love of Paris Hilton and her frustrations with the way we talk about women in film.

Promising Young Woman

By Hannah Strong

A ferocious lead turn by Carey Mulligan super-charges this shocking, outspoken debut that pulls none of its punches.

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Prisoners of the Ghostland – first-look review

By Hannah Strong

Nicolas Cage and director Sion Sono team up for a rollicking post-apocalyptic battle royale.

We’re All Going to the World’s Fair – first-look review

By Hannah Strong

Jane Schoenbrun’s unnerving debut, about an internet role-play phenomenon, nails the online adolescence experience.

All Light, Everywhere – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Rat Film director Theo Anthony delves deep into the myriad ethical quandaries concerning mass surveillance.

Misha and the Wolves – first-look review

By Hannah Strong

The truth proves far stranger than the fiction in this constantly surprising Holocaust chronicle.

Mass – first-look review

By Hannah Strong

The aftermath of a school shooting is the focus of first-time director Fran Kranz’s stark portrait of familial grief.

In the Earth – first-look review

By Hannah Strong

Ben Wheatley’s pandemic-themed psychedelic fever dream is the love child of Kill List and A Field in England.

On the Count of Three – first-look review

By Hannah Strong

Two best friends make a suicide pact in first-time feature director Jerrod Carmichael’s uneven black comedy.

Censor – first-look review

By Hannah Strong

A film censor becomes obsessed with unlocking the secrets of her sister’s disappearance in this stylish horror throwback.

Pieces of a Woman

By Hannah Strong

Kornél Mundruczó’s affecting drama follows a couple who experience the loss of their first child shortly after birth.

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100 films to look forward to in 2021 – part 1

By Hannah Strong

From long-delayed projects to ones born out of the pandemic, here are the upcoming movies we’re most excited about.

Soul

By Hannah Strong

Jamie Foxx plays a jazz musician attempting to return to the land of the living in Pixar's latest animated spectacle.

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The 20 best film posters of 2020

By Hannah Strong

From the classic to the abstract, we count down our favourite poster designs from a highly unusual year of movies.

Wonder Woman 1984

By Hannah Strong

There’s plenty of pizzazz in Patty Jenkins’ DC sequel, but it lacks the charm and personality of its predecessor.

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What’s gained and lost by the HBO Max-Warner Brothers deal?

By Hannah Strong

With the studio announcing a landmark streaming deal for its 2021 slate, it once again falls to audiences to “save cinema”.

A new film programme challenges perceptions of fat bodies

By Hannah Strong

Curated by Grace Barber-Plentie, Reframing the Fat Body allows plus size people to exist without judgement or limitation.

Happiest Season

By Hannah Strong

Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis star in Clea DuVall’s festive rom-com about going home and coming out.

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Lovers Rock

By Hannah Strong

Steve McQueen delivers a sublime party film for the ages in the second instalment of his Small Axe series.

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Spree

By Hannah Strong

Joe Keery stars as an aspiring streamer driven to extremes in his never-ending quest for viral fame.

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The Nest

By Hannah Strong

Sean Durkin’s long-awaited second feature is a classically styled break-up movie with Carrie Coon and Jude Law.

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Mank

By Hannah Strong

The man behind the man behind Citizen Kane is the subject of David Fincher’s sparkling paean to classic Hollywood.

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Elisabeth Moss: ‘As women, we’re expected to not be that unpleasant’

By Hannah Strong

The star and producer of Shirley on the enticements of strong, complex female characters.

Rebecca

By Hannah Strong

Armie Hammer and Lily James are woefully miscast in this limp adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel.

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Soul – first-look review

By Hannah Strong

Jamie Foxx is a jazz musician reckoning with the afterlife in Pixar’s best film in quite some time.

Hubie Halloween

By Hannah Strong

Adam Sandler treats – or tricks – us with a festive family comedy about kindness and the importance of a good flask.

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Kajillionaire

By Hannah Strong

Miranda July channels her offbeat brand of humour into a heist movie, with predictably charming results.

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Miranda July: ‘I’m interested in the little self-sabotaging things we do’

By Hannah Strong

Breaking into the local post office was deep research for the artworld multi-hypenate’s superb new film, Kajillionaire.

10 must-see shorts from the Toronto International Film Festival 2020

By Hannah Strong

This year’s Short Cuts programme brought together bite-size perspectives from around the world.

On the Rocks

By Hannah Strong

Rashida Jones and Bill Murray star in Sofia Coppola’s New York caper about a woman who suspects her husband is having an affair.

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Lovers Rock – first look review

By Hannah Strong

The first instalment in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe series is a soulful love letter to the West Indian dance scene in West London.

Pieces of a Woman – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Vanessa Kirby is remarkable in Kornél Mundruczó’s drama about two expectant parents who suffer a devastating tragedy.

Nomadland – first look review

By Hannah Strong

The third feature from Chloé Zhao is an achingly tender look at one woman's life on the road.

The Devil All the Time

By Hannah Strong

Antonio Campos’ star-jammed Southern potboiler fails to capture the poetic misery of Donald Ray Pollock’s source novel.

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LWLies 86: The Shirley Issue – On Sale Now!

By Hannah Strong

Our latest issue is a tribute to the beautiful, unnerving world of Josephine Decker’s biopic that isn’t a biopic.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things

By Hannah Strong

Charlie Kaufman presents a mind-bending psychodrama about a young woman’s journey to meet her boyfriend’s parents.

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Matthias & Maxime

By Hannah Strong

Xavier Dolan returns to his Québécois roots with this lilting reflection on lost youth and unspoken love.

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Rashida Jones and Bill Murray drink Martinis in the On the Rocks trailer

By Hannah Strong

Sofia Coppola’s seventh film is a modern screwball caper set in New York City.

Babyteeth

By Hannah Strong

A young cancer patient falls for a local hustler in this striking debut from Australian director Shannon Murphy.

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Watch an eerie new short film made entirely in lockdown

By Hannah Strong

Filmmaker Sam O’Mahony explains how he utilised the resources at hand to make I Don’t Find Any of This Very Peaceful.

Bad Education

By Hannah Strong

Hugh Jackman plays a tricksy teacher in director Cory Finley’s pitch-black classroom comedy.

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The Old Guard

By Hannah Strong

Netflix eyes up a superhero franchise to call their own with Gina Prince-Bythewood's entertaining action epic.

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Finding the Way Back

By Hannah Strong

Ben Affleck exorcises some personal demons in this sometimes effective basketball drama.

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My Comfort Blanket Movie: Jackass 3D

By Hannah Strong

Hannah Woodhead delves into the myriad thrills and spills of MTV’s finest export.

Athlete A

By Hannah Strong

Maggie Nichols and a raft of former gymnasts detail the sexual abuse they suffered within USA Gymnastics at the hands of disgraced doctor Larry Nassar.

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The King of Staten Island

By Hannah Strong

Pete Davidson fictionalises his own adolescence in Judd Apatow's warmest bro comedy to date.

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Take a peek behind the scenes of Greta Gerwig’s Little Women

By Hannah Strong

Watch Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet and co frolic in the Massachusetts countryside.

Never Rarely Sometimes Always

By Hannah Strong

Eliza Hittman’s emotionally bruising, exceptionally tender abortion drama is not to be missed.

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The Assistant

By Hannah Strong

Director Kitty Green highlights the systemic abuse women suffer in the workplace in this powerful drama.

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Moffie

By Hannah Strong

A pair of conscripts find love amid the chaos of Apartheid in Oliver Hermanus’ queer war drama.

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Curzon Home Cinema launches online live Q&A series

By Hannah Strong

Watch a film, then stick around for a cosy chat with the likes of Céline Sciamma and Mia Hansen-Løve.

LWLies 84: The Promising Young Woman Issue – On Sale Now!

By Hannah Strong

Our spring issue celebrates first-time director Emerald Fennell’s scorching black comedy.

Onward

By Hannah Strong

Tom Holland and Chris Pratt play teenage elves on a quest in Pixar’s underwhelming fantasy adventure.

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Inside the company transferring digital film onto 35mm

By Hannah Strong

On a quiet industrial estate in Southeast England, CPC London are keeping the print dream alive.

Downhill

By Hannah Strong

This US remake of Ruben Östlund’s ski-bound comedy-drama Force Majeure oversimplifies the source material.

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The Invisible Man

By Hannah Strong

HG Well’s classic sci-fi horror is given a satisfying modern twist courtesy of Blumhouse and director Leigh Whannell.

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Dark Waters

By Hannah Strong

Mark Ruffalo takes on a giant chemical company in Todd Haynes’ gripping procedural drama.

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Emma

By Hannah Strong

It’s no Clueless, but a strong cast just about sustains Autumn de Wilde’s faithful take on Jane Austen’s novel.

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Birds of Prey

By Hannah Strong

Margot Robbie brings anarchy and attitude to the DCEU in Cathy Yan’s pop-punk ode to womanhood.

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Parasite

By Hannah Strong

Bong Joon-ho’s class-clash black comedy will burrow under your skin and stay there.

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Never Rarely Sometimes Always – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Beach Rats director Eliza Hittman offers an unflinching look at the troubling reality of reproductive rights in the US.

Possessor – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Brandon Cronenberg sets late-capitalism in his crosshairs in this effective – and very gory – social horror.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

By Hannah Strong

Tom Hanks is perfectly cast as the late Fred Rogers, America’s favourite neighbour.

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The Nest – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Jude Law and Carrie Coon shine in Martha Marcy May Marlene director Sean Durkin’s eerie psychological thriller.

The Last Thing He Wanted – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Dee Rees and Anne Hathaway tackle Joan Didion’s novel of the same name, with disastrous results.

Paul Walter Hauser: ‘We have to hold people in power accountable’

By Hannah Strong

The star of Clint Eastwood’s Richard Jewell talks making the step up for his first lead role.

Minari – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Lee Isaac Chung’s beautifully observed drama follows a South Korean family who relocate to rural Arkansas.

Downhill – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus hit the slopes in this miserable remake of Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure.

Kajillionaire – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Miranda July’s charming, unconventional crime drama follows a family of lowly LA con artists.

Herself – first look review

By Hannah Strong

A mother rebuilds her life after escaping her abusive husband in Phyllida Lloyd’s urgent drama.

Shirley – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Josephine Decker’s biography of famed gothic novelist Shirley Jackson is a sumptuous period psychodrama.

Promising Young Women – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Carey Mulligan is on blistering form in Emerald Fennell’s darkly comic, provocative debut feature.

Zola – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Based on an infamous Tweetstorm, Janicza Bravo’s wild drama offers a fascinating perspective on female relationships.

Taylor Swift: Miss Americana – first look review

By Hannah Strong

One of the world’s biggest music artists bares her soul in this intimate, earnest docu-portrait.

Dev Patel: ‘Dickens’ stories are always going to be relevant’

By Hannah Strong

The star of The Personal History of David Copperfield on his love of acting and his move into directing.

Most of Studio Ghibli’s back catalogue is coming to Netflix

By Hannah Strong

Rejoice, Totoro fans: 21 of the Japanese animation studio’s feature films are headed your way.

Waves

By Hannah Strong

Writer/director Trey Edward Shults delivers another spiky interrogation of parent-child relationships.

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Just Mercy

By Hannah Strong

Destin Daniel Cretton’s biopic of wrongly incarcerated death row inmate Walter McMillian plays it a little too safe.

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The Gentlemen

By Hannah Strong

After spending a decade in Hollywood, Guy Ritchie returns to his gangster roots with this all-star crime caper.

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The 20 best film posters of 2019

By Hannah Strong

From In Fabric to Portrait of a Lady on Fire, these are our favourite movie posters of the year.

Watch: An interview with Greta Gerwig and the cast of Little Women

By Hannah Strong

We chat with the director and stars Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh and Timothée Chalamet.

Cats

By Hannah Strong

Taylor Swift, TS Eliot and Digital Fur Technology combine to disastrous effect in this feline musical folly.

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Here’s what we’re most excited to watch at Sundance 2020

By Hannah Strong

Dee Rees, Josephine Decker, Miranda July, and much, much more...

Uncut Gems

By Hannah Strong

Mr Sandman brings us a dream with his hypnotic turn as a fatalistic Jewish jeweller.

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Jumanji: The Next Level

By Hannah Strong

The gang gets a sequel... Danny DeVito and Awkwafina join the cast of this glossy fantasy adventure.

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Why the Sundance Film Festival should be top of your 2020 travel plans

By Hannah Strong

Set in the picturesque mountains of Utah, Sundance is a film lover’s paradise with a difference.

Lucy in the Sky

By Hannah Strong

Astronaut Natalie Portman struggles to adapt to life back on earth in Noah Hawley’s dull space drama.

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Honey Boy

By Hannah Strong

Shia LaBeouf plays his own father in this dramatised account of his own troubled childhood.

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Jennifer Kent: ‘This is the story that has played out around the world’

By Hannah Strong

The Australian writer/director on why her brutal new film The Nightingale is about love, not hate.

The Report

By Hannah Strong

Scott Z Burns’ vital political drama investigates the CIA’s post 9/11 Detention and Interrogation Program.

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LWLies 82: The Uncut Gems issue – On Sale Now!

By Hannah Strong

Enter Sandman... Our Nov/Dec issue celebrates the unrelenting vision of directors Josh and Benny Safdie.

The Aeronauts

By Hannah Strong

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones play Victorian balloon enthusiasts in this uninspired historical drama.

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How the UK Jewish Film Festival expanded out east

By Hannah Strong

We meet UKJFF Head Programmer Nir Cohen who explains how he plans to reach new audiences.

The Beach Bum

By Hannah Strong

Harmony Korine and Matthew McConaughey hit the Florida Keys for a madcap slacker odyssey.

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Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen is the most incendiary show of 2019

By Hannah Strong

HBO’s remix of Alan Moore’s graphic novel is a strange, complicated beast – and all the better for it.

The Peanut Butter Falcon

By Hannah Strong

This sweet-natured, Tom Sawyer-esque tale of unlikely companionship has just enough charm to keep it going.

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Gemini Man

By Hannah Strong

Will Smith goes mano-a-mano with his younger self in director Ang Lee’s exhilarating action spectacle.

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The Last Tree

By Hannah Strong

Shola Amoo’s coming-of-age drama offers an important perspective on the black British experience.

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In praise of the hate-watch

By Hannah Strong

When it comes to prestige Oscar bait and misguided multimillion-dollar behemoths, sometimes it’s good to be bad.

Her Smell

By Hannah Strong

Elisabeth Moss is a punk-rock musician spinning out of control in Alex Ross Perry's latest.

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True History of the Kelly Gang – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Justin Kurzel adapts Peter Carey's 2000 fictionalised account of Austalia's infamous Kelly gang, with explosive results.

Lucy in the Sky – first look review

By Hannah Strong

A returning astronaut falls out of touch with reality in Noah Hawley's messy space drama.

Le Mans ’66 – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Christian Bale and Matt Damon banter and bicker their way through James Mangold's slick racing biopic.

Uncut Gems – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Adam Sandler is on the form of his life in this scintillating, heart-in-mouth study of a desperate New York jeweller.

Bad Education – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Hugh Jackman is rotten to the core in Corey Finley's biting black comedy about public school embezzlement.

Jojo Rabbit – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Taika Waititi plays an imaginary Adolf Hitler in this chronically soft-edged, wannabe satirical comedy.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Matthew Rhys and Tom Hanks are on top form in Marielle Heller's charming biographical drama about an American TV legend.

Waves – first look review

By Hannah Strong

This euphoric, music-powered family drama from Trey Edward Shults is a model of tenderness and heartbreak.

Seahorse

By Hannah Strong

A transgender man’s pregnancy is the subject of Jeanie Finlay’s tender, essential documentary.

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The Souvenir

By Hannah Strong

Joanna Hogg explores her own memories to create a fragile, fascinating portrait of romance in both bloom and decay.

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Sound of Metal – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Riz Ahmed is on career best mode in this sensitive portrait of a metal drummer losing his hearing.

The Personal History of David Copperfield – first look review

By Hannah Strong

A light and lovely Dickens adaptation with Dev Patel revealing his immense comic chops in the title role.

JT LeRoy

By Hannah Strong

Justin Kelly takes on the scandal that rocked the literary world in this starry but uninspired biopic.

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Opus Zero

By Hannah Strong

Willem Dafoe plays a composer who goes looking for answers in Mexico in this slow and meandering drama.

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Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw

By Hannah Strong

Two titans of action cinema team up for an audacious blockbuster romp in this well-meaning franchise spin-off.

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Animals

By Hannah Strong

Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat star in this well-observed portrait of female friendship from Sophie Hyde.

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

By Hannah Strong

Stars and worlds collide as Quentin Tarantino serves up his most thoughtful and personal work to date.

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The Current War

By Hannah Strong

This star-studded retelling of the rivalry between electricity magnates Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse lacks dramatic spark.

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Take an exclusive first look at Shola Amoo’s The Last Tree

By Hannah Strong

The official trailer for the British writer/director’s semi-autobiographical drama is here.

The Dead Don’t Die

By Hannah Strong

A cast of Jim Jarmusch regulars attempt to ward off the zombie apocalypse in this allegorical horror-comedy.

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Midsommar

By Hannah Strong

Florence Pugh runs afoul of a Swedish cult in director Ari Aster’s toothless follow-up to Hereditary.

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Toy Story 4

By Hannah Strong

Woody, Buzz and co team up for one last time (probably) in a largely enjoyable sequel that sees Pixar retread old ground.

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Late Night

By Hannah Strong

Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling are a joy to watch in this cosily conventional TV industry satire.

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Who Said That?! – A Teen Movie Pop Quiz with Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever

By Hannah Strong

Watch the Booksmart stars test their knowledge of classic teen movies.

Booksmart

By Hannah Strong

Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever shine in a Superbad-esque high school comedy to savour.

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Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite wins the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2019

By Hannah Strong

The South Korean director’s social satire takes top honours among a mixed bag of winners at this year’s festival.

Sibyl – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Adèle Exarchopoulos and Virginie Efira star in this trite psychodrama from writer/director Justine Triet.

Matthias & Maxime – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Xavier Dolan returns to his Québécois roots in this soulful ballad about male friendship and unspoken desire.

Parasite – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Bong Joon-ho is back with a dark, spiky and hilarious social satire about the seductive nature of greed.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Quentin Tarantino knocks it out of the park with this personal love letter to LA, in all its dirty sexy glory.

Too Old to Die Young – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Episodes four and five of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Amazon series are filled with seedy, neon-soaked promise.

Atlantique – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Mati Diop’s accomplished first feature blends social commentary and magical realism in present-day Dakar.

The Dead Don’t Die – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Jim Jarmusch takes aim at the ills of capitalism in this star-studded smalltown zombie comedy.

Destination Wedding

By Hannah Strong

Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder make a compelling pairing in this misanthropic romantic comedy.

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Josephine Decker: ‘I was afraid of showing mental illness on screen’

By Hannah Strong

The emotional collateral of acting is the subject of Madeline’s Madeline, a unique new film by this exciting writer/director.

Robert Pattinson: ‘There’s Something very sensual about the way Claire shoots’

By Hannah Strong

The British actor talks us through his chameleonic career, and explains why he worships at the altar of Claire Denis.

Pokémon Detective Pikachu

By Hannah Strong

Ryan Reynolds voices everyone’s favourite electric yellow rodent in this fun, fast-paced murder mystery.

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Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

By Hannah Strong

This controversial Ted Bundy biopic starring Zac Efron only scratches the surface of its subject.

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Avengers: Endgame

By Hannah Strong

The stars align one final time in this emotional and fitting finale to the Avengers saga.

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Eighth Grade’s Bo Burnham and Elsie Fisher on tackling teenage anxiety

By Hannah Strong

We slide into the DMs of the director and star of the year’s must-see middle school movie.

Dragged Across Concrete

By Hannah Strong

Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn play a pair of corrupt cops in S Craig Zahler’s ultraviolent latest.

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The first trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is here

By Hannah Strong

Rey, Finn and Poe are back in action for the final installment in the Star Wars Skywalker trilogy.

The Sisters Brothers

By Hannah Strong

Joaquin Phoenix and John C Reilly saddle up for director Jacques Audiard’s lighthearted western.

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Dumbo

By Hannah Strong

Tim Burton’s overstuffed and underwhelming sideshow act lacks a sense of wonder.

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At Eternity’s Gate

By Hannah Strong

Despite a fine turn from Willem Dafoe, Julian Schnabel’s Vincent van Gogh biopic is a messy affair.

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Watch an exclusive new trailer for Jim Cummings’ Thunder Road

By Hannah Strong

This darkly funny tale announces its creator as a major comedic talent.

How I broke into the film industry: Five women share their stories

By Hannah Strong

Indispensable first-hand advice for International Women’s Day 2019.

Triple Frontier

By Hannah Strong

JC Chandor’s South American action-thriller boasts a stellar cast, but it’s all brawn and no brains.

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10 years on, Watchmen remains a vital comic book adaptation

By Hannah Strong

Zack Snyder’s ambitious and divisive take on Alan Moore’s graphic novel deserves a second look.

Captain Marvel

By Hannah Strong

Brie Larson is great as Carol Danvers, but we’d hoped for slightly more from Marvel’s first female solo superhero movie.

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Hannah

By Hannah Strong

Charlotte Rampling delivers a remarkable performance in this melancholy study of grief.

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On the Basis of Sex

By Hannah Strong

Felicity Jones takes on the mantle of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in this earnest but toothless biopic.

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Big Time Adolescence – first look review

By Hannah Strong

SNL’s Pete Davidson puts in a star-making turn in this suburban coming-of-ager from writer/director Jason Orley.

Velvet Buzzsaw

By Hannah Strong

Dan Gilroy, Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo reunite for a bizarre mystery horror set in LA’s fine art scene.

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The Report – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Adam Driver investigates the CIA’s conduct post-9/11 in this gripping political drama.

The Souvenir – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Joanna Hogg delves into her own past in this wickedly mysterious romantic drama starring Honor Swinton-Byrne.

The Last Tree – first look review

By Hannah Strong

There’s a touch of Moonlight about Shola Amoo’s engaging second feature about young British-Nigerian boy.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Zac Efron gives the performance of his career in a film which only scratches the surface of its subject.

The Nightingale – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Jennifer Kent follows up The Babadook with a devastating interrogation of Australia’s dark past.

Native Son – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Moonlight’s Ashton Sanders stars in this contemporary adaptation of Richard Wright’s 1938 novel.

Untouchable – first look review

By Hannah Strong

This urgent Harvey Weinstein documentary seeks to get to the root of our culture of sexual abuse.

Honey Boy – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Shia LaBeouf plays his own father in this frank exploration of his experiences as a child star.

Vice

By Hannah Strong

Adam McKay’s played-for-laughs portrait of former VP Dick Cheney strays into Bond villain parody.

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Glass

By Hannah Strong

M Night Shyamalan gets the gang back together for the bizarre finale to his “Eastrail 177 Trilogy”.

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An open letter to Jason Reitman

By Hannah Strong

A message to the American filmmaker, who’s set to follow in his father’s footsteps with a newly announced Ghostbusters sequel.

Steve Carell: ‘I don’t think about comedy and drama as separate genres’

By Hannah Strong

From office buffoon to father of a teenage drug addict, the American actor is a veritable screen all-rounder.

Beautiful Boy

By Hannah Strong

Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet play a father and son pushed to the edge in this tender drug addiction drama.

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Life Itself

By Hannah Strong

Dan Fogelman’s starry New York soap opera is a staggering waste of talent and money.

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20 TV shows to look forward to in 2019

By Hannah Strong

New shows from Ava DuVernay and Damien Chazelle are set to grace the small screen this year.

Happy New Year, Colin Burstead

By Hannah Strong

A family gathering to ring in the new year spells trouble in the latest from Ben Wheatley.

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The 20 best film posters of 2018

By Hannah Strong

From Skate Kitchen to Shoplifters, check out our favourite pieces of movie artwork from this year.

Bird Box

By Hannah Strong

Sandra Bullock tries her best in this largely generic apocalypse thriller about a mass sight-loss epidemic.

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Papillon

By Hannah Strong

Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek team up for this unnecessary retelling of the Steve McQueen classic.

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The Old Man & the Gun

By Hannah Strong

Robert Redford plays an ageing gentleman bankrobber in this glorious throwback to his ’70s pomp.

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Boots Riley: ‘Creating racist tropes about black folks is how those in power lie’

By Hannah Strong

Human resources’ worst nightmare talks about his surreal ode to collectivised action, Sorry to Bother You.

The future of cinema, according to Martin Scorsese

By Hannah Strong

At a recent masterclass in Marrakech, the legendary American director expressed concerns over where the industry is heading.

Ralph Breaks the Internet

By Hannah Strong

There’s charm to spare in Disney’s follow-up to Wreck-It Ralph, but it still feels like a cynical cash-grab.

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Assassination Nation

By Hannah Strong

Sam levinson’s satirical teen thriller about an IRL witchhunt leaves a nasty taste in the mouth.

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The Girl in the Spider’s Web

By Hannah Strong

Lisbeth Salander is back – with a new cast and a new director – in this weak attempt to revive the Dragon Tattoo franchise.

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

By Hannah Strong

The Harry Potter spin-off franchise continues with Eddie Redmayne’s magical zoologist getting caught up in a potential race war.

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

By Hannah Strong

Filmmaker Morgan Neville provides a thoughtful examination of American television legend Fred Rogers.

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Paul Dano: ‘When I gave the first draft to Zoe, she pretty much tore it apart’

By Hannah Strong

The long-time actor, first-time director sits down with us to talk about his sublime debut feature, Wildlife.

Wildlife

By Hannah Strong

Paul Dano makes his directorial debut with a poignant character study set in 1950s Montana.

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Widows

By Hannah Strong

Steve McQueen delivers the goods with a heist thriller about four women who take extreme measures to pay back a debt.

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Juliet, Naked

By Hannah Strong

A warring couples' interactions with a mysterious aged indie musician are the subject of Jesse Peretz' earnest Nick Hornby adaptation.

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Slaughterhouse Rulez

By Hannah Strong

A group of underdog students at an elite educational institution discover something sinister lurking beneath their hallowed school halls.

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Heaven can’t help a teenage witch in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

By Hannah Strong

Netflix puts a spooky twist on a ’90s TV staple for their latest Original series.

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot

By Hannah Strong

Gus Van Sant reunites with Joaquin Phoenix for an oddball comedy-drama about disability and addiction.

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Bohemian Rhapsody

By Hannah Strong

Freddie Mercury and Queen receive the long-awaited glossy biopic treatment courtesy of Bryan Singer.

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Utøya – July 22

By Hannah Strong

Norwegian director Erik Poppe dramatises the real-life mass shooting on the island of Utøya in this problematic thriller.

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Halloween

By Hannah Strong

David Gordon Green presents a John Carpenter-approved sequel to the slasher classic from 1978.

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Happy New Year, Colin Burstead – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Ben Wheatley changes pace with this surprisingly wholesome family-based drama starring Neil Maskell.

Thunder Road – first look review

By Hannah Strong

A smalltown cop comes to terms with the death of his mother in Jim Cummings’ poignant study of grief.

22 July

By Hannah Strong

Paul Greengrass shows the action and aftermath of the 2011 Norway attacks in his latest terrorism-driven drama.

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Mandy

By Hannah Strong

Panos Cosmatos unleashes hell on Nicolas Cage and Andrea Riseborough in this bloody, psychedelic headtrip.

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Columbus

By Hannah Strong

This absorbing debut feature from video essayist Kogonada explores the relationship between people and spaces.

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Two for Joy

By Hannah Strong

Samantha Morton plays a mother struggling with depression after the death of her husband in Tom Beard’s sensitive familial drama.

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Black 47

By Hannah Strong

Hugo Weaving and James Frecheville star in this grim period western set in 19th century Ireland.

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A Simple Favour

By Hannah Strong

Hollywood funny guy Paul Feig tries his hand at something a little different with this fizzy comedy thriller.

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The Little Stranger

By Hannah Strong

Despite an impressive cast, Lenny Abrahamson’s gothic ghost story never quite manages to deliver the desired chills.

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High Life – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Robert Pattinson gets flung into deep space in Claire Denis’ beguiling, exceptional English-language debut.

Hold the Dark – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Jeremy Saulnier continues his excellent run with this haunting Alaskan mystery thriller starring Jeffrey Wright and Riley Keough.

The Death and Life of John F Donovan – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Xavier Dolan’s overly earnest, star-packed drama concerns the untimely demise of an American TV idol.

If Beale Street Could Talk – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Barry Jenkins’ faithful adaptation of James Baldwin’s heartbreaking love story is pure cinematic poetry.

The Old Man & the Gun – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Hollywood icon Robert Redford plays a charming career criminal in his final ever screen performance.

Her Smell – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Elisabeth Moss is on showstopping form as a self-destructive punk singer in Alex Ross Perry’s manic mediation on fame.

Mid90s – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Jonah Hill’s directorial debut is a moving portrayal of adolescent isolation set within Los Angeles’ ’90s skating scene.

Can You Ever Forgive Me? – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Melissa McCarthy proves her dramatic chops as a literary forger in Marielle Heller’s follow-up to The Diary of a Teenage Girl.

Widows – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Steve McQueen turns his formidable filmmaking talent to the heist genre with impressive and passionate results.

Halloween – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Jamie Lee Curtis faces her old adversary once again in David Gordon Green’s thrilling John Carpenter-approved sequel.

The Front Runner – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Hugh Jackman makes headlines for all the wrong reasons in Jason Reitman’s biopic of would-be president Gary Hart.

In Fabric – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Peter Strickland spins a yarn about a very literal phantom thread in his most audacious and bizarre film to date.

Beautiful Boy – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Timothée Chalamet delivers a heartbreaking turn as a meth addict struggling with relapse and rehabilitation.

The Sisters Brothers – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Joaquin Phoenix and John C Reilly play gunslinging siblings in Jacques Audiard’s warm-hearted western adventure.

Barry Keoghan: ‘Acting is therapeutic, but it also messes with your head’

By Hannah Strong

The Irish rising star talks American Animals, shoplifting and how playing a certain type of character can lead to having weird dreams on set.

John Gallagher Jr: ‘There’s an obligation to tell these stories’

By Hannah Strong

The US film and television actor discusses playing a conversion therapy pastor in Desiree Akhavan’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post.

Puzzle

By Hannah Strong

Kelly Macdonald shines in this character study of a woman with a knack for problem-solving.

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post

By Hannah Strong

Desiree Akhavan presents a confident, heartbreaking portrait of life inside a Christian conversion therapy camp.

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Action Point

By Hannah Strong

Johnny Knoxville plays a theme park entrepreneur with no regard for customer safety in this well-meaning but ultimately uninspired comedy.

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The Happytime Murders

By Hannah Strong

A puppet detective investigates a series of brutal murders in this underwhelming comedy from Brian Henson.

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Unfriended: Dark Web

By Hannah Strong

A group of friends become embroiled in a sadistic internet game in the latest found footage phenomenon.

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The Meg

By Hannah Strong

Jason Statham squares off against a prehistoric behemoth in Jon Turteltaub’s silly and overcomplicated thriller.

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The Heiresses

By Hannah Strong

Ana Brun’s award-winning performance powers this empathetic portrait of Paraguayan elites.

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Brett Haley: ‘I do like The Backstreet Boys, I wanna put that on record’

By Hannah Strong

The director of Sundance hit Hearts Beat Loud talks about his favourite bands, Stephen Sondheim, and provides an impassioned defence of compilation soundtracks.

Hearts Beat Loud

By Hannah Strong

A single father and his teenage daughter form a band in Brett Haley’s sweet comedy.

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Ant-Man and the Wasp

By Hannah Strong

Marvel checks in with their most diminutive hero in this entertaining Infinity War Part Two pit-stop.

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High Life, If Beale Street Could Talk confirmed for 2018 Toronto Film Festival

By Hannah Strong

Claire Denis and Barry Jenkins will present their latest work when the festival kicks off on 6 September.

Hotel Artemis

By Hannah Strong

Jodie Foster runs a hospital for criminals in director Drew Pearce’s zany futuristic neo-noir.

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Generation Wealth

By Hannah Strong

Lauren Green field surveys the influence of affluence in this captivating documentary.

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The power of painful stories in Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette

By Hannah Strong

In her new Netflix special, the Australian comic refuses to play by the rules of stand-up comedy.

Eighth Grade

By Hannah Strong

Comedian Bo Burnham presents an intimate and engaging portrait of modern teenage life.

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Skyscraper

By Hannah Strong

Dwayne Johnson takes on terrorists in a towering inferno in this run-of-the-mill blockbuster.

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Steve McQueen’s Widows to open the 2018 BFI London Film Festival

By Hannah Strong

The festival’s 62nd edition kicks off with the international premiere of the British director’s fourth feature.

Racer and the Jailbird

By Hannah Strong

Matthias Schoenaerts and Adèle Exarchopoulos couple up in this naff Belgian crime-drama.

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First Reformed

By Hannah Strong

A preacher struggles with a crisis of faith in Paul Schrader's mind-bending spiritual drama.

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Ideal Home

By Hannah Strong

Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan play a gay couple in a cringeworthy comedy built on very weak foundations.

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Incredibles 2

By Hannah Strong

Family remains very much at the heart of Brad Bird and Pixar’s animated superhero sequel.

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Papillon – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek star in this serviceable but unnecessary remake of the classic prison camp drama.

Puzzle – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Kelly Macdonald plays a technophobe with a penchant for solving puzzles in a drama whose pieces don’t quite fit together.

The Piano (1993)

By Hannah Strong

Jane Campion’s achingly beautiful Palme d’Or-winning masterpiece receives a rerelease to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

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Hereditary

By Hannah Strong

A painful sense of impending dread fills every frame of Ari Aster’s searing cinematic debut.

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Toni Collette: ‘This film tackles the idea that it’s taboo to talk about grief’

By Hannah Strong

The star of Ari Aster’s Hereditary talks grief, audiobooks and why we should all go to the cinema more often.

A new study confirms that film critics are mostly white men

By Hannah Strong

Encouraging new voices from diverse backgrounds into a stagnant industry can only be a positive thing.

David Gordon Green’s Halloween gets a spooky first trailer

By Hannah Strong

Michael Myers is back to terrorise Jamie Lee Curtis in the sequel to John Carpenter’s horror classic.

Crises of faith and incredible women: What’s on at Sundance London 2018

By Hannah Strong

There’s lots to look forward to at Sundance’s annual London showcase.

The Tale provides a vital insight into historic sexual abuse

By Hannah Strong

Jennifer Fox’s autobiographical debut makes for harrowing but essential viewing.

‘It changed the whole look of American film’ – Remembering Midnight Cowboy

By Hannah Strong

Adam Holender and Michael Childers reflect on the making of this iconic New York movie.

10 things to see at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2018

By Hannah Strong

Brie Larson’s directorial debut and a special focus on American female filmmakers are among the highlights of the 72nd EIFF.

Deadpool 2

By Hannah Strong

Ryan Reynolds’ merc with a mouth returns to the big screen for another instalment of X-rated antics.

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How to Talk to Girls at Parties

By Hannah Strong

John Cameron Mitchell returns to the director’s chair with a tale of teenage intergalactic romance.

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Revenge

By Hannah Strong

Coralie Fargeat’s debut feature strives to reframe the rape-revenge subgenre but misses the mark by a considerable margin.

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Why I love Mark Ruffalo’s performance in Zodiac

By Hannah Strong

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

Tully

By Hannah Strong

Jason Reitman reunites with Diablo Cody and Charlize Theron for a frank exploration of motherhood.

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Avengers: Infinity War

By Hannah Strong

Marvel lays it all on the line in their pan-property pièce de résistance – a full-tilt triumph of blockbuster filmmaking.

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Jessie Buckley: ‘The intimacy that you create on set is crucial’

By Hannah Strong

A star-making turn in Beast is set to launch Irish actor Jessie Buckley into the stratosphere.

Beast

By Hannah Strong

Leads Jessie Buckley and Johnny Flynn are magnificent in this moody Jersey-set drama from Michael Pearce.

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Rampage

By Hannah Strong

Dwayne Johnson goes toe-to-toe with some genetically-altered giants in this silly and entertaining blockbuster.

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The Hurricane Heist

By Hannah Strong

A group of criminals attempt to carry off the sting of the century in Rob Cohen’s audacious action-thriller.

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Asghar Farhadi’s Everybody Knows to open the 71st Cannes Film Festival

By Hannah Strong

Everybody Knows is set for the coveted opening slot of the festival on 8 May.

Isle of Dogs

By Hannah Strong

A humongous creative undertaking and a simple love of dogs combine for the most staggering achievement of Wes Anderson’s career.

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Crowhurst

By Hannah Strong

Ill-fated sailor Donald Crowhurst gets a second biopic in as many years, this time from director Simon Rumley.

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Pacific Rim Uprising

By Hannah Strong

John Boyega gamely fills Idris Elba’s shoes in this madcap sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s shiny robot romp.

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A Wrinkle in Time

By Hannah Strong

For all its ambition and artistic vision, Ava DuVernay’s glossy YA fairy tale fails to deliver.

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An Isle of Dogs ramen bar is coming to London

By Hannah Strong

Wes Anderson’s new film is getting its very own food-themed pop-up exhibition.

The Square

By Hannah Strong

Ruben Östlund’s agreeably bizarre fifth feature is an art world satire of ambitious vision.

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You Were Never Really Here

By Hannah Strong

Joaquin Phoenix and director Lynne Ramsay combine forces to deliver a sensational cinematic sucker punch.

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Frances McDormand and Guillermo Del Toro were the 2018 Oscars MVPs

By Hannah Strong

The world was watching a little more closely last night as the first post-Weinstein Academy Awards took place.

Game Night

By Hannah Strong

Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams’ weekly board game night takes a turn for the worse in this playful action comedy.

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A Fantastic Woman

By Hannah Strong

A star is born in Sebastián Lelio’s drama about a trans woman coming to terms with the death of her partner.

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Generation Wealth – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Documentarian Lauren Greenfield speaks to the wealthy and the weary in this bold, personal meditation on money and obsession.

The Ice King

By Hannah Strong

James Erskine’s documentary delves into the life of revolutionary British skater John Curry.

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Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Gus Van Sant reunites with Joaquin Phoenix for an oddball comedy-drama about disability and addiction.

I, Tonya

By Hannah Strong

Margot Robbie shines in an engaging Tonya Harding biopic that doesn’t quite stick the landing.

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L’Animale – first look review

By Hannah Strong

A teenage girl on the cusp of adulthood begins to question what she wants out of life in this surprisingly nuanced Austrian drama.

U-July 22 – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Esteemed Norwegian director Erik Poppe dramatises the real-life mass shooting on the island of Utoya in this problematic thriller.

The Heiresses – first look review

By Hannah Strong

A sensitive portrait of a hesitant woman attempting to rediscover her lust for life makes for an assured feature debut from Marcelo Martinessi.

Eva – first look review

By Hannah Strong

A love affair between Isabelle Huppert and Gaspard Ulliel fails to ignite a spark in this predictable psychodrama.

Black 47 – first look review

By Hannah Strong

An Irish soldier exacts his revenge on those that have harmed his family in Lance Daly's bleak period thriller.

Gordon & Paddy – first look review

By Hannah Strong

This charming little Swedish film about a jaded old toad detective and his plucky young mouse assistant makes for cosy viewing.

The Happy Prince – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Rupert Everett dons three caps to write, direct and star in a dramatic imagining of Oscar Wilde’s untimely demise.

Damsel – first look review

By Hannah Strong

In their first feature-length directorial team-up, David and Nathan Zellner go west, with Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska in tow.

Isle of Dogs – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Wes Anderson takes audiences on a journey to Japan in his new stop-motion feature about a 12-year-old boy and his missing dog.

Black Panther

By Hannah Strong

Creed wunderkind Ryan Coogler takes the reigns to deliver Marvel’s best origin story since Iron Man.

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Richard Linklater wants your photos of 1960s Houston for his new film

By Hannah Strong

The Texan filmmaker is returning to his old stomping ground for a drama about the Apollo 11 mission.

Michael Haneke’s next project will be a dystopian television show

By Hannah Strong

The Austrian master is set to make his small screen debut with a 10-part English-language drama.

A B&B in Glasgow is showing Groundhog Day every day for a fortnight

By Hannah Strong

Harold Ramis’ 1993 comedy bears repeating as part of the 2018 Glasgow Film Festival.

The absurd brilliance of Chicken Run

By Hannah Strong

Aardman Animations’ first feature-length film is still poultry in motion.

Beyond Infinity: Lee Unkrich on the past, present and future of Pixar

By Hannah Strong

The co-director of Toy Story 2 and 3, Finding Nemo and Coco reflects on his two decades at the animation studio.

VOD has changed the way we watch movies. So what now?

By Hannah Strong

As streaming platforms vie with major film studios for viewers’ attention, great work is at risk of being lost in the content ether.

All the Money in the World

By Hannah Strong

Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg battle the might of an unfeeling empire in Ridley Scott’s latest.

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30 TV shows to look forward to in 2018

By Hannah Strong

From Black America to The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, these are the small screen gems headed your way in 2018.

The 20 best new TV shows of 2017

By Hannah Strong

From American Gods to GLOW, we take a look at the brightest stars to grace the small screen this year.

Pitch Perfect 3

By Hannah Strong

The final film in Kay Cannon’s trilogy about a group of singing friends is more awk-apella than a cappella.

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

By Hannah Strong

Dwayne Johnson and co enter a virtual wilderness in the ’90s reboot nobody asked for.

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Shot Caller

By Hannah Strong

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau does hard time in Ric Roman Waugh’s woefully misjudged prison drama.

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Watch the first trailer for Clint Eastwood’s The 15:17 to Paris

By Hannah Strong

All aboard for the true story of a terrorist plot on a train – starring the men who actually lived it.

The 20 best film posters of 2017

By Hannah Strong

From Lady Bird to Logan, Baby Driver to The Beguiled, we look back on another year of movie marketing mastery.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

By Hannah Strong

Rian Johnson serves up the most spectacular, emotional and weirdest Star Wars film to date.

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The Disaster Artist

By Hannah Strong

It’s a Franco bros two-for-one in this madcap making-of yarn about Tommy Wiseau’s The Room.

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A 35mm Paul Thomas Anderson tour is coming to a cinema near you

By Hannah Strong

Experience some primo PTA on celluloid with screenings of Magnolia, There Will be Blood and more.

Isle of Dogs to open the 2018 Berlin Film Festival

By Hannah Strong

Wes Anderson and his canine crew are headed to the 68th Berlinale.

Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter is a pint-sized delight

By Hannah Strong

Studio Ghibli take their unique brand of anime magic to the small screen.

Christmas gift ideas for film lovers

By Hannah Strong

Put down the gift vouchers and step away from the socks, it’s time for our annual festive gift guide.

Tarantino’s ninth feature will be set in the summer of ’69

By Hannah Strong

It’s back to LA for QT as the writer/director’s next project begins to take shape.

Network at the National Theatre: taking the screen to the stage

By Hannah Strong

As Sidney Lumet’s seminal ’70s satire makes its way to the theatre, we ask is it just a load of sound and fury?

Justice League

By Hannah Strong

The latest film off the DC production line sees Batman and co team up to fight an ancient evil force, with underwhelming results.

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Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are eying a Lethal Weapon comeback

By Hannah Strong

Turns out they’re not too old for this sh*t after all...

What Sofia Coppola’s films taught me about being a teenage girl

By Hannah Strong

The Lisbon sisters helped me to understand my own awkward coming of age.

How Wes Anderson’s families helped me recover from the breakdown of my own

By Hannah Strong

The Whitmans, the Tenenbaums and others lifted my spirits at a time when it seemed nothing could.

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