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Oscar nominations 2015: Six snubs and surprises

The announcement of this season's Oscar nominations from on Thursday offered its share of expected honorees ("Boyhood, "Birdman") and plenty of other unexpected ones. Who was in that observers thought would be out, and vice versa? Here are a half-dozen of the most notable snubs and surprises.<p><b>The</b> …

Red River

Lilting review – when love is lost in translation

Ben Whishaw plays Richard, a young man who hires a translator (Naomi Christie) to oil the wheels of communication between Junn (Cheng Pei-pei), an elderly Cambodian-Chinese woman living in a retirement home, and her English OAP beau (Peter Bowles). In reality, however, Richard is himself aching to …

DVDs and downloads: Calvary, Muppets Most Wanted, The Raid 2, The Unknown Known and more

The final event may be six months away, yet depressingly enough, we're not far from the unofficial start of Oscar season, as the autumn festivals usher in a wave of awards-baiting hopefuls. That can be bad news for standouts from earlier in the year – though with any luck, Brendan Gleeson's …

The Ealing Studios Collection Vol 1 review – Philip French on three immaculately restored Ealing classics

Michael Balcon ran Ealing Studios from 1938 until the studio closed down 19 years later. Although in his early days there were numerous comedies featuring established music hall stars, the anarchic, character-driven, "tight little island" films dubbed Ealing comedies really began in 1947 with …

David Cronenberg: you ask the questions

A director with 21 features to his name – the most recent, <i>Maps to the Stars</i>, a hit at Cannes and opening here on 26 September – David Cronenberg has drifted from being an outsider in film to become, at 71, one of the industry's most respected elders.<p>Happily, the Canadian is still as odd and …

After - Exclusive Clip - Christian and Molly Fight

Set in icy, upstate New York in the winter of 2002, "After" is about the Valentinos, a struggling middle class family whose delicate balance is …

Welcome to New York review – Gérard Depardieu offers naked ambition

In recent years, Gérard Depardieu seems to have taken his lead from Iggy Pop's song I Need More, with its lyric: "I need to lead a dissipate [sic] existence… and enjoy my decline." Depardieu certainly seems to be relishing his decline with brazen gusto. It's generally assumed that these days le …

What If - Clip - Drown My Sorrows

What if the love of your life is actually your best friend?

What If - Featurette - Fan Screening

What if the love of your life is actually your best friend?

What If - Clip - Worst Thing That Ever Happened

What if the love of your life is actually your best friend?

Katie Holmes Could Have Played Piper on Orange Is the New Black

There are all sorts of “what could have been” narratives floating in the Hollywood atmosphere. What if Dana Delany had played Carrie Bradshaw? What if Thomas Jane was our Don Draper, and Jon Hamm was still just a bit player on various primetime procedurals? What if Julia Roberts had taken the <i>Blind</i> …

24 Mind-Blowing Movie and TV Plot Twists

Admit it: you were fooled by the big plot twist in "The Sixth Sense" the first time you saw it. There's no shame in that; when the movie was released 15 years ago this week (on August 6, 1999), most viewers were fooled, too. What's more, they enjoyed being fooled.<p>That's what a good plot twist does …

'What If' is a rom-com that tries too hard to charm

Call it<p>"When Harry Met Sally"with skinny-dipping. Or"(500) Days of Summer"with people falling out of windows. However you frame the sweet yet self-conscious "What If," it pales in comparison to those and so many other rom-coms.<p>That would have less to do with the "rom" and the "com" and more with …

Romantic Comedy