Josh Cotter

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Rising stars of 2014 – film

Dimitri Leonidas: 'It was surreal, being on set with people like George Clooney'<p>Dimitri Leonidas is scarred by the memory of his worst audition. It was for the lead part in a new production of Peter Shaffer's <i>Equus</i> a couple of years ago. He thought it had gone really well, and when his agent told …

Last Vegas – review

If you loved <i>The Hangover</i> and adored <i>The Bucket List</i>, you may just look fondly on <i>Last Vegas</i>, Jon Turteltaub's indulgent, high-concept comedy about a band of ageing bulls living it large in Sin City. Here is a film with scotch on its breath and Viagra in its breast pocket; a series of artificial highs …

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom – review

Nelson Mandela died quietly at his home in Johannesburg on the evening of 5 December, just as the dignitaries were gathering for the royal premiere of Justin Chadwick's epic account of his extraordinary life. In the darkness of the London cinema, the audience sat, oblivious, and watched a man being …

Oscars get political with Pussy Riot film setting the pace for best documentary

Glinting gems, red carpet couture and conspicuous grooming are all hallmarks of Oscar night that can be relied on to brighten up March. This year, however, the Academy Awards will offer more than just glamour. Hollywood is heading to the centre of global political debate.<p>The films now vying for a …

12 Years a Slave and the roots of America's shameful past

Directed by the British artist and film-maker Steve McQueen, <i>12 Years a Slave</i> has gained almost universal critical praise. In his review for the <i>New Yorker</i>, David Denby echoed the consensus opinion when he described it as "easily the greatest feature film ever made about American slavery".<p>But in …