Film (UK)

Scarlett Johansson, charismatic queen of science fiction

With her role as a cyborg in Ghost in the Shell, the actress has sealed her position as our favourite space invader<p>Hollywood quickly made room on its red carpets for the young Scarlett Johansson in 2003, when she first created a stir in Sofia Coppola’s film, <i>Lost in Translation</i>. It seemed clear that …

Science Fiction

All This Panic: the most relatable film about teenage girlhood ever?

Jenny Gage’s intimate documentary of seven Brooklyn teenagers has been praised for its honest account of growing up. We asked four British school friends to assess it<p>‘I don’t want to age. I think that’s the scariest thing in the entire world,” says Ginger Leigh Ryan, one of the girls featured in …

Documentaries

Simon Bird: ‘16 weeks in the West End… I feel absolutely terrified’

Having struck sitcom gold twice playing callow youths, the Inbetweeners star is preparing for a thirtysomething crisis on stage – and he’s recenty become a dad<p>‘If only the brown corduroy suit was mine,” sighs Simon Bird, as wistfully as one can get over caramel corduroy. “I wish. I’m stuck in tweed …

The Lost City of Z review – lush jungle adventure

Glorious music, photography and Robert Pattinson’s beard make this trip up the Amazon just about worth it<p>“Terrible diseases, murderous savages.” Not to mention waters that boil with piranhas: Col Percival Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) is prepared to face all of this and more on a mapping expedition to …

Charlie Hunnam

Kong actor John Goodman honoured with star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Actor John Goodman paid tribute to the women in his life as he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.<p>The 64-year-old was joined by Oscar …

Entertainment

Kong outmuscles Logan to become king of the US box office

Kong: Skull Island is the king of the box office in America.<p>The movie, which stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and Samuel L Jackson, took in a strong …

Movies

The Kid Stays in the Picture review – from mogul to minor player

Royal Court, London Robert Evans all but disappears in Simon McBurney’s adaptation of the Hollywood producer’s rollercoaster memoir<p>Robert Evans, the Hollywood producer, maintains that what matters most is the story. He recently said in an interview that he’s a subscriber to the idea that if you can …

Entertainment

Paterson; Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; The Edge of Seventeen and more – review

Jim Jarmusch’s lovely Paterson looks for poetry in the everyday, while a Harry Potter spin-off is all style and no substance<p>Last week it was World Poetry Day, and if such randomly appointed occasions carried much meaning beyond a trending Twitter hashtag, I’d say it’s an apposite time to be …

Harry Potter

The Eyes of My Mother review – chilling arthouse horror

The unnerving story of a young woman damaged by a violent tragedy is restrained and elegant – until suddenly it’s not<p>This poised feature debut from Nicolas Pesce announces a director who blends arthouse with horror to unnerving, elegant effect. Shot in striking black and white with a camera that …

Horror Movies

Aquarius review – she shall not be moved

Sônia Braga is outstanding as a woman refusing to be forced out of her Recife apartment in this powerful Brazilian satire<p>A performance of tremendous wit, vitality and lusty defiance by Sônia Braga drives Brazilian film-maker Kleber Mendonça Filho’s remarkable second feature. A portrait of a …

The Autopsy of Jane Doe review – bone-crunching horror

A father and son coroner team find they have more on their hands than they bargained for<p>Have you ever wondered what sound rib-cutters make as they crunch into the chest cavity of a corpse? Or the groan of a bone saw as it chops through the skull to reach the brain? Ponder no more, thanks to this …

Entertainment

On my radar: Kwame Kwei-Armah

The actor, playwright and director on singing along to Dreamgirls, his Narcos obsession and getting into vegan food<p>Born Ian Roberts in London in 1967, Kwame Kwei-Armah changed his name aged 19 after tracing his family history back to Ghana. In 1979 he witnessed the Southall riots, on which he based …

Entertainment

All This Panic review – striking insight into teenage life

An intimate and revealing documentary about girls on the cusp of adulthood in Brooklyn<p>Shot over a period of three years and as intimate and confessional as a teenage sleepover, this strikingly cinematic vérité documentary follows a group of adolescent girls poised between childhood and the adult …

Scots actor's battle to make it as a movie action man

<b>In his youth, Bryan Larkin was captivated by action movies. Now, the Scottish actor is appearing opposite some of its biggest names of the genre. But reaching this point in Larkin's career has been far from easy.</b><p>Larkin was born in Glasgow and grew up in East Kilbride.<p>His boyhood idol was Bruce Lee, …

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Life review – exuberantly grisly Alien rip-off

Rebecca Ferguson, Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds play an enjoyably gory game of hide-and-seek with a hungry alien<p>The crew of a space station is picked off, one by one, by an extraterrestrial life form which seems to view the human contents of the craft as some kind of alien finger buffet. And if …

Jake Gyllenhaal

Meet the woman behind Raw, the cannibal horror movie that left audiences fainting

Britain and Canada have much in common – a sovereign, publicly funded health care – but one key point on which the two countries differ is cannibalism. For Canadians, people eating people is a serious no-no. But the British, while we’re also broadly anti, tend to get less het up about it in …

Geena Davis: ‘Thelma & Louise changed everything for me’

It was the moment she realised how few inspiring women there are on screen. Now the actor is on a mission to fix that<p>Somewhere in a parallel universe, Geena Davis is having the time of her life. “Yes! Enjoying this new era in American history!” As one of the few women to have played a US president …

Gender

'The Bodyguard' Turns 25: 8 Things You Never Knew About Whitney Houston, Kevin Costner Hit Film

Whitney Houston's finest hour.<p>It’s been a stunning 25 years since ‘The Bodyguard’ turned up in our cinemas, proved Whitney Houston was just as charismatic on screen as she was on stage, continued Kevin Costner’s impressive run at the box office and spawned a soundtrack, famous for many things, …

Movies

[REVIEW] Power Rangers is a bad movie that's very easy to love

2017's <i>Power Rangers</i> is, in technical lingo, what is termed a bad film. The dialogue is flat, the plotting random, and the effects shaky. It's a movie …

Movies

Sienna Miller on why her new role is not 'just a wife'

<b>If there's one thing Sienna Miller has in common with the character she plays in exploration epic Lost City of Z, it's that she's not afraid to air her views, loud and clear.</b><p>So much so that she altered a script when she thought Nina Fawcett was appearing as too much of a stereotypical "wife" - with …

Sienna Miller

The Lost City of Z director James Gray on braving crocodiles and tussling with Harvey Weinstein

Fans of James Gray tend to feel unusually protective towards his films, which have often had a rough ride from the industry and the critical establishment. As The Lost City of Z, his stunning biopic of the Edwardian explorer Percy Fawcett opens, we had a chance to sit down for a lengthy chat about …

Filmmaking

Chips review – woefully unfunny TV cop show reboot

Dax Shepard goes for laughs in this remake of the US highway patrol series – and fails<p>Director and star Dax Shepard clearly did most of his preparation for this movie reboot of the TV series in the gym. As a result, his character, rookie motorcycle cop Jon Baker, spends almost as much time …

Celebrity News (UK)

Daniel Clowes: Trump's America is like the cynical comics I drew back in the 90s

As the comic writer’s fantastically misanthropic work Wilson hits cinema screens, he talks about grief, Ghost World and surviving in Trumpland<p><b>Hey, Daniel. What was it like making a movie without Terry Zwigoff, who directed Ghost World and Art School Confidential, but isn’t in charge for Wilson?</b><p>With …

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Clive James: ‘Coogan and Brydon are the funniest couple since Laurel and Hardy’

The extras do uncanny impersonations of corpses, and sometimes can’t keep it up<p>Anyone who relishes what happens when Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon sit opposite each other in a restaurant will know that the real focus of the entertainment is on the actors at the other tables who are pretending not to …

Steve Coogan

Red Nose Day Actually review - not funny, but at least it raised money

Despite all the celeb cameos the charity update of Richard Curtis’s romcom was bafflingly weak. But ultimately its job wasn’t to get laughs - it was to help people<p>The best will in the world is what we all have for Red Nose Day — and for Richard Curtis’s monumental effort over decades in helping to …

Entertainment

How the Power Rangers reboot morphed into a surprising triumph

Marquee superheroes such as Batman are failing on the big screen. So how can a film based on a trashy TV show soar despite its bargain basement origins?<p>Superheroes often come from humble origins. Peter Parker was a simple high school geek before a bite from a radioactive spider transformed him into …

Comics

Why I love… actor Emily Blunt

My favourite thing is her ‘steel magnolia’ voice: on first impression, slightly tremulous, but carrying an undercurrent of something hard<p>Where do we stand on revamps? I can’t help but feel somewhat fatigued by the idea that Hollywood is so devoid of new ideas that it has to pilfer its past. …

Hollywood

Red Nose Day Actually talking points: Hugh Grant stole the show from Bill Nighy

The showpiece featurette of Friday night’s Comic Relief telethon was Red Nose Day Actually, a 12-minute mini-sequel to Richard Curtis’s Marmite-effect 2003 romcom Love Actually. Here are all the talking points from the charidee reunion sketch…<p>Richard Curtis had clearly read the sexist criticism<p>The …

Entertainment

Hollywood director Brett Ratner says Rotten Tomatoes is destroying movies - BBC Newsbeat

<b>Director Brett Ratner says the film review site Rotten Tomatoes is damaging Hollywood.</b><p>"The worst thing that we have in today's movie culture is Rotten Tomatoes," he told an audience at the Sun Valley Film Festival.<p>"I think it's the destruction of our business."<p>Brett Ratner directed the Rush Hour …

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