Film (UK)

In numbers: Who is the most successful James Bond?

<b>Daniel Craig has signed up for a fifth James Bond film - but how does he compare to the actors who played the iconic spy before him?</b><p>Roger Moore has starred in the most films, but Sean Connery's outings made the most money at the US box office, if the figures are adjusted for inflation.<p>Connery's …

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Why James Bond couldn't afford to lose Daniel Craig, a true Hollywood heavyweight

Craig’s sensitive and sometimes scary take on 007 morphed the franchise from Rolls Royce into supercar. No wonder its producers were so set on him staying<p>For decades the James Bond series has been the Rolls Royce of British cinema: deluxe film-making that maintains a reputation for excellence, …

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Robert Pattinson finally responds to Trump's comments about him and Kristen Stewart

Donald Trump’s approach to Twitter has not changed that much since he has become President. He has always used the social media site to vent his …

Robert Pattinson

St. Vincent is directing a new adaptation of Dorian Gray - with a twist

Oscar Wilde's 1890 novel <i>The Picture of Dorian Gray</i> has been adapted many times to film, but Annie Clark is bringing a new twist to the story.<p>Clark, …

Literature

Director Bigelow hopes Trump watches 'Detroit' and is humanized by it

LONDON (Reuters) - Movie director Kathryn Bigelow said on Wednesday she hoped U.S. President Donald Trump would watch her new film "Detroit," saying it might help to humanize him at a time when racial tension is roiling the nation.<p>"Detroit" is an unflinching look at events in the summer of 1967 …

Kathryn Bigelow

Crown Heights review – fact-based drama enrages with injustice yet plods with pacing

An episode of podcast This American Life is stretched into a feature filled with staggering truths and a soulful performance from Lakeith Stanfield<p>Regardless of your opinion on the filmmaking at work in fact-based drama Crown Heights, there’s an inarguable, stinging sense of outrage that …

Charlottesville: John Boyega and Kathryn Bigelow react

John Boyega

Detroit premiere: John Boyega admits he ‘needed’ Kathryn Bigelow’s gritty riot drama after Star Wars role

1/9<p>2/9<p>3/9<p>4/9<p>5/9<p>6/9<p>7/9<p>8/9<p>9/9<p>John Boyega has said that Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit was the “project he needed” after his role in the Star Wars …

Kathryn Bigelow

Tom Cruise injury halts filming on Mission Impossible 6

Director Christopher McQuarrie says the action star broke ankle during the filming of a stunt which required jumping between buildings and hitting a wall<p>The studio behind Mission Impossible 6 has confirmed that production of the film has been put on hiatus while Tom Cruise recovers from a broken …

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Peter Serafinowicz: 'If Liberace was alive, he'd tell Trump to tone it down'

Voice of Darth Maul, creator of Sassy Trump, inventor of the eat-all-day diet … Peter Serafinowicz is a creative powerhouse. But now he’s finally hit leading man status – playing ironic superhero The Tick in a big blue rubber suit<p>For a man who is 6ft 4in, with a springy quiff and strikingly sunken …

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Dark Night: the docudrama that turns 'the Batman massacre' into intimate, dream-like art

When real-life horror inspires cinematic drama, the immediate question that’s brought to mind is whether its existence is at all appropriate. It’s a discussion that is typically helped by time. The forthcoming adaptation of Derf Backderf’s graphic novel My Friend Dahmer, which dramatises the …

Crime

Napping Princess review – robots and conspiracies in dreamscape anime

There are some fun satirical observations in this animation about a somnolent schoolgirl’s imaginary world, but it winds up feeling mechanical<p>A fake-out opening establishes the twinned realms through which Kenji Kamiyama’s midlist anime meanders: patriarchal kingdom Heartland is revealed as the …

Anime

The Hitman’s Bodyguard review – Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson sent to... Coventry?

This medium-octane buddy movie has the distinction of featuring a certain West Midlands city centre, but is too slow to turn into the romp promised<p>This fumbled buddy movie throwback touts some only-here-for-the-money stars as compensation for leaden pacing and a futzing, bum-obsessed script. Any …

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Movies You Might Have Missed: Mike White's 'Chuck and Buck'

Mike White has had an intriguing career. He has written for television shows likes <i>Freaks and Geeks</i> and <i>Dawson’s Creek</i> but his own series, <i>Enlightened</i>, …

TV

Why are so many directors un-retiring?

Whether driven by PR tactics or a need for some creative downtime, an increasing number of film-makers are playing retirement hokey-cokey<p>If anyone’s earned the right to do whatever he likes in retirement, it’s Hayao Miyazaki. This includes un-retiring, as the venerable 76-year-old animation master …

Hayao Miyazaki

Jon Pointing review – a cringeworthy new comic monster is unleashed

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Pointing’s egocentric creep Cayden Hunter and his spoof acting masterclass is mesmerisingly ghastly and deliciously daft<p>Towards the end of last summer’s Edinburgh festival, tongues started wagging about Jon Pointing’s below-the-radar work-in-progress show in a …

The Office

Louis C.K. shot a secret back-and-white film over the summer

The Toronto International Film Festival revealed its full main slate, with one unusual surprise.<p>Louis C.K.'s <i>I Love You, Daddy</i> was an unexpected …

Louis C.K.

Daniel Craig confirms he will return as James Bond – video

In an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday, Daniel Craig said he would be reprising his role as James Bond. Craig has starred as 007 in four films to date. The news of his return was welcomed by fans of the film franchise around the world<p>Daniel Craig confirms he will play …

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Deadpool 2 and the rise of Hollywood stunts going tragically wrong

On Tuesday morning in Vancouver, stunt performer Joi “SJ” Harris was killed on the set of Deadpool 2 when she lost control of the motorcycle she was riding, sending her crashing into a glass window. Harris, in keeping with the character she was doubling for, was not wearing a helmet.<p>The …

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Why the low-budget British gangster film is in the doldrums

If there is one genre that will never die, it’s the low budget British gangster movie. No amount of derision can kill it off. Over the years, …

Nigel Farage: the biopic. A disaster movie no one is waiting for

A reported Brexit movie has the former Ukip leader as an executive producer, likely casting himself as the bad-boy hero who will love you and Leave.EU<p>We do not need a film about Brexit. Nobody needs a film about Brexit. If you want to see a film about Brexit, I can recommend a perfectly good …

Opinion

BBC Blogs - Kermode Uncut - Amma Asante

Amma Asante<p>Mark Kermode<p>Comments<p>I talk to Amma Asante, director of Belle, A United Kingdom and the forthcoming Where Hands Touch.<p>You must enable javascript to play content

Dark Night's Tim Sutton: What I wanted to do was show someone that shouldn’t have access to a gun

With his nerve-shredding latest film, director Tim Sutton point blank refuses to give the audience what they want. A film that’s been on the lips of …

Richard Gordon obituary

Novelist whose Doctor in the House books were turned into popular comedy films, starring Dirk Bogarde as Simon Sparrow<p>Gordon Ostlere, who has died aged 95, was a real-life doctor until 1952, when he left medical practice so that his alter ego, Richard Gordon, could pursue what he considered the …

Books

Roman Polanski faces new accusation of sexual assault on minor

A woman, identified only as Robin, has said she was ‘sexually victimized’ by the film director in 1973 when she was 16 years old<p>A third woman came forward Tuesday to accuse Roman Polanski of sexual assault when she was a minor, 40 years after he went on the run for raping another girl.<p>The woman, …

Roman Polanski

Daniel Craig undecided on next James Bond film

<b>Daniel Craig has refused to confirm if he will continue playing the role of British secret agent James Bond.</b><p>Craig has been 007 in the past four Bond films and reports suggested he had agreed to carry on for the 25th film in the series in November 2019.<p>But he told Boston radio station Magic 106.7: …

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John Travolta to play 'the other Sinatra' in film about Jimmy Roselli

Singer whose chance of fame was killed off by the Mob and his famous rival is subject of biopic produced by Merchant Ivory<p>He was an American shoeshine boy with a romantic singing voice that made even mobsters weep.<p>Jimmy Roselli was known as “the other Sinatra”, but the Mob and Frank Sinatra, his …

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Review: The Dark Tower is a disappointing dud of a Stephen King adaptation

<i>Nikolaj Arcel, 95 mins, starring: Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor, Katheryn Winnick, Claudia Kim, Fran Kranz</i><p>From <i>The Shining</i> to <i>The</i> …

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Future romance: how science fiction is predicting our relationships

The contemplative indie Marjorie Prime is the latest in a long line of sci-fi films and TV shows that explore how we might date and love in the future<p>In the opening scene of Marjorie Prime, we first meet Marjorie, an 85-year-old struggling with memory loss, as she listens to Walter Prime, a …

Film reviews round-up: Final Portrait, The Hitman's Bodyguard, The Odyssey, An Inconvenient Sequel

Final Portrait (15)<p>★★★☆☆<p><i>Stanley Tucci, 90 mins, starring: Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Clémence Poésy, Tony Shalhoub, James Faulkner, Philippe</i> …

Samuel L. Jackson