“Some cultures believe that . . .” Oh Lord. Not this again. You know the makers of a horror film are getting desperate when they drag out an expert t(...)


The last adaptation of a John Green bestseller, the world-annihilating Fault in Our Stars, journeyed out with an easily saleable pitch: terminally (...)

“Earlier this month Donald Trump, comedy caricature made inexplicably popular flesh, single-handedly rendered the major general redundant.” Photograph: Reuters

The time has come to retire the words “political correctness”. We’ll get by. We managed for centuries without a term to describe overly censorious pol(...)


I hope Henry Cavill will forgive me for noting that there is the slightest kink in the bridge of his nose. Aside from that, the British actor deals in(...)

Greta Gerwig as Brooke and Lola Kirke as Tracy in Mistress America

It may or may not be a coincidence that, this week, we get to see two films, both written by their stars, following charismatic but mildly troubled(...)


The poster for Judd Apatow’s diverting, absurdly overlong, politically uncertain romcom shows Amy Schumer slugging booze from a bottle while waving a (...)

Why might Jeremy Corbyn, the left-wing MP for Islington North, be poised to take over the leadership of the UK Labour Party? To adopt the lawyerly sem(...)

On the wire: A boy tests the defences in Melilla, a Spanish enclave in Morocco. Photograph: Santi Palacios.

As Tadhg O’Sullivan and I sit down to discuss his extraordinary documentary The Great Wall – a study of borders, literal and virtual, across contem(...)

We’re always whining at Hollywood for not being sufficiently inclusive. Why aren’t there more films focused on old people? Why don’t more films inv(...)

Still supersaturated in the dysfunctional poison that turned Ireland and Britain into basket cases during the mid-1970s, we tend to underestimate t(...)