Fire woman: Mia Wasikowska in David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars

Dr Stafford Weiss (John Cusack) is a horrid psychotherapist who has made a fortune with his self-help manuals; his snake-oil therapies go over well(...)

Surfer safari: Brian Wilson (left) with the rest of The Beach Boys – Mike Love, Dennis Wilson, Carl Wilson and David Marks (Al Jardine’s temporary replacement) – in 1962. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty

Preparing to interview Brian Wilson can make you fear what’s ahead. The Beach Boy’s battles with drugs and depression over the years have left a mark (...)

Mia Wasikowska: her character finds a job as ‘core whore’ to a fading star

The sight, early on in Maps to the Stars, of Robert Pattinson cruising in a limousine, may cause David Cronenberg watchers some anxiety. Are we in for(...)

Thirteen Days (2000): Or how the Kennedys saved the world between games of touch football.
Hollywood's JFK

Primary (1960) A group of America’s most talented young documentarians chronicled Senator Kennedy’s efforts to secure the presidential nomination(...)

Arriving hot on the heels of an incendiary turn in Harmony Korine’s Springbreakers, Vanessa Hudgens’s latest role as a drug addled Anchorage-based pro(...)

The Frozen Ground

There was, about a decade ago, a vogue for distastefully explicit studies of famous US serial killers. Ted Bundy and Ed Gein were among those getting (...)

The Paperboy

The United States is, as I understand it, awash with organisations arguing against the misrepresentation of minorities. You can barely move without(...)