Timothy Spall as JMW Turner in Mike Leigh’s . Photo by Simon Mein, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics 5:20

There is a scene about two-thirds of the way through Mike Leigh’s extraordinary study of JMW Turner when the painter, who is currently taking a lun(...)

Timothy Spall as Joseph Mallard William Turner in ‘Mr Turner’

You could be forgiven for thinking that the visual arts and cinema were made for each other. And there are some great films about artists, fictiona(...)

Self-help: Roselyn Sánchez, Edy Ganem, Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramírez and Judy Reyes in Devious Maids (RTÉ Two, Tuesday)

‘Engels, I enjoyed your new essay,” says Marx. “It’s a very good analysis of the condition of the worker under capitalism. But . . .” “But?” asks Enge(...)

British actor Timothy Spall poses during the Award Winners photocall after he won the Best Performance by an Actor award for his role in the movie ‘Mr Turner’ at the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes,

There were surprises galore when the Cannes Jury, headed by Australian director Jane Campion, unveiled the prizes for the 2014 festival, but, in the e(...)

Jury members – Korean actress Jeon Do-yeon, US director Sofia Coppola, New Zealand director Jane Campion, Iranian actress Leila Hatami and French actress Carole Bouquet – arrive for the screening of Futatsume No Mado during the Cannes Film Festival in France. Photograph: Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA

There’s a slight sense of bewilderment on the streets of Cannes as the jury, headed by Jane Campion, prepares to announce the winner of the Palme d’O(...)

The Homesman is a slightly more conventional entry to contemporary western genre. Hilary Swank stars as a Mary Bee Cuddy, a stubborn (is the word “ornery”?) pioneer working a farm in the Nebraska territories when she is required to transport three “madwomen” back home across the Missouri river.

The weather can be a tad volatile in Cannes. Over the past two years, blazing sunshine alternated with torrential rainstorms that left ill-prepared jo(...)

Take a bow: John Boorman, whose new film, ‘Queen and Country’, may be his last. “Well, I certainly said it would be when I was making it. But one is tempted.” Photograph: Valery Hache/Getty Images

‘I was first at Cannes in 1970,” John Boorman reminisces. “Since then I have been back maybe 25 times. “I have had films in competition. I have had fi(...)

Nothing can quite prepare you for the porcine nature of Timothy Spall’s Turner
Review: Mr Turner

Mike Leigh enthusiasts will already be wondering how his study of JMW Turner, perhaps England’s most celebrated painter, fits into a canon characteris(...)

Actors Nicole Kidman and Tim Roth at a photocall for the film “Grace of Monaco” in Cannes yesterday. Photograph: Pascal le Segretain/Getty Images 2:16

Grace of Monaco, the opening film of the 67th Cannes Film Festival, brought top-end glamour and juicy controversy to the Côte d’Azur last night. Nicol(...)

The atmosphere at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival yesterday. Photograph: Pascal le Segretain/Getty 1:54

There is, we are led to believe, usually some sort of conference on at Cannes. If it’s not the Boat and Yacht Show, it’s the Retail Real Estate Market(...)