Hendricks on queen bee Joan: ‘She was resilient and confident and even when she was dealt some really lousy stuff, she seemed to learn from things. She was a smart cookie’. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

Christina Hendricks doesn’t walk into the room so much as glide, as if perched on an invisible pair of roller skates on unseen tracks. And she does(...)

You know who Oscar Isaac is. But you may not know you know. He played Carey Mulligan’s husband in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive. He played Abbie Cornis(...)

BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR The winner of this year’s Palme d’Or – a lengthy lesbian romance set in Lille – gained notoriety for the duration and explicitness of its sex sequences.But Abdellatif Kechiche’s film is most notable for its determination toimmerse us in every nuance of a tempestuous relationship. Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux give astonishing performances.

Click here to cast your vote When it comes time to assess developments in cinema – over a year, decade or century – hard-working pundits sti(...)

Only God Forgives

When Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest baroque folly burst its boils over an expectant audience at Cannes, one sensed heaves of disappointment issuing fro(...)

Nicolas Winding Refn, director of Only God Forgives: "I make films about the things that arouse me"

It comes as little surprise to find Nicolas Winding Refn, the director behind Only God Forgives – Cannes 2013’s most divisive, obtuse film – in divisi(...)

Happy day: Kristin Scott Thomas in Nicolas Winding Refn’s film Only God Forgives. Photograph: Lionsgate

You couldn’t say Cannes film festival wasn’t fun. Who wouldn’t want to sit in the Lumière Theatre after a screening of Nicolas Winding Refn’s f(...)

Ryan Gosling in Only God Forgives, his second successful collaboration with director Nicolas Winding Refn after 2011’s Drive

It seems only right and proper that the most talked about film in the run-up to this year’s Festival de Cannes would, in turn, become the most cont(...)

Workers sets up a giant 66th Cannes Film Festival official poster at the front of the Palais des Festivals, showing Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward kissing on the set of  A New Kind of Love  in 1963. The Cannes Film Festival starts today. Photograph: Lionel Cironneau/AP

Cast a quick glance about Cannes tonight and you could be forgiven for deducing that Hollywood bosses the world’s greatest film festival. For t(...)

Let’s just get this out of the way so you can all carry on with the rest of your lives: if it’s a spiritual sequel to (...)