'But for the mild penis-anxiety blip, Magic Mike XXL is all about the women'

Let me preface this piece by stating that this is not a review of Magic Mike XXL, the sequel to the Steven Soderbergh 2012 sleeper hit Magic Mike. (...)

Channing Tatum attends the Amsterdam premiere of Magic Mike XXL on July 1st. Photograh: Michel Porro/Getty Images

If you’ve seen a bus this week you’ve probably seen an advertisement for Magic Mike XXXL. This is the unsatisfactory sequel to a misunderstood 2012 fi(...)


Grease 2. Speed 2: Cruise Control. Caddyshack 2. Scooch over, unworthy sequels: and make room for the jaw-dropping catastrophe that is Magic Mike X(...)

Palme d’Or contender: Cate Blanchett in Carol, directed by Todd Haynes

Such is the nature of the news cycle that some editions of the Cannes film festival come to be identified with satellite scandals only obliquely relat(...)

Cate Blanchett in Carol, Todd Hynes’s  adaptation of a Patricia Highsmith novel about a lesbian romance

This correspondent has developed a theory that recent Cannes Film Festivals are a little like Star Trek films. Over the current decade, the even-numbe(...)

Director Woody Allen: says of his TV series  commission, “I’m doing my best with it. I’m struggling with it at home. I should never have gotten into this.” Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Award-winning film-maker Woody Allen fears his first foray into directing for the small screen will be a disaster, saying he should never have signed (...)

Director Mark Cousins with Helena Bereen, who plays the personification of the city in I Am Belfast

Belfast is a city that resists easy interpretation: nothing that happens there is ever as it initially seems. Because of this, many films about the(...)

“On the day of my 50th birthday I received an injury because I was over indulging in exercise boxing and cycling, which was itself an overcompensation for overindulging on alcohol coming up to the big birthday,” Bono wrote in his new year’s blog post. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

U2 frontman Bono has revealed he may never play guitar again following a serious cycling injury in New York in November. Writing in a post on the band(...)

Flint-hard: Claire Danes in Homeland

Few jobs are so interesting that a camera crew can knock two hours of relatively consecutive, engaging television out of them. Even actors describe(...)

Dressed in a sharp grey suit and crisp white shirt, Spike Jonze does not seem properly attired for a one-man food fight. But 20 minutes after he si(...)