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Actor and producer Charlize Theron walks up to me looking like . . . well, do you really need me to tell you she wasn’t exactly hammered with the ugly(...)

Hugh Jackman as Logan in X-Men: Days of Future Past

Steady on, readers. Remain calm. There comes a moment in X-Men: Days of Future Past, the seventh and arguably best X-Men film to date, when Hugh Ja(...)

The latest film directed by John Turturro (his fifth, somewhat astonishingly) looks and feels a little like a Woody Allen joint. That’s partly because(...)

John Turturro is from New York. You don’t need me to tell you that. He has that hurry in his voice and that restlessness in his posture. Subway fumes (...)

Woody Allen once joked that he's finished 'War and Peace' in 20 minutes summing up his insights as "it involved Russia"

Woody Allen once joked that he’d finished War and Peace in 20 minutes after taking a speed-reading course, summing up his insights as “it involved (...)

That look: Charlotte Rampling in ‘The Sea’

There’s a moment in the new film adaptation of John Banville’s The Sea when suffering, sear(...)

When I finally get through to Gary Shteyngart’s London hotel room, after a Fawlty Towers -style mix-up, he’s in bed. Not because he overslept but b(...)

Director and producer Steve McQueen (R) celebrates after accepting the Oscar for best picture for his film ‘12 Years a Slave’, with actress Lupita Nyong’o (L), at the 86th Academy Awards . Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

It was a strange sort of evening at the Academy Awards. We went into the show knowing that, for the first time in aeons, best picture was stil(...)