Julia Vysotskaya in Dear Comrades!

Dear Comrades!, MLK/FBI, One Night in Miami, Stardust

MLK/FBI documents  the  “darkest part of the FBI’s history” with its smear campaign against Martin Luther King.

Film review: More than five decades on, Sam Polland’s documentary is alarming

Johnny Flynn in Stardust: the movie makes exasperating viewing for fans and will baffle newcomers

Film review: Johnny Flynn’s enigmatic performance anchors this David Bowie movie

Vanessa Kirby: ‘I want to be the turbulent, complex sister. I don’t know why that is. I would have been a hopeless Queen Elizabeth.’

The London actor plays a woman who loses her baby in the hard-hitting Pieces of a Woman

Vanessa Kirby in Pieces of a Woman

Dramas Pieces of a Woman and Two Ways Home, docs Robin’s Wish and Mother

Pomm is a carer in Thailand for white, wealthy westerners with Alzheimer’s.

Review: Documentary questions ethics of outsourcing care and economic disparity between Thailand and the West

Kirby and LaBeouf remain committed and compelling throughout.

Review: Shia LaBeouf and Vanessa Kirby play a Boston couple expecting their first child

Robin Williams  died of diffuse Lewy body dementia,  a degenerative neurological disorder which had gone undetected until his death. The disease, which attacks the brain, left Williams prone to delusions, anxiety and tremors. Photograph:  Peter Kramer/ Getty

Robin’s Wish, a new documentary, reveals the true story which led to the actor taking his own life in 2014

Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets

Review: Pushing the boundaries right up to closing time

Ashe negotiates a groundbreaking path for his determined, ambitious characters

Review: A loving homage to the lush Technicolor ‘woman’s pictures’ of yesteryear

The director of Spy Kids and We Can Be Heroes on how he turns work into play

After We Collided, adapted from the second instalment in Todd’s literary sequence, opens rather grandly with a montage condensing the previous film

Review: The dialogue often sounds like they are attempting a new cussword record

A metaphysical dramedy set against an often trippy, post-Sergeant Pepper vision of life before life and life after death

Review: A gentle, thoughtful picture with big ideas about personality, life and death

Best of 2020: some remarkable films in a remarkable year

Parasite, Uncut Gems, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, The Invisible Man and many more

The Midnight Sky is directed by George Clooney

The actor-director on his new film, Covid-19 and why he’s not allowed to ride a motorcycle

Viola Davis in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Review: Chadwick Boseman’s final film recalls his dazzling James Brown role

Diane Lane and Kevin Costner in Let Him Go.

Review: Costner keeps it earthy but the film is owned by the warring female characters

Soul features Joe Gardner, an aspiring professional jazz pianist, who, after losing his footing, is transported to the Great Before: a place where new souls get their personalities.

Pixar’s first film with an African-American protagonist is launching on Christmas Day

Sergio Chamy and Rómulo Aitken

A grieving widower hoping to feel useful again goes undercover at a nursing home

Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb of The Bee Gees

How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, a new film, chronicles the band’s extraordinary career

The Prom: Meryl Streep and James Corden. Photograph: Melinda Sue Gordon/Netflix

James Corden, Andrew Rannells, Keegan-Michael Key, Kerry Washington on inclusivity and representation

Meryl Steep in The Prom

Review: The Prom, also starring Nicole Kidman, is an old-fashioned toe-tapping feelgood musical


Wolfwalkers, Girl from Mogadishu on release, Mank on demand, Crock of Gold on both

Gary Oldman plays screenwriter Herman J Mankiewicz in Mank, directed by David Fincher.

There’s much to admire in David Fincher’s new Netflix film about Hollywood’s heyday

The Pogues frontman reputedly refused to give an interview for Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan.

Review: Crock of Gold – A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan is an endurance test for all

Amanda Seyfried as Marion Davies in Mank. Photograph: Netflix

Mank, David Fincher’s new film, goes some way to rehabilitating the film star's reputation

Finding Jack Charlton

Finding Jack Charlton, Possessor, Black Beauty, Train to Busan 2: Peninsula

Melting faces, gory murders and alienated sex scenes augment an already unsettling science fiction.

Review: Self is a precarious, ill-defined thing in this movie with Sean Bean and Jennifer Jason Leigh

For anyone who hasn’t tired of zombie movies, this pounds along as a glossy spectacle if nothing else.

Review: Film-maker Sang-ho Yeon brings plenty of panache but this film lacks the emotional weight of its predecessor

Alan Ball: “After I won the Oscar for a moment everybody agreed with everything I said. I could do no wrong.” Photograph: Mike Pont/WireImage

Alan Ball, creator of Six Feet Under, on gay characters, toxic sets and new drama Uncle Frank

Dolly Parton in Dolly Parton’s Christmas On The Square

Review: She writes the songs and pokes fun at herself in this bright, breezy festive showcase

Cronenberg’s new film, Possessor, shows a corporation that hijacks people’s bodies to kill others. Photograph: Neon

Director on launching new film, Possessor, mid-pandemic and following his father’s lead

Director Nanau and his crew shot footage for 14 months

Review: Essential viewing for anyone with an interest in checks and balances

The Mercury Seven – Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton – in Tom Jennings’s The Real Right Stuff

A documentary companion piece to the Disney+ space drama captures the lives of of the lives of the first astronauts

Madalen Mills as Journey Jangle and Forest Whitaker as Jeronicus Jangle in Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

Netflix’s spectacular seasonal musical film is inspired by Willy Wonka and Hamilton

Ibrahima Gueye and Sophia Loren in The Life Ahead

The Life Ahead, Martin Eden, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, Two of Us

Martin Eden falls for Elena and the bourgeois opulence of her surroundings.

Review: Ambitious version of 1909 novel encapsulates between-the-wars uncertainty

Martine Chevallier and Barbara Sukowa

Review: Barbara Sukowa and Martine Chevallier in the plum roles of their careers

Roy Andersson:  “If you bumped into him in the street, he would be interested in your life,” says documentary maker Fred Scott.

Being a Human Person portrays an enigmatic Swedish director who may be done with films

Beanie Feldstein graduates to leading lady in How to Build a Girl. Photograph: IFC Films

Review: Moran’s trademark zingers and cheerfulness cross over to screen

About Endlessness

About Endlessness, How to Build a Girl, Queen of Hearts, Luxor, Nova Lituania

Karim Saleh and Andrea Riseborough in Luxor, a strange marriage of travelogue, post-traumatic stress disorder, spirituality and something like romance. Photograph: Samuel Goldwyn Films

Review: Andrea Riseborough works under a frozen frame in Zeina Durra’s new film

About Endlessness: A couple float over a meticulous miniature set of bombed-out Cologne

Review: Roy Andersson’s new film is just his sixth since his explosive debut in 1970

Aleksas Kazanavicius plays geographer Feliksas Gruodis in Nova Lituania.

Review: Director makes no concessions to those with no knowledge of regional politics

 Octavia Spencer in The Witches. Credit: HBO Max
The Witches are back

Octavia Spencer, Anne Hathaway and Stanley Tucci talk about their new version of Roald Dahl’s spooky novel

Emily Mortimer and Bella Heathcote in Relic

Relic, Shirley, The Witches, The Painter and the Thief

Barbora Kysilkova and Karl Bertil-Nordland in The Painter and the Thief

Review: There may be more than meets the eye in this documentary about stolen artworks

Elisabeth Moss and Odessa Young in Shirley. Photograph: Thatcher Keats/Neon

Review: Elisabeth Moss anchors this eerie biopic of author Shirley Jackson with cutting wit

Bella Heathcote in Relic

Review: Bella Heathcote is a revelation in this nightmarish descent through dementia

The Witches: faithful final act of this new film from Robert Zemeckis is a surprise following the Looney Tunes shenanigans

Review: Fans of 1990 version may fume but film is safer bet for younger Halloweenies

Bella Heathcote: “I came to LA and even though you are unemployed, it feels more meaningful because you have meetings every day.” Photograph: Don Arnold/WireImage

Australian actor on LA, auditions, shirts in her car boot and her latest film Relic

Actors Elisabeth Moss and Odessa Young star in Decker’s fourth film, Shirley. Photograph: Thatcher Keats/Neon

Director Josephine Decker has taken on the life of author Shirley Jackson in a trippy and intoxicating biopic

The actor on her impoverished childhood, love for Daniel Day Lewis, and admiration for #metoo

Dixie Egerickx in the Secret Garden

The action has moved to 1947 and the British partition of India

Félix Lefebvre and Benjamin Voisin are stars in the making

Review: French director’s latest flits between puppy love, sunny vistas and death

Personal attorney to Donald Trump, Rudolph Giuliani (right) appears in Sacha Baron Cohen’s new Borat film. Photograph: AP Photo

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm review: Maria Bakalova is brilliant as Borat’s daughter

Armie Hammer and Ben Wheatley: “It’s not as punishing as the other films. It’s a big entertainment.” Photograph: Kerry Brown/Netflix

The British director’s film of du Maurier’s Rebecca for Netflix is ‘romantic and glamorous. It’s a big entertainment’

Gremlins director talks Spielberg, low-budget horror and ‘bizarre’ film market

Margaret Cho: ‘This is a sad time for America’

Comedian and actor on surviving a difficult lockdown and US culture wars

Fin Argus as Zach in Clouds

This tale of musician and internet star Zach Sobiech is too sanitised for real adolescents

Review: Documentary follows a family’s efforts to free their dad from a 60-year jail sentence

The Climb: Concerns road racing, male friendship, and fluctuating weight

Kyle Marvin's A funny, clever comedy concerns road racing, male friendship, and fluctuating weight

Kerry’s own Jessie Buckley in I’m Thinking of Ending Things. Photograph: Netflix

There’s been another major turnover but catch the classics while you can

Radha Blank in The 40-Year-Old Version. Photograph: Jeong Park/Netflix

Review: Make way for triple threat Radha Blank – the writer, director and star of new film

Olivia Cooke: ‘You get a job to do and you can’t be put off by the fact that Steven Spielberg is on set with you every single day. Or that you’re acting with Mark Rylance. You can’t focus on that.’ Photograph:  Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images

The Manchester actor on making the leap to Hollywood, and starring in new Irish-set film Pixie

The preposterous plotline is offset by great acting and a meringue-soft sci-fi setting

Jennifer Ehle in Saint Maud, where she plays Amanda – a bitter former modern dancer and celebrity in the last stage of lymphoma.

Latest film has won many admirers since premiere at Toronto International Film Festival

David Thewlis and Sally Hawkins in Eternal Beauty. A romantic dalliance with Thewlis, battling his own demons, looks doomed from the start. Photograph: Bulldog Film

Review: Writer-director Craig Roberts reunites with Sally Hawkins for this darkly comic piece

Jim Parsons, Robin de Jesús, Michael Benjamin Washington and Andrew Rannells in The Boys in the Band. Photograph: Scott Everett White/Netflix

Review: A terrific ensemble cast spit out one-liners in this high-camp period drama

  Scene from Rialto: Colm (Tom Vaughn-Lawlor) with 19-year-old rent boy (Tom Glynn-Carney)

The writer has adapted his own Irish Times Theatre Award-winning play for the screen, and it wasn’t easy

Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter. Photograph: Magdalena Wosinska/The New York Times

Alex Winter on friendship with Keanu Reeves, the risky new film and the fun side of fame

Millie Bobby Brown in Enola Holmes

Review: With a thrillingly charismatic Millie Bobby Brown, this crowd-pleaser is warm, witty and heaps of good fun

Bill & Ted

Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter return almost 30 years on from the sequel, this third instalment is most excellent

Hong Khaou: ‘I grew up on a staple diet of American films about the Vietnam war. That’s such a shame’

The director’s new film, Monsoon, explores the wartime legacy of his childhood home

Brooding Brando-alike Cosmo Jarvis in Nocturnal

Review: Friendless Lauren attracts the attention of rudderless odd-job man Pete

There is a magnetic sense of sisterhood among the culturally varied girl group.

Review: Created by a mostly female crew, starring the most charismatic cast of the year 

Cosmo Jarvis: ‘Acting has been a real passion forever.’

Musician, actor and filmmaker believes it is a good time to be in the acting game

Max Richter and Yulia Mahr. Photograph: Mike Terry

Richter and partner Yulia Mahr’s Sleep is intended to sustain and soothe the sleeping brain

Petr Kotlár in The Painted Bird

The Painted Bird, Koko-di Koko-da, Max Richter’s Sleep, Savage

NZ is not all Lord of the Rings scenery, as this powerful , violent gangland story illustrates

A scene from 	‘Koko-di Koko-da’

Review: Johannes Nyholm’s unforgettable woodland reverie is grotesque and glorious

Director Sally Potter  began making films at 14 on an 8mm camera.

Potter explores the fluidity of thought in her new movie about a father and daughter dealing with dementia

Review: A wild and electrifying modern French drama

Christian Malheiros in Sócrates. Photograph: Querô Filmes

Review: This tale of a 15-year-old living by his wits features wildly charismatic performances

Xavier Dolan’s new film Matthias & Maxime has been characterised  as a quiet, contemplative affair. Photograph: Shayne Laverdiere/Les Films Séville

Matthias & Maxime is Xavier Dolan’s eighth feature as writer-director – and he’s only 31

Matthias and Maxime

Writer-director Xavier Dolan gives a crowning and delicate performance

Kate Lyn Sheil in She Dies Tomorrow

Seimetz creates lovely fragments and mysterious moods to sift through and decipher

Kate Lyn Sheil and Kentucker Audley in She Dies Tomorrow by Amy Seimetz

She Dies Tomorrow has been described as the ‘pandemic movie of the moment’ though it was made well before Covid, explains the dire(...)

Ralph Fiennes in Coup 53

Review: A story of western skulduggery in Iran takes in Bernie Sanders and Jimmy Carter

Bryan Cranston in The One and Only Ivan

Review: There are too many subplots for the film to coalesce into a satisfactory movie

Egor Abramenko’s debut feature adds interesting textures to this familiar formula with its Soviet Union setting

Sleekly packaged with well-paced horror set-pieces, it’s easy to see why film is a hit in its native Russia

Joe Keery as Kurt Kunkle in Spree

Review: Stranger Things actor’s central turn holds inventive, cultish thriller together

Nearly here: The New Mutants

After four years, and rumours of creative tensions, Josh Boone’s film is finally here

Tenet: Jack Cutmore-Scott, John David Washington and Robert Pattinson in Christopher Nolan’s new film

Covid-19 crisis means Christopher Nolan’s new film will be a bellwether for all cinema

Shailene Woodley in Endings, Beginnings

Endings Beginning, Howard, Giraffe, Spaceship Earth

Howard Ashman

Review: Film suitable for young fans despite difficult ending to Ashman’s life

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