Alan J Pakula

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David Shire:  When I am in Hollywood they say: ‘Why do you waste time writing for the theatre?’

“Isn’t modern technology great?” David Shire says after appearing on my computer screen. It certainly is. On a sombre winter day I find myself lookin(...)

Tom Hanks in The Post: we swoon, fan ourselves or need to be alone for a few minutes with “our thoughts”

Last week, when our clever, handsome, nicely socked leader, Leo Varadkar, spoke to Americans, sympathised with Trump and criticised the media, I thoug(...)

Jane Fonda in a promotional portrait for ‘Barbarella’, directed by her then-husband Roger Vadim. Photograph: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

Put Jane Fonda on a stamp. It is allowed. Seven years ago, the US Postal Service announced that it would henceforth allow living people to be so honou(...)

Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks on the set of “The Post” which portrays   the “Washington Post”’s efforts to publish the Pentagon Papers in 1971. Photograph: Niko Tavernis/Twentieth Century Fox

It is just over a year since Donald Trump blathered his way to an unlikely electoral triumph. It is, thus, surely too soon to assess the cinema of the(...)

Steve Martin and Michael Caine are rival con artists scamming wealthy marks on the French Riviera in 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels'. Their one-upmanship makes for one of cinema’s great comic rivalries

A few years ago, we published a guide to the best films available on Netflix. It proved to be one of our most popular stories ever. Since then many n(...)

Joe Crowley (right) a survivor of clerical abuse, and Michael Cyril Creighton, the actor who portrays him in ‘Spotlight’.

The idea of journalism being cinematic is counterintuitive. Rather than being visually appealing, the craft of journalism is more in keeping with Bism(...)

A sign outside the car park in Rosslyn, Arlington, Virginia, where journalistic source Deep Throat met Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward six times between October 1972 and November 1973.

The din of passing traffic spills down an air vent from the street above, while water drips in a corner. Every sound, from the footsteps of a perso(...)

In 2008, the gun that was used to kill John F Kennedy’s assassin was auctioned off as part of “a pop culture collection”. Other items included the (...)

Thirteen Days (2000): Or how the Kennedys saved the world between games of touch football.
Hollywood's JFK

Primary (1960) A group of America’s most talented young documentarians chronicled Senator Kennedy’s efforts to secure the presidential nomination(...)

Making Steven Soderbergh seem like a slouch, Shane Carruth writes, directs, produces, edits, shoots and acts in this transcendent, delayed follow-up t(...)