Gary Oldman turned up last week in Apple TV’s sleazy, ash-stained take on Mick Herron’s espionage novel Slow Horses.

Does it matter if an actor in an adaption looks little like the character described in the book?  Bear with me. Who, among these performers, is (...)

Not so epic? Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

We’re never bloody happy, are we? The weather is too bloody hot; the weather is too bloody cold. Music is too bloody loud; music is too bloody bland. (...)

Sidney Poitier: the groundbreaking actor has died aged 94. Photograph: Tommaso Boddi/Getty

In the late 1960s, when black actors still struggled for mainstream recognition, Sidney Poitier, who has died in the Bahamas at the age of 94, managed(...)

Steven Spielberg’s imminent West Side Story should not be described as a remake

The time has come to get pedantic about cavalier use of the word “remake”. “Viewers of The Darling Buds of May remake ‘switch off’…” the Daily Mail t(...)

‘It requires something like genius – on Anderson’s part and those of his collaborators – to get such a complex machine whirring so smoothly.’ Photograph: Searchlight Pictures/Twentieth Century Fox

As the boos and the cheers faded after the Cannes premiere of Wes Anderson’s latest, critics began squabbling among themselves about a near-theologica(...)

Cate Shortland will shortly  give us her take on Marvel’s Black Widow with Scarlett Johansson

Genuine hoorays go the way of the major studios for commissioning women to direct hugely budgeted pictures. This is no small advance. Cate Shortland, (...)

The BBC’s drama series The Pursuit of Love is  television’s third crack at the tale of upper-crust nutters.

Here’s a controversial proposal. Trust nobody who loves a book to give you a reliable assessment of any film or TV series based on that text. “They go(...)

Paddington 2: has more reviews on the site than any other title with a 100 per cent rating

Imagine living in a world where you got news only from headlines. Some do. There really are people out there who believe that Citizen Kane just lost t(...)

Married at First Sight Australia: Ning and Mark

My favourite thing about Married at First Sight Australia (weeknights, E4) is the final word of the title, which feels like the programme makers are m(...)

Vincent Prince  as Prince Prospero in The Masque of the Red Death.

“The ‘Red Death’ had long devastated the country. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous,” runs the opening line of Edgar Allan Poe’s spo(...)

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