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The Wizard of Oz: an authorless masterpiece. Photograph: Silver Screen Collection/Getty

Because we now live in the Age of Perpetual Anniversaries, prepare to be bombarded in a couple of weeks’ time by articles noting the fact that it’s be(...)

Gabriela Cartol in The Chambermaid

Every now and then, one is taken aback to discover the unlikely source material for a film. Lila Avilés has adapted her excellent, highly original deb(...)

‘The Cold Blue’

We have recently been spoilt with hitherto unseen footage from historical events. Coming a week after the extraordinary Apollo 11, The Cold Blue compr(...)

‘Vita & Virginia’, starring Gemma Arterton and Elizabeth Debicki as Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf.

Here we have a film torn between brave experiment and on-after-Lovejoy heritage telly. The source material gestures in the safer direction. Chanya But(...)

Alec Guinness as Reverend Lord Henry D’Ascoyne

Recent burrowing by Dr Matthew Sweet, one of the UK’s most dogged cultural historians, has revealed that the original plot of Robert Hamer’s Kind Hear(...)

 South Korean director Bong Joon-ho poses with his Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, in Cannes, France. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

Another busy and contentious Cannes film festival ended on Saturday night with the presentation of the Palme d’Or to Bong Joon-ho for his black c(...)

Carmiña Martínez in Birds of Passage

Once in the bluest of moons, we encounter a freshly minted classic that feels as if it has been around forever. Ciro Guerra’s Embrace of the Serpent f(...)

A thousand people get shot, but nobody is ever hurt

“After the first death there are no others,” Dylan Thomas wrote. Yeah, well you obviously didn’t live long enough to see the John Wick films, boyo. I(...)

The main gag is Billy’s unease in not just the body of a man, but also that of a being who can shoot lightning from his fingers and leap buildings

It seems as if DC movies really have turned a corner towards the sunnier side of Little Spielbergia. The literal and figurative darkness in Zack Snyde(...)

Zack Mulligan and Keire Johnson in Minding the Gap,  Bing Liu’s Oscar-nominated documentary. Photograph courtesy of Sundance Institute Zack Mulligan and Keire Johnson in Minding the Gap,  Bing Liu’s Oscar-nominated documentary. Photograph courtesy of Sundance Institute

Twenty-first century discourse has had much to do with “toxic masculinity” and there are few better examinations of the phenomenon than this gripping,(...)

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