Elizabeth Banks   in   Brightburn. Photograph:  Sony Pictures

You won’t need a degree in superhero studies to twig what’s going on in this interesting variation on genre conventions. Elizabeth Banks and David De(...)

 Mary, Queen of Scots starring Saoirse Ronan  opens January 18th

 Ad Astra Ruth Negga joins Brad Pitt (lucky him, lucky her) on a mission to Neptune. Pointy-headed James Gray, the man behind The Lost City of Z,(...)

Melissa McCarthy seeks to keep her talented head above the rising tide of effluent

“Show us on the puppet where this film touched you.” “It touched me here and here and [sobs] here – on my special place.” “Let the record show that th(...)

Incredibles 2: Mr Incredible struggles as a stay-at-home dad in this sequel to Pixar’s 2004 hit

Lessons have been learnt. Back in 2014, some weeks after Brazil were thoroughly spanked by the Germans, Hollywood’s summer sputtered to a halt after t(...)

Pick of the summer streams

Summertime is traditionally a wasteland for original programming, with all the best new shows stored up for winter hibernation. Summer is usually rese(...)

Morphin mightily: Becky G, Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, Ludi Lin, and RJ Cyler in Power Rangers

I bring worrying news from the first commercial showing of Power Rangers. (For some reason, we were denied a press screening.) The folk behind this la(...)

Democratic US presidential nominee Hillary Clinton appears on a video monitor streamed live from New York at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US July 26th, 2016. Photograoh: Mark Kauzlarich/Reuters

Hillary Clinton capped a historic night after becoming the first woman to lead a major party into a US presidential election with a surprise appearan(...)

Republican Paul Ryan: agreed to support Donald Trump for US president weeks after saying he was not ready to back him. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

The newly minted detente between Donald Trump and the highest-ranking elected Republican Paul Ryan hit a rocky patch just a day after the US House of(...)

Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I

Whether we wanted it or not (I’m saying “not”), we have, over the last five years, seen the development of a new genre of film. Harry Potter and th(...)