Michael Haneke

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The picture would be close to unbearable without the presence of Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren.

Paolo Virzì’s grey-pound drama distinguishes itself in at least one regard. It’s some achievement to make a film about the twilight years that oozes b(...)

Xavier Legrand: 'It struck me when I was talking to victims of domestic violence, and they were telling their stories, that sometimes they might have been relating the plot of a thriller.' Photograph: Claude Medale/Corbis via Getty

In France a woman dies at the hands of her live-in partner every two and a half days, a shocking statistic that, depressingly, doesn’t include related(...)

“I asked Mrs McGinley if she would give me a piece that would be exciting – because grade pieces can be very boring.” Young pianist Rosa O’Reilly

Lovely Ken Wardrop is one of those rare film-makers who gives off exactly the energy you would expect from watching one of his films. Now in his mid-4(...)

Christmas is not about being a domestic goddess, or trying to impress people, it’s not even about what you eat exactly but how, where and with whom.

Oh Christmas! What’s happened to you? Gone is the balding tinsel on a white plastic tree. Now it’s been upgraded and has become all luxurious, it’s Yu(...)

Wonder ★★★★ Directed by Stephen Chbosky. Starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, Mandy Patinkin, Daveed Diggs, Izabela Vidovic, Sonia Bra(...)

Is it a comedy? Fantine Harduin, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Isabelle Huppert, Laura Verlinden, Toby Jones and Mathieu Kassovitz in Happy End. Photograph: Sony Pictures Classics

Nobody who’d seen a Michael Haneke movie (indeed, few people who’d heard one described) could mistake the icy, rigorous Happy End for the work of any (...)

Javier Bardem and Jennifer Lawrence in mother!

 The plot summary of Darren Aronofsky’s oddly stylised mother! – yes, the lower-case lettering and exclamation point are mandatory; more on that (...)

Tingling sensation: Tom Holland in Spider-Man Homecoming. Photograph: Marvel

Among the first thing you hear in the latest reboot of Spider-Man is a variation on the theme from the little admired 1960s animated series. “Spider-M(...)

Michael Haneke’s Happy End

When the title of Michael Haneke’s new film was announced, the possibility of a new high-brow drinking game presented itself: take a slug every time s(...)

Israeli culture minister Miri Regev wearing a dress featuring the old city of Jerusalem  during the opening ceremony of the  Cannes Film Festival. Photograph:  Getty Images

Alejandro G Iñárritu, winner of two best director Oscars, has broken new ground at the Cannes Film Festival with a virtual reality installation entitl(...)

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