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Oscars 2019: Rami Malek, Olivia Colman, Regina King and Mahershala Ali, who won the four acting awards. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty

Think back to the most boring years of the Academy Awards. It is the 1980s, and the ceremony is dominated by Oscar bait such as Out of Africa and Driv(...)

Stanley Donen kisses  Lifetime Achievement Oscar  at the 70th Academy Awards in 1988 in Los Angeles. Photograph:   Reed Saxon/AP

Stanley Donen, who directed Fred Astaire dancing on the ceiling, Gene Kelly singing in the rain and a host of other sparkling moments from some of Hol(...)

Jamie Foxx and Ansel Elgort in Baby Driver

In the bravura opening sequence to Edgar Wright’s best film in over a decade, the titular Baby Driver (Ansel Elgort) transports a party of bank robber(...)

The favourite: for escapism in tough times, it’s Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in La La Land

Let’s save ourselves some time and declare that this year’s Oscar winner for best picture has much to tell us about Donald Trump’s America. True, the(...)

File photograph from March 6th, 1959 shows Debbie Reynolds boarding a plane in New York en route to Spain. Photograph: John Rooney/AP

The death of Debbie Reynolds was always likely to cause rending of garments among followers of old Hollywood. She was the last surviving star of the g(...)

 Actress Debbie Reynolds poses backstage with her Lifetime Achievement award with her granddaughter Billie Catherine (R) and daughter actress Carrie Fisher (L) at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California January 25, 2015. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

When Debbie Reynolds, wearing a skimpy pink flapper’s dress, burst out of an enormous cake at a Hollywood party in Singin’ in the Rain (1952), she si(...)

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Pitt in  the film “By the Sea”: was the 2013 movie the last therapeutic gasp for Brangelina? Photograph: Universal Pictures via AP

The death of Edward Albee this week was an excuse to revisit one of the greatest semi-factual toxic marriages of cinema: the movie version of his Who’(...)

Funny Face

It’s unfair to expect a film released nearly 60 years ago to conform to contemporary standards of equality. But even set against the rife misog(...)