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 Actor Michael Fassbender. Photograph: Matt Carr/Getty Images

It’s January 2013, and Michael Fassbender is sheltering from the icy mountain winds in a class of faux-Alpine lodge near a lake in Co Wicklow. Obvious(...)

The Ford Mustang’s $2,368 price tag in 1964 made it affordable to the horde of baby boomers that were just reaching driving age or heading off to college. Photograph: Reuters/Ford Motor Company

It’s weird to be jealous of your car. But I am. Men look at my car with such naked lust, their eyes devouring the curves and chrome, that I oft(...)

Need for Speed 2:30
Need for Speed

A throwaway big-screen adaptation of EA’s popular videogame series, Need for Speed sees for(...)

Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar winner for best supporting actress in 12 Years a Slave

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, Awards Season 2014. We’ve enjoyed your relative unpredictability and tangents: remember when the officially(...)

Director and producer Steve McQueen (R) celebrates after accepting the Oscar for best picture for his film ‘12 Years a Slave’, with actress Lupita Nyong’o (L), at the 86th Academy Awards . Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

It was a strange sort of evening at the Academy Awards. We went into the show knowing that, for the first time in aeons, best picture was stil(...)

BEST PICTURE Will win 12 Years a Slave. After three months somewhere near the head of the pack, Steve McQueen’s slavery saga still looks l(...)

Titanic: the notorious Best Picture winner from 1998

There is, of course, no such thing as the “best picture of the year”. We have yet to devise a machine that can objectively assess the quality of an(...)

Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 and Volume 2 1:48

You will know the standard line on explicit sex in art-house cinema. Having strategically placed a beret over an agitated crotch, the male critic c(...)

Michael Fassbender,  Lupita Nyong’o and Chiwetel Ejiofor in a scene from 12 Years A Slave. Photograph: AP Photo/Fox Searchlight, François Duhamel

TwelveYears a Slave is a striking film in many respects. It is striking in its dramatic pace and in the protracted attention to the minutiae of violen(...)

Curmudgeon and proud of it: Armond White

If, as is often argued, Armond White lives to court controversy then he must be a very happy man this week. Formerly published in the New York Press a(...)

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