Louis Wise on 06/04/2020

Hannah Marks: 'Usually, in movies, these two women would hate each other'

The actor turned writer-director on her Booksmart-esque ‘womance’ Banana Split, and why her next film will be a robot road-tripWhen Hannah Marks was in her late teens, she went through her first breakup, as many do, and grieved it deeply, as many do. Then the actor met her ex’s new girlfriend at a p

Peter Bradshaw on 06/04/2020

Days of the Bagnold Summer review – sweet tale of a metalhead and his mum

Earl Cave and Monica Dolan are a delight in this charming comedy directed by The Inbetweeners’ Simon BirdHere’s a movie that tells us that the days of summer, like the boys of summer in Don Henley’s song, are going to get outlived by the love they inspire. It’s what happens in this thoroughly sweet-

Peter Bradshaw on 06/04/2020

Guest of Honour review – tangled melodrama of guilt and shame

Only David Thewlis’s committed portrayal of a father haunted by the past saves Atom Egoyan’s strained tale of poisoned livesDavid Thewlis stars here, and it is only the absolute conviction of his performance that saves this from being an utter misfire – a misfire of the sort that, sadly, the once gr

Benjamin Lee on 06/04/2020

Spelling the Dream review – slight but charming Netflix documentary

The success of Indian Americans within the US spelling bee is explored in a sweet-natured film that gently touches upon issues of assimilationIt’s virtually impossible to group the words spelling, bee and documentary together without instantly recalling 2003’s Oscar-nominated Spellbound, a warm-hear

Leslie Felperin on 06/04/2020

Trick or Treat review – gangsters, sushi and Blackpool hallucinations

Seaside shenanigans ensue after an apparent hit-and-run accident in this slapdash, mildly amusing thrillerIn this Blackpool-set thriller, semi-retired wide boy Greg (Craig Kelly) is feeling bored and stifled by the routine of fatherhood with an infant daughter and a constantly critical wife, Gemma (

Peter Bradshaw on 06/03/2020

Banana Split review – muddled high-school romcom

Two love rivals secretly become best friends in an implausible and oddly solemn comedy-dramaHere’s a film that has been dug out from near the back of the freezer cabinet – something from 2018. It’s a teen female-friendship, coming-of-ager from 27-year-old actor and co-screenwriter Hannah Marks who s

Cath Clarke on 06/03/2020

Hooking Up review – sex addict on the road to nowhere

A sex-obsessed writer reveals her many erotic encounters to a complete stranger in this shallow, unfunny comedyA sex addict re-enacts every one of her 169 conquests on a road trip across America with a man she’s only just met – he’s got testicular cancer – in this shallow, dismally unfunny comedy fr

Peter Bradshaw on 06/03/2020

Dating Amber review – gay teenagers' pretend love fails to blossom

Two high-school students embark on a fake affair to combat prejudice in 90s Ireland in a well-meaning but derivative dramaDavid Freyne’s eager-to-please coming-of-age movie set in the 90s has the sort of high concept that could well have been greenlit in the 90s, though for an adult romcom, not a hi

Catherine Shoard on 06/04/2020

John Boyega's rousing Black Lives Matter speech wins praise and support

Boyega’s Star Wars co-stars were among those congratulating the actor on a passionate address at anti-racism demonstration in LondonJohn Boyega, the actor who followed up last week’s blistering attack on social media racism with a powerful speech at a Black Lives Matter rally in London, has won wide

Andrew Pulver on 06/03/2020

Cannes selects lineup for 2020 edition after 'physical' festival shelved

Wes Anderson, Steve McQueen and Kate Winslet among the big names of films Cannes plans to present at other festivals later in the calendar year • Peter Bradshaw: Phantom Cannes lineup a defiant statement of survival for festival that lives in the imaginationWes Anderson, Kate Winslet and Steve McQue

Catherine Shoard on 06/02/2020

George Clooney on George Floyd killing: racism is America's pandemic

‘In 400 years we’ve yet to find a vaccine,’ writes actor in attack on Donald Trump’s response to demonstrations as ‘a racial dog whistle’George Clooney has called for a “systemic change” of law enforcement, criminal justice and political leadership in the US, in an essay reacting to the crisis trigg

Noah Gittell on 06/02/2020

I've never seen … The Lord of the Rings

Peter Jackson’s mammoth Tolkien adaptation seemed to be too humourless and chockful of pointless names to be worth the bother – but I hit my stride en routeSee the other classic missed films in this seriesThe best arts and entertainment during self-isolationOne thing I’ve learned is that it’s unusua

Jordan Hoffman on 05/21/2020

What I'm really watching: The Grateful Dead movie

A new wave of jam bands on YouTube reminds this Deadhead of the film that launched a thousand groovesRead all the What I’m really watching choicesThe best arts and entertainment during self-isolationYou know the old Twilight Zone episode, when Burgess Meredith plays a bibliophile survives an H-bomb

Rachel Hall on 06/03/2020

My favourite film aged 12: The Sixth Sense

M Night Shyamalan’s ghost story terrified me to my teenage core – and ignited a love for clever storytellingRead all the other My favourite film choicesThe best arts and entertainment during self-isolationI turned 12 in 1999. Some film buffs like to say the year was one of the greatest in cinema’s h

As told to Rich Pelley on 06/03/2020

William Shatner: 'I'm in a ferment of creativity'

The actor and raconteur on June Allyson, Alexander the Great’s horse and why he doesn’t watch Star Trek I live with my wife in Los Angeles overlooking the San Fernando Valley. I can see the sunrise one way, sunset the other. My wife is talented in many ways, and she’s also a great and healthy cook.

Scott Tobias on 06/01/2020

Total Recall at 30: a thrilling reminder of Paul Verhoeven at his best

The 1990 adaptation of a Philip K Dick short story slickly combined biting satire with a deliriously entertaining Arnold Schwarzenegger action thrillerTotal Recall is a movie about a totalitarian government that’s colonized another planet so it can charge ordinary people to breathe. There would be n

Stuart Heritage on 05/28/2020

Ill-advised car journeys on film – ranked!

Dominic Cummings’ drive to Barnard Castle is unlikely to cut it as a road movie, but here are some nightmarish trips that did make it into the cinema The internet tells us that Sonic the Hedgehog can run at 362mph. In the film Sonic the Hedgehog, the eponymous hero has to travel from Montana to San

Guardian film on 05/12/2020

The best films of 2020 so far

Adam Sandler is a gem of jewellery dealer, Dev Patel is inspired casting as David Copperfield, while Keira Knightley disrupts the 1970 Miss World contest in these top picks – listed in date order – from the UK release schedule this year First world war thriller directed by Sam Mendes about a perilou

Julian Baggini on 05/26/2020

Babette's Feast: Julian Baggini savours the ultimate lockdown movie

With its moments of low-key culinary joy, the Danish gem offers a vital recipe for unity in times of austere hardshipAt a time when basic grocery shopping is a military operation and many people’s incomes have been cut, an invitation to watch others eat a seven-course meal including caviar, foie gra

Scott Tobias on 05/23/2020

The Shining at 40: will we ever fully understand what it all means?

Stanley Kubrick’s terrifying Stephen King adaptation is as chilly and confounding as ever, a puzzle that may never be solvedEight years ago, the Rodney Ascher documentary Room 237 reignited discussion over Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining by surveying a range of different fan theories on what the film

Scott Tobias on 05/21/2020

The Empire Strikes Back at 40: did the Star Wars saga peak too early?

A thrilling sequel opened up the Star Wars universe back in 1980 for better or worse with many underwhelming chapters then followingWhen The Empire Strikes Back was released 40 years ago, it was simply the sequel to Star Wars. It was not yet Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, the middle