Catherine Shoard on 08/07/2020

Dirty Dancing sequel starring Jennifer Grey announced 33 years after original

Star of first film will also executive produce follow-up to hit summer romance movie, with Jonathan Levine directingAn official sequel to the hit summer romance movie Dirty Dancing has been announced, 33 years after the first film was released.Jennifer Grey, who starred in the original as Frances “B

Cath Clarke on 08/07/2020

Perfect 10 review – teen drama marks the arrival of a special talent

Eva Riley’s debut feature is a dazzling coming-of-age tale lit up by a pair of remarkable first-time performancesNot quite a perfect 10. But still, Scottish director Eva Riley smashes it with her debut feature, a gritty and tender portrait of a teenage gymnast who meets her half-brother for the firs

Benjamin Lee on 08/07/2020

Work It review – engaging Netflix teen comedy dances to a familiar beat

A predictable yet breezily entertaining and well-acted high school comedy sees a ragtag dance crew aiming for the topThere’s an easy sleepover movie charm to Netflix comedy Work It, a charm that’s proved harder to find in their many other teen offerings of late. It’s a familiar package – dance, roma

Catherine Shoard on 08/06/2020

The Matrix director: I'm glad film recognised as trans metaphor

Lilly Wachowski expresses pleasure that the film’s ‘original intention’ has become commonplace understanding among fansLilly Wachowski, who co-directed the Matrix films with her sister, Lana, has confirmed that they should be read as allegories for the transgender narrative. Subsequent to the films’

Peter Bradshaw on 08/06/2020

Actresses playing actresses in film – ranked!

On the 70th anniversary of Sunset Boulevard, in which Gloria Swanson plays terrifying silver screen star Norma Desmond, we look at the greatest interpretations of actresses by actressesA classic role of elegant, sophisticated malice and brazen wrongdoing for Marlene Dietrich as Charlotte Inwood, a f

Peter Bradshaw on 08/03/2020

Boys State review – amazing study of teenagers running for pretend office

The gloves and training wheels come off as a group of smart, poignantly naive and utterly insufferable Texas boys get together to simulate governmentIt’s not clear to me if this is a heartwarming study in young people’s idealism or a Lord of the Flies bloodbath with smug feral demons in white T-shir

Peter Bradshaw on 08/05/2020

Papicha review – repression and rebellion in war-torn Algeria

A fashion student kicks back against misogyny and religious extremism in Mounia Meddour’s ambitious directorial debut The title is Algerian slang for “cool girl” or “rebel girl” and Algerian film-maker Mounia Meddour brings a lot of empowering energy to this autobiographical debut feature, set in th

Andrew Pulver on 08/05/2020

Anelka: Misunderstood review – subtle portrait of an enigmatic talent

From a quenelle salute to World Cup controversy, the brilliant short-fuse striker comes with baggage, and this film does a fair job with some fraught materialA galaxy of major names – including Thierry Henry, Arsène Wenger and Didier Drogba – line up to chip in their two-penn’orth on one of the grea

Benjamin Lee on 08/05/2020

China continues to exert damaging influence on Hollywood, report finds

A study from Pen America warns of the long-term effects of studios censoring content to appease the Chinese governmentA new report has found that the Chinese government’s influence on Hollywood is posing a serious threat to free expression.The 94-page study, from the literary and human rights group

Catherine Shoard on 08/03/2020

Andrew Lloyd Webber calls Cats film 'ridiculous'

Composer of hit musical says director Tom Hooper didn’t consult those involved in the original show when making his widely panned film adaptationAndrew Lloyd Webber has taken a belated scratch to Tom Hooper’s much-maligned adaptation of his stage musical, Cats. In an interview with the Sunday Times,

Hannah J Davies on 07/31/2020

Baftas reward diversity and longevity in a post-Covid era

BAME nominees take giant strides at awards as Glenda Jackson wins a first gong aged 84 “No one’s stronger than an artist in a crisis”: so sang Tim Minchin in a satirical number to open the 2020 Bafta television awards, which took place on Friday following a 10-week delay due to the coronavirus pande

Mark Brown Arts correspondent on 07/28/2020

UK pledges £500m insurance fund to jumpstart film and TV production

Producers welcome scheme offering support if productions incur losses due to Covid-19Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA £500m scheme to jumpstart the UK’s battered film and television industries has been welcomed by producers.On Tuesday, the culture secretary, Oliver Dowde

Sirin Kale on 06/19/2020

I've never seen … Con Air

Bare-chested fist-fights, loud guitar riffs, a billowing American flag and Malkovich turned up to 11. This is a cheese-filled treatSee the other classic missed films in this seriesThe best arts and entertainment during self-isolationI was prepared to like Con Air and, happily, I was not disappointed

Pamela Hutchinson on 06/26/2020

What I'm really watching: David Lynch's YouTube channel

LA weather reports, office DIY projects, nature notes … they’re all there in the film director’s daily video blogs about California life, a sunny blessing in lockdownOur morning routines have changed. More energetic types may have been bouncing out of bed for a virtual PE lesson, and domestic deitie

Alex Hess on 07/07/2020

My favourite film aged 12: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

With four-letter words and violence by the bucketload, Guy Ritchie’s gangster flick had everything a 12-year-old boy could want – and it still doesRead all the other My favourite film choicesWhen I was 12, all that mattered was the certificate. That little coloured shape in the bottom corner of the

As told to Rich Pelley on 06/19/2020

Armando Iannucci: 'We're watching Cats five mins a night – to prolong the agony'

Kurosawa’s ‘uplifting’ film about poverty and Chernobyl are on the viewing roster of the Avenue 5 creator, who calls on the UK government to prioritise the arts sectorI’m at home with my wife, children and dogs. We’ve drifted into a communal understanding of watching something chewy, like Chernobyl,

Guy Lodge on 07/26/2020

20 must-see documentaries to explain the world in 2020

From climate change and Black Lives Matter to Tiger King and Taylor Swift, these are the factual films that best capture and explain what’s going on around us Director: Lisa Bryant Netflix Continue reading...

Scott Tobias on 07/25/2020

Dressed to Kill at 40: Brian De Palma's thrilling yet problematic shocker

The director’s stylish Psycho homage remains a thrill yet continues to face accusations of misogyny and transphobiaThe distance between Brian De Palma’s Dressed to Kill and its source of inspiration, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, is 20 years. The distance between Dressed to Kill and now is 40 years. Th

Stuart Heritage on 07/23/2020

Jim Carrey's 20 best film performances – ranked!

The rubber-faced funnyman made Ace Ventura, The Mask and Dumb and Dumber in the same year. But as he prepares to publish his memoirs, we ask: was that as good as it got?By and large, Jim Carrey either makes good films or very, very bad films. The latter includes mush such as The Majestic, comedic mi

Scott Tobias on 07/13/2020

Ghost at 30: the shock romantic blockbuster that tried to do it all

Patrick Swayze’s unusual star appeal helped make the supernatural romance the biggest hit of 1990 despite being resolutely unhipAmerican cinema has never had a star quite like Patrick Swayze, who now seems like a bridge between eras, redefining masculinity after an 80s dominated by brute-force heroe

Simon Wardell on 07/10/2020

From Easy Rider to Sightseers: 10 of the best road trip movies

Freedom, nihilism, countercultural subversion: let these cinematic road trips transport you somewhere far, far awayModern Toss on road trip movies ... The freedom of the open road, far from social, moral and economic strictures, is at the heart of the road movie, a theme it borrowed from the western

Peter Bradshaw on 07/09/2020

Charlize Theron's 20 best film roles – ranked!

As her new film hits Netflix, here’s a run down of the actor’s greatest performances, from sci-fi action and comedy to the portrayal of a serial killer Continue reading...