Girl power.
Lukas Moodysson, the Swedish director back from the dead
By Ryan Gilbey - 18 April 9:00

Lukas Moodysson, director of Lilya 4-Eva and Container talks about his new (and most accomplished) film We Are the Best! in which three Stockholm teenagers form a punk bank.

James Dean. Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images
James Dean and the birth of modern masculinity
By India Ross - 17 April 14:05

A life mesmerisingly truncated, James Dean left behind only three films, and the gaping absence of the career that might have been.

Kooky horror show: Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes in Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel
What’s the secret to a long and happy relationship? Disagree about everything
By Tracey Thorn - 17 April 10:00

My friend Emma worships Wes Anderson; I can’t stand him – so we were looking forward to a good row after The Grand Budapest Hotel

Popular in Poplar: Angela Lansbury at the Angela Lansbury Film Festival, Poplar, April 2014
Angela Lansbury: “Peach queens are stars. I’m an actress”
By Caroline Crampton - 15 April 14:00

The veteran actress best known for Murder, She Wrote had an emotional return to her East End roots this month with a series of screenings and a personal appearance.

Andrew Garfield.
Thank goodness for Andrew Garfield, saviour of the Amazing Spider-Man 2
By Ryan Gilbey - 10 April 17:22

Fans cannot live on special effects alone. It is Andrew Garfield's super powers, as Peter Parker without the mask, that justify the explosions and non sequiturs that follow as soon as he puts it on.

Leather forecast: leather men in the New York gay pride parade, 1980. Photo: Getty
It turns out there’s more to LGBT films than sex. Sometimes
By Eleanor Margolis - 10 April 10:00

From London leather men to prostitution in American suburbia, the renamed BFI Flare offered up an eclectic programme.

Swinging roundabout: Piccadilly Circus in 1963
The retropolitan line: documentary How We Used to Live by Paul Kelly
By Andrew Harrison - 04 April 13:00

A cinematic paean to postwar London uses rare footage from the BFI. But has time edited out the boring bits?

Kate Winslet.
Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet: The bright spots at the centre of Divergent
By Ryan Gilbey - 04 April 11:58

Kate Winslet's part in dystopian drama Divergent might just represent the ideal new character type for the English actress: ice queen.

Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, and Ben Lloyd-Hughes in Divergent.
Laurie Penny: No wonder teens love stories about dystopias – they feel like they’re in one
By Laurie Penny - 03 April 14:17

Civilisation as we know it could collapse in 15 years, something which is reflected in the viewing habits of today’s kids.

Man in the mirror: Jesse Eisenberg as Simon/James
A case of homage overload: The Double by Richard Ayoade
By Ryan Gilbey - 03 April 12:30

Two films into his directing career, the former star of the IT Crowd  has yet to exhibit an original voice.

American idol: Chris Evans in The First Avenger, the debut instalment of the new Captain sagas for the big screen. (Photo: Rex Features)
An Aristotle who punches bad guys: the moral world of Captain America
By John Gray - 01 April 11:57

The patriotic superhero has been resurrected on screen in the past few years. John Gray argues that Cap's appeal lies in timeless ethics dating back to ancient Greece. 

The dog might be a metaphor, but it also has real teeth.
White Dog: Sam Fuller’s gritty, uneasy thriller gets a much-deserved re-release
By Ryan Gilbey - 28 March 12:54

The 1982 film about racism and prejudice is back – and its grittiness and conscientiousness is still there.

Faraway, so close: Bérénice Bejo and Ali Mosaffa in The Past
In Asghar Farhadi’s The Past, it’s only feelings that get hurt
By Ryan Gilbey - 27 March 18:53

The director of the Oscar-winning A Separation returns with a new family drama, this time set in a Parisian suburb.

Sara Serraiocco.
Salvo by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza: Ways of seeing
By Ryan Gilbey - 21 March 13:30

The story of a Sicilian hit man whose life is changed by the blind sister of his intended target struggles on the border between grittiness and sentimentality.

Scarlett Johannson at the premier of Under the Skin at the Venice Film Festival 2013. (Photo: Getty)
Alien landscape: Under the Skin by Jonathan Glazer
By Ryan Gilbey - 14 March 15:30

Scarlett Johansson stars as the otherworldly, predatory protagonist in this unsettling sci-fi thriller.

Forever young: films about children
By Mark Cousins - 13 March 16:15

The inhibitions of adulthood mask creativity. No wonder grown-ups love movies about kids.

Scarlett Johansson.
Isserley, Penélope Cruz and the slow gestation of Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin
By Ryan Gilbey - 11 March 16:47

Jonathan Glazer's new film Under the Skin, starring Scarlett Johansson, took fourteen years to make it to the big screen. Novelist and screenwriter Alexander Stuart recalls the project's early days.

Ring for reception: Tony Revolori as Zero (centre) in Wes Anderson's artfully fake hotel
Travelling light: The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson
By Ryan Gilbey - 06 March 18:06

Anderson’s style became paralysed around the time of The Royal Tenenbaums and this is no exception.

Lupita Nyong’o with her Oscar at the Vanity Fair party. Photo: Getty
“I remember a time when I too felt unbeautiful”: Lupita Nyong’o on beauty and skin colour
By Media Mole - 04 March 13:14

In her speech at Essence Magazine’s Black Women in Hollywood event, the Oscar winner spoke of how she used to be “teased and taunted about her night-shaded skin”, and how she arrived at the realisation that beauty doesn’t come in shades.

Lupita Nyong'o, who won best supporting actress for her role in 12 Years a Slave. Photo: Getty
Oscar winners 2014: the full list
By New Statesman - 03 March 9:55

12 Years a Slave takes best picture, and Gravity cleans up in the technical categories.

Orbit Ever After.
Bafta Shorts 2014: Eight small wonders, stocked with infinite space
By Ryan Gilbey - 27 February 16:00

The short film, unlike the short story, is a stray with no home - which is why a cinema release of the eight short films that competed at the Baftas is a joyous subversion of the norm.

So who will clean up at the Oscars? Nobody, most likely
By Ryan Gilbey - 27 February 15:32

If I had my way, David O Russell's complex, sublime American Hustle would sweep the board - but the fact is no single film is likely to take the whole haul, and the smart money's on the earnest and populist.

Stealing the market: “Hollywood directors can do what they want. It’s not a fair
Feng Xiaogang: the Chinese Spielberg
By Megan Walsh - 20 February 11:47

With new cinemas in China popping up at the rate of ten a day, Feng Xiaogang is the Chinese answer to Steven Spielberg: a reliable box office hitter.

Stacy Martin and Shia LaBeouf.
Oops! I did it again: Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac
By Ryan Gilbey - 20 February 11:00

The sexual exploits of Joe, played by Charlotte Gainsbourg and newcomer Stacy Martin, are depicted without modesty - but the film stops short of being pornographic, tempered as it is by comedy, provocation and grim detail.

Richard Linklater's Boyhood leads the pack in Berlin
By Ryan Gilbey - 14 February 15:23

As the Berlinale draws to a close, Ryan Gilbey savours a couple of gems, while questioning how some films earned their spots at the festival.

Unknown pleasures at the Berlinale, the young upstart of the film festival world
By Ryan Gilbey - 14 February 13:00

Ryan Gilbey reports from the Berlin Film Festival 2014, where a viscous thriller about a soldier separated from his unit in 1970s Belfast rubs shoulders with a tender comic-drama starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina.

Why is The Lego Movie pushing anti-capitalist propaganda?
By Emmett Rensin - 12 February 10:16

The villain is named Lord Business, a man who hates “hippie-dippy stuff” and thunders over Bricktown, where the workers drink Over-Priced Coffee™. No wonder Fox News declared the film “anti-capitalist”.

Spike Jonze’s Her and Alain Guiraudie’s Stranger by the Lake: intimacy issues
By Ryan Gilbey - 10 February 11:46

They may seem like an odd pairing, but Spike Jonze's film about a man who falls in love with his operating system and Alain Guiraudie's tale of a murder at a secluded cruising spot show the lengths people will travel to forge a connection.

The Gate of Ivory: why Inside Llewyn Davis is a masterpiece
By Dorian Lynskey - 07 February 16:38

Friends who hate <em>Inside Llewyn Davis</em> complain about the tonal monotony, from the plot down to the colour palette, but it’s about the seeming impossibility of change. It looks how depression feels.