Review: The Ides of March

By Jonathan Foreman, October 31, 2011

Most modern Hollywood movies about politics are even more ill-informed and cliché-ridden than the ones depicting the worlds of journalism, medicine or the military.


Review: Reuniting the Rubins

October 19, 2011

There are very few movies that depict Seder nights. There are even fewer that do so with an affectionate and intelligent sense of the celebration's variety, or the way that it brings out the best and worst in Jewish family dynamics.


Review: Retreat

By Jonathan Foreman, October 11, 2011

Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic produce a disproportionately large number of talented actors, most of whom end up based in London. One of the younger crop is Cillian Murphy. He came to international notice as the hero of Danny Boyle's 2003 sci-fi horror film 24 Days Later.


Review: Midnight in Paris

By Jonathan Foreman, October 6, 2011

It is now clear that filming in Britain brings out the worst in Woody Allen - or at least makes painfully clear just how tin-eared and clueless he can be when attempting to depict a culture outside his own. His last film to open in the UK, You will meet a tall dark stranger, was arguably worse than Match Point, Scoop and Cassandra's Dream.


Review: The Debt

By Jonathan Foreman, September 27, 2011

The Debt is the most remarkable film of the year so far: an exciting espionage thriller, a love story and a provocative meditation on crime and punishment. A remake of Assaf Bernstein's 2007 Israeli film, Ha-Hov, it reveals John Madden, director of Shakespeare in Love and Mrs Brown, as a master of action and suspense.


Review: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

By Jonathan Foreman, September 15, 2011

Gary Oldman is the greatest but perhaps least appreciated British film actor of his generation.


He's Hitchcock's man - and no mistake

By Anthea Gerrie, August 25, 2011

This is a confusing time to be a talented young musician called Daniel Cohen.


Review: Cowboys and Aliens

By Jonathan Foreman, August 18, 2011

It is its provenance as much as the promise of its trailer that make Cowboys and Aliens such a disappointment. Directed by Iron Man's Jon Favreau, its producers include not only Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, but Steven Spielberg.


Interview: Gilles Paquet-Brenner

August 4, 2011

For France, the Vel d'Hiv round-up on 16 July, 1942, has been buried in unwanted history for almost 70 years.


Chris Weitz: Inspired by my father the refugee

By Stephen Applebaum, July 29, 2011

Chris Weitz could have parlayed his success as the director of Twilight: New Moon into an even bigger film. Instead, he used it as an opportunity to make a small, intimate drama about a Mexican illegal immigrant called Carlos, who does back-breaking work to provide for his teenage son, Luis, while trying to keep him out of the gangs in their poor East Los Angeles neighbourhood.