In ‘The Look of Silence’, an Indonesian optometrist confronts torturers and death squad chiefs
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Venice Film Festival – first report

Art imitating art is the emerging theme at this year’s festival

'Les Revenants' ('The Returned')
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French TV on an upward spiral

The television drama makers who are breaking creative barriers

Peter Lorre’s gift for macabre ubiquity

The FT’s film critic looks forward to a BFI season of one of the brilliant immigrants to Hollywood who ‘carried film noir across the world’

Michael Keaton (left) and Edward Norton square up in ‘Birdman’, showing in Venice and already tipped for Oscars
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Clash of the film titans

As the Venice Film Festival begins, the competition among rival festivals such as Toronto and New York grows ever more fierce

Viewers In Burbank, Calif., watch the Metropolitan Opera’s broadcast of “The Magic Flute” on Dec. 30, 2006. It was first of six productions to be broadcast from the Met through April
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Hot ticket: live-streaming theatre productions in cinemas

Isabel Berwick on the pros and cons of live-streaming theatrical performances in cinemas

Jenny Slate and Jake Lacy in ‘Obvious Child’

Obvious Child – film review

Jenny Slate stars as a hapless, hilarious stand-up comic

Mary Walsh, Gordon Pinsent and Brendan Gleeson in ‘The Grand Seduction’

The Grand Seduction – film review

A gentle tale of life in a decaying fishing village

'Night Moves'

Night Moves – film review

Activists plan an act of sabotage in Kelly Reichardt’s film

'Keeper of Lost Causes'

The Keeper of Lost Causes – film review

A convoluted Scandinavian conspiracy thriller

'The Internet's Own Boy' tells the story of Aaron Swartz
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The Internet’s Own Boy – film review

A sad documentary about the short life of ‘hacktivist’ Aaron Swartz

Richard Attenborough – face of British cinema

Oscar-winning actor and director, 1923-2014

‘Sci-fi: Days of Fear and Wonder’, London

A look at some of the weirder British contributions to science fiction

Two Days, One Night – film review

An uncharacteristically gentle film from the Dardenne brothers

The Police Officer’s Wife – film review

Amid the frustrations, there is fine filmmaking here

Lucy – film review

Scarlett Johansson acquires a superbrain in Luc Besson’s film

Into the Storm – film review

Actors are dwarfed by special effects in this disaster movie

Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For – film review

Impressive visuals but disappointing content in this graphic sequel

God Help the Girl – film review

A hummable, good-natured Glasgow-set story with songs

‘Piers the Plowman Revisited’, Radio 4

A cheerful exercise in pill-sweetening that manages to avoid dumbing down

Blood Ties – film review

Crime drama steeped in 1970s nostalgia