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    1. June 26, 2014

      The Golden Dream – film review

      Road movies, fictional and nonfictional, are for rich or resilient protagonists, with no right of complaint. If you can...

    2. May 29, 2014

      Film review – Jimmy’s Hall

      Ken Loach could have directed Jimmy’s Hall, one suspects, in his sleep: which some sceptics may feel is the best way to...

    1. May 23, 2014

      Cannes Film Festival 2014

      You can’t escape the razzmatazz at the annual Riviera rave. We were just starting to think the Cannes festival had entered a...

    2. April 22, 2014

      Cannes Film Festival 2014 – preview

      The impossibly suave Marcello Mastroianni peering roguishly over his Prada sunglasses is the image that will greet visitors...

    3. November 29, 2013

      Russell Brand, Ed Miliband and the search for a popular left

      At the Old Black Lion in Northampton, mild is on tap and revolution is in the air. The pub is the weekly meeting venue for...

    4. May 17, 2013

      In brief

      Film Freak: Contains Mild Nudity, Bad Acting and Lots of Laughs, by Christopher Fowler, Doubleday, RRP£16.99, 336 pages...

    5. March 14, 2013

      Cinema reviews: Beyond the Hills, Shell, The Spirit of ’45 and more

      Film reviewers and ex-alcoholics have this in common. At times they can find sobriety fulfilling, perhaps even thrilling....

    6. October 8, 2012

      Assange guarantors told to pay £93,500

      Nine people, including a Nobel Prize winner, who acted as sureties for Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, must pay...

    7. August 19, 2012

      Assange calls for end to US ‘witch hunt’

      Julian Assange, founder of the WikiLeaks website, has emerged from his refuge in London’s Ecuadorian embassy to call on...

    8. June 6, 2012

      Groups’ investment in distilleries brings jobs

      Whisky is having a moment. The world’s two biggest spirits groups, Diageo and France’s Pernod Ricard, are both ramping up...

    9. May 31, 2012

      Calculated not to alienate

      In cyberspace everyone can hear you scream. With Prometheus the Blogville banshees finally have their way. Here is Ridley...

    10. May 28, 2012

      Haneke’s genius gains its reward

      “Love will set you free.” It sounds more convincing in Cannes, where the Palme d’Or victory for Michael Haneke’s deserving...

    11. May 25, 2012

      The good, the bad and the lovely

      Every year the Cannes Film Festival is a giant Rorschach test. A hundred disparate movies splosh down on the blank, bright...

    12. April 23, 2012

      Ken Loach’s Save the Children film

      Last Thursday the film director Ken Loach was at a London multiplex for the third public screening of a documentary so...

    13. January 13, 2012

      Film industry awaits direction

      David Cameron’s visit to Pinewood studios this week to promote British film has cast him in the role of both hero and...

    14. August 26, 2011

      Reeling from injustice

      London audiences have a rare opportunity this week – to attend the first public screening of a film that so incensed its...

    15. March 16, 2011

      Film releases: March 17

      It may prove the year’s cleverest comedy title. In addition to the cognoscenti who hear that Submarine is a funny, smart,...

    16. December 16, 2010

      Assange walks free after bail granted

      Julian Assange walked out of custody on Thursday night after winning an appeal against being held in detention pending a...

    17. December 14, 2010

      Assange remains in jail despite bail

      Julian Assange, the freedom of information campaigner who has been in jail for the past week, was still behind bars on...

    18. December 7, 2010

      UK court detains WikiLeaks founder

      A car believed to be carrying Julian Assange enters the City of Westminster magistrates’ court Julian Assange, the freedom...

    19. September 24, 2010

      Blame the country for poor cinema

      I watched a trailer for the forthcoming London Film Festival the other week, and there was a short section devoted to...

    20. June 15, 2010

      Tale of two strikes

      Two disputes tell us something about the future of industrial relations - and a lot about the politics of Unite, the largest...

    21. Westminster Blog

      May 28, 2010

      Leadership battle warming up at Unite the Union

      We started covering the imminent battle to run Unite some time ago. The identity of the new general secretary, to be picked...

    22. May 14, 2010

      Changes in moviedom

      Cate Blanchett in Cannes The Dream and the Deal It took skill to fly to Cannes from London this year. Weaving nimbly between...

    23. January 2, 2010

      Christians myth their chance

      All but buried beneath consumption (up this year) and entertainment (more this year), the Christian myth struggled for...

    24. May 23, 2009

      The Diary: James Naughtie

      Wandering along the seafront at Cannes last week, I was thinking about Eric Cantona, and struck by the realisation that he...

    25. May 21, 2009

      Cannes hit by cutbacks and caution

      There are still outward signs of glamour on the Croisette in Cannes, but economic reality has gripped the film market at...

    26. May 20, 2009

      Cannes hit by cutbacks and caution

      There are still outward signs of glamour on the Croisette in Cannes, but economic reality has gripped the film market at...

    27. May 16, 2009

      Small Talk: Zoë Heller

      Zoë Heller has written her three novels and countless newspaper columns in a former men’s lavatory – part of her converted...

    28. March 23, 2009

      Gritty scenes of urban life

      Doves belong to a northern English tradition, visible in Ken Loach's film Kes or D.H. Lawrence's novel Sons and Lovers ,...

    29. September 16, 2008

      World opinion counts too in America's poll

      One of the more comic episodes during the last US presidential election was the effort by The Guardian newspaper to...

    30. The World

      September 16, 2008

      World opinion counts too in America’s poll

      One of the more comic episodes during the last US presidential election was the effort by Britain’s Guardian newspaper to...

    31. September 15, 2008

      World opinion counts too in America’s poll

      One of the more comic episodes during the last US presidential election was the effort by Britain’s Guardian newspaper to...

    32. November 10, 2007

      TELEVISION - Karl French

      This afternoon we can look forward to another series of nights at the British Museum as the historical...

    33. September 9, 2007

      Chinese cinema maintains its grip

      For the second year in a row a Chinese director stepped into the spotlight, proving that at the Venice Film Festival...

    34. June 23, 2007

      RADIO

      Ken Loach's right-on column in the current Radio Times belies Between the Ears (Radio 3 Saturday 8.45pm). The engagé film-...

    35. April 25, 2007

      Violent visions of nationalism

      It is no great surprise that Shane Meadows has, with This Is England, made something close to a masterpiece – he is a gifted...

    36. March 14, 2007

      Forbidden Planet

      Forbidden Planet (TCM 7.05pm) is classic sci-fi with a dash of Shakespeare. Mid-1950s Hollywood was a place so mad it could...

    37. November 27, 2006

      FILM - KARL FRENCH

      Woody Allen's wonderful Manhattan (TCM 11.05pm), following close on Annie Hall, proved him the Schopenhauer of...

    38. October 11, 2006

      CRITICS' CHOICE

      Ron Shelton has found a peculiar little niche for himself, telling in Bull Durham, White Men Can't Jump, The Tin Cup and...

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