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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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