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  1. October 25, 2012

    Solemn Bond’s reborn identity

    In Skyfall, the idea that Bond equals Batman-plus-Bourne is put to the test and found wanting. Last time around, in Quantum...

  2. August 3, 2012

    Knight Capital – a disturbing pattern

    As the Michael Caine character says after a sidekick gets a controlled explosion wrong in The Italian Job: “You’re only...

  1. April 26, 2012

    Great moment is far from Close

    At a certain point in their careers most stars go nuts over a certain part, long-fostering a project as it batters upwind of...

  2. September 30, 2011

    Mews from nowhere

    Readers of a certain age may recall the London of the 1970s, when the capital was identified around the world with people as...

  3. July 21, 2011

    Film releases: July 22

    Horrible Bosses is a one-man show that other actors have been allowed, lucklessly for them, to crash. Crash they do. Like a...

  4. June 11, 2011

    Small talk: Graham Swift

    Born in 1949, Graham Swift was brought up in Croydon, London, and studied at Cambridge and York universities. His first...

  5. March 25, 2011

    Does China need Puccini?

    On a recent trip to China, I was struck by the plight of Zhang Guomiao, a middle-aged farmer from Zhejiang province, who...

  6. January 14, 2011

    Monument to a worthy Italian job

    Can there ever have been a greater affront to Italian dignity – no small matter – than the cheerfully demented plot of The...

  7. October 1, 2010

    Tea with the FT: Michael Caine

    Disappointingly, Sir Michael Caine does not, when we are introduced, look me firmly in the eye and declare: “My name’s...

  8. October 1, 2010

    Can Hollywood stars bring Michelin stars?

    Michael Caine in 1981 with Langan’s co-owners Richard Shepherd and Peter Langan You’re a global superstar. Everything you...

  9. July 23, 2010

    Brutalist car park is heading for a fall

    Brooding and monolithic, it dominates the skyline, a towering manifestation of the raw concrete power of Britain’s Brutalist...

  10. April 10, 2010

    Plan B: The Defamation of Strickland Banks

    Plan B The Defamation of Strickland Banks 679/Atlantic Ben Drew, east London’s mouthy, guitar-strumming answer to Eminem,...

  11. April 9, 2010

    Harry vs Harry in battle of the glitterati

    It could be construed as the battle of the two Harrys. Sir Michael Caine, the veteran actor who played Harry Palmer in The...

  12. April 9, 2010

    It's Harry vs Harry in battle of the glitterati

    It could be construed as the battle of the two Harrys.Sir Michael Caine, the veteran actor who played Harry Palmer in The...

  13. Westminster Blog

    April 8, 2010

    Armchair election: His name is Michael Caine

    Some years ago – actually nearly 20 – when I was a junior reporter on the Daily Telegraph I was assigned the less-than-plum...

  14. October 19, 2009

    Ten Years of the Caine Prize for African Writing

    Ten Years of the Caine Prize for African Writing New Internationalist, £9.99, 228 pages FT Bookshop price: £7.99 Named...

  15. September 18, 2009

    Readers' vote

    Last week after the BBC2 screened the drama The Last Days of Lehman Brothers , I asked readers to suggest who could play the...

  16. May 1, 2009

    The celeb exodus that never was

    The past week has been weird. I have been having flashbacks. These aren't exciting trippy multicoloured flashbacks. But...

  17. April 30, 2009

    The celeb exodus that never was

    The past week has been weird. I have been having flashbacks. These aren’t exciting trippy multicoloured flashbacks. But ones...

  18. November 22, 2008

    Funny and peculiar

    Sale: The Entertainment Sale, to include "The Private World of Spike Milligan" Location: Bonhams, Montpelier Street, London...

  19. October 25, 2008

    Seen on screen

    The Golden Compass : Nelson stool in white leather from Vitra; armchairs from Gotham. Sleuth (2007 version with Michael...

  20. October 11, 2008

    The glasses ceiling

    In the past few weeks an unlikely style icon has emerged in the shape of Sarah Palin. Forget Michelle Obama's chic Maria...

  21. October 11, 2008

    The glasses ceiling

    In the past few weeks an unlikely style icon has emerged in the shape of Sarah Palin. Forget Michelle Obama’s chic Maria...

  22. July 26, 2008

    Films on release Nigel Andrews

    The Dark Knight Christopher Nolan 152 mins (12A) A blast of truth giddied up with fantasy - does the new Batman film owe...

  23. July 24, 2008

    The losing of America

    "Landlord of England art thou now, not king," said John of Gaunt to Richard II, in the words of William Shakespeare. What...

  24. July 23, 2008

    The losing of America

    “Landlord of England art thou now, not king,” said John of Gaunt to Richard II, in the words of William Shakespeare. What...

  25. May 17, 2008

    Terror's Advocate

    Terror's Advocate Barbet Schroeder 135 mins (12A) A sort of dominatrix documentary, gleeful in its cruel intelligence. We...

  26. May 10, 2008

    DVD releases

    Rare and Unseen: The Beatles Liberation Entertainment Chris Cowey/Paul Clark, 2007 ** The story of the most obsessively...

  27. May 3, 2008

    TV films

    The Godfather Part II (Sky Modern Greats Saturday 10.15pm) builds magnificently on the foundations established in the first...

  28. February 22, 2008

    London's modern classic

    Trilby hats, woven ties and corduroy suits are the talk of the town in Bermondsey, south London, an area once packed full...

  29. January 26, 2008

    FILM - Karl French

    Hannah and Her Sisters (BBC2 11.35pm) just may be Woody Allen's most satisfying film, a hymn to the joys of New York and a...

  30. November 24, 2007

    FILMS ON RELEASE NIGEL ANDREWS

    August Rush Kirsten Sheridan 112 mins (PG) All fawn and no content. The Bambi eyes and perky innocence of Freddie...

  31. November 21, 2007

    Herzog lands on his feet – again

    Werner Herzog is the great survivor of world cinema. He should long ago have been slain by snakes, shot by one of his actors...

  32. September 21, 2007

    Dealing with a gut feeling

    A visit to Frank Cohen’s collection is not your usual viewing experience. For starters, Initial Access, Unit 2, as the...

  33. September 4, 2007

    Small traders pinched by Gateshead's giant steps

    The deal that has allowed the family of Bryan Young, a small retailer, to trade in an affordable, accessible town-centre...

  34. September 4, 2007

    From Baghdad to Venice, California

    Five days into the Venice Film Festival, life on the Lido is barely recognisable. Anglophone critics are usually in the...

  35. September 3, 2007

    From Baghdad to Venice, California

    Five days into the Venice Film Festival, life on the Lido is barely recognisable. Anglophone critics are usually in the...

  36. July 31, 2007

    Pick of the Day

    Part of the BBC's rare cultural good deeds, Proms on Four is one of tonight's highlights (BBC4 7.30pm). The BBC Scottish SO...

  37. March 31, 2007

    CRITICS' CHOICE

    Jack Nicholson is pure joy even when playing a misery. As a retired widower with a caravan in Alexander Payne's About...

  38. December 30, 2006

    FILM NIGEL ANDREWS

    Some films are shown so often you would think the prints needed to be sewn together from disintegrating threads. But if...

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