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  1. November 16, 2012

    ‘Evil is a tricky one’

    We expect film directors to be mysterious or difficult – the auteur myth – but the British director Ben Wheatley is direct...

  2. March 11, 2012

    Abigail’s Party, Menier Chocolate Factory, London

    There is something of a 1970s invasion of the London stage at present. Hot on the heels of Absent Friends comes this...

  1. February 19, 2012

    Berlin awards a mix of farce and tragedy

    It is amazing, isn’t it? You leave people in a room for two, three, four hours; you provide them with coffee and sandwiches;...

  2. September 23, 2011

    Grief, National Theatre, London

    Mike Leigh’s latest play takes place in a desolate landscape: suburban London in the late 1950s. While elsewhere youngsters...

  3. September 1, 2011

    Cinema releases: September 2

    “Comedy of menace” was the celebrated phrase created by the critic Irving Wardle to describe Harold Pinter’s passive...

  4. March 2, 2011

    Film releases for March 3

    Water-coloured life: Kate Fahy in ‘Archipelago’ Re-reading my notes scribbled in the dark during Archipelago, I find that...

  5. March 2, 2011

    Crises and clipped vowels

    Water-coloured life: Kate Fahy in ‘Archipelago’ Re-reading my notes scribbled in the dark during Archipelago, I find that...

  6. January 12, 2011

    Blood from a Stone, Acorn Theatre, New York

    Strained connections: Ethan Hawke and Ann Dowd In Blood from a Stone Tommy Nohilly not only makes a notable professional...

  7. December 7, 2010

    UK to host ‘Cultural Olympiad’

    An array of the world’s leading artists will perform in the UK for a 12-week cultural festival held to celebrate the London...

  8. November 3, 2010

    New Releases

    Ruth Sheen and Jim Broadbent Another Year () is the now regular, now cyclical marvel from Britain’s best film-maker. The...

  9. 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...

  10. September 24, 2010

    Hampstead Theatre’s incoming director

    Edward Hall’s task as Hampstead Theatre’s new artistic director will be to shake off the chequered reputation the north...

  11. 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...

  12. December 27, 2008

    Films on release - Nigel Andrews

    Mum and Dad Steven Sheil 84 mins (18) A British horror film batty enough to be interesting. On the edge of Heathrow...

  13. August 23, 2008

    Somers Town

    Somers Town Shane Meadows 75 mins (12A) A British charmer. Director Shane Meadows, of This is England , builds a frail...

  14. August 16, 2008

    DVD releases

    Happy-Go-Lucky Mike Leigh, 2008 Momentum Mike Leigh is the great miserablist auteur of British cinema. Here he confounds...

  15. June 14, 2008

    2000 Feet Away

    2000 Feet Away Bush Theatre, London W12 A starry cast crowds into London's diminutive Bush Theatre for the UK premiere of...

  16. May 17, 2008

    War and pieces of sugar candy

    Cinephile trend-spotters have had an easy time of it for the past few months: since Christmas, our big screens have been...

  17. April 26, 2008

    Films on release Martin Hoyle & Nigel Andrews

    Persepolis Marjane Satrapi 96 mins (12A) Writer-artist Marjane Satrapi brings her own graphic novel to the screen in...

  18. April 19, 2008

    Happy-Go-Lucky

    London swings merrily, 40 years after the 1960s. In Mike Leigh's exuberant new comedy, fun-loving schoolteacher and...

  19. April 18, 2008

    Happy or not

    If one needed a sign that things are looking gloomy it is not to be found in job loss predictions or house price falls, but...

  20. April 16, 2008

    From low-rent London with love

    To say there are two sides to Mike Leigh’s cinema is almost literally true. When a Leigh film drops on your doormat you find...

  21. April 12, 2008

    DVD Releases

    The Yacoubian Building Marwan Hamed, 2005 ICA Films The Cairo apartment block of the title is presented in this sprawling...

  22. January 12, 2008

    4 Months, 3 Weeks 2 Days

    Cristian Mungiu 113 mins (15) Cristian Mungiu's brilliant Romanian film won the Cannes Golden Palm. Though set during...

  23. September 1, 2007

    Dvd releases

    Sunshine Danny Boyle, 2007 Fox Fifty years in the future and the sun is gradually being extinguished. Hence the 16-month...

  24. August 11, 2007

    Karl French FILM

    All or Nothing (BBC2 Saturday 10.40pm) is a deceptively simple slice of Mike Leigh miserablism in which we spend a couple...

  25. June 16, 2007

    Karl French FILM

    Where the early 1970s had life on the road as the favoured metaphor for life, the late 1980s had baseball, the best of the...

  26. 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...

  27. February 17, 2007

    FILM

    Around the release of Vera Drake (Channel 4 9.05pm), Mike Leigh and his cast of actors opened up at length about the...

  28. November 24, 2006

    CRITICS' CHOICE

    Today's most intriguing programme is a repeat: Radio 4's Tracking the Lincolnshire Poacher (11.00am) investigates a radio...

  29. September 1, 2006

    Not enough sets in the city

    Francois Truffaut thought the words “Britain” and “cinema” were incompatible. Presumably the French New Wave director would...

  30. August 27, 2006

    Seeing the director’s point of view

    If you asked any reasonably well-informed person to name a handful of television directors they would probably struggle. So...

  31. July 26, 2006

    Polyamory

    "Polyamory" is what used to be called free love, now a sociological system whereby a so-called alpha male acquires several...

  32. July 8, 2006

    Turn a blind eye to sporting 'failure'

    It's a weekend of sporting finals and, once again, there isn't a British competitor in sight. I missed most of England's...

  33. July 6, 2006

    CRITICS' CHOICE

    Within a couple of minutes of the start of "Tell Your God to Ready for Blood" - a title typical of the show - it is clear...

  34. May 4, 2006

    High Anxiety

    Naked (FilmFour 12.05am) is one of the best and least lovable of all Mike Leigh films. At its heart is Johnny (David...

  35. April 8, 2006

    Nothing to lose, everything to enjoy

    Timothy Spall peers through the front door of his south-west London home. It is a chilly Friday night and curtains are...

  36. January 19, 2006

    Night of the Hunter

    Sky Cinema 1 8.00pm Night of the Hunter Robert Mitchum, teetering on the edge of self-parody, is mesmerising, hilarious and...

  37. January 5, 2006

    TELEVISION

    Channel 4 10.15pm Ricky Gervais Meets . . . Larry David Larry David, you remember, was behind Seinfeld, the most successful...

  38. January 4, 2006

    Safe

    Channel 4 2.30am Safe A spellbinder from indie director Todd Haynes. His future Far from Heaven star Julianne Moore plays a...

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