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  1. July 4, 2014

    The Grand Budapest Hotel – DVD review

    Wes Anderson, 2014 Fox While CGI studios across the world toil to make animations more lifelike, Wes Anderson’s live-action...

  2. June 27, 2014

    Lucy Kellaway joins the hunting and shooting set

    This is the chronicle of a death foretold. The foretelling began a year or so ago with a meeting between two friends: the...

  1. June 20, 2014

    The Invisible Woman – DVD review

    Ralph Fiennes, 2013 Lionsgate In his second film as director, Ralph Fiennes plays Charles Dickens as a showman, a lover of...

  2. March 6, 2014

    The Grand Budapest Hotel – film review

    You are flung shipwrecked on a desert island. You are not thirsty (there’s a fresh water spring), but you are frantic with...

  3. February 6, 2014

    The Invisible Woman – film review

    All great novelists have hidden lives. They are the ones lived on their pages. They are the rich, deep, uncrackable...

  4. February 5, 2014

    National Theatre loses its Starr

    Nick Starr is thinking about his legacy. He is about to step down after a decade as executive director of the National...

  5. January 31, 2014

    Ralph Fiennes

    There is a moment during my conversation with Ralph Fiennes when he finds himself, unusually, lost for words. I ask him if...

  6. June 28, 2013

    Tailor-made for the role

    Is anyone else struck by how much Edward Snowden, in the few pictures that have surfaced and are used again and again, looks...

  7. December 14, 2012

    Pick a pocket square or two

    There may be some debate raging in the menswear world over James Bond and whether or not his Tom Ford body-conscious suits...

  8. November 29, 2012

    Feeding frenzy in the barnyard

    The first if not worst casualty of political correctness is language. Is there – in English at least – a more ridiculous...

  9. 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...

  10. May 10, 2012

    A Faust that’s rude, lewd and irresistible

    No wonder Aleksandr Sokurov’s Faust – cranky, wild and visionary – won last year’s Venice Golden Lion. It comes roaring into...

  11. April 26, 2012

    A cut above in a downturn

    Dapper male sales assistants wander into the canary yellow reception room of a Georgian town house in Spitalfields, east...

  12. January 20, 2012

    Culture corner: March of the military

    Actor and debut director Ralph Fiennes’ Coriolanus , which hit UK cinemas on Friday, places Shakespeare’s bloody tale in a...

  13. January 19, 2012

    Film releases: January 20

    Shakespeare speaks to all ages, and sometimes the ages speak back. Coriolanus, directed with thrilling modernity by its star...

  14. September 7, 2011

    The Tempest, Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

    In so many ways, Trevor Nunn’s production could have been staged a century ago. There are occasional modern video-projection...

  15. November 3, 2010

    Middletown, Vineyard Theatre, New York

    Linus Roache and Heather Burns in ‘Middletown’ Watching Linus Roache slink across the stage in Middletown, Will Eno’s new...

  16. May 10, 2010

    Progress toward uneventful normality

    On a warm spring day a few weeks ago, a knot of people shouted angry slogans and hoisted black and white banners at the...

  17. April 16, 2010

    Talking Pictures: the FT film critic’s new column

    The view from the Gods They’re back. The post-Easter season nearly always brings them out. A shy Christian film or two...

  18. April 1, 2010

    Monsters good enough to eat

    It was a time before time, in a world before history, when Argos was not yet a retail chain. The mists of myth enwrap both...

  19. March 31, 2010

    Film releases: April 2

    Rowan McNamara and Marissa Gibson in ‘Samson and Delilah’ It was a time before time, in a world before history, when Argos...

  20. October 5, 2009

    Small Talk: Bernhard Schlink

    Bernhard Schlink’s 1997 novel The Reader, a moving tale about the guilt felt by Germany’s wartime generation, was the first...

  21. May 16, 2009

    The Diary: Geordie Greig

    It is just over a year since I asked Evgeny Lebedev, a bright young Russian living in London, if he and his father Alexander...

  22. March 14, 2009

    DVDs

    Quiet Chaos Antonello Grimaldi, 2008 Drakes Avenue Pictures Antonello Grimaldi's low-key tale centres around Nanni Moretti...

  23. January 10, 2009

    Films on release - Nigel Andrews

    Role Models David Wain 99 mins (15) Sex Drive Sean Anders 109 mins (15) Two low comedies of high invention: raunchy...

  24. January 3, 2009

    Films on release - Nigel Andrews

    The Reader Stephen Daldry 123 mins (15) When Bernhard Schlink's The Reader was published, with its tale of a Berlin boy's...

  25. December 27, 2008

    The Reader

    Stephen Daldry 123 mins (15) When German novelist Bernhard Schlink's The Reader was published, with its tale of a Berlin...

  26. October 18, 2008

    Oedipus

    The Actor's Wail is one of the enduring clichés of theatre. The queeny old thesps in Blackadder suggested that every big...

  27. October 11, 2008

    Oedipus

    Olivier, National Theatre, London SE1 Ralph Fiennes, Jonathan Kent and Frank McGuinness brave the scale of the Olivier...

  28. September 13, 2008

    Oil over bubbled waters

    Memorable bathing scenes on film. Take One: Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman , singing off-key to Prince's "Kiss" before...

  29. September 6, 2008

    The Duchess

    If only because of the prurient curiosity aroused by the advance publicity's comparisons with the late Princess Diana, Saul...

  30. September 4, 2008

    Noble passions and posh froth

    "Banality of banalities, all is banality," saith the critic emerging from The Duchess as he hums the locations, wigs and...

  31. July 26, 2008

    TV films

    Die Hard (ITV2 Saturday 10.05pm) may have spawned three inferior sequels, but the original, in which John McClane (Bruce...

  32. April 26, 2008

    TV films

    Notorious (BBC2 2.20pm) is one of Hitchcock's darkest films, a murky romantic thriller in which Cary Grant as the...

  33. April 19, 2008

    Films on Release - Nigel Andrews

    In Bruges Martin McDonagh 107 mins (18) Martin McDonagh, dramatist and one-time Oscar-winner (Best Live-Action Short, Six...

  34. April 9, 2008

    A playboy at the movies

    Martin McDonagh has a problem. And he knows it. “You can’t go round thinking that you’re better than anyone else,” he grins....

  35. March 29, 2008

    Stripped of our proprieties

    Yasmina Reza's comedies of middle-class manners show how little it takes to strip us of our proprieties and set us lunging...

  36. March 22, 2008

    God of Carnage

    Gielgud Theatre, London W1 It is more than a decade since Yasmina Reza made her name with her hugely successful play Art ....

  37. February 16, 2008

    When men choose shoes

    If American presidential election law was different, and non-US born citizens were able to run for the highest office in...

  38. February 16, 2008

    When men choose shoes

    If American presidential election law was different, and non-US born citizens were able to run for the highest office in the...

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