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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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