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    1. June 24, 2016

      A Bigger Splash — review

      Directed by Luca Guadagnino, 2015 Studiocanal Luca Guadagnino’s shimmering remake of Jacques Deray’s 1969 La Piscine...

    2. June 17, 2016

      Richard III, Almeida Theatre, London — ‘Bleak, bitter’

      We are peering into the grave here — literally, at the outset. Rupert Goold’s sleek, dark production is prefaced by a...

    1. March 3, 2016

      Hail, Caesar! — film review: ‘Erratically mirthful’

      There is nothing more serious than comedy, as we know from Dante and Chekhov. Read The Divine Comedy and divine eternal...

    2. February 19, 2016

      On location: ‘A Bigger Splash’

      The film: Rock star Marianne (Tilda Swinton) and her boyfriend Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts) are enjoying a peaceful...

    3. February 11, 2016

      A Bigger Splash — film review: ‘High-toned hokum’

      Tilda Swinton looks like David Bowie in Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino’s A Bigger Splash. Her vacationing rock star...

    4. February 4, 2016

      The Master Builder, Old Vic, London — ‘Psychological acuity’

      It’s the ugliness that is most intriguing in Ibsen’s strange, knotty and unwieldy late play The Master Builder. In his...

    5. October 22, 2015

      Spectre — Bond film review: tailoring, tie-pins and a wobbly tone

      In the last James Bond movie Skyfall , you may remember the busted-up 007 (played by Daniel Craig) was declared so...

    6. February 26, 2015

      Man and Superman, National Theatre, London — review

      My goodness, this is a wordy play. Hardly a surprise with George Bernard Shaw, but Shaw himself cut the third act...

    7. February 20, 2015

      Man and Superman, National Theatre, London

      Ralph Fiennes stars as Jack Tanner in Simon Godwin’s revival of Shaw’s provocative classic. One thing is absolutely...

    8. 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...

    9. 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:...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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,...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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,...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. March 14, 2009

      DVDs

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

    32. 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:...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. October 11, 2008

      Oedipus

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

    37. 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...

    38. September 6, 2008

      The Duchess

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

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