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  1. March 27, 2014

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier – film review

    In superhero stories the fight for justice goes on forever. Or so it can seem to a reviewer watching Captain America: The...

  2. January 31, 2014

    Tales of youthful striving at Sundance

    The 30th Sundance Film Festival started somewhat inauspiciously on the day that the nominations for this year’s Oscars were...

  1. December 26, 2013

    All Is Lost – film review

    All is won, cinematically, in All Is Lost. That includes a bet-your-shirt, or even bet-your-house, Best Actor Oscar for...

  2. November 8, 2013

    The Great Gatsby – DVD review

    Baz Luhrmann, 2013 Warner Is fidelity overrated? Jack Clayton’s 1974 Great Gatsby, the one with Robert Redford and Mia...

  3. November 8, 2013

    Which winter coat will work best for you?

    Unlike many female consumers, men tend to shop by temperature rather than by trend. We don’t buy coats when it’s warm...

  4. September 7, 2012

    Electric and eccentric

    What a festival. The 69th Mostra del Cinema has been like lighting a series of unpredictable fireworks. You get a damp fizz...

  5. June 23, 2012

    Fact and fantasy in the newsroom

    In one of those cosmic coincidences of timing, just as the Leveson inquiry in the UK paints journalists in the worst...

  6. June 21, 2012

    Shell’s Arctic plan under fire in Rio

    Royal Dutch Shell is facing a fresh assault on its plans to drill for oil in Arctic waters off Alaska as Sir Paul McCartney...

  7. July 8, 2011

    Why I’ll never be Robert Redford

    It is time to face up to an unpalatable truth. I am never going to be portrayed by Robert Redford in a movie. I know what...

  8. April 22, 2011

    Beyond the pale?

    Sam Waterston and Robert Redford in ‘The Great Gatsby’ (1974) The buzz around Baz Luhrmann’s remake of The Great Gatsby, due...

  9. September 20, 2010

    Small talk: Nicholas Evans

    Nicholas Evans’ celebrated first novel, The Horse Whisperer (1995), has sold more than 15m copies in 36 languages and in...

  10. May 26, 2010

    Iranian film director freed

    Jafar Panahi, Iran’s celebrated film director, was released from prison on Tuesday after spending three months in jail while...

  11. May 12, 2010

    Maybe this time they'll get away with it

    In the days after the election the political class has been treated to the sight of Sir John Major popping up to argue the...

  12. Westminster Blog

    May 11, 2010

    Nick and Dave: John Major Mk II?

    In the days immediately after the election the political class was treated to the sight of Sir John Major popping up to...

  13. Westminster Blog

    May 4, 2010

    Armchair election: Gutting the candidate

    Gordon Brown’s impassioned speech to the Citizens’ UK meeting on Monday has been widely and rightly praised – he showed us a...

  14. January 26, 2010

    The road to reinvention

    Nothing stays still long in America. The country's most famous film festival has been jolted into new life by the country's...

  15. January 25, 2010

    Sundance film festival

    Superhighway for truth: ‘Catfish’ follows three men on their journey to the heart of a riddle in Michigan Nothing stays...

  16. March 28, 2009

    TV films

    Saturday's The Time Machine (Five 2.10pm) is a bit of a time machine itself: a 1960 take on an 1895 novella set 800,000...

  17. February 5, 2009

    Oil leases near Utah’s ‘treasures’ withdrawn

    The Obama administration on Wednesday withdrew oil and gas leases offered in the final days of the Bush administration on 77...

  18. January 31, 2009

    TV films

    To enjoy Saturday's Troy (ITV1 9.50pm) - and it is possible to enjoy this neo-sword and sandals epic starring Brad Pitt as...

  19. December 24, 2008

    Obama to face test on Utah drilling offer

    It was, according to Washington state congressman Brian Baird, "an early Christmas present to the oil and gas industry,...

  20. December 24, 2008

    Obama to face test on Utah drilling offer

    It was, according to Washington state congressman Brian Baird, “an early Christmas present to the oil and gas industry, from...

  21. November 22, 2008

    TV films

    Airing on Saturday, Kenneth Branagh's take on Henry V (BBC2 2.40pm) may lack the urgent timelines and imaginative staging...

  22. November 15, 2008

    The Norman Maclean Reader

    The Norman Maclean Reader Edited by O Alan Weltzein University of Chicago Press £14.50, 352 pages Norman Maclean is best...

  23. November 12, 2008

    A grand communication bargain

    In the classic political film The Candidate, Robert Redford plays a progressive contender running with an increasingly vague...

  24. October 21, 2008

    Gala for an oriental sunrise

    The second annual Sun Festival in Singapore opened with a gala concert on Saturday. The festival dedicates itself to...

  25. October 20, 2008

    Singapore Sun Festival, Esplanade, Singapore

    The second annual Sun Festival in Singapore opened with a gala concert on Saturday. The festival dedicates itself to “music,...

  26. October 18, 2008

    TV choice - Karl French

    There's no shortage of historical intrigue on Saturday. Much of Timewatch: Young Victoria (BBC2 8.10pm) is given over to...

  27. October 11, 2008

    Why journalism wins my vote

    In the summer of 1985, when I arrived in the capital of the United States, The Washington Post was one of the finest...

  28. October 10, 2008

    Why journalism wins my vote

    In the summer of 1985, when I arrived in the capital of the United States, The Washington Post was one of the finest...

  29. June 7, 2008

    TV films

    John Carpenter's decline has been long and slow, but Assault on Precinct 13 (BBC1 Saturday 12.55am) reminds us what a...

  30. May 31, 2008

    Odds & bods: Winning Smiles

    If you're going to smile, make it a Duchenne. The Duchenne smile, named after Guillaume Duchenne, the 19th-century French...

  31. May 3, 2008

    DVD releases

    Burnt by the Sun Nikita Mikhalkov, 1994 Second Sight Burnt by the Sun ' s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar may not have...

  32. 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....

  33. April 5, 2008

    How To Judge A Book By Its Cover

    THE NATURAL by Bernard Malamud design by Lynn Buckley, 2003 Farrar, Straus and Giroux The Natural, the first book by...

  34. February 12, 2008

    Diary: Mobile World Congress 2008

    DAY 3 - Wednesday Stars shine on the awards ceremony An A-list celebrity line-up including filmmakers Robert Redford and...

  35. January 25, 2008

    Hitmen and hype at Sundance

    T he Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, kicked off its 24th year on Thursday with a screening of In Bruges , a...

  36. January 24, 2008

    Hitmen and hype at the Sundance festival

    The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, kicked off its 24th year this week with a screening of In Bruges, a...

  37. November 17, 2007

    FILMS ON RELEASE

    Beowulf Robert Zemeckis 113 mins (12A) "I'm Beowulf and I'm here to kill your monst-ah," declaims British actor Ray...

  38. November 10, 2007

    FILMS ON RELEASE - Nigel Andrews & Karl French

    Lions for Lambs Robert Redford 92 mins (15) ** Robert Redford directs this lame exercise in proscenium dialectics. Tom...

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