They Just Don’t Get It

Many Britons - and even some Americans - have a false idea of what the US is really like. Are Hollywood and TV to blame?

Complexities of Urban Terror

A new German movie strips away the myths surrounding the Baader-Meinhof gang

New York: Diary

‘New York feels much calmer than London about the financial crisis. It's not clear if this attitude is a product of resignation or sheer denial, schadenfreude against wealthy financiers, or perhaps a kind of emotional hardiness born of the 9/11 attacks.’

Brideshead Reductus

The new movie version of Waugh's classic fails to match either the novel or the TV series

Devonshire Cream

This sumptuous, confident telling of an 18th-century duchess's story may spark some welcome interest in our British history

What Do We Mean by ‘Art’?

Art is not culture or entertainment, it is complexity, the 'I' in life, ambition, the ambiguity of humanity, serious about itself

That’s Enough Protest Movies

This summer, we’ve seen the release of two more leftwing documentaries. Isn’t it about time the other side said its piece?

Magically Surreal

Far from sending out subliminal religious messages, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is an uncomplicated adaptation of a children's classic

All the Nice Girls Love a Poet

The latest literary biopic, The Edge of Love, presents Dylan Thomas as a dreary boorish philanderer, not a great writer

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"