Film

Peter Ackroyd’s new biography shows that Charlie Chaplin was an incorrigible womaniser but a brilliant innovator

Films with conservative themes are more common than their makers might care to admit

A superb new film vividly portrays the use and abuse of scripture by slavers to justify their evil acts

The greatest American movie of all time was made in 1946 and you’ll never have heard of it

The Butler may be simplistic and sentimental but it is the kind of movie at which America still excels

Benedict Cumberbatch is hard to watch as Julian Assange and a new Juliet brings to mind Shrek’s bride

Richard Curtis eschews his usual smugness and fakery in his latest feelgood feature, About Time

The American mythologist Joseph Campbell is to blame for the rise of moral relativism in the movie world — as Thomas Mann observed

This summer’s dire Hollywood offerings are helping to cement the TV box-set’s status as king