The Hero’s Journey is Hollywood’s McMyth

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

Falling Out Of Love With the Movies

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

Superhuman Showmanship

The po-faced Man of Steel isn’t nearly as absorbing as Soderbergh’s portrait of the Man of Rhinestone

Good Show — Pity About the Book

Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby is a treat for the eyes but cannot escape its flimsy source material

Poetry in Motion

Judi Dench's embattled M in Skyfall at one point reaches not for a Beretta or one of Q's exploding pens but a few lines of Tennyson. Would the words of Carol Ann Duffy work as well?

Are you excited? I prefer oblivion

All-too-predictable sci-fi and tired post-modern campery imply that original cinematic ideas are rare

Brilliant Editing For Its Own Sake

The cult of the auteur lets Steven Soderbergh and Danny Boyle get away with self-indulgence

The Good, the Ugly and the Bad

Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty deserve awards, Hitchcock is dull and Les Miserables in unbearable

Why Do Precious Leftists Loathe Tolkien’s Shire?

The author of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit was a great conservative writer

A Vintage Year for Acting

A glut of superb performances in 2012 reflects a rising general standard in the actor’s craft

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"