Not in Front of the Children

Thomas Vinterberg's chilling new movie questions our assumptions about youthful innocence

This Cause Is Not Worth Serving

Great acting cannot save Paul Thomas Anderson's ponderous new Scientology movie, The Master

All Pout and No Clout

Joe Wright's Karenina is well-scripted but too stagey and his Anna lacks depth

Hitchcock’s Vertiginous Rise

Vertigo is now the "Greatest Film Of All Time". Like Citizen Kane, it excites more admiration than love

Twilight of the Teen Idol

In Cosmopolis, Robert Pattinson is aiming for mainstream leading man territory

Haven’t We Seen This One Before?

Tim Burton serves up the same old tosh, but Sacha Baron Cohen still skewers dictators and liberals

Hollywood in Distress

Can you remember when you last heard a cinema audience laugh together at the same joke?

The Marigold’s Hardy Perennials

John Madden’s cinematic saga of late-life self-discovery in India is rightly a popular triumph

Grief Tied Up in Narrative Bows

The arts have failed to respond adequately to 9/11. Stephen Daldry’s new film is no exception

Underrated: Claude Lanzmann

The great French film director's magnum opus, Shoah, brought home the reality of the Holocaust

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"