The Shooting of the Lioness

The Iron Lady does its subject and her legacy proud—but I hope Lady Thatcher never sees it

Murder Most Foul Down Under

Justin Kurzel’s tale of a suburban serial killer in Australia is grim, gruelling and all too believable

Pandemic Sans Pandemonium

Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion is stylish and plausible, but its lack of spectacle means it won’t go viral

He’ll Always Have Paris

Woody Allen’s latest film requires a level of cultural knowledge rarely demanded by Hollywood

Skin-Deep Storytelling

Pedro Almodóvar may be revered for his beautiful kitsch but this latest offering is just too shallow

Cannes Do Better

‘The writer’s place in a movie is somewhere between the second assistant cameraman and the catering staff’

Lecture Circuit

Two new documentaries offer predictable views of nuclear weapons and financial meltdown

The Road to Nowhere

Emilio Estévez’s tedious movie about “finding oneself” loses its way en route to Santiago de Compostela

A Golden Age of The Silver Screen

Re-releases of two 1970s classics give modern audiences access to a real cinematic experience

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"