Bad Beyond Imagination

Bernhard Schlink's novel, The Reader, is both artistically and morally fraudulent. The oscar-winning film that sprung from it is no better

Mumbai: On the ‘Slumdog’ Trail

Standpoint's Writer-At-Large visits the slums of Mumbai to assess the Oscar-winning film

Park City, Utah: Movie that Pulls Aside the Veil

A new documentary made in Afghanistan has won two awards at the the Sundance Film Festival. Afghan Star could help the cause of feminism there and encourage a desperately-needed sense of national community

Clint Takes us for a Ride

Eastwood's Gran Torino ticks all the boxes of a stereotypical immigration-is-good film

Nothing Left But the Credits

Philip French, who has died aged 82, was the doyen of British film criticism. In 2009, in the run-up to the Oscars, he discusses the demise of cinema as an art form with Standpoint's critic Peter Whittle and editor Daniel Johnson

Hollywood Takes on Hitler

Valkyrie is a triumph for Tom Cruise, but The Reader disappoints

Milking it For All it’s Worth

As Hollywood prepares for the annual Oscar bash, the signs are it isn't going to be a vintage year

Shooting Script

A new film about Che Guevara stirs memories of a grim and bloody episode in his career

Honourable Conspirators

The officers who tried to kill Hitler were spurred on by a deep sense of shame and guilt

Keeping Us All in the Dark

The faultlines in the plot of Blindness, a new movie adaptation of a classic novel, make it somewhat absurd

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"