Abbas Kiarostami continues to travel around the globe, this time arriving in Tokyo to film a small-scale encounter between a student escort and her elderly client. Mike McCahill hails a return to form from one of world cinema’s great filmmakers.
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Gareth Evans on 20th June
Ben Affleck plays the man torn between two women in Terrence Malick's study of the seasons of love. His camera feels like an embodiment of thought and perception, writes Gareth Evans.
Much-ballyhooed - yet equally long-delayed - this staggeringly expensive blockbuster, in which Brad Pitt’s UN specialist urgently seeks a cure for a zombie pandemic, finally arrives in cinemas. And it’s undead on arrival, says Mike McCahill.
Mike McCahill on 19th June
Pablo Larraín's Oscar-nominated drama centres on the real-life advertising whizz whose vision helped unseat Augusto Pinochet. It’s powerful, stirring cinema, says Mike McCahill.
on 18th June
Tune into a golden age of television. The 1980s was British television's peak, when expertly-written dramas rubbed shoulders with incisive and hilarious comedies. In the background, a series of changes and innovations took place – a fourth channel was ...
James argues that this new book by Julian Upton is an essential read for lovers of British cinema, that will introduce to the reader many wonderful new films that the usual top 100s, canons, books, guides and critics ignore.
Architect Neil Platt was just 33 when he was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. A poignantly brisk documentary from the Scottish Documentary Institute charts his final year with immense sensitivity, reports Mike McCahill.
Graeme Hobbs on 18th June
Contains The Boy who Turned Yellow (Powell & Pressburger, 1972), The Monster of Highgate Ponds (Cavalcanti, 1961), A Hitch in Time (Darnley-Smith, 1978). A fine volume, writes Graeme Hobbs.
Three thrilling tales from cinema's past - Roger Corman's The Terror (with an extraordinary range of uncredited directors), two actresses who share the same birthday - Jane Russell and Judy Holliday - plus the controversy behind Basic Instinct.