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Sophie Monks Kaufman

Little White Lies

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Past articles by Sophie:

Paul Mescal is animated by hatred in A Streetcar Named Desire

A new production at the Almeida Theatre looks to complement – rather that compete with – Marlon Brando's iconic performance in Elia Kazan's film. → Read More

Reckoning with the ghoulish visual spectacle of the Queen’s funeral

Sophie Monks Kaufman reflects on the cinematic elements and pomp and circumstance surrounding the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. → Read More

The Lost Daughter review – Olivia Colman proves her versatility anew

Olivia Colman delivers an acting masterclass in this off-kilter psychodrama from first-time director Maggie Gyllenhaal. → Read More

The Power of the Dog review – A psychological western for the ages

Jane Campion’s claustrophobic, slow-burn western dials up the queer subtext of Thomas Savage’s source novel. → Read More

Why I love Elizabeth Olsen’s performance in Martha Marcy May Marlene

Before she became a bona fide movie star, Olsen announced herself as an actor with fearless instincts in Sean Durkin’s directorial debut. → Read More

The serene, sophisticated beauty of Claire Denis’ Chocolat

The French writer/director’s debut feature from 1988 is an elegant, perfectly poised character study, starring a peak Isaach De Bankolé. → Read More

Shirley review – A bewitching biography of Shirley Jackson

Josephine Decker’s stunning anti-biopic of author Shirley Jackson offers a treatise on female creativity and camaraderie. → Read More

An open letter to Freddie Flintoff

A personal thank you to the former cricketer whose new documentary, Living with Bulimia, dispels the stigma around the disorder. → Read More

Why I love Alain Delon’s performance in Rocco and his Brothers

The French screen idol is at his most open and vulnerable in director Luchino Visconti’s 1960 crime drama. → Read More

Is Oslo, August 31st the coolest film ever made about being sad?

Before you see Louder Than Bombs revisit director Joachim Trier’s haunting meditation on depression. → Read More

Why The Land Before Time is one of the greatest kids’ movie ever made

In the wake of his untimely death, we remember James Horner’s vital contribution to this family classic. → Read More

My Comfort Blanket Movie: Music and Lyrics

Sophie Monks Kaufman sings the praises of Marc Lawrence’s pop hit of a rom-com from 2007 – and confesses her love for Hugh Grant. → Read More

Does Sexy Beast contain cinema’s best description of love?

Jonathan Glazer’s 2000 film mixes in a sweet, lilting romance with all the violence and swearing. → Read More

Can films change the world?

It’s possible for a movie to have a positive impact on society and the individual. → Read More

Can movies be a form of medicine?

Do films like Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and The Wolfpack examine how cinema can help us to understand life? → Read More

Why ‘Under the Skin’ author Michel Faber is one of the best writers around

Celebrating the reclusive author whose words have been transformed into one of the year’s most beguiling movies. → Read More

Sex Education and the search for truer pleasures

Laurie Nunn’s consistently funny, wonderfully acted series offers so much more than shallow titillation. → Read More

A Hidden Life review – Love and morality in a time of national evil

Private, unseen protest forges a spiritual path to God in director Terrence Malick’s rhapsodic resistance drama. → Read More

Bombshell review – Soft-pedals the propaganda-machine that is Fox News

This starry post-#MeToo takedown of toxic masculinity, from director Jay Roach, grossly misrepresents its female subjects. → Read More

The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open review – Gripping

This gripping drama written, directed by and starring Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, an Indigenous Canadian woman, has quietly snuck onto Netflix. → Read More