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Past articles by Alex:


10 great films about old age

From Ikiru to Up... Gaspar Noé’s Vortex joins a venerable tradition of films that tackle the experiences of older people on screen. → Read More


What to watch at Kinoteka Polish Film Festival 2022

Illuminating Poland’s past and present, untold stories from ‘back then’ to right now feature at this year’s Kinoteka, in cinemas and online. → Read More


10 great British films about romance across social divides

Love-stories that break down boundaries. → Read More


A sense of history: Mike Leigh’s period cinema

Among his richest films, Mike Leigh’s quartet of period pieces are perfect examples of how to – in his words – make period films that don’t just look like costume dramas. → Read More


Where to begin with Malgorzata Szumowska

A beginner’s path through the work of Polish auteur Malgorzata Szumowska, whose films offer wry, idiosyncratic takes on the contemporary realities of Poland and beyond. → Read More


Earl Cameron: 10 essential performances

Ahead of a celebration of his career at BFI Southbank, we salute some of the most memorable turns from the late Earl Cameron, one of Britain’s first Black film and TV stars. → Read More


Altman’s fortune: 10 underrated Robert Altman films

Know your MASH from your Nashville? Not everything from Robert Altman’s career gets the same amount of critical adoration, but there’s plenty of gold to be discovered beyond the masterpieces. → Read More


Jungle Fever at 30: Spike Lee’s thorny interracial love story

Three decades on from its Cannes premiere, Spike Lee’s pessimistic portrait of an interracial relationship, with Wesley Snipes and Annabella Sciorra as ill-fated lovers, remains one of his most provocative releases. → Read More


Blue Sky: The 1990s nuclear drama that won Jessica Lange her second Oscar

Family and military tensions blow up in Tony Richardson’s final film, ignited by Jessica Lange’s Oscar-winning turn as a troublesome army wife revealing unexpected reserves of resilience. → Read More


Destruction and desire: Jeanne Moreau opens the floodgates in Tony Richardson’s Mademoiselle

Moreau’s erotically obsessed schoolteacher plays secret terrorist to a village community in the startling 1960s drama Mademoiselle, which is ripe for rediscovery in its new Blu-ray/DVD edition. → Read More


Kitchen-sink noir – In praise of heist drama The Good Die Young

A mix of noir tropes and kitchen-sink realism form part of the distinctive Anglo-American flavour of this gripping heist film from three-time Bond director Lewis Gilbert, which is now remastered and available on DVD and Blu-ray. → Read More

In 'Afterimages' Laura Mulvey Returns to Feminist Film Criticism with Fresh Insights

Laura Mulvey's 'Afterimages' draws together her recent writing on women and film to create an engaging collection that is both timely and time-centred. → Read More

The Pleasure of New Challenges: An Interview With Andrzej Chyra

The acclaimed Polish actor talks about collaborating with Warlikowski and Skolimowski, and the pleasure of playing Hippolytus opposite Isabelle Huppert in Phaedra(s). → Read More

Ralph Fiennes and Vanessa Redgrave Re-team in the Almeidas Excellent Richard III’

Rupert Goold’s spare, intense production divests Richard III of any pantomime associations and boasts an astounding performance from Ralph Fiennes as the treacherous monarch. → Read More

Isabelle Huppert Unites the Diverse Strands of Warlikowski's 'Phaedra(s)'

Krzysztof Warlikowski’s characteristically idiosyncratic production reflects on the legend and legacy of Phaedra as icon – and draws much of its interest from Isabelle Huppert as icon. → Read More

Helen McCrory Captivates in the National Theatres Revival of The Deep Blue Sea

Carrie Cracknell delivers a beautiful, sensitive and measured production of the Terence Rattigan masterpiece. → Read More

Cannes 2016: The Verdict of 'The Nine-Headed Beast' (and the Verdict on the Verdict)

Cannes 2016 was distinguished by a range of strong films, but the decisions of this year’s Competition jury felt more politically than artistically motivated. → Read More

Corsinis Sublime Summertime Captures All the Contours of a Love Affair

Catherine Corsinis movie delicately and intelligently explores the romance that develops between two women in France in the early 70s. → Read More

'Living on Paper' Illuminates the Intimacies That Influenced Iris Murdoch’s Work

Active love: this fine collection proves richer and more rewarding than some of the strangely reductive and moralising responses that it’s received would suggest. → Read More

Lorraine Hansberry's 'Les Blancs' Gets Extraordinary Production at National Theatre

The personal and the political are so interlinked in this play as to be inextricable, and Yaël Farber’s staging offers a dynamic mingling of the intimate and the epic. → Read More