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How Quadrophenia immortalises and scrutinises mod culture

Brighton residents know the sound well – the stentorian rattle of engines, as a fleet of Vespas and Lambrettas zip down the promenade. It feels odd for a moment, as if there’s been a rip in the space-time continuum and a little of the Swinging Sixties has trickled out. But it’s tradition here. On sunny weekends, mod aficionados gather in the city to fraternise, evangelise, and → Read More

Family Romance, LLC review: Werner Herzog takes an empathetic look at the rent-a-relative industry

Dir: Werner Herzog. Starring: Yuichi Ishii, Mahiro Tamimoto, Miki Fujimaki, Takashi Nakatani, Kumi Manda. 12A cert, 89 mins. → Read More

Homemade review: An important document for our time

Dir: Paolo Sorrentino, Rachel Morrison, Pablo Larraín, Rungano Nyoni, Natalia Beristáin, Sebastian Schipper, Naomi Kawase, David Mackenzie, Nadine Labaki, Khaled Mouzanar, Antonio Campos, Kristen Stewart, Gurinder Chadha, Sebastián Lelio, Ana Lily Amirpour, Ladj Ly, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Johnny Ma. Starring: Kristen Stewart, Cate Blanchett, Peter Sarsgaard, Olivia Williams, → Read More

In David Fincher’s Zodiac, a notorious killer inspires obsession and self-destruction

Two lovers idle away an afternoon on the shores of Lake Berryessa, in Napa County. It’s 27 September 1969 – Cecelia Shepard and Bryan Hartnell plan to soon part ways and head off to different colleges. This place offers them a momentary haven, shaded by a few oak trees. A man approaches. With each step, the details become clearer: a black executioner-style hood and clip-on → Read More

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga review – Gets a surprising amount right

Dir: David Dobkin. Starring: Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Pierce Brosnan, Dan Stevens, Demi Lovato. 15 cert, 123 mins. → Read More

Fanny Lye Deliver’d review: English folk horror feels busy and overworked

Dir: Thomas Clay. Starring: Maxine Peake, Charles Dance, Freddie Fox, Tanya Reynolds, Peter McDonald. 18 cert, 110 mins. → Read More

Why Persepolis remains one of the century’s greatest animated films

Based on Marjane Satrapi’s experiences growing up in Iran, the film serves as a sprawling, impressionistic map of the director’s own brain, writes Clarisse Loughrey → Read More

Wasp Network review: Penélope Cruz dazzles in Cuban political thriller

Dir: Olivier Assayas. Starring: Penélope Cruz, Édgar Ramírez, Gael García Bernal, Ana de Armas, Wagner Moura. 15 cert, 123 mins. → Read More

Resistance review: Second World War thriller gets lost in bathos and barbarity

Dir: Jonathan Jakubowicz. Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Clémence Poésy, Matthias Schweighöfer, Alicia von Rittberg, Félix Moati. 15 cert, 121 mins. → Read More

Rosamund Pike: ‘How do you feel when someone calls you an English rose? Objectified’

Unruly women! Difficult women!” Rosamund Pike is on a mission. Her cut-glass accent turning defiant, the English actor is reeling off the kinds of roles she covets. → Read More

‘Even the aliens are annoyed’: Jennifer Lawrence and the struggles of America’s Sweetheart in the digital age

Jennifer Lawrence is in tactical retreat mode. X-Men: Dark Phoenix, released this time last year, saw her sever ties with the last of her franchises. And with that, she bid the Hollywood machine adieu – at least, for the time being. She’s used her time off well, engaging in charity work, getting hitched and carousing in drag bars with Adele. → Read More

The Brat Pack: Their 10 greatest films, from The Breakfast Club to Sixteen Candles

In spring 1985, New York magazine writer David Blum was sent to profile the young star of St Elmo’s Fire, Emilio Estevez. With his hard-set jaw and neatly coiffed wave of blond hair, the actor always looked like he’d just stepped off a New Hampshire yacht (his father is Apocalypse Now star Martin Sheen). Blum followed him around Los Angeles for a few days. → Read More

The Indy Film Club: Sex doll romcom Lars and the Real Girl preaches empathy above all

Before 2017’s I, Tonya – which crystallised the pain of figure skating’s most controversial figure – director Craig Gillespie found empathy in an even more unlikely subject. The Lars of Lars and the Real Girl, played by Ryan Gosling, is a lonesome young man. → Read More

The Indy Film Club: Why it took a decade for Jennifer’s Body to find its audience

With Jennifer’s Body, writer-director team Diablo Cody and Karyn Kusama spoke to teenage girls in their own language. Its tongue is sharp, its heart is fit to burst, and it weeps blood and terror – the two constants of womanhood. → Read More

La Haine at 25: The prophetic French classic whose message fell on deaf ears

Mathieu Kassovitz has grown resentful of the film that made him – 1995’s lean, fierce La Haine. A story of three friends living under the spiked boot of inequality, it’s continued to find an audience both in France and across the globe. “But that’s not because the movie is good,” the director claimed in 2017. → Read More

‘This is the right time for Snowpiercer’: Tilda Swinton and Ed Harris on the re-release of the dystopian classic

One of this year’s few, precious joys was South Korean director Bong Joon-ho achieving what many thought was impossible. His film Parasite won the Academy Award for Best Picture, showing that Hollywood can indeed be coaxed out of its subtitle phobia. → Read More

The Indy Film Club: How Black Narcissus heralded the slow death of the British Empire

In Powell and Pressburger’s exploration of eroticism and sexual repression, western values are seen to crumble in the face of the slightest challenge, writes Clarisse Loughrey → Read More

Phantom menaces: Why the Star Wars prequels finally deserve some respect

The internet taught me to hate the Star Wars prequels. This barren land of YouTube rants and self-published blogs had made it an ironclad decree: the prequels were an evil that could only be vanquished by picking apart every single frame and denouncing the garbled nonsense within. Jar Jar Binks might as well have been the antichrist. True, the Star Wars fandom had spent half → Read More

The Indy Film Club: BDSM romcom Secretary could teach Fifty Shades of Grey a few lessons

Secretary was never radical because of its scenes of spanking, bondage, or pony play – it was the fact it dares to present those things as the ingredients of a fairy tale romance. Lee Holloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal), the hero of Steven Shainberg’s notorious BDSM comedy, has a whiff of “manic pixie dream girl” to her. A kaleidoscope of cheap, plastic barrettes clings to her hair. → Read More

The Indy Film Club: How Audition helped Takashi Miike become the godfather of ultraviolence

No film pulls the rug from under its audience quite like Takashi Miike’s Audition. It opens on a boy, bouncing down the corridors of a hospital. He clutches a homemade diorama emblazoned with the words “Dear Mom, get well soon”. → Read More