Poachers turned gamekeepers: when film critics get behind the camera

In some cases, a critic’s bad reviews have led unexpectedly to a new career path. In his capacity as film critic at the Spectator in the 1930s, Graham Greene put the boot into several pictures produced by Alexander Korda. Rather magnanimously, Korda asked Greene whether he had any stories that might make a suitable film; […]

Ignore the Early Reviews: Brian De Palma’s

Underfunded, sketchily written, and heavily cut (maybe one reason the writing seems sketchy), Brian De Palma’s Domino still puts contemporary thrillers to shame. The story is standard-issue right-wing melodrama with some loop the loops: Two Danish cops, Christian (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, fresh from Game of Thrones) and Alex (Carice van Houten, same) hunt a Libyan immigrant […]

Sleater-Kinney: Start Together review – a seven-album box set of punk power

Their momentum didn’t slacken: Sleater-Kinney didn’t sound like a band grinding to a halt on 2004’s The Woods. If anything, they sounded more alive than ever, Tucker’s voice straining to make itself heard over the crashing guitars and drums, everything coated with a layer of crackling distortion by producer Dave Fridmann, the trio boldly venturing […]

How the Film Festival Media Diversity Push Could Actually Work

Eighty-two percent of the reviews in Annenberg’s study were penned by white critics, and the festivals say the anecdotal breakdown of their own press corps is roughly similar. “The majority of the films getting wide-scale theatrical distribution are predominantly from white men,” says Sundance inclusion and outreach director Karim Ahmad. “When the array of critics […]

Meghan Markle is ‘schmaltzy’ and ‘cooing’ in new Disney Elephant movie but ‘just the right side of annoying’

Ian Freer of film mag Empire said: “Markle’s delivery of the commentary is wholesome and over-eager to please (“It’s time for a pool party!” “Wait a minute! Who’s this guy?” “Oh, look who’s cut in front of the line? Oh, Jomo!”)… but just about stays the right side of annoying.

Which Streaming Service Should You Sell Your Show To? A Guide for Producers

Who should sell here: Anyone looking for the biggest (potential) audience — and a big payday. Two executives who’ve had dealings with Netflix both say that when there’s a hot project in the marketplace, Netflix is usually, as one put it, “by far the most aggressive” bidder, assuming they’re interested in the idea. Adds the […]

Meghan Markle Disney Debut Panned by Critics: ‘Schmaltz and Cheesiness’

Ian Freer of film mag Empire said: “Markle’s delivery of the commentary is wholesome and over-eager to please (“It’s time for a pool party!” “Wait a minute! Who’s this guy?” “Oh, look who’s cut in front of the line? Oh, Jomo!”)… but just about stays the right side of annoying.

UK newspaper industry demands levy on tech firms

Facebook has insisted it is working to prioritise more trusted news sources following criticism of its role in the spread of false information, although popular viral publishers still dominate its most-shared list. Google has often pointed to its investment in the Google News Initiative, which hands out millions of pounds to publishers, although critics have […]

William Wolf, Former Drama Desk President, Dies of Coronavirus Complications at 94

From 1964-80, Wolf was the film critic for Cue magazine, then served as a contributing editor and critic at New York magazine after it acquired Cue. From 1984-88, he wrote film reviews and columns for the Gannett newspaper chain. He also chaired the New York Film Critics Circle for a two-year term.

Fun… at the double! In this final special guide to shows to watch at home during the lockdown, a round-up of the best family entertainment on demand

CBBC’s super-charged revival of the classic cartoon boasts the urbane tones of Alexander Armstrong as the heroic mouse, Kevin Eldon as his hamster sidekick Penfold and a steady stream of well-timed gags and blockbuster action. If you want to compare it with the more sedate 1980s original, that’s on Netflix. Two series