drama films

'Everyone's heard the horror stories' – how to shoot an ethical sex scene

'Everyone's heard the horror stories' – how to shoot an ethical sex scene

From Ruth Wilson in The Affair to Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones, women are speaking out about nude scenes. Is it making a difference? Actors and directors talk franklyEmily Berrington was overjoyed
Every Studio Ghibli film – ranked!

Every Studio Ghibli film – ranked!

In a bonus edition, we rank all 21 animations – from Spirited Away to Ponyo – by the revered Japanese studio, which will be available on Netflix from FebruaryThe first of Hayao Miyazaki’s
Weathering With You review – thrillingly beautiful anime romance

Weathering With You review – thrillingly beautiful anime romance

A runaway teenager falls for a mysterious ‘sun girl’ who has the power to stop the rain in Japan’s highest-grossing film of 2019Makoto Shinkai, the Japanese anime director dubbed “the new Miyazaki”
How Waves unpicks the pressures of ‘black excellence’

How Waves unpicks the pressures of ‘black excellence’

Newcomers Kevin Harrison Jr and Taylor Russell on writer-director Trey Edward Shults’s drama about the aftermath of a family tragedyWhen Kelvin Harrison Jr, 25, was working on his lead role in Waves,
Armando Iannucci: ‘I personally am not a sweary, angry man’

Armando Iannucci: ‘I personally am not a sweary, angry man’

He’s famous for the expletive-packed political satire The Thick of It, but now the comedy guru is tackling DickensArmando Iannucci is not someone you’d describe as having a commanding presence. He
Barack Obama's year in film: from The Irishman to Amazing Grace

Barack Obama's year in film: from The Irishman to Amazing Grace

Ex-president continues annual tradition of sharing his favourite movies, TV shows, books and musicShortly after releasing a list of his favourite literary works from 2019, the former US president
And the 2019 Braddies go to … Peter Bradshaw's film picks of the year

And the 2019 Braddies go to … Peter Bradshaw's film picks of the year

Ahead of the launch on Tuesday of the Guardian’s films of the year countdown, our critic selects his personal choice of the movies, directors and performances of 2019• The Braddies are listed in
Atlantics review – poetic Dakar love story

Atlantics review – poetic Dakar love story

A prosaic script lets down Mati Diop’s visually arresting, ghostly first featureAlthough set in suburban Dakar, this beguiling debut feature from Mati Diop is a film that walks between worlds. The
Don Johnson: ‘I didn’t expect to live to 30, so it’s all been gravy’

Don Johnson: ‘I didn’t expect to live to 30, so it’s all been gravy’

The Miami Vice star discusses his new film Knives Out, his 20 minutes with Trump and the pitfalls of being too good-lookingA few weeks shy of turning 70, the American actor Don Johnson can look back
The new heart-throbs: how Hollywood embraced east Asian actors, from Henry Golding to Simu Liu

The new heart-throbs: how Hollywood embraced east Asian actors, from Henry Golding to Simu Liu

From romcoms to Marvel blockbusters, east Asian actors are enjoying unprecedented success. What’s taken the film industry so long? It was the moment that all romance fans look forward to at the end of
Farming review – gritty tale of Nigeria's farmed-out kids

Farming review – gritty tale of Nigeria's farmed-out kids

Inspired by his own experiences, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s drama about black children adopted by white UK families is gruelling but intensely heartfelt No punches are pulled in this gruelling film
The Climbers review – stirring tribute to China's mountaineering hero

The Climbers review – stirring tribute to China's mountaineering hero

Bombastic and unsubtle this paean to Fang Wuzhou may be, but its vertiginous set-pieces put many US blockbusters to shameProduced by celebrated spectacle-peddler Tsui Hark for co-writer/director
To Tokyo review – thrilling, chilling horror in the wilderness

To Tokyo review – thrilling, chilling horror in the wilderness

Caspar Seale Jones’s drama about a young woman afraid of her past is a masterclass in engrossing, show-don’t-tell film-makingHere’s one of those rare lowish-budget, entirely off-radar British debuts
American Beauty at 20: is the Oscar-winning hit worth a closer look?

American Beauty at 20: is the Oscar-winning hit worth a closer look?

In the years since its release, critics have turned against 1999’s Oscar-winning suburban satire but it remains a telling snapshot of the timeI was 16 when I first saw American Beauty; it was the
The 100 best films of the 21st century

The 100 best films of the 21st century

Gangsters, superheroes, schoolkids, lovers, slaves, peasants, techies, Tenenbaums and freefalling astronauts – they’re all here in our countdown of cinema’s best movies since 2000The director of our
La Flor review – 13 thrilling hours of lovers, spies and scorpions

La Flor review – 13 thrilling hours of lovers, spies and scorpions

Six stories featuring the same four actors unfold in inventive and exasperating style in an arthouse ultramarathonSix or so hours into Mariano Llinás’s 13-hours-plus arthouse ultramarathon, the third
Hustlers review – J-Lo's stealing strippers saga is a vicarious thrill

Hustlers review – J-Lo's stealing strippers saga is a vicarious thrill

The multi-hyphenate star delivers a standout turn in a snappy, fact-based caper about strippers scamming Wall Street bankers After the dog days of August, littered with one lazily patchworked
Sprinter review – speedy sporting drama runs out of puff

Sprinter review – speedy sporting drama runs out of puff

A Jamaican athlete’s career is jeopardised by problems off the track in this heartwarming tale of ambition and family tiesHere’s a heartfelt sports drama from Jamaica made in the traditional style,
Moffie review – soldiers on the frontline of homophobia

Moffie review – soldiers on the frontline of homophobia

Hidden passions add to the brutish hell of apartheid-era South African conscripts in Oliver Hermanus’s skilfully tense dramaMoffie, screening in the Orizzonti sidebar at Venice, is a tense, stealthy
Joker review – Joaquin Phoenix’s villain has last laugh in twisted tale

Joker review – Joaquin Phoenix’s villain has last laugh in twisted tale

Todd Phillips’s daring reboot of the DC Comics antihero is brilliantly brought to life by its star – with a little help from Martin ScorseseJoaquin Phoenix provides a comic-book hero for the left