drama films

The Hole in the Ground review – superbly scary country horror

The Hole in the Ground review – superbly scary country horror

Mounting weirdness descends as a mother and young son set up home in the middle of a dark and sinister forestHere’s an Irish folk-horror that clearly drew the right conclusions from the midnight-movie
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind review – bright spark saves the day

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind review – bright spark saves the day

Chiwetel Ejiofor directs and stars in the inspiring real-life story of a teenager who brings electricity to his village in MalawiChiwetel Ejiofor has made his debut as writer-director, and the result
The Shadow Play review – money worship and gangster capitalism in China

The Shadow Play review – money worship and gangster capitalism in China

Director Lou Ye’s intriguing but exasperating drama focuses on criminal undertakings with overblown resultsLou Ye is a Chinese director who has courageously challenged the authorities, receiving bans
The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea review – Lynchian psychodrama in the sun

The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea review – Lynchian psychodrama in the sun

Criminal undercurrents in a sleepy Greek backwater provide the pretext for a disquieting spectacle of strangenessA drumbeat of anxiety and impending violence thuds insistently from this opaque,
Forgotten black TV and film history | Letters

Forgotten black TV and film history | Letters

Patrick Carroll on the 1981 ITV miniseries Wolcott and Steve Moore on the 1951 British film Pool of LondonI read Steve Rose’s piece on the British Film Institute’s Forgotten Black TV Drama season
Royals, rogues and Rudolf Nureyev: the best films of 2019

Royals, rogues and Rudolf Nureyev: the best films of 2019

Christian Bale plays Dick Cheney, Nicole Kidman goes undercover, Olivia Colman is Queen Anne and Timothée Chalamet gets addicted to meth Dir: Yorgos Lanthimos Olivia Colman excels as an emotionally
The most anticipated films of 2019: 1-10

The most anticipated films of 2019: 1-10

Stories about notorious murders, archaeologists in love and a media giant’s downfall are among the starry movies heading our way, in the final instalment of our five-part seriesLook out for our
An Elephant Sitting Still review – on the edge of despair in the new China

An Elephant Sitting Still review – on the edge of despair in the new China

In his arresting final film, Hu Bo follows a string of characters struggling against injustice – and dreaming of escapeHardly anyone smiles during An Elephant Sitting Still’s four-hour running time –
Meteors review – portents of tragedy in Turkey

Meteors review – portents of tragedy in Turkey

The trauma of a state crackdown on one village finds celestial expression in this poetic film by Turkish director Gürcan KeltekThe Turkish film-maker Gürcan Keltek has found a Shakespearean dimension
Sex factor: Nicolas Roeg and Bernardo Bertolucci's transgressive legacy

Sex factor: Nicolas Roeg and Bernardo Bertolucci's transgressive legacy

Roeg and Bertolucci were among the first directors to use explicit eroticism to bring psychological depth to their films – a sensibility cast in a new light by #MeToo The coincidence of two great
Helena Bonham Carter: ‘Standing up to Harvey wasn’t easy’

Helena Bonham Carter: ‘Standing up to Harvey wasn’t easy’

In her 35-year career, the actor has seen the best and worst of Hollywood. She talks about divorce, depression and making her most personal filmHelena Bonham Carter does not attempt to disguise her
Social media outrage over Roman Polanski film J'Accuse

Social media outrage over Roman Polanski film J'Accuse

Polanski, a fugitive from US justice, meets with strong criticism at news that his film about the Dreyfus affair is to go aheadAlthough it was first announced in 2012, outrage is rapidly spreading
Cinemagoers celebrate at Kenyan screening of banned lesbian drama

Cinemagoers celebrate at Kenyan screening of banned lesbian drama

A judge has temporarily lifted the ban on Rafiki to allow it to be entered for an OscarRafiki, an acclaimed film portraying a lesbian romance that was, until Friday, banned in its home country Kenya,
BlacKkKlansman review – Spike Lee hits his targets again and again

BlacKkKlansman review – Spike Lee hits his targets again and again

The director’s race-war satire, in which a black police officer impersonates a white bigot, gleefully takes on the crassness at the heart of the Trump regimeSpike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman lights up like a
The Receptionist review – an intimate voyage into London's underworld

The Receptionist review – an intimate voyage into London's underworld

A Taiwanese graduate becomes embroiled in the sex trade in Jenny Lu’s angst-ridden study of the immigrant experienceFirst-time feature director Jenny Lu directs this intensely felt personal drama
Cold War review – wounded love and state-sponsored fear in 1940s Poland

Cold War review – wounded love and state-sponsored fear in 1940s Poland

Ida director Paweł Pawlikoswki’s exquisitely chilling Soviet-era drama maps the dark heart of Poland itself• Sign up for Film Today and get our film team’s highlights of the dayThe torn curtain of