Dev Patel as Saroo Brierley in Lion (2016).
Long Way Home Productions
Lion, which has screened to critical acclaim around the world, seems to think it's a political film. In reality it's an effective melodrama that uncritically embraces a colonial fantasy of white saviours.
Dev Patel plays the Indian genius Srinivasa Ramanujan in The Man Who Knew Infinity.
IFC Films/Warner Bros/YouTube
The film presents some of the best descriptions of mathematics yet seen on the big screen. It shows mathematics as art and as a creative process of discovery.
Captain America (Chris Evans) takes on a political crisis – and some beautifully choreographed fight scenes – in Captain America: Civil War.
Superhero movies – at their best – reflect the political concems of our time. Captain America: Civil War is a two-and-a-half hour, action-packed critique of post-9/11 government overreach.
An eye in the sky from the movie of the same name – the reality of drone warfare.
The moral and ethical dilemmas of future warfare are depicted in this tight British thriller. But what will happen when humans become more removed from the weapons of war?
DC has dialled up the grit, as Batman grimly faces off against Superman.
Courtesy of Warner Bros.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has committed performances and Zack Snyder's trademark action. But it can't overcome a confused internal logic – and has the colour palette of an ashtray.
The Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar! romps through several genres, and only occasionally wallows in self-indulgence.
Image courtesy of Universal Pictures International
The Coen brothers may have returned to form with the genre-spinning Hail, Caesar! It still remains to be seen if they'll ever reach the heights of their glory days again.
Daisy Ridley plays the character Rey.
20th Century Fox
The manic light-and-sound show is more tribute than groundbreaking film.
A gay subculture revolves around risky, drug-enhanced sex. The reasons why are complex and deserve attention.
Chemsex, Pecadillo Pictures.
Drugs scare us and fascinate us. Societies might fight “wars” against drugs – but we also drink, smoke, ingest and inject an awful lot of them. The Ancient Greeks captured this instability with their concept…
The headquarters of The Boston Globe.
For a former Boston reporter, Spotlight evokes the thrill of hard-hitting, influential reporting.
Indominus rex readies her attack in Jurassic World.
ILM/Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment
Plenty of action in the new dinosaur movie Jurassic World, in cinemas from Thursday. But how realistic are the dinosaurs and who are the real monsters when we play around with nature?
Hollywood films have long depicted Arabs in a negative light. Pictured is the movie poster from 1921’s The Sheik.
The first Iraqis to appear in Clint Eastwood’s Iraq War drama, American Sniper, are a young mother and boy of maybe 12. They are seen from the point of view of the man who will kill them: Chris Kyle, the…
Benedict Cumberbatch plays the wartime codebreaker Alan Turing.
The Imitation Game
The acclaimed new movie The Imitation Game is based on the too-short life of Alan Turing, the British mathematician and “father” of computer science. But how true-to-life is it and what can we learn from…