In a strong field, there are a number of contenders for Best Picture at this year's Academy Awards. Our expert picks his winner and names a couple of blockbusters that didn't make the grade.
Rogue coffee cups and changing hairstyles can distract film audiences. Whose job is it to maintain continuity? And does it matter in the big picture?
In Marco Bellocchio’s ‘The Traitor,’ there are echoes of American Mafia dramas.
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Italian filmmakers are starting to take a page from their American counterparts.
Bong Joon-ho’s film Parasite is only the 12th ‘foreign’ language film to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.
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In his Golden Globes acceptance speech, Parasite director Bong Joon-ho teased audiences about their unwillingness to watch subtitled films, highlighting the anglo-centric culture of film
Parasite’s director Bong Joon-ho with the Palme d'Or award at Canne, 2019.
The first Korean film to secure a best picture Oscar nomination is a testament to the international appeal of K-cinema.
Scene from Ladj Ly’s
Ladj Ly's critically acclaimed new film looks at the misery that binds together its protagonists, and also examines France's failure to fulfil its obligations toward its most vulnerable citizens.
Little Women, the touching story of the four March sisters, received six Oscar nominations.
In converging two timelines to retell Little Women, Greta Gerwig's writing and direction create emotions in the audience that made her deserving of an Oscar nomination for direction
When a filmmaker as big as Scorsese needs Netflix for funding, what does it mean for the little guys?
With big theatre chains refusing to show Martin Scorsese's new big budget mob movie, the future of cinema is looking a little dimmer.
Lina Wertmüller (right) on the set of Seven Beauties, which she wrote and directed.
The first woman ever nominated for a Best Director Award - more than 40 years ago - Lina Wertmüller has just been honoured by the academy. She is known for her hilariously irreverent films.
Ne Zha is a rebellious boy with supernatural powers who wreaks havoc – and he is a box-office phenomenon.
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Chinese animated film Ne Zha is a box office phenomenon, but it also has a surprising story to tell about raising the ideal 'guai' child – for the family, and for the state.
Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2019): the Joker’s humour-filled rebellion has typically contrasted with Batman’s dour moral self-righteousness.
Culturally, the joker turns socially significant places into spaces of carnival, revealing cracks within the social order. He is an enduring character – and a common figure in 2019.
Are our interests shifting away from film and towards TV series? As media changes, is there even a difference between TV and film?
Phoenix Raei plays an Iranian refugee forced to join a fight club in a detention centre in the film Below.
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In the film Below, a fight club is set up in a fictional, remote immigration detention centre. However the film’s shock tactics often feel manufactured, and risk exploiting the refugee crisis as mere backdrop.
Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger star in Tell it to the Bees.
There was an outcry in the LGBT community when the ending of Fiona Shaw's bestselling novel was changed for the film.
Don Cheadle, Bradley Cooper, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson and Chris Hemsworth in Avengers: Endgame.
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Good versus evil, tolerance and discrimination: there's a lot we can learn from the Marvel universe.
Fans queue to see Avengers: Endgame in Bangkok.
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Cinema is the most popular firm of cultural participation, but rising ticket prices threaten that.
High Life: where slow cinema is concerned, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Slow movies have until now been largely confined to arthouse cinema, for film aficionados only. Not any more.
A still from Xavier Dolan’s film
The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.
In pop culture such as series, music, magazines and comics, queer children often find ways out of a world that cannot contain them.
Filmmaker Agnes Varda holds the Honorary Palme d'Or award at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, France. Varda, a central figure of the French New Wave who later won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, has died. She was 90.
Beloved film director Agnès Varda died at age 90, on March 29th. She was a pioneer of French New Wave cinema and admired for her ability to understand time and see beauty outside of mechanical norms.
A still from Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ.
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When it was released 15 years ago, Mel Gibson's 'Passion of the Christ,' was a box-office success. The theme of Jesus has been a successful one that many filmmakers around the globe have cashed in on.