America’s tragic journey from Selma to American Sniper
Both are an antidote to cynicism and celebrate the ability of individuals to be a force for social good
Our pick of the films of 2014
Here are our nominations for the best entertainment of the past year, plus a look at the year's worst.
Driving to Nebraska: Cinema, human dignity, and the elderly
At times, cinema succeeds where philosophy fails.
Vale, Robin Williams, Hollywood’s melancholy funnyman
Why do we feel so moved by the death of a man we've never met?
Groundhog Day turns 21
A film about tedium and futility has become a classic of American cinema.
A searing expose of forgotten horrors
12 Years a Slave is hard to watch but impossible to forget.
Surprised by Freude
On the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, here's a reflection on a famous child who could have been aborted.
Our pick of the films of 2013
The year just gone produced some amazing movies.
Belgium, where death becomes the norm, living the exception
A documentary about ten years of legal euthanasia is a touchstone for radically different approaches to suffering.
British romantic comedy tries time travel
Director Richard Curtis has crafted a pleasant, thoughtful film about making the most of time.
It's District 9 again, but less successful thanks to its obsession with the present.
Lessons about life at Monsters University
In the world of Pixar, no one is alone: we all need friends.
Slicing through yakuza and ninjas
In his sixth appearance as Wolverine, Hugh Jackman is still morose, moody and charismatic.
“World War Z”
Despite its absurd premise, Brad Pitt's latest film is intelligent entertainment with a deep sense of family values.
“Despicable Me 2”
The art of making wholesome, thoroughly entertaining films for the whole family is not dead.
“Man of Steel”
Finally we have an excellent adaptation of everyone's favourite comic book hero.
“The Great Gatsby”
There's lots of froth and bubble in Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of this American classic, but not much soul.
Two documentary films about relations between the Palestinians and the Israelis show the moral complexities brought about by the conflict.
Star Trek: Into Darkness
The familiar characters face very contemporary issues of terrorism and militarism in this nicely characterised film.
This extraordinary Danish film about a merchant ship taken by Somali pirates is a masterpiece of tension and characterisation.
A gut-wrenching Argentinian drama about life in the sprawling slums of Buenos Aires gives English-speaking viewers an insight into the background of the new Pope.
Mea Maxima Culpa: an exposé of an exposé
The scandal of an abusive priest in Wisconsin was ghastly enough. But a powerful documentary misrepresents how the Catholic Church dealt with it.
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