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Jeffrey Wright in ‘American Fiction’

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The dread of the author: ‘American Fiction’ and ‘Argylle’

Cord Jefferson’s satire about Black artists fighting white perceptions of their work runs out of ideas, while Matthew Vaughn’s spy movie parody has no ideas of its own

Tony McNamara in New York City, January 2024

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Pure things: Tony McNamara

How the Australian screenwriter of ‘Poor Things’, who cut his teeth on shows such as ‘The Secret Life of Us’, earnt his second Oscar nomination

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International Film Festival Rotterdam highlights

Films from Iran, Ukraine and Bundaberg were deserving winners at this year’s festival

Still image from All of Us Strangers showing two men at a bar, one with an arm around the other

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The best (and worst) of 2023 on screen

It was a strong year for horror, while lowlights included Martin Scorsese’s mishandled ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ and Emerald Fennell’s lazily conceived ‘Saltburn’

Emma Stone in ‘Poor Things’

Modern Prometheans: ‘Poor Things’ and ‘All of Us Strangers’

Emma Stone seeks a moral conscience in Yorgos Lanthimos’s upended Frankenstein grotesque, while Andrew Haigh delivers a metaphysical coming-out story

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Way out Southwest

The local debut of the SXSW film, TV, music and tech fair is a sign the road to Hollywood now runs in both directions

Nick Cave performing with The Birthday Party at The Venue, London, 1981

The candles flicker and dim: ‘Mutiny in Heaven: The Birthday Party’

Ian White’s documentary captures the incendiary trajectory of the seminal Melbourne band at the expense of the inertia that fuelled it

Michael Fassbender in ’The Killer’, sitting in a room cross-legged on a mat, wearing black gloves

Into the streaming void: ‘The Killer’ and ‘They Cloned Tyrone’

David Fincher’s stylish pulp and Juel Taylor’s SF-adjacent satire are the latest riches to be taken for granted in the ever-ready, abundant world of Netflix

Image showing two children walking along underground train tracks

Venice International Film Festival 2023 highlights

Cuban drama ‘Oceans Are the Real Continents’, hypnotic Nepalese debut ‘The Red Suitcase’, and documentary ‘Photophobia’, following those sheltering in Kharkiv’s underground metro stations, are among this year’s stand-outs

Osage women seated in a scene from in ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’

Histories of violence: ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ and ‘El Conde’

Martin Scorsese’s first Western mishandles its story of colonial exploitation, while Pablo Larraín’s darkly humorous, black-and-white satire delivers Pinochet as a vampire