May 2005

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#Only Human

Douglas Adams' surreal SF comedy Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was a huge cult success as a radio series, a TV show and a novel. But does the long-awaited film adaptation work, asks Andrew Osmond. Plus its director-producer team talk to Edward Lawrenson; and Warwick Davis, the actor inside Marvin the Paranoid Android, talks to Andy Kimton-Nye.


The best films of Otto Preminger are like Renoir crossed with Fritz Lang. With the rerelease of Anatomy of a Murder David Thomson rehabilitates a neglected genius.

Where is the director?

Abbas Kiarostami's 'Koker Trilogy' is exquisitely poised between fiction and real life, opening film to new formal experiences. It's his greatest work, argues Gilberto Perez.

Warriors of Faith

Invited to give his expert opinion on Ridley Scott's crusader movie Kingdom of Heaven, Islamic historian Hamid Dabashi was intrigued. Shown an early cut of the movie by the director himself, Dabashi explains why it isn't anti-Islam.

The Sunshine Kids

In Todd Solondz's Palindromes eight actors of different gender, age and size play the same 12-year-old heroine. Here Solondz tells Demetrios Matheou why he identifies with them all.

Body Rampant

Malcolm McDowell has established a controversial career playing teenage thugs and psychotic tyrants with the grace of a dancer. Mark Kermode admires his moves.

Books Special

Combining film history, literary criticism, and the author's love for Nicole Kidman, The Whole Equation impresses Kevin Jackson. Plus What did silent films sound like, Lindsay Anderson, and remembering Britain's film factory.

Selected reviews

#Film of the Month: The Consequences of Love

The hero of 'The Consequences of Love' is an emotionless middle-aged man confined to an anonymous Swiss hotel. Philip Kemp enjoys his stay.

Reviews in this issue:

  • Be Cool
  • Brothers
  • Chicken Tikka Masala
  • The Clan
  • Film of the Month: The Consequences of Love
  • Cursed
  • Darkness
  • Downfall
  • Fat Slags
  • Flight of the Phoenix
  • A Good Woman
  • Heimat 3 A Chronicle of Endings and Beginnings Part 1 The Happiest People in the World
  • Heimat 3 A Chronicle of Endings and Beginnings Part 2 World Champions
  • The Interpreter
  • The Jacket
  • Kung Fu Hustle
  • Lizard
  • Miss Congeniality 2 Armed & Fabulous
  • Mysterious Skin
  • Ong-Bak
  • Only Human
  • The Pacifier
  • Palindromes
  • The Ring Two
  • Robots
  • Twin Sisters
  • Untold Scandal
  • We Don't Live Here Anymore
Last Updated: 20 Dec 2011