January 2006

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#Mexico Rising: Interview

Raúl Ruiz talks about medieval religion and chaos theory and asks whether cinema is one of the three hundred known arts

#Western Special: Lonesome Cowboys

Brokeback Mountain is not only a gay Western but also one of the greatest cinematic love stories of all time. Roger Clarke salutes director Ang Lee's achievement

#Western Special: Man To Man

Sexual politics killed the Western argues Edward Buscombe as he surveys a fistful of films from the days when cowboys saw themselves as partners for life

#Western Special: Eli Wallach - The Gun Beneath The Bubbles

Our Actors series looks at the career of Eli Wallach, star of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. By John Exshaw

#Rushes: Cinema At The Crossroads

James Bell reports from the Eurasia film festival in Kazakhstan. This is a longer version of what appears in the issue.

#Climb Every Mountain

Sight & Sound's films of the year

Court Jester

Woody Allen's first London-set film Match Point revisits themes of guilt and personal responsibility and represents a return to form. Graham Fuller examines the director's new perspective on a rake's progress and wonders at the magic of Scarlett Johansson

Such Sweet Sickness

Neil Jordan's Breakfast on Pluto mixes political passion and sexual transgression in its tale of a glam-rock-era transvestite finding his feet in the big smoke. He talks to Geoffrey Macnab about being excommunicated from Ireland's film circles and how the Irish patronise the British

Mexico Rising

It's only three years old, but the Morelia International Film Festival in central Mexico has become an explosive showcase for digital cinema that explores the contradictions of a culturally and politically turbulent nation. Nick James reports.

Selected reviews

#Film of the Month: Jarhead

Don't expect any grand statements from Sam Mendes' new movie about the tedium of being a marine during Operation Desert Storm. By Leslie Felperin

Reviews in this issue:

  • 13 Tzameti
  • 2 Young
  • After Midnight
  • Breakfast on Pluto
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Calvaire
  • Crossing the Bridge
  • Doom
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Film of the Month: Jarhead
  • Keeping Mum
  • Lassie
  • Match Point
  • Merry Christmas
  • Niagara Motel
  • Rocky Road to Dublin
  • Saw II
  • Scorched
  • Shopgirl
  • Steamboy
  • Stray Dogs
  • Taj Mahal An Eternal Love Story
  • The Family Stone
  • The Hidden Blade
  • The Night We Called It a Day
  • The Sound of Istanbul
  • The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
  • Tresor Berlin The Vault and the Electronic Frontier
  • Ultranova
  • William Eggleston in the Real World
Last Updated: 20 Dec 2011