February 2011

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#Lost and found: Little Murders

Jim O’Rourke lauds Alan Arkin’s 1971 directorial debut, a quintessentially New York story of existential angst

#Peter Mullan: Glasgow belongs to me

Peter Mullan is already well known as one of Britain’s most intense screen actors. But with Neds he cements his reputation as a director whose commitment to emotional truth transcends social realism. By Demetrios Matheou

#Howard Hawks: Slim and the silver fox

The years Howard Hawks spent with his second wife Nancy – aka ‘Slim’ – were the richest of his film-directing career, as her style and influence inspired him to live out a recurring dream of their relationship on film. By David Thomson

Cover feature: In the dark

Darren Aronofsky has followed The Wrestler with Black Swan, this time finding his trademark obsession, restlessness and bone-crunching self-harm in the formal world of ballet. Nick James talks to the director

PLUS six classic female doppelgängers on film

No country for young girls

It’s the western’s turn to get the Coens treatment, but their makeover of the John Wayne Oscar-winner True Grit is free of their usual self-consciousness, says Graham Fuller

Grace in the hole

Never one to repeat himself, Danny Boyle follows his exuberant Slumdog Millionaire with the bare-bones one-man show of 127 Hours. He talks to James Mottram

Slim and the silver fox

The years Howard Hawks spent with his second wife Nancy – aka Slim – were the richest of his career, as her style inspired him to live out a recurring dream of their relationship on film. By David Thomson

PLUS Michael Mann on why he loves Howard Hawks, and in particular the 1932 gangster classic Scarface

Disney after disney

As Disney’s 50th animated feature Tangled is released, Andrew Osmond examines how the studio whose name was once synonymous with animation lost its edge

Selected reviews

#Film review: Brighton Rock

Rowan Joffe’s new adaptation of Graham Greene’s underworld thriller – classically filmed by the Boulting brothers in 1947 – distinguishes itself by updating the milieu to 1964. Philip Kemp wishes it hadn’t copied the former film’s ending

#Film review: Gasland

Improbably riveting, Josh Fox’s investigative doc about unregulated US hydraulic fracture mining is all the more powerful for its quiet meticulousness, says Sam Davies

#Film review: Men on the Bridge

Asli Özge’s tapestry of gridlocked lives in contemporary Istanbul offers further evidence of the flowering of late neorealism in Turkish cinema, says Kieron Corless

#Film of the month: The Portuguese Nun

The Bressonian style and metaphysical concerns of Eugène Green may be an acquired taste, but they achieve their most perfect expression in his new film The Portuguese Nun. Peter Matthews finds himself ripe for conversion

#Film review: True Grit

The Coen brothers’ True Grit might be less faithful to Charles Portis’s original novel than Henry Hathaway’s 1969 adaptation, but, finds Ben Walters, the brothers retain the book’s grotesque touches and add a few more themselves

#Film review: The King's Speech

Mystique and mischief: Tom Hooper’s film about the stammering future King George neatly has its royalty both ways, says Philip Kemp

#DVD: The Elia Kazan Collection

Elia Kazan’s explorations of post-war society reveal him to be one of America’s greats, argues Graham Fuller

Reviews in this issue:

  • Báthory
  • Abel
  • Amer
  • 127 Hours
  • Biutiful
  • Black Swan
  • Blue Valentine
  • Brighton Rock
  • Film review: Brighton Rock
  • Burlesque
  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • Conviction
  • Freakonomics
  • Film review: Gasland
  • Genius Within
  • Get Low
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
  • Hereafter
  • How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster
  • I Spit on Your Grave
  • The Inner Life of Glenn Gould
  • Film review: The King's Speech
  • Life Goes On
  • London Boulevard
  • Film review: Men on the Bridge
  • Men on the Bridge (online from 26 January)
  • Midgets vs Mascots
  • Morning Glory
  • Neds
  • Nénette
  • The Next Three Days
  • Film of the month: The Portuguese Nun
  • Rabbit Hole
  • Road to Las Vegas
  • The Scar Crow
  • A Serbian Film
  • Tangled
  • The Tourist
  • Travellers
  • Tron Legacy
  • True Grit
  • Film review: True Grit
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • The Warrior’s Way
  • The Way Back
  • DVD: The Elia Kazan Collection
  • DVD: Tom Charity sees The Night of the Hunter get the DVD release it deserves
  • DVD: Tim Lucas revisits del Toro’s Cronos in the light of a fascinating new director’s commentary
  • DVD: A Bay of Blood
  • DVD: La ciénaga
  • DVD: A Dance to the Music of Time
  • DVD: Deep Red
  • DVD: Ellery Queen
  • DVD: Franz Kafka’s A Country Doctor & Other Fantastic Films by Koji Yamamura
  • DVD: Hammer & Tongs
  • DVD: I Am a Camera
  • DVD: The Quintessential Guy Maddin
  • DVD: Man Hunt
  • DVD: Middletown
  • DVD: Pinter’s Progress & The Homecoming
  • DVD: Shed Your Tears and Walk Away
  • DVD: La signora di tutti
  • DVD: Films by Jacques Tati
  • Book: Philip Kemp welcomes two contrasting studies of Satyajit Ray
  • Book: Nick Bradshaw enjoys a populist survey of animated features
  • Book: Jonathan Romney is stimulated by a new collection of criticism by Jonathan Rosenbaum
  • Book: Ginette Vincendeau wants more from The Faber Book of French Cinema
Last Updated: 20 Dec 2011