“This is reinforced rather than offset by Marcello’s signature use of archival footage. It was aided no end by a toweringly charismatic central performance (with very few lines of dialogue spoken) from Ryan Gosling, who improbably rocked a silver, quilted silk jacket with a gold scorpion on the back. 2016The third "solo" Cap outing managed to be both intensely crowd-pleasing (with that whole airport battle, and the introduction of Tom Holland's Spider-Man) and also daringly intelligent, placing its superheroes in a believable geopolitical context that raised a valid moral issue: who should be responsible for the deployment of such great power?Read Empire's review of Captain America: Civil WarBuy the film here, 2003Chan-wook Park's revenge drama does extremity with a capital Eeek. It also manages to wring every last drip of funny out of executing spot-on bombastic, Bayhem-style action in a sleepy English small-town setting.Read Empire's review of Hot FuzzBuy the film here, 1994It's the highest-ranking animated movie on this list, beating even Toy Story. It's no mere Hollywood self-love exercise, though. Scott. On the other hand, it really does make you wonder why he feels the need to keep tinkering with new cuts. It wasn’t performative. With its message that open-minded communication enables us to realise the things we have in common with those who appear vastly different, it feels like genuinely compulsive viewing for these troubled times.Read Empire's review of ArrivalBuy the film now, 2003Sofia Coppola's second film is the ultimate jet lag movie, locating its central almost-romance between listless college grad Scarlett Johansson and life-worn actor Bill Murray amid the woozy, daydreamy bewilderment of being in a very foreign country and a very different time zone. Not only did they make arguably the funniest movie of the '90s — which has since spawned a genuine film cult — they also managed to construct a kidnap mystery in which the detective isn't a detective and nobody was actually kidnapped. Taking in bathhouses, spirits of Shinto folklore, and morality without clear-cut distinctions of good and evil, Hayao Miyazaki's major crossover hit is distinctly Japanese. Especially when your mentor is J.K. Simmons' monstrous Fletcher: a raging bully who makes army drill instructors look like Care Bears. The director of the acclaimed ‘Court’ (2014) won a Fipresci prize in Venice for this Mumbai-set drama about a man (played by real-life musician Aditya Modak) striving to attain his teachers’ artistic and spiritual standards as he pursues a career performing classical ragas. We said: The title of this fascinating exploration of the disastrous ground-level effects of the neoliberal turn refers to 1992, when Spain hosted the Seville Expo, marking the quincentenary of Columbus’s arrival in the Americas, and the Barcelona Olympics. Unlike the directors of earlier works such as La Haine (Mathieu Kassovitz, 1995) and Etat des lieux (JeanFrançois Richet, 1995), he offers an insider’s view of the social tensions that shape the lives of his characters. In comments that didn’t make it into that feature, Kaufman told Romney: “I’d been looking over the years for something to adapt and I came across this novel. Not only for making “The Irishman,” his best movie in a long … (Kieron Corless), Read our review: The Woman Who Ran turns circles telling stories, Where to see it: On Mubi from 20 December, along with two earlier Hong Sangsoo films – Tale of Cinema (2005) and Nobody’s Daughter Haewon (2013), Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles, Brazil. Endor's teddy-bear guerillas might have got sneered at, but they shouldn't blind us to Jedi's assets: the explosive team-re-gathering opening; the crazily high-speed forest chase; and that marvellously edited three-way climactic battle that dextrously flipped us between lightsabers, spaceships and a ferocious (albeit fuzzy) forest conflict.Read Empire's review of Return Of The JediBuy the film here, 2012With Marvel's 'Phase One'-concluding team-up movie, writer-director Joss Whedon not only pulled off a colossal character-juggling act, he also pushed the studio's commercial success to a much higher level. From the effects of gravity to the emotional implication of time dilation, it mixes science and sentiment to great effect. In the end, this makes for a terrifying ride with an ambiguous, unsettling conclusion.” (Kim Newman, S&S, December), Read our review: His House gives a displaced couple no happy home, + intervieew: “I like cinema that cracks open your sense of the world”: Remi Weekes on His House. In terms of scale and sheer, balls-out action spectacle, yes.Read Empire's review of Terminator 2: Judgment DayBuy the film here, 1999How two sibling indie film-makers with only a slick, sexy little crime film to their name (Bound) created their own blockbuster sci-fi franchise. 710067), Corin Hardy Talks Us Through His Killer Christmas Quadruple-Bill, Wonder Woman 1984: Patty Jenkins On The Power Of Superheroes, Subscribe To Empire Magazine This Christmas, Christmas Gift Guide 2020: Movie-Themed Books, 30 Feelgood Movies To Make You Smile In 2020, Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King, Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, The 100 Greatest TV Shows Of All Time? Which is why, unlike its central character, it'll never get old.Read Empire's review of Stand By MeBuy the film now, 1980Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro have together made movies better than their boxing biopic, but it's hard to argue that any of those movies feature a more jaw-dropping performance than De Niro's here as self-destructive pugilist Jake La Motta. Alex Proyas, ispirato all’omonima antologia di Isaac Asimov. Among the cultural specificity is a coming-of-age universality in young hero Chihiro, forced to fend for herself when her parents are turned into pigs, using her resourcefulness and her friendship with boy-dragon-spirit Haku to earn her freedom from the spirit world. The love and pain shown in Bloody Nose is heartbreakingly real; the insights into human experience alive with value. Berlin, a city that emerged from a swamp, has embarked on this quest again and again. All rights reserved. Richard Meryman said of Herman: “I wanted to find out how, when he was all but finished as a writer, he could turn around and write Citizen Kane.” Mank’s answer is that Mankiewicz always had the ability to write something that good; it was Hollywood holding him back. And the big climactic action sequence is so huge it takes up almost half the movie and is actually three big action sequences temporally nested inside each other around a surreal, metaphysical-conflict core.Read Empire's review of InceptionBuy the film here, 1999After all the pre-release hype about how dark and brutal Fight Club was, one of the most surprising things to discover on seeing it was just how funny it actually was. Even more so is the other half of the double-act: Jewell as played by Paul Walter Hauser. But it _is_ great drama, expertly wrought by screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who exploits the story's central paradox (a guy who doesn't get people makes a fortune getting people together online) to supremely juicy effect.Read Empire's review of The Social NetworkBuy the film here. And it still hurts.Read Empire's review of The Empire Strikes BackBuy the film here, Stanley Kubrick once described Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation of Mario Puzo's novel as the best film ever made, and we're hardly going to argue. The two strands eventually converge in a hotel room, where Lee has hired Anong to give him a full body massage, which culminates in sex. The Ross brothers’ poetic portrait of the denizens of a Las Vegas bar mixes documentary and fiction in a heady brew. There is, emphatically, no boundary between fiction and documentary, but truth matters more than ever.” (Robert Greene), Read our report: The shape of documentary to come, Where to see it: In UK cinemas and on Curzon Home Cinema from 24 December 2020. We said: Leonie Cooper talked to Byrne for our December issue, and asked him why he went to Spike Lee for the project: “We’ve never really worked together, but we’ve crossed paths a lot so it was easy, I had his phone number! The real-life horrors of Relic, Mogul Mowgli confronts Riz Ahmed’s rapper’s battle of the soul, Mank prints the legend of Hollywood as a gilded cage, Limbo gives a Scottish welcome to four far-flung refugees, “We did a real séance on Zoom”: Rob Savage on video call horror Host, Ema: Pablo Larraín lights some kind of delirious inferno, Little Women emancipates Louisa May Alcott’s spirited sisters, Les Misérables: 24 hours of violence in the Paris streets, Ladj Ly on Les Misérables: “Film is a tool. La classifica dei 100 migliori film di sempre secondo Movieplayer.it. Where America sought to reclaim lost histories, Time endeavours to commit to the screen an obscured, often ungraspable reality: the American prisonindustrial complex. The actual space is rendered in vibrant 16mm hues and the human interactions observed with warmth and playful humour, without ever losing sight of serious political purposes and the potential for poetry therein, nor of the bigger historical picture. Check. Like The Good, The Bad And The Ugly it concerns three men — one mysterious (Charles Bronson), one seemingly amoral (Jason Robards) and one evil (Henry Fonda, playing brilliantly against type) — but this time Leone gets to shoot it against the epic vistas of the real American West.Read Empire's review of Once Upon A Time In The WestBuy the film here, 1946Frank Capra's Christmas fantasy was the movie that coaxed a war-battered James Stewart back to acting, and a good thing, too: as George Bailey, who's shown a mind-blowing parallel reality in which he never existed, Stewart was never more appealing. But Sidney Lumet's film finds all its drama outside the courtroom itself and inside a jury deliberation room packed with fantastic character actors, who are forced to re-examine a seemingly straightforward case by lone-voice juror Henry Fonda. Unless you're the kind of shallow person who only watches movies that are 'entertaining'. This last aspect is beautifully and heartbreakingly articulated through archive and informal talks by former associates of MOVE, several of whose members were butchered by the police in 1985. Mixing videotape shot in a café in the Spanish city of Cartagena with archive footage of news bulletins and commercials, and told through split-screen compositions, Luis López Carrasco’s feature explores the decisive year of 1992 in modern Spanish history. Gerwig focuses on the novel’s key coming-of-age themes rather than individual moments: the loss of childhood, the importance of forging one’s own path, tentative steps towards female emancipation. Bacurau is a small impoverished town in the arid north-eastern hinterlands of Brazil; but it’s also a utopia of sorts, with its tight-knit community who stand firm against exterior threats. During a session at the Based on a True Story (Boats) conference that I co-programme at the University of Missouri, which runs concurrently with the True/False Film Fest in March, Ross brother Turner talked about searching for the perfect bar on the perfect night, a desire to conjure a deeply true feeling that couldn’t be ‘found’ like a news story. The hero’s lonely nocturnal scooter rides make a mesmerising visual thread, and his quest for the ideal in a commercial world makes the film as much a statement about cinema as about music.” (Jonathan Romney, S&S online), Read our review: The Disciple: Chaitanya Tamhane considers the limits of musical control. A twist made all the more effective thanks to Kevin Spacey's insistence he wasn't billed until the end credits.Read Empire's review of SevenBuy the film here, 1998You've got to hand it to the Coen brothers. Works.Read Empire's review of MementoBuy the film here, 1983In this post-Phantom Menace world, the Ewoks don't seem quite so egregious, do they? “The biggest influence is Cronenberg Sr’s eXistenz (1999), which is similarly concerned with assassins who risk losing themselves in the personae that they adopt as their gaming ‘skins’ – and that film’s lead actress Jennifer Jason Leigh is here cast as Tasya’s handler Girder, a once skilled Possessor now determined to pass down the mantle to the next generation.” (Anton Bitel), Read our review: Possessor sends Andrea Riseborough out of her mind. When you've got the world's baddest asses on the march, it'd be rude not to have them stalked by an intergalactic hunter with space-dreads and a shoulder-mounted laser cannon. Live octopus-eating? Read here, Read Empire's review of Good Will Hunting, Read Empire's review of Lost In Translation, Read Empire's review of No Country For Old Men, Read Empire's review of Shaun Of The Dead, Read Empire's review of Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, Read Empire's review of The Social Network, Read Empire's review of Captain America: Civil War, Read Empire's review of A Clockwork Orange, Read Empire's review of Singin' In The Rain, Read Empire's review of Return Of The Jedi, Read Empire's review of Avengers Assemble, Read Empire's review of Inglourious Basterds, Read Empire's review of Once Upon A Time In The West, Read Empire's review of It's A Wonderful Life, Read Empire's review of Lawrence Of Arabia, Read Empire's review of The Silence Of The Lambs, Read Empire's review of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Read Empire's review of There Will Be Blood, Read Empire's review of Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Read Empire's review of Saving Private Ryan, Read Empire's review of Mad Max: Fury Road, Read Empire's review of Guardians Of The Galaxy, Read Empire's review of The Usual Suspects, Read Empire's review of The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, Read Empire's review of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Read Empire's review of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Read Empire's review of The Return Of The King, Read Empire's review of The Godfather Part II, Read Empire's review of Back To The Future, Read Empire's review of The Fellowship Of The Ring, Read Empire's review of Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Read Empire's review of The Shawshank Redemption, Read Empire's review of The Empire Strikes Back. This scene, extending across a good half-hour, functions as the film’s centrepiece and offers the most tender rendition of sex to be found in Tsai’s filmography. The undine of lore comes out of the water to find love and thus obtain a soul. This cross-dressing caper also has what must be the greatest last line in history: "Well, nobody's perfect"…Read Empire's review of Some Like It HotBuy the film here, 2010Or, I'm Gonna Git You Zuckerberg. Its shaky-staccato-desaturated style (courtesy of Janusz Kaminski's ingenious cinematography) — newsreel made cinema — has been oft-copied, but rarely bettered.Read Empire's review of Saving Private RyanBuy the film here, 2015In which old dog George Miller taught Hollywood some new tricks. Though, of course, you could always argue that Fletcher's methods certainly got great results out of Miles Teller's battered but triumphant Andrew…Read Empire's review of WhiplashBuy the film here, 1992Quentin Tarantino's terrific twist on the heist-gone-wrong thriller, which ricochets the zing and fizz of its dialogue around a gloriously intense single setting (for the most part) and centres the majority of its action around one long and incredibly bloody death scene. They could be the guy sat right next to you, in fact...Read Empire's review of PsychoBuy the film here, 1968This epic ballad of revenge, redemption and the painful rooting of civilisation in the Old West is peak Sergio Leone. By and large Lee succeeds, even if along the way the story hits some cul-de-sacs with cursory plotting involving Jean Reno’s evil trafficker, the work of landmine removal, and a pot of gold taken straight out of John Huston’s The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948). Buy the book at AmazonBuy the movie at Amazon, Bauer Media Group consists of: Bauer Consumer Media Ltd, Company number: 01176085, Bauer Radio Ltd, Company Number: 1394141, Registered Office: Media House, Peterborough Business Park, Lynch Wood, Peterborough, PE2 6EA H Bauer Publishing,Company Number: LP003328, Registered Office: Academic House, 24-28 Oval Road, London, NW1 7DT.All registered in England and Wales. They carefully cast their new film, which observes a ragtag group of regulars on the last day of their favourite bar, faked the location and worked closely with their subjects/ stars to create bracingly real emotion within a partially constructed scenario. I realised that this show, like that one, is not simply us performing a series of songs, ending with our biggest hit. Paul’s PTSD, which sees him descend into the heart of darkness, is a reflection of America’s broken conscience. It is also a deeply moving prayer of admiration for girls – the wary, watchful ones who have learned to expect nothing of anybody except one another, from whom they expect, and regularly receive, the world.” (Jessica Kiang), Read our review: Never Rarely Sometimes Always: Eliza Hittman’s abortion tale traces the burdens of girlhood, Where to see it: On DVD, Blu-ray and streaming platforms. We said: Whannell’s film gives a feminist spin to H.G. And it has a sarcastic robot, too.Read Empire's review of InterstellarBuy the film here, 1941Orson Welles' game-changing fictional biopic, that managed to both launch his film career and ruin it at the same time (turns out it's not a good idea to piss off powerful newspaper magnates by viciously satirising them to a mass audience). It wore its numerous influences on its sleeve and yet felt utterly, invigoratingly fresh and new. Maybe that's why it's never been rebooted. "Read Empire's review of The Good, The Bad And The UglyBuy the film here, 1995Michael Mann's starry upgrade of his TV movie LA Takedown squeezed every last drop of icon-juice out of its heavyweight double-billing, bringing Pacino and De Niro together on screen, sharing scenes for the very first time. Bradley’s diary film follows Sibil Fox Richardson, who for nearly two decades has been campaigning for the release of her husband, Rob, after he was sentenced in 1999 to 60 years in prison for a robbery. A.O. It is arguably his greatest gift to cinema, an infinitely ambitious vision of a space-faring future whose narrative centres on the most pivotal moment in human evolution since some ape-man first bashed another ape-man with an old bone. It's precision-engineered: apart from the carefully inserted Sammy Jankis subplot, every scene lasts as long as the span of damaged protagonist Leonard Shelby's short-term memory, as well as running in reverse order. What happened to those guys, anyway?...Read Empire's review of Good Will HuntingBuy the film now, 2016Denis Villeneuve's empathic, perception-bending alien visitation drama is a delicately crafted modern rework of The Day The Earth Stood Still — except the extra-terrestrials are truly otherworldly and there's the sky-high obstacle that is the language barrier. A broken health service, a dereliction of duty of care, a desperation for a connection of any kind, an unseen malevolent force playing tricks with the mind. Tariq’s visceral directorial debut, co-written with Riz Ahmed, follows Zed, a rapper whose life spirals out of control when, on the cusp of success, he succumbs to a debilitating illness. We said: “The success of Time speaks to the revelatory power of its twinned perspective: its combination of Fox’s video diaries with Bradley’s artfully shot vignettes of the Richardson family’s daily lives. Unless you're the kind of Dad who thinks obsessively typing the same sentence over and over then chasing after your wife and kid with an axe constitutes good parenting…Read Empire's review of The ShiningBuy the film here, 2014It's official, then. Josephine Decker’s adaptation of Susan Scarf Merrell’s teasingly fantasy-refracted portrait of the supernatural horror writer Shirley Jackson, played here by Elisabeth Moss. It's also a coming-of-age movie which celebrates the intensity of childhood friendship, while gently mourning the transience of such bonds. What we don’t do is become inured to the idea of his death; conversely, we attach to his living image more, a process that Johnson acknowledges and encourages by keeping us guessing until the final hour about Dick’s actual condition.” (Hannah McGill), Read our review: Dick Johnson Is Dead: resurrections beat the blues. The camera is right in there, too, in the painful scenes of the raids, and in the central protest sequence – after which the film narrows down from a community portrait to the courtroom drama of Frank and his associates’ trial. We say: “The pandemic may have delayed the release of mega-bucks sci-fi extravaganzas like Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, but Andrew Patterson’s film was an exhilarating discovery for dark lockdown times and further proof, if you ever needed it, that a small budget (less than $1 million) is no barrier to the sublime. ), starred that schlubby fellah from Parks And Rec, and was directed by the guy who turned Michael Rooker into a giant slug-monster in Slither. (1967) è stato votato il miglior film ceco-slovacco di tutti i tempi con 33 voti in un sondaggio del 2007 di 53 esperti (principalmente dalla Repubblica Ceca, ma anche da Slovacchia e Polonia) dal titolo … We said: “Developed from a 2017 short of the same title, Ly’s debut feature is ostensibly a banlieue film (a genre of the life of marginalised suburban, mostly male youth in French housing estates) – but with the difference that Ly himself grew up in Montfermeil. It demands that we pay attention to those who are brave enough to take a stand; that it is up to all of us to amplify individual voices that would otherwise go unheard.” (Nikki Baughan), Read our interview: Kitty Green on The Assistant: “We all know what happens behind that closed door”.