Anna Rogers

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Profile: Kelly Reichardt, director of the Jesse Eisenberg-starring Night Moves

27 Aug 2014

The eco-activist drama also stars Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard

Name Kelly Reichardt Born 1964, Miami, Florida. Background Reichardt is one of the most celebrated directors working in indie cinema today, having directed Old Joy, Wendy and Lucy and Meek’s Cutoff. Her work has received nominations for both…

Obvious Child

12 Aug 20144 stars

Gillian Robespierre's Sundance 'abortion comedy' is courageous and admirable in its feminism

Billed as the Sundance ‘abortion comedy’, writer-director Gillian Robespierre’s debut has already attracted attention for its controversial subject matter and scatological dialogue. It centres on Donna (the effusive and sardonic Jenny Slate, of SNL…

Night Moves

3 Mar 20144 stars

US indie director Kelly Reichardt explores the impact of an act of eco-terrorism

Night Moves is easily Kelly Reichardt's most conventional film to date in terms of its narrative structure and skilful accretion of suspense. Yet this apparent simple approach only serves to accentuate the film's multifaceted and subtle exploration of…

Only Lovers Left Alive

14 Feb 20144 stars

Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston star in Jim Jarmusch's anti-vampire, vampire film

Jim Jarmusch has made a career out of subverting the norms of genre filmmaking – indeed, his work is a genre unto itself. After the divisive The Limits of Control, his latest film (which is best described as an anti-vampire vampire film) signals a…

The Invisible Woman

17 Jan 20143 stars

Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones and Joanna Scanlon shine in this Dickens drama

Ralph Fiennes’ second directorial effort is impressive in its evocation of restrained emotion. Based on Claire Tomalin’s book about Charles Dickens’ relationship with an 18-year-old aspiring actress named Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones), the film is…

Jeune & Jolie

5 Nov 20133 stars

Troubling examination of female adolescence leaves subject matter inadequately explored

Luis Buñuel’s Belle de Jour is an obvious reference point in François Ozon’s latest feature about a 17-year-old girl Isabelle (Marine Vacth) who, having lost her virginity on holiday, takes the not-so-very-logical step to become a prostitute. But this…

Blue is the Warmest Colour

4 Nov 20135 stars

2013 Cannes Palme d’Or winner an example of exquisite, vital and very brave filmmaking

Billed as a French lesbian coming-of-age drama, Blue is the Warmest Colour has been mired in controversy since winning the Palme d’Or in Cannes (as much for an invective launched against the film’s director by both main actresses as for the frank…

Only God Forgives

16 Jul 20132 stars

Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling fail to repeat the success of Drive

With previous features such as Bronson and Drive, Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn has proven himself adept at engaging with and exploring the nature and seductive appeal of cinematic violence. While his latest feature Only God Forgives sees him…

To Rome with Love

10 Sep 20123 stars

Woody Allen's latest is a joyfully silly tribute to the Italian capital

With his previous features Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen proved himself adroit at translating an American tourist’s view of the most beautiful (and undoubtedly clichéd) aspects of European culture to the big screen. Whereas…

Why artist and writer Miranda July is the most extraordinary filmmaker of our time

19 Oct 2011

Director of The Future and Me and You and Everyone We Know

The work of American artist and filmmaker Miranda July is divisive; indeed, whether you find her latest film The Future twee and wilfully obscure or challenging and moving will almost certainly depend on how willing you are to empathise wholly with a…

The Future

17 Oct 20114 stars

Miranda July's feature charts couple's existential crisis

(12A) 90min ‘Quirky’ is the word most frequently bandied about when describing the work of Miranda July. The Future is a far more disturbing and sombre film than this adjective would suggest. OK, so it’s narrated by a cat, but a cat who alludes to…

Profile: Miranda July

17 Oct 2011

Director's much-anticipated second film The Future

July is an artist, writer and filmmaker from Berkeley, California. She is best-known for her critically acclaimed film Me and You and Everyone We Know, which won the Sundance Film Festival award for ‘originality of vision’ and the Camera d’Or prize at…

Meek's Cutoff a keenly observed addition to the 'mythic Western' genre

24 Mar 20114 stars

Director Kelly Reichardt crafts a tense fable with no clear morality

(tbc) 104min Kelly Reichardt (Old Joy, Wendy and Lucy) is one of the most interesting American filmmakers working today and her latest feature film delivers on all fronts. Meek’s Cutoff belongs to the slender sub strata of the Western genre…


2 Mar 20113 stars

Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman examine Allen Ginsberg's controversial poem, with James Franco

Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (who both worked on 1984 documentary The Times of Harvey Milk) were originally commissioned by the Allen Ginsberg estate to make a documentary to mark the 50th anniversary of Ginsberg’s most celebrated (and notorious…

Blue Valentine

23 Dec 20105 stars

Derek Cianfrance’s extraordinary feature debut is an exceptional and brutal piece of filmmaking

(15) 111min Ten years in the making, Derek Cianfrance’s extraordinary feature film debut, which can be best described as a marital cautionary tale, draws from the very best of the American independent inheritance (the uncompromising work of John…


30 Nov 20104 stars

Sofia Coppola's quiet and meditative film returns to familiar thematic territory

(15) 97min Sofia Coppola returns to familiar thematic territory in her latest take on the dull realities that lie beneath the hedonistic lifestyle of the pampered and the privileged. Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff), a permanent resident of LA’s…


2 Jul 20103 stars

Charles Perrault’s dark and misogynistic tale about a nobleman with a penchant for uxoricide (murder of a wife) seems like perfect literary fodder for a director as intrigued by the dynamics of sexuality and gender as Catherine Breillat. Related through…

White Material

24 Jun 20104 stars

(15) 105min Claire Denis’s latest film marks a return to origin both thematically and personally for the filmmaker (her debut 1988 feature Chocolat was similarly set in colonial Africa). Filmed in Cameroon (although time and place remain…

La Danse (Le Ballet de Opera de Paris)

28 Apr 20105 stars

(PG) 158min Veteran documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman specialises in capturing bodies caught up in a process of metamorphosis. In Titicut Follies he gave us the contortions of psychiatric patients and in Highschool, the awkward gestures of the…


10 Mar 20104 stars

(U) 99min Austrian writer/director Jessica Hausner’s debut feature takes a thoroughly anti-mystical approach to the phenomenon of miracles. The action centres on a pilgrimage made by a group of invalids to the eponymous French city during which a…

Behind the scenes of The Fantastic Mr Fox

20 Oct 2009

Andy Gent, chief animator on Wes Anderson’s The Fantastic Mr Fox, reveals the cinematic inspiration behind the project and the difficulties inherent in making a stop-animation film. ‘As well as being a huge fan of Roald Dahl, Wes loves old films like…

Interview: Wes Anderson

15 Oct 2009

The director talks about adapting Fantastic Mr. Fox for the big screen

Texan born director Wes Anderson is renowned for making highly detailed and idiosyncratic films populated with slightly neurotic, child-like characters (The Royal Tenenbaums, The Darjeeling Limited). Seeing him in person, you realise that he wouldn’t…

Katalin Varga

2 Oct 20094 stars

Filmed in two weeks on a micro budget, Katalin Varga is proof of just how good independent filmmaking can be in the hands of a committed and intelligent filmmaker, in this case, first time director, Peter Strickland. While a tale of revenge set in…

The Crimson Wing

17 Sep 20093 stars

The life cycle of the Lesser Flamingo

This is the first cinematic venture to come out of the newly formed DisneyNature corporation and it certainly boasts all the right credentials: syrupy narrative read by Mariella Frostrup and a trendy soundtrack by The Cinematic Orchestra. What you…

Agnès Varda

17 Sep 2009

The considerable career of the ‘grandmother’ of Le Nouvelle Vague

There are rumours that Agnès Varda’s 2008 cinematic autobiography The Beaches of Agnès is her last film. For any octogenarian filmmaker, this might seem like the logical conclusion to a prolific career, but Varda is no ordinary artist. When she…