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The Wolf of Wall Street

16 Jan 20143 stars

Martin Scorsese's latest is too busy reveling in excess to consider any moral complexities

As with his wonderfully fluent Goodfellas, which chronicled the rise and fall of real-life gangster Henry Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street sees Martin Scorsese bring exhaustive meticulousness to Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio). This dodgy share-trader’s…

American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street among Oscar 2014 nominations

16 Jan 2014

Philomena, Blue Jasmine, Dallas Buyers Club and Captain Phillips also pick up multiple nominations

The nominations have been announced for the 2014 Academy Awards, with The Wolf of Wall Street, 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle picking up multiple nominations in several categories apiece. The list of nominees in the main categories is below - for…

The best films of 2013

20 Dec 2013

Our top 5 films of the year, featuring Gravity, Blue is the Warmest Colour and Django Unchained

Blue is the Warmest Colour Abdellatif Kechiche’s Palme d’Or-winning love story is at risk of being remembered for all the wrong reasons (the controversy around the lesbian sex scenes and stars Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos’ criticisms of the…

New trailer for Scorsese and DiCaprio’s The Wolf of Wall Street

17 Jun 2013

Strutting new production also starring Jonah Hill, Rob Reiner, Kyle Chandler and Matthew McConaughey

The trailer has just arrived for Martin Scorsese’s next directorial effort, The Wolf of Wall Street. Based on the memoir of the same name by criminal stock broker Jordan Belfort, it tells the story we’re only too well acquainted with in the days of…

The Great Gatsby

15 May 20133 stars

Baz Luhrmann’s lavish adaptation of Fitzgerald’s novel finally arrives

A far cry from the drab pastel shades and muffled emotion of the 1974 Robert Redford/Mia Farrow film, Baz Luhrmann’s new version of The Great Gatsby aims to put the ‘great’ back into F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel. Many have tried and failed to…

Leonardo DiCaprio: An appreciation - The Great Gatsby, unknowability and ultimate fractured hero

22 Apr 2013

DiCaprio and Baz Luhrmann work together again 17 years after Romeo + Juliet

At the beginning of this year Leonardo DiCaprio said that he was planning to take a ‘long, long break from acting’. He appears to be sticking with that plan. Following the The Great Gatsby, released in May, we’ll see him at the end of 2013 in The Wolf…

Top five movies about sleep

5 Mar 2013

Featuring The Machinist, Fight Club, Waking Life and Inception

The Machinist Nothing supports theories on the damage of sleep deprivation quite like seeing Christian Bale’s condition in The Machinist. Bale’s character, Trevor Reznik, is in the vicious throes of chronic insomnia, leaving him emaciated and…

The Great Gatsby enjoys a resurgence on stage and screen

20 Feb 2013

F Scott Fitzgerald's novel is being adapted by both Baz Luhrmann and Northern Ballet

Not for nothing is F Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel deemed one of the greatest books of all time. With descriptive text that often borders on the poetic, The Great Gatsby is a story to savour, not devour. At just over 160 pages, however, it’s as much…

Django Unchained

14 Jan 20134 stars

Fine performances and moments of sudden brutality outshine Tarantino's over-indulgent running time

There are two major films about slavery this season. At one end of the spectrum is Steven Spielberg’s po-faced, self-important abolition drama Lincoln. And the other? Quentin Tarantino’s giddily violent, shockingly profane spaghetti western, Django…

5 sartorial influences on Django Unchained

7 Jun 2012

The trailer for Tarantino's latest includes some strange wardrobe choices

Quentin Tarantino has just unveiled the trailer for his latest project, Django Unchained - a western that's already caught our attention thanks to an A list cast including Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and featuring guest spots from…

New trailer available for Baz Luhrmann's Great Gatsby

24 May 2012

The 3D film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire

This December sees the release of Baz Luhrmann's take on F Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. Renowned for his epic stories of love and tragedy – see Moulin Rouge and Romeo and Juliet – Luhrmann seems like a fitting director to put an original spin on…

Preview of 2012 - Django Unchained

6 Jan 2012

Quentin Tarantino flexes his Western muscles with Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio

Quentin Tarantino has already given us his heist movie (Reservoir Dogs), his take on blaxploitation (Jackie Brown), his war film (Inglourious Basterds), horror (Death Proof), kung fu (Kill Bill 1 & 2) and of course his crime thriller (Pulp Fiction).

J Edgar

5 Jan 20122 stars

Clint Eastwood's biopic of the legendary FBI chief is well-acted but unfocused

(15) 137min Clint Eastwood’s biopic on former FBI head J Edgar Hoover offers an askew perspective on American history that eventually buckles under the weight of its own misguided ambition. Written by Dustin Lance Black (who won an Oscar for his…

Inception

28 Jul 20104 stars

Nolan delivers near flawless mind-bender

(12A) 147min. Christopher Nolan adds yet another mind-bending movie to his canon, following the amnesiac flashbacks of Memento and Insomnia's sleep-deprived trippyness. This time round it's dreams he wishes to explore: Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is…

Inception

7 Jul 2010

(12A) 146min Christopher Nolan’s brain power sci-fi starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Review to follow. General release from Fri 16 Jul.

Shutter Island

25 Feb 20104 stars

Just as he followed his gangland classic Goodfellas with his pulpy remake of Cape Fear, so Martin Scorsese’s first feature film proper since The Departed is thriller Shutter Island. Based on the 1954-set novel by Dennis Lehane, like Cape Fear, it’s…

Revolutionary Road

22 Jan 20094 stars

DRAMA Age of Anxiety writer Richard Yates’ first and arguably finest novel gets a Titanic big screen makeover courtesy of reunited stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet and director hubby Sam Mendes. It’s 1955 in suburban Connecticut; the…

I, Leonardo

6 Sep 2007

The rights to the magnificent I, Claudius have been acquired by producer Scott Rudin in a $2 million deal. Leonardo DiCaprio is expected to become attached to the project after he and writer William Monahan failed with a rival bid. There’s no word as…