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Reviews & features: Meryl Streep

Into the Woods

5 Jan 20153 stars

Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt enliven Rob Marshall's latest musical

There's a sequence in Disney's adaptation of stage musical Into the Woods which will rank as one of the greatest movie moments of 2015. As Cinderella's Prince and Rapunzel's Prince respectively, Chris Pine and Billy Magnussen engage in an emotionally…

The Homesman

17 Nov 20144 stars

Striking, desperately sad western directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones

Since Clint Eastwood hung up his holster those of us who love westerns thank Tommy Lee Jones for keeping the genre alive. That's not to say his second directorial effort, eight years after his fine debut The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, is any…

The Giver

15 Sep 20142 stars

Disappointing adaptation of Lois Lowry's YA novel with Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges

The pile of unwanted, underwhelming young-adult adaptations is rising. From The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones to The Host via Ender’s Game, the search for another Twilight or The Hunger Games has ransacked the bookshelves of many literate teens.

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…

Hope Springs

15 Aug 20123 stars

Sterling performances from Streep, Lee-Jones and Carrell in this funny tale of marriage therapy

Omit the Men In Black trilogy, and there aren’t many films that Tommy Lee Jones has been funny in. The stone-faced Texan looks as if he hasn’t laughed out loud since 1953, but that’s not to say he won’t tickle you in this gentle marital comedy from…

New Hope Springs trailer appeals to the older cinema-goer

27 Apr 2012

Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones star in this romcom

There's been a shift in Hollywood in recent years towards films which appeal to the older cinema-goer - the likes of The Artist showed that the classic ways of filmmaking are still relevant; The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was teeming with venerable…

Oscars 2012 - predictions

25 Jan 2012

Some of The List's film critics give their predictions on who'll win what at the Oscars

Best Picture. The Artist; simplicity is the reason that is soars above the other Oscar bait. The Artist probably will win, as it has won pretty much everything else going. It deserves it - when was the last time a film came along that made everyone fall…

Opinion - The 2012 BAFTA nominations

17 Jan 2012

Scorsese, Streep, Tintin and The Artist all nominated - but do they deserve it?

The announcement of any film awards nominations list is guaranteed to stir up debate about which films are missing, which are undeserving of their placement, and most of all, who's most likely to win. The 2012 BAFTA nominations list has all that, plus…

Review of reviews - The Iron Lady

6 Jan 2012

What we said, and they said, about Streep's Thatcher performance

What we said: ‘The Iron Lady is a film about the cost of power that features a brilliantly convincing lead performance from Meryl Streep, but offers no significant insights on the lady of the title.’ The List What they said: ‘How people react…

The Iron Lady

5 Jan 20123 stars

Meryl Streep shines in a film that avoids tackling Thatcher's politics

(12A) 105min In The Iron Lady director Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia!) and writer Abi Morgan (Shame) take arguably the most significant British politician in living memory as their subject, and perversely evade questioning her policies. The result is a…

Glasgow Film Festival Meryl Streep retrospective

18 Feb 2011

Festival co-director explains reasons behind 2011 retrospective

Allan Hunter, co-director of the GFF, explains his choice of Meryl Streep for this year’s retrospective ‘Meryl Streep is a star who has stood the test of time, and is currently enjoying a fresh wave of popularity among the generation who've seen The…

It's Complicated

6 Jan 20103 stars

(15) 118min Eschewing Hollywood’s usual tendency towards ageism Something’s Gotta Give and The Holiday writer/director Nancy Meyers’ new film is a farce of revived lust. Alec Baldwin and Meryl Streep play ex-husband and wife who suddenly get the hots…

Julie and Julia

3 Sep 20093 stars

(12A) 123min Nora Ephron’s love affair with cookery initially surfaced in Mike Nichols’ 1986 comedy Heartburn, with Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson starring in Ephron’s adaptation of her recipe book of the same name. Now Ephron and Streep have…


5 Feb 20094 stars

DRAMA If, as the old proverb goes, ‘doubt makes the mountain that faith can move’, then John Patrick Shanley’s powerful 2004 play, set in a Catholic school, posits a relative Kilimanjaro in the middle of the Bronx. When the headmistress Sister…

Mamma Mia!

3 Jul 2008

Set on a sun-kissed Mediterranean island, musical blockbuster Mamma Mia! features Meryl Streep as the mother of Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), a bride-to-be trying to identify her natural father amongst three wedding guests, played by Pierce Brosnan, Colin…

Andrew Garfield

1 Nov 2007

Unless you happened to catch fresh-faced actor Andrew Garfield on the London and Manchester stages – where in the last three years he’s won various newcomer awards for well-received performances in plays by Enda Walsh and Mark Ravenhill – chances are…