Bitterly witty, his film about ageing is compelling
Starring: Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen, Lesley Manville, David Bradley
As Mike Leigh's new film, Another Year, is released, James Mottram explores the rigorous processes behind the performances his work is famed for, while stars reveal the demands involved.
Ridley Scott's new version of 'Robin Hood' is a heavy-handed way to open the most important festival in cinema's year
Helen Mirren won an Oscar as Elizabeth II and now five more actresses are to play her on television. Is it time to re-bottle the monarch's mystique? By Gerard Gilbert
Ang Lee was not the most likely director to create a film about Woodstock, and his authentic-looking LSD scene is from imagination not experience, he tells James Mottram
Cannes 2009 signals hard times for serious moviemakers, says Geoffrey Macnab
The best of times is now, goes the song in La Cage aux Folles. And so it would seem for gay plays and musicals. No fewer than 10 productions currently in London's West End feature gay themes or talent.
'We've known each other such a long time, in some ways we're like an old married couple'
The first vascular plants weren't anything spectacular to look at. They comprised smallish shoots, only about 50cm high, with thick stems and firm, spiny leaves.
420 million years ago to 65.5 million years ago
Extra oxygen explains why Stan Wood, a sharp-eyed commercial fossil-hunter from Scotland, did so well out of a dilapidated old limestone farm wall that he spotted next to a school football field in 1984.
The veteran British director has taken a break from the grimmer side of life, and has created an ode to joy
He admits that his new film 'Happy-Go-Lucky' has put a smile on his face – but, says Mike Leigh, woe betide any actor who reveals the director's 'trade secrets'