Arts and Entertainment Sandra Bullock in Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity

'Digital imagery has never looked this stunning or hyperrealistic before'

DVD: Stanley Kubrick: Visionary Filmmaker Collection (18)

Dr Strangelove, Kubrick's crowning achievement, is sadly missing but the seven films in this nicely packaged Blu-ray collection are still, well, awesome.

Geoffrey Macnab: A bravura work that asks big questions

In what was an unusually strong Cannes competition, there were arguably two films that stood above the others – in terms of formal inventiveness and ambition: Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life and Michel Hazanavicius's black-and-white silent movie The Artist.

Ready To Wear: Dirty Harry never looked this damn good

If Sarah Lund's Nordic knit sweater in The Killing was a signifier of a certain gentleness and, more particularly, a character who would never stoop so low as to use her sexuality in a clichéd, woman-hell-bent-on-surviving-in-a-man's-world kind of a way, the wardrobe of Laure Berthaud, the lead in Spiral, demonstrates no such politically-correct concerns.

Some classic ways to elevate a movie's status

As the Cannes Festival elevates A Bronx Tale and A Clockwork Orange to 'classic' status, Geoffrey Macnab calls for the more rigorous application of an overused term

DVD: The Killing (18)

For anyone who claims that UK TV drama's lack of ambition is down to a lack of US-size budgets, The Killing makes for rather damning contradictory evidence.

Culture Club: The Killing, BBC Four

Readers review this week's big TV series

Tom Sutcliffe: Whose art is it anyway?

The week in culture

Philharmonia Orchestra/ Salonen, Royal Festival Hall

The “Infernal Dance” goes on. But in this the second instalment of the Philharmonia Orchestra’s well-named Bartok series it was Stravinsky who ultimately called the tune and dictated the footwork. A thrill-packed performance of The Rite of Spring brought people to their feet but there’s quite nothing like the context of a well-made programme to maximise its impact.

Symphonies for the dancefloor

A new club anthem mixes Paganini with dreamy vocals and dance beats. But how radical is it? Chris Mugan explores the chequered history of the pop-classical crossover

Blue Movie, By Terry Southern

King B, the world's most admired film director, has decided on his next project: he will make the most expensive and ambitious pornographic movie ever. He uses his artistic cachet to attract big-name stars, and his box-office clout to draw a rich sponsor: the government of Liechtenstein, no less. He and his crew arrive in bewildered Vaduz for the shoot, which soon descends into anarchy.

Tony Curtis: Actor who started out as a teen heartthrob and became a much-loved and versatile character actor

An actor with dark, curly hair and handsome looks, Tony Curtis began his film career playing small roles as gangsters or juvenile delinquents before his popularity with teenagers won him stardom at Universal in swashbuckling fantasies such as The Prince Who Was a Thief (1951) and The Black Shield of Falworth (1954). Elvis Presley is said to have modelled his hairstyle on Curtis, whose marriage to the equally attractive Janet Leigh made the pair a popular subject of fan magazines throughout the Fifties.

Tony Curtis, Hollywood legend, dies aged 85

Hollywood legend Tony Curtis, whose career spanned more than 60 years, has died at the age of 85.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Lake Garda, Venice & Verona from £629pp
Dubrovnik
Vietnam
Bruges
South Africa
Spain
Prices correct as of 12 December 2014
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas