aka "Sight & Sound"
General, Mainstream Monthly Magazine from London ,United Kingdom

- First issue: 1991
- General cinema.
- Took its present form in May 1991 with the incorporation of Monthly Film Bulletin. Prior to that it was published quarterly.
- Half the magazine contains great articles on various topics and the other half has the film reviews for the contemporary releases. I especially like the full synopsis given for every movie: No surprises when you 're watching The Crying Game for the first time.
- Published by the British Film Institute.
- Monthly, 70 colour pages in A4 format.
- Published by British Film Institute (BFI)
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Issue 212
December 2008
Radical Chic: Is The Baader Meinhof Complex a thoughtful examination of Germany's recent past or does it glamorise terrorism? By Andrea Dittgen. PLUS James Bell talks to producer Bernd Eichinger.
Game for a century: As the great Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira turns 100, Jonathan Romney celebrates his life and champions his work.
The DVDs of 2008: Our critics choose their personal favourite DVDs from 2008.
The greatest story of our time: Oliver Stone talks to Nick James about W., his portrait of the most destructive American president in history. PLUS Michael Atkinson on the cinema of the Bush era.
A soldier's tale: Ari Folman's Waltz with Bashir, Israel's first animated feature, is a hallucinatory account of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon. Here Folman describes his unusually haunting imagery in detail to Ali Jaafar.
Emotional rescue: The Dardenne brothers take a surprising new plot-driven direction in their immigration drama The Silence of Lorna explains Geoff Andrew.
Sketches of the ghost: What ever happened to Abel Ferrara, the director who made Bad Lieutenant and The King of New York, and why are his recent films so hard to see? By Brad Stevens.
Film of the Month: To Get to Heaven First You Have to Die: The Tajik director Djamshed Usmonov's latest film, 'To Get to Heaven First You Have to Die', is a darker work than its predecessors but confirms its creator as a bright talent of post-Soviet cinema, says Michael Brooke.
DVD Review: How the West Was Won: It packed movie theatres in the 1950s and now it's back: Tim Lucas on the panoramic Cinerama effect.
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue: A?o u?a Appaloosa The Baader Meinhof Complex Belle toujours Blindness Body of Lies Chocolate Choke Choking Man City of Ember Conversations with My Gardener Death Race Eagle Eye Easy Virtue Fly Me to the Moon Ghost Town High School Musical 3 Senior Year DVD Review: How the West Was Won Igor Incendiary Lakeview Terrace Let's Talk about the Rain Mutant Chronicles Nights in Rodanthe OSS 117 Cairo, Nest of Spies Patti Smith Dream of Life Quantum of Solace Redbelt Righteous Kill Rivals Saas bahu aur Sensex Scar The Silence of Lorna Sisterhood Special People Film of the Month: To Get to Heaven First You Have to Die Waltz with Bashir Zombie Strippers! 'Tis Autumn The Search for Jackie Paris

Issue 211
November 2008
The London Film Festival: Liverpool - A trilogy of closely observed characters: In his latest film the Argentinian director Lisandro Alonso varies and expands on his unique realist vision, argues Quint?n.
The London Film Festival: Liverpool - Interview: Lisandro Alonso talks to Maria Delgado about his unusual working methods and his new film 'Liverpool'.
The London Film Festival: Quiet Chaos - No sex please, we're Italian comedians: Geoffrey Macnab examines the effects on Italian filmgoers of Nanni Moretti's latest starring role and a controversial sex scene.
The London Film Festival: The Class - Interview: Ginette Vincendeau talks to director Laurent Cantet, whose 'Entre les murs' ('The Class') was the surprise winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2008 Cannes festival.
The London Film Festival: Rachael Getting Married - Ensemble stars shine Robert Altman meets 'My Best Friend's Wedding' in Jonathan Demme's fun yet insightful drama, says Nick James.
The London Film Festival: Ah, Liberty! - Ben Rivers at the Edge of the World: A programme of six shorts showcases the work of Ben Rivers and his investigations of Britain's hinterlands, says Kieron Corless.
The London Film Festival: 'S&S' 20 Further Recommendations: There's plenty more to see at the London Film Festival, says Nick James. Here are some more highlights of the programme.
That's camorra: The Camorra network rules Naplesin Gomorrah but Silvia Angrisani delves deeper into reality. PLUS Guido Bonsaver on Mafia films.
Lagoon Blues: There were few stars and fewer great films at this year's Venice Film Festival. By Nick James.
Film of the Month: Of Time and the City: Terence Davies takes a fresh look at his home city and himself in 'Of Time and the City', his elegiac yet prickly documentary, a hymn to the culture of Liverpool's past and a critique of its development. By Ryan Gilbey.
DVD review: Sweden, Heaven and Hell: Tim Lucas looks back on a fascinatingly twisted investigation into Sweden's supposedly permissive society.
Love Letters and Live Wires Highlights from the GPO Film Unit.
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue: 88 Minutes Afro Saxons Bangkok Dangerous Bigga than Ben A Russians' Guide to Ripping Off London A Bloody Aria The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Burn After Reading CJ7 Disaster Movie El Cantante Fear(s) of the Dark Flawless Gomorrah Gunnin' for That #1 Spot The House Bunny How to Lose Friends & Alienate People Hunger Love Letters and Live Wires Highlights from the GPO Film Unit Mirrors Film of the Month: Of Time and the City Outlanders Pineapple Express Quiet Chaos Rock On!! Stone of Destiny The Strangers DVD review: Sweden, Heaven and Hell Sweet Land Sydney White Taken Tropic Thunder Tu£sday The Wave What Just Happened? The Women Young@Heart Zero An Investigation into 9-11 La Zona

Issue 210
October 2008
Who needs critics?: Critics need to show more passion and conviction if they're still to matter in the internet age, argues Nick James PLUS our panel of leading critics select examples of the great writing that inspires them; Mark Fisher on the vital role of the blogger; Mark Cousins on the necessity of critical advocacy; and Amy Taubin celebrates the life of the great critic and artist Manny Farber.
Critics On Critics: Sight & Sound asked leading critics to choose the works of criticism which have had the greatest impact on them, inspiring them to become critics themselves, and which make a case for criticism as a minor art form in itself.
Late liberty: Eric Rohmer's The Romance of Astrea and Celadon may be the last film in a remarkable career that stretches back to the origins of the French New Wave. He's been very lucky, he tells Geoff Andrew.
Brideshead reloaded: Evelyn Waugh and his peers at Oxford in the 1920s were among the first British intellectuals to take cinema seriously as an artform, writes Henry K. Miller PLUS Philip Kemp talks to director Julian Jarrold about his new film adaptation of Waugh's great novel Brideshead Revisited.
Grandmother's russia: Alexander Sokurov's latest film Alexandra tells of a grandmother's journey into war-torn Chechnya, but is it politically sensitive, Ian Christie asks its director?
Diamonds are forever: As the British Film Institute celebrates its 75th birthday, Geoffrey Nowell-Smith looks back at its history, and what it reveals about the challenges of public arts funding in Britain PLUS Charles Whitehouse selects ten classic films from the now defunct BFI Production Board.
Europa europa: Ulrich Seidl has been accused of exploiting the amateur actors in Import Export, his brilliant and unsettling vision of a troubled contemporary Europe. Not true, he tells Catherine Wheatley.
Ashes of Time Redux: The definitive new version of Wong Kar-Wai's complex and visually stunning martial-arts epic in which east meets Western sees the film at last fulfilling its sizeable creative and commercial potential, says Mark Sinker.
DVD Review: The Garden of Earthly Delights: Polish director Lech Majewski uses modest means and big ideas to create a camcorder masterpiece, writes Tim Lucas.
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue: Alexandra Ashes of Time Redux Babylon A.D. Black White + Gray Brideshead Revisited The Chaser The Cool School The Dark Knight Face Addict Faintheart The Fall The Foot Fist Way Free Jimmy Garden of Earthly Delights DVD Review: The Garden of Earthly Delights The Girl who Leapt through Time Good Dick Heavy Load Heavy Metal in Baghdad Import Export I've Loved You So Long Jar City Linha de passe Little Box of Sweets Live! Love Story 2050 Make It Happen The Mummy Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Partition The Putin System The Romance of Astrea and Celadon Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic Star Wars The Clone Wars Steep Step Brothers Swing Vote Then She Found Me Triangle Unrelated A Walk into the Sea The X Files I Want to Believe

Issue 209
September 2008
Popcorn Patter: Terrence Malick's Badlands now seems less a study of alienated youth and more like a screwball Western,argues David Thomson.
Reflections In A Golden Eye: Frederick Wiseman's dedication to chronicling American civic life should not distract us from his great artistry. By Nicolas Rapold.
The quiet american: On the eve of a major retrospective and the release of Changeling, his latest film , Clint Eastwood gives a career interview to Geoff Andrew, who wonders if this successor to John Ford and Howard Hawks just might be the best director in America today PLUS Nick James on 'the man with no name' and the origins of his poncho.
The metropolis mystery: Decades after scenes from Fritz's Lang's Metropolis disappeared, and were thought lost for ever, they have turned up on a print in Argentina. Karen Naundorf follows the trail to Buenos Aires.
Waking life: Carl Theodor Dreyer's Vampyr was a horror movie ahead of its time, says Casper Tybjerg PLUS Michael Brooke on Dreyer's life and career.
Seasons in the sun: Reha Erdem's Times and Winds is a winning portrait of village life that earns him a place in the front rank of Turkish directors, says Nick James.
Film of the Month: The Banishment: Andrey Zvyagintsev's visually powerful and haunting second film explores the themes of family and masculinity in crisis says Julian Graffy and confirms the director's place at the forefront of the new wave of Russian cinema.
DVD Review: Handmade Magic: Kawamoto Kihachiro's stop-motion animations are brimming with life, breath and soul. Tim Lucas is captivated.
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue: Angel Film of the Month: The Banishment Ben X Blindsight College Road Trip CSNY Dance Party, USA Daylight Robbery The Duchess Eden Lake Elegy Elite Squad Get Smart DVD Review: Handmade Magic Hellboy II The Golden Army Journey to the Center of the Earth The Love Guru Mamma Mia! Man from Plains Meet Dave Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day Quiet City The Rocker RocknRolla Routes Dancing to New Orleans Sakuran Somers Town Space Chimps Times and Winds The Wackness Wanted Wild Child You Don't Mess with the Zohan

Issue 208
August 2008
Dream Tickets: With their inventive double bills, repertory cinemas once entertained and challenged their audiences. Sight & Sound asks 52 critics and programmers to do the same by choosing their own fantasy pairings. Introduction by Jane Giles.
Family ties: The resurgence of French family dramas such as Olivier Assayas' Summer Hours reflects an anxiety about the modern family rather than optimism about its future, says Ginette Vincendeau. PLUS Nick James talks to Assayas about fine art, and the fracturing of French culture.
The perils of strip mining: Comic books such as Batman, Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk are a rich source for Hollywood blockbusters but what has Hollywood done for comics and what will the creators of comics do when the adaptation booms ends, asks Roger Sabin.
David Lean: In the second part of our David Lean celebration, Nick James examines how Lean's attempt to reconcile his origins with his time resulted in the epic cinema of Lawrence and why he minded the critics so badly.
Selected reviews: Film of the Month: El ba?o del Papa: The Pope's visit to a small town in Uruguay inspires unlikely get-rich-quick schemes among the locals in Fern?ndez and Charlone's understated comedy about crime and catering. By Michael Brooke.
DVD Review: Houdini The Movie Star: Dismissed as folly and very nearly destroyed, Houdini's films escaped oblivion - but only just, writes Tim Lucas.
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue: Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging Baby Mama Before the Rains Berlin Bosta Buddha Collapsed out of Shame Cass Crazy Love Death Defying Acts Death Note The Last Name Donkey Punch Film of the Month: El ba?o del Papa The Fox and the Child Hancock The Happening Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay DVD Review: Houdini The Movie Star The Incredible Hulk Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Kamikaze Girls The King of Kong A Fistful of Quarters Kung Fu Panda A Letter to True Mad Detective Man on Wire Memories of Matsuko Mes amis Mes amours Origin Spirits of the Past Paris Puffball Sex and the City Standard Operating Procedure Substitute Summer Hours The Unwinking Gaze WAll-E Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins

Issue 207
July 2008
Cannes 2008: A royal rumpus: British cinema held its head high at this year's Cannes, with remarkable debuts from Steve McQueen and Duane Hopkins, and a moving return from Terence Davies. By Nick James.
David Lean: To many he is the embodiment of British cinema. In this issue's two-part celebration of David Lean, Charles Drazin looks at how the director learned his trade in the editing room and Sonia Genaitay explains the processes used to restore some of his earliest films.
Blues people: Charles Burnett's 1977 debut film Killer of Sheep is a landmark of American independent cinema directed by one of black cinema's most visionary talents. As a BFI Southbank retrospective arrives, Burnett talks to James Bell.
Beyond the frame: Much of Errol Morris' documentary output probes the nature of photographic 'truth' - a theme with profound political resonance in new film Standard Operating Procedure, about the infamous images of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib. The director talks to Howard Feinstein.
Cannes 2008: He who dares: If Cannes 2008 failed to match the brilliance of last year's festival it was still full of promising works-in-progress, shifts in direction for name auteurs and a handful of films of rare quality. By Nick James PLUS Rose Pastille's hot gossip.
Cannes 2008: Canned heat: Kieron Corless celebrates the continuing tradition of radicalism of the Directors' Fortnight.
Cannes 2008: Heart of the matter: Geoff Andrew finds himself moved by a selection of films designed to make the watcher weep.
Cannes 2008: Young guns: Jonathan Romney is shaken by the intense Johnny Mad Dog, a brutal and brilliant account of child soldiers in war-torn Africa.
DVD Review: Pied Piper: Jacques Demy's interpretation of the Pied Piper fairytale is deeper and darker than you might expect, says Tim Lucas.
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue:: Adulthood, Banquet, Cassandra's Dream, The Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian, A Complete History of My Sexual Failures, Couscous, Deception, Doomsday, The Edge of Love, Female Agents, The Forbidden Kingdom, Her Name Is Sabine, In Memory of My Father, Iron Man, Made of Honour, Married Life, The Mist, Mouth to Mouth, My Winnipeg, Nim's Island, Numb, The Oxford Murders, Pathology, DVD Review: Pied Piper, Prom Night, Rebellion The Litvinenko Case, RFK Must Die The Assassination of Bobby Kennedy, The Ruins, Shutter, Speed Racer, Superhero Movie, Taxi to the Dark Side, Teeth, Timber Fall, 21, The Visitor, What Happens in Vegas.

Issue 206
June 2008
Return Of The Cool: Nick James talks to Bruce Weber about his stylish 1988 portrait of Chet Baker.
Cinema Of The New Europe: Lest We Forget: Veteran Polish film-maker Andrzej Wajda's new film Katyn is a powerful account of a World War II massacre. The director talks to Michael Brooke and Kamila Kuc.
The smiler with a knife: Barbet Schroeder's new documentary is on French lawyer Jacques Verg''es, a controversial figure alternately lauded as a defender of unpopular liberation struggles and vilified as an apologist for repressive regimes. The director talks to Geoffrey Macnab.
Wild white yonder: Werner Herzog and Terence Davies talk about their new work in our preview of the Edinburgh film festival. PLUS we look forward to a major Shirley Clarke retrospective. By Geoffrey Macnab, Kieron Corless and Brad Stevens.
Cinema of the new europe: Out of the past: To introduce our special focus on resurgent East European cinema, Shane Danielsen celebrates the resilience of film-makers who have prospered during two decades' of change and turmoil; Demetrios Matheou reports from Hungary; and Sheila Johnston speaks to veteran Czech auteur Jir? Menzel. PLUS ten key films from the New Europe.
Cinema of the new europe: On the road again: Non-fictional film-makers from Eastern Europe are playing with documentary conventions to tackle the legacy of their countries' communist past. By Adina Bradeanu.
Cinema of the new europe: Eastern promise: What next from Romanian cinema? Nick Roddick reports from Bucharest.
Cinema of the new europe: Home and away: Jerzy Skolimowski is to return to Polish cinema after a 17-year exile. It's a homecoming that promises much, says Richard Combs. PLUS Michael Brooke profiles the director.
DVD review: French Documentarian Chris Marker: Tim Lucas relishes the work of French documentarian Chris Marker, the 'best-known author of unknown movies'.
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue:: The Air I Breathe, La Antena, Badland, Botched, Charlie Bartlett, Chemical Wedding, DVD review: French Documentarian Chris Marker, Colossal Youth, Dangerous Parking, Death Note, First Sunday, Flashbacks of a Fool, Fool's Gold, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Garbage Warrior, Gone Baby Gone, How She Move, I Served the King of England, In Search of a Midnight Kiss, Irina Palm, Leatherheads, Mongol, Never Back Down, Night Bus, One Missed Call, Outpost, Priceless, Savage Grace, A Secret, Strange Wilderness, Street Kings, Three and Out, Tovarisch I Am Not Dead, Vexille, The Waiting Room, Welcome to the Sticks, Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?

Issue 205
May 2008
Down In The Hole: HBO's cult series The Wire cuts across both sides of the law in its depiction of Baltimore's drug scene. Kent Jones celebrates a 60-hour epic that rises beyond the level of good TV.
French Cinema Now: French Exceptions: The range of French film-making is much more extraordinary than the titles that turn up in an art cinema near you. Jonathan Romney unearths some of the riches we're missing.
She comes in colours: Is Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky the fluffy comedy critics have hailed or does its portrait of a bubbly London primary-school teacher have a darker edge? Dave Calhoun asks the director about quitting the suburbs, politics and his desire to move on to bigger budgets and a wider canvas.
French cinema now: Unbelievable but real: the legacy of '68: Forty years on, the legacy of May '68 is still a topic for heated debate - and who better to line the barricades than France's leading directors and critics? S&S discusses French cinema past and present with Catherine Breillat, Michel Ciment, Jean-Michel Frodon, Eug?ne Green, Nicolas Klotz and Agn?s Varda PLUS Chris Darke puts the events into perspective and Penelope Houston reports on the year the Cannes competition entered meltdown.
French cinema now: Abominable glory: Catherine Breillat is the last director you might expect to turn to costume drama - but helped by Asia Argento, she brings sex and sensuality to The Last Mistress. By Jonathan Romney.
French cinema now: Intimate connections: Parisian chic or Proven?al shtick - how has the French cinema that reaches the UK reflected and shaped our view of life across the Channel? By Lucy Mazdon and Catherine Wheatley.
French cinema now: Children of the revolution: Funded and made in France, Marjane Satrapi's film of her graphic novel Persepolis presents a poignant picture of growing up in revolutionary Iran. She talks to Ali Jaafar.
Selected reviews
DVD review: The Delirious Fictions of William Klein: Tim Lucas tunes in and turns on to the kaleidoscopic imagery and multi-layered delirium of William Klein.
Private Property: Ginette Vincendeau celebrates an austere family drama that opens a new chapter in Belgian social realism and features a keynote performance by Isabelle Huppert as a mother caught between duty and desire.
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue: 10,000 BC , The Accidental Husband , The Assembly , Awake , Beaufort , Captain Eager and the Mark of Voth , Caramel , Cashback , DVD review: The Delirious Fictions of William Klein , The Devil Came on Horseback , Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! , The Eye , The Go Master , Happy-Go-Lucky , Heartbeat Detector , Honeydripper , Hope , The Hottie & the Nottie , In Bruges , Jodhaa Akbar , Joy Division , The Last Mistress , Lonesome Jim , Manufactered Landscapes , Meet the Spartans , P2 , Persepolis , Private Property , Protege , Redacted , Ruby Blue , Semi-pro , Shine a Light , Smart People , Son of Man , The Spiderwick Chronicles , Step Up 2 The Streets , Stop-loss , Terror's Advocate , XXY , [Rec].

Issue 204
April 2008
Berlinale 2008: You Can't Always Get What You Want: It was a weak competition in which the artistry of Mike Leigh and Errol Morris raised the stakes - but did the unseasonable sunshine turn the jurors' heads, asks Nick James.
Berlinale 2008: Golden Bear: Jonathan Romney reviews Golden Bear-winner Elite Squad.
Berlinale 2008: Out Of Competition: Geoff Andrew ranges outside the competition Berlinale 2008: Forum: Tony Rayns uncovers the treasures of the Forum.
Mizoguchi Kenji: Artist Of The Floating World: The Japanese master is best known for tragic period dramas such as Sansho Dayu and Ugetsu Monogatari, which stirred western critics in the 1950s. But have his many films that comment directly on contemporary Japan been swept under the carpet, asks Alexander Jacoby.
Selected reviews
DVD review: 4 by Agn?s Varda: Tim Lucas on Agn?s Varda, whose documentarian style constantly defies the trends and precepts of French cinema.
Film of the month: The Orphanage: J.A. Bayona's feature debut 'The Orphanage' uses the conventions of horror and ghost stories to explore Spain's need to face up to its buried history. By Maria Delgado.
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue:: DVD review: 4 by Agn?s Varda , The Baker , The Book of Revelation , Bunny Chow Know Thyself , California Dreamin' (Endless) , Children of Glory , City of Men/Cidade dos homens , Cloverfield , The Cottage , Definitely, Maybe , Drillbit Taylor , Escape from Luanda , The Escapist , Fade to Black , Flight of the Red Balloon , Funny Games , The Game Plan , GamerZ , Garage , Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus Best of Both Worlds Concert , I'm a Cyborg , Jumper , Lars and the Real Girl , Love in the Time of Cholera , Midnight Talks , Mister Lonely , My Brother Is an Only Child , Film of the month: The Orphanage , The Other Boleyn Girl , Out of the Blue , Over Her Dead Body , Rambo , River Queen , Shotgun Stories , Son of Rambow , Under the Bombs , Untraceable , Vantage Point , Water Lilies , You, the Living.

Issue 203
March 2008
Boys' Own Stories: In the last decade a talented collection of players - including Wes Anderson, Charlie Kaufman, Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell and Owen Wilson - have brought their own brand of improvisational comedy and wry humour to the big screen. It's time we threw out the old categories of highbrow and lowbrow and settled down to enjoy what Indiewood - or the Frat Pack - has to offer, says Henry K. Miller.
The Killer Inside: Bernardo Bertolucci's The Conformist is a movie that refuses to court its audience with easy offers of comfort or compassion. David Thomson explores its cold heart.
Women Behaving Badly: Noah Baumbach has followed The Squid and the Whale with Margot at the Wedding, a caustic comedy of family disfunction starring Frat Packer Jack Black, Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Jason Leigh. He talks to Edward Lawrenson about putting intimacy on screen.
Diy Hard: Michel Gondry's Be Kind Rewind and Garth Jennings' Son of Rambow reference film-making of the 1980s with a mix of nostalgia and humour. But cinema's power to provide a creative outlet and sense of community is just as relevant to the internet age, says Ben Walters.
Stand Up And Be Counted: The Frat Pack weren't the first offbeat TV comedians to pursue careers in the movies. Kim Newman traces their ancestry back to the 1950s via National Lampoon's Animal House and Saturday Night Live.
The American Way: In My Blueberry Nights Wong Kar-Wai parlays his trademark concern with character and mood to track a woman's journey across the United States. He tells Tony Rayns about the problems and passions that informed his first English-language movie.
Ruffs And Fumbles: The release of The Other Boleyn Girl demonstrates the enduring power of the Tudor costume drama. Is the genre just an excuse for sanctioned sex and savagery or do its characters still resonate, asks David Jays.
Obituaries: Bob Mastrangelo recalls the men and women of cinema who died in 2007. PLUS Nick James, David Robinson, Duncan Petrie, Ginette Vincendeau and Guido Bonsaver pay their respects to Norman Mailer, Deborah Kerr, Freddie Francis, Jean-Claude Brialy and Carlo Ponti.
Selected reviews
Film of the Month: Diary of the Dead.
DVD review: The Naked Prey: The Naked Prey may not be politically correct, but it's a key piece of independent US film-making, says Tim Lucas.
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue: The 11th Hour , 27 Dresses , Alvin and the Chipmunks , Annie Leibovitz Life through a Lens , Arctic Tale , Asterix at the Olympic Games , AVPR Aliens Vs Predator Requiem , The Bank Job , Battle for Haditha , Be Kind Rewind , The Boss of It All , The Bucket List , Change of Address , Charlie Wilson's War , Film of the Month: Diary of the Dead , The Edge of Heaven , Four Minutes , Freebird , Frontier(s) , Helvetica , I Am Legend , Intimate Enemies , Man of the Year , Margot at the Wedding , My Blueberry Nights , DVD review: The Naked Prey , National Treasure Book of Secrets , Penelope , Princesses , Sharkwater , Shot in Bombay , St Trinian's , Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street , U2 3D , The Ugly Duckling and Me , W?Z , Walk Hard The Dewey Cox Story , We Are Together , The Workshop , Zoo.

Issue 202
February 2008
Burt Lancaster Charmer Chameleon: Whether embodying a roughened cowboy, a swashbuckling daredevil, a small-time crook or an Italian prince, Burt Lancaster brought a sharp intelligence and physical grace to his roles. Philip Kemp profiles a great actor, shrewd Hollywood player and the man who dangled Michael Winner over a cliff.
Brothers In Harm: In Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Sidney Lumet has made a heist thriller that plays like an elemental Greek tragedy transported to Manhattan. The veteran director talks to Geoffrey Macnab.
Tarantino Bites Back: Quentin Tarantino tackles Nick James about the negative comments Death Proof received in Sight & Sound.
Casualties of war: 2007 saw cinema turn its gaze on the Iraq conflict, with hard-hitting films by Brian De Palma, Nick Broomfield, Paul Haggis and others. By Ali Jaafar PLUS How Iraqi film-makers see the war and Guy Westwell investigates a century of battles on screen.
Norman inquests: A man kills his family, a film-within-a-film and a portrait of French bucolic life: Back to Normandy may sound like fiction, but Etre et avoir director Nicolas Philibert weaves his ingredients into a powerful documentary, says Geoff Andrew.
Black gold: Starring Daniel Day-Lewis in a role that confirms his status as the finest physical actor of our age, P.T. Anderson's There Will Be Blood captures the greed and danger that fuelled oil prospecting in 1890s California. By Nick James PLUS The director talks to Ben Walters about oil and fundamentalist religion and composer Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead talks to James Bell.
Transformer: Fassbinder and Herzog apart, the pioneers of 1960s Young German Cinema have been largely eclipsed. So let's remember Alexander Kluge, whose political, formally innovative and funny films chronicle German life like no others, says Olaf M?ller.
Selected reviews
DVD review: Alibi: Tim Lucas watches while Roland West's 1929 Oscar-nominated jailbird drama goes gloriously over the top.
Film of the month: No Country for Old Men: The Coens have turned their trademark humour and genre subversion to a thriller about guns, drugs and money in 1980s Texas. But at its heart is an interrogation of American manhood, say Ben Walters and J.M. Tyree.
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue: Ahlaam , DVD review: Alibi , Azur & Asmar , Back to Normandy , Balls of Fury , Before the Devil Knows You're Dead , Black Water , Bug , Closing the Ring , Dan in Real Life , The Diving Bell and the Butterfly , Earth , El viol?n , Fred Claus , The Golden Compass , The Good Night , Hitman , Infinite Justice , The Italian , Juno , The Kite Runner , Lady Godiva , Lust, Caution , A Comedy of Power , Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium , My Kid Could Paint That , Film of the month: No Country for Old Men , Om Shanti Om , Our Daily Bread , P.S. I Love You , Silent Light , Southland Tales , Still Life , There Will Be Blood , This Christmas , Underdog , A Very British Gangster , The Water Horse , The Wedding , You Kill Me , Youth without Youth.

Issue 201
January 2008
The Road Goes On Forever: Wim Wenders took the language of American film - in particular the rambling alienation of the road movie - and gave it a distinctly European spin. Nick Roddick travels the director's landscapes of the mind.
Sight & Sound Films Of 2007: See what made our Top Ten of 2007 and read our critics nominations in full.
Cruel Intentions: Ang Lee: Ang Lee's Lust, Caution portrays a lost world whose glittering surfaces mask sexual intrigue and political treachery. He tells Nick James how a midlife crisis prompted his triumphant return to the Shanghai and Hong Kong of the late 1930s.
It ain't me, babe: In I'm Not There Todd Haynes turns his gift for precise recreations of the past to a portrait of Bob Dylan's early years that uses six different actors to personify aspects of the music legend. And it works, says Michael Gray PLUS Jonathan Romney talks to the director about gaining Dylan's approval and James Bell surveys the singer's journeys into cinema.
Things fall apart: Southland Tales, the second feature from Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly, imagines an apocalyptic American near-future that's not far removed from our current political, economic and ecological collective insanity, says Amy Taubin. She talks to the director about the Second Coming and the Terminator in the White House.
Mystery Trains: Trains in movies are claustrophobic microcosms that intensify class conflicts, criminal urges and sexual tension - and no one better exploited their potential than Alfred Hitchcock in The Lady Vanishes, says Graham Fuller PLUS Philip Kemp celebrates the career of star Margaret Lockwood.
The sheltering sky: Mexican director Carlos Reygadas' Silent Light infuses its tale of a love triangle in a strictly religious Mennonite community with a sensuality and beauty that's near miraculous, says Jonathan Romney. He talks to the director about why real life always looks better than CGI.
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue: Sea Monsters A Prehistoric Adventure 30 Days of Night Film of the Month: 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days American Gangster Anna M. August Rush The Band's Visit Bee Movie Beowulf The Brothers Solomon Chromophobia Code Name: The Cleaner Daddy Day Camp The Dark Is Rising Don't Touch the Axe Drawing Restraint 9 Enchanted Feast of Love Half Moon He Was a Quiet Man In the Valley of Elah Interview The Invasion I'm Not There The Killing of John Lennon The Last Legion Lions for Lambs The Nines DVD review: O Lucky Man! Paranoid Park Saawariya The Savages Saw IV Silk Things We Lost in the Fire We Own the Night

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