The Art of Racing in the Rain review Kevin Costner as a lovable pup

Costner voices the inner monologue of a golden retriever in this three-hankie weeper with Milo Ventimiglia and Amanda Seyfried There comes a time in any critics life when you have to suppress whatever footling objections you have had, and salute the Kevin Costneraissance. You have to bow down to the pure demonic inspiration of creating a sentimental live-action family film about a lovable golden retriever, whose grouchy inner monologue is voiced by none other than Kevin Costner. You have to put your hands up and say: I get it. The dog looks adorable, intelligent and sad-eyed, and just as owners look like their pets, so dogs in weepie movies based on runaway New York Times bestselling books start to look …

Oldboy review a beautifully blood-spattered modern classic

Limbs, teeth and live octopuses all come in for unblinkingly brutal treatment in Park Chan-wooks stunning revenge epic Sixteen years ago, Park Chan-wook gave us this gobsmackingly horrible but demonically inspired thriller, based on the Japanese manga by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya, which came to epitomise the Asia extreme genre: a new frontier of extravagantly violent craziness. Since then, Park has advanced creatively by retreating into more conventional forms, most prominently with his masterly Sympathy Lady Vengeance (2005). The film has consolidated its cult status, more or less undamaged by Watch the trailer for Oldboy – video

Is See You Soon the most hilariously awful film of the year?

A troubled footballer falls for a Russian single mother in a romantic drama so catastrophically incompetent its destined for cult status Its getting harder and harder to find truly enjoyable bad movies. Cinemas are now almost exclusively full of franchise instalments too expensive to invite any sort of risk. The low-budget stuff has discovered how to paper over flaws with a veneer of cheap self-awareness. Sometimes, most disappointingly of all, when a film has badness baked into its very DNA like this years genuinely ludicrous McConaughey/Hathaway noir Serenity the result is just unacceptably boring when it should have been spectacularly silly. A great bad film a film where nothing is left on the table, where the script is weird and …

Vox Lux director Brady Corbet: ‘The movie is about the desire to be iconic’

The US film-maker on creative burnout, working with Scott Walker and his new film starring Natalie Portman as a messed-up pop star Having made his Orson Welles, American writer-director Brady Corbet is used to being on the receiving end of the brutal P-words precocious and pretentious. Those are things you steel yourself for, he says. Corbet, now 30, expects strong responses because, as he puts it, his films go for operatic heights When people totally hate a movie that Ive made, I totally understand, and if they love it I also understand. In London to promote his second feature, Vox Lux, Corbet pronounced Cor-bay initially resembles your average indie bro: the regulation backwards baseball cap and fuzzy beard, coupled with …

Juanita review Alfre Woodard anchors middling Netflix drama

The ever-dependable character actor brings vitality to the role of a woman in search of more in a film that cant quite match her Any diversion from the usual, even if it involves a 20-hour Greyhound ride, holds promise for Juanita, the titular character of a new Netflix drama tasked with the laudable goal of thrusting an often sidelined character into the spotlight. The film focuses on a nurse, played by the dependable character actor Alfre Woodard fresh from an acclaimed performance in Clemency, the first film by a woman of color, Chinonye Chukwu, to win the Grand Jury prize at Sundance, and a recurring role in Luke Cage who decides to flee the constraints that make up her existence …