All Federico Fellini’s films ranked!

To celebrate the centenary of the birth of the great Italian director, heres a cavalcade of his extraordinary feature movies 20. The Voice of the Moon (1990) A gentle, episodic Fellini, with Roberto Benigni playing Ivo, a madcap character who travels far and wide across the Italian landscape on a romantic, fantastical quest to capture the moon. 19. Ginger and Fred (1986) This reunited two of Fellinis great collaborators: his wife and great love Giulietta Masina and Marcello Mastroianni playing two cheesy old hoofers who do a FrednGinger tribute routine. Marcello Mastroianni and Giulietta Masina in Ginger and Fred. Photograph: Stella/Bibo Tv/Anthea/PEA/Kobal/Rex/Shutterstock 18. Intervista (1987) A fantasy-fictional version of a documentary, as Fellini grants an interview to a Japanese camera …

The best movies of 2019 that you haven’t seen

From a devilish documentary to a Hitchockian thriller, Guardian writers pick their favourite films of the year that didnt get enough attention Beanpole This quite extraordinary film from the 28-year-old Russian director Kantemir Balagov was a prize-winner in Cannes; in the UK it had three showings at the London film festival and then went straight to the streaming platform Mubi. Everyone should see it. The inspiration is The Unwomanly Face Of War, the 1985 oral history of Soviet womens wartime experiences by Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich. In the shabby, traumatised city of Leningrad after the war in 1945, two women have survived: a tall, unworldly young woman nicknamed Beanpole and her friend Masha. The two women have a bond of …

Richard Jewell pushes a damaging myth about female journalists. Stop defending it | Benjamin Lee

The controversy swirling around an unverified claim of a journalist having sex with an FBI agent in Clint Eastwoods new movie has led to a string of unconvincing justifications The ongoing furore over Clint Eastwoods Oscar-hungry new drama Richard Jewell shows no signs of abating, partly because the contentious issue at its centre is so egregious and partly because no one involved with the film is willing to admit this. The film purports to tell the true story of the heroic security guard who found the pipe bomb which killed one person and injured 111 others at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He was heralded as a hero until he became the focus of the FBI investigation, a fact that was …

Emma Thompsons ludicrous Last Christmas is the perfect Brexit festive movie

The success of this film says quite a lot about Britain 2019 So Ive finally seenMannequin, a charming romantic comedy about a man finding true love with a plastic doll. Or maybe its closer to very strong feelings about what constitutes a good Christmas movie, and I have similarly firm ideas about plot twists. A good twist will make everything in the movie come together. A bad one makes the entire film fall apart. Despite Last Christmas best attempts to copy the zeMacaulay Culkin in Home Alone 2. And yet, Last Christmas is the No 1 movie in Britain. Thats right, a film best described as The Sixth Sense, directed by Richard Curtis on ketamine is the one everyone wants …