Film Guides

Top Gun: Maverick Is in Love With Companionship, Familiarity - 'Top Gun: Maverick' is the biggest hit of 2022 because it's more than an action movie, it's a romance flick dedicated to all the things we love, and love, and love again. Essay by Callum McGuigan.
Straightwashing Removes All Rainbows: Removing Bisexuals from Comic Book Films - In 2022, the blockbuster sphere's choices in representation must face more scrutiny, particularly with regard to straightwashing bisexual comic book characters. Essay by Paul Klein.
10 Best Moments from The Thing - The 10 best moments from John Carpenter's 'The Thing' (1982) starring Kurt Russell, from the dog to the defibrillator and beyond. List by Kieran Judge.
Jurassic Franchise Directors Ranked - The directors of the 'Jurassic Park' and 'Jurassic World' movies ranked from worst to best in terms of their overall directorial work. Ranked article by Joseph Wade.
‘Blue My Mind’ and New Female Monsters - 'Blue My Mind' cathartically redefines the old-fashioned film logic that pain must be felt in the coming-of-age period and thus redefines the rulings of the monstrous feminine. Essay by Grace Britten.
Is Marvel’s Insistence on Being So Firmly On-The-Nose Rooted in a Distrust of Its Audience? - In 'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness', Marvel, writer Michael Waldron and director Sam Raimi, tell rather than show. Is this because they don't trust us to understand film language? Essay by Callum McGuigan.
What Film Can Teach Us About Heartbreak - "Real life is often nonsensical and absurd – if art can truly mirror that experience, something special can occur." What abstract ideas in film can teach us about heartbreak. Essay by Sam Florsheim.
10 Best Sam Raimi Movie Moments - The 10 best Sam Raimi movie moments, from the upside down kiss in 'Spider-Man' to the chainsaw arm in 'Evil Dead II', ranked. List by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
The Before Trilogy: How to Capture a Moment - A love story is made of moments, and in no place are those moments captured better than in Richard Linklater's Before Trilogy - Sunrise, Sunset, Midnight. Essay on why, by Jack Fanning.
Cooper Raiff and the Strength of Vulnerability - Cooper Raiff uses his films 'Sh*thouse' and 'Cha Cha Real Smooth' to re-evaluate the limits of masculinity, confronting limited stereotypes to present vulnerability as a strength. Essay by Tina Kakadelis.
10 Best Moments from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy - The 10 best moments from Sam Raimi's seminal superhero blockbuster trilogy, 'Spider-Man'. List includes moments from 'Spider-Man 2' and 'Spider-Man 3'. Article by Katie Doyle.
10 Most Important Comic Book Movies Ever - What are the most important comic book movies of all time? Which superhero films are the most influential? Find out in this Movie List from The Film Magazine by Joseph Wade.
1990s Superhero Movies Ranked - 1990s superhero films ranked worst to best. List includes 'The Crow', 'Guyver', 'The Mask', 'Blade', 'The Mystery Men'. Ranked article by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Spielberg’s ‘Jurassic Park’ VFX Remain the Industry’s Gold Standard - How Steven Spielberg's direction helped to make the visual effects on 'Jurassic Park' (1993) not only revolutionary but the Gold Standard of Hollywood CGI. Article by Joseph Wade.
21st Century Best Picture Oscar Winners Ranked - Every Oscars Best Picture winning movie, as chosen by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the 21st century, ranked from worst to best. 23 films from 23 ceremonies, taking place from the year 2000.
Spider-Man Movies Ranked - Every Spider-Man movie ranked. 'Spider-Man' (2002) to 'Morbius' (2022) via 'No Way Home', 'Venom' and 'Into the Spider-Verse', ranked from worst to best. Article by Joseph Wade.
In Defense of the Happy Ending: Alice Wu and LGBTQ+ Movies - For so long, Hollywood has made it seem like only white, cisgender, non-disabled, heterosexual people fall in love. The films of Alice Wu offer condolence for those outside of that box. Essay by Tina Kakadelis.
Live-Action Batman Movies Ranked - Which Batman movie is the best? All 10 live-action Batman films, from Batman to The Batman via The Dark Knight, ranked from worst to best. List by Joseph Wade.
Live-Action Batmen Ranked - From Adam West to Robert Pattinson via Michael Keaton, Christian Bale and more, the live-action movie performances of Batman ranked worst to best. List by Joseph Wade.
How ‘The Worst Person in the World’ Redefines Romantic Cinema - How Joachim Trier rewrites the rules of silver screen romance to create one of the best romantic dramas of recent years, 'The Worst Person in the World'. Essay by Rehana Nurmahi.
2022 Oscars Best Picture Nominees Ranked - Every movie nominated for the Oscars Best Picture Academy Award, from 'Belfast' to 'West Side Story' via 'CODA', 'Dune' and 'Licorice Pizza' ranked from worst to best. Article by Joseph Wade.
Best Animated Feature Oscar Winners Ranked - All 20 movies that have won Best Animated Feature at the Oscars, ranked. List includes the likes of 'Shrek', 'Spider-Verse', 'Spirited Away' and 'Frozen'. By Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Where to Start with Paul Thomas Anderson - Paul Thomas Anderson, director of numerous Oscar winners and film festival awards, may be the best filmmaker of his generation. Here's where to start. Article by Jacob Davis.
2022 Animated Feature Oscar Nominees Ranked - Five animated films are nominated in the Animation Feature category at the 94th Academy Awards (2022 Oscars); where do 'Encanto' and 'Luca' rank among them? Ranked list by Joseph Wade.
10 Things You Might Have Missed in ‘Encanto’ - The most important Easter eggs and details you might have missed from Walt Disney Animation's smash hit film 'Encanto'. List by Sophia Patfield.
10 Best Spider-Man: No Way Home Moments - The 10 best moments from 2021's biggest box office hit, the MCU-adjacent multiverse-spanning 'Spider-Man: No Way Home', from the big twists to those cameos. List by Jake Gill.
10 Best The Dark Knight Moments - The best moments from the 2008 DC Batman movie 'The Dark Knight', starring Christian Bale and Heath Ledger, and directed by Christopher Nolan. List by Joseph Wade.
10 Best Batman Begins Moments - The best moments in 'Batman Begins' (2005), the first film in Christopher Nolan's 'Dark Knight Trilogy' starring Christian Bale, listed. Includes "Swear to me" and the big twist. Article by Joseph Wade.
Clio Barnard Films Ranked - Bradfordian filmmaker Clio Barnard's four films ranked from worst to best, including Andrea Dunbar documentary 'The Arbor' and 2022 release 'Ali & Ava'. List by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
10 Best Jackass 3 Moments - Steve-O's Bungee Portaloo, Danger Ehren's Lamborghini Tooth Pull and more compared and contrasted in these, the 10 Best Jackass 3 (3D) Moments. List by Joseph Wade.
‘Wanderlust’ and Its ‘Bizarro Cut’ at 10: How David Wain Split His Sensibility in Two for the Studio System - 10 years on from the release of David Wain's cult comedy 'Wanderlust', starring Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston, its 'Bizarro Cut' remains transparent about the comedy process. Essay by Nicholas Armstrong.
10 Best Jackass Number Two Moments - From the Toro Totter to the Bee Hive Limo, the 10 best moments from 'Jackass Number Two' starring Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O and Bam Margera. List by Joseph Wade.
10 Best Jackass: The Movie Moments - All the best moments from the first 'Jackass' film, 'Jackass: The Movie' (2002), including Steve-O's alligator tightrope and Dave England's accidental pant leakage. List by Joseph Wade.
Jackass Movies Ranked - All 4 'Jackass' movies, from the original in 2002 to 'Jackass Forever' in 2022, starring Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Bam Margera and company, ranked from worst to best. List by Joseph Wade.
10 Must-See One-Shot Films - From a legendary Alfred Hitchcock offering to Best Picture winners and beyond, these are the 10 best one-shot movies ever made. List by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Austin Powers Movies Ranked - All 3 Mike Myers Austin Powers movies, from 'International Man of Mystery' to 'Goldmember' via 'The Spy Who Shagged Me', ranked from worst to best. List by Joseph Wade.
Paul Thomas Anderson Films Ranked - All 9 films directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, from 'Hard Eight' to 'Licorice Pizza' via 'Boogie Nights', 'Magnolia', 'There Will Be Blood' and 'The Master', ranked from worst to best. List by George Taylor.
Guillermo Del Toro Movies Ranked - All 10 of Oscar-winning director Guillermo Del Toro's career ranked from worst to best, including the likes of 'Pan's Labyrinth', 'Hellboy' and 'The Shape of Water', by Beth Sawdon.
Ben Wheatley Films Ranked - Ben Wheatley is one of the most prolific and distinctive British filmmakers of recent years. Here are his 9 feature films ranked from worst to best. List by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
10 Best Films 2021: Joseph Wade - From musicals to award winners, blockbusters to animations, the 10 best films of 2021 according to The Film Magazine editor Joseph Wade.
2022 Big Movie Preview - The very best of blockbuster, arthouse and awards-ready cinema due for release in 2022, from 'The Batman' to a new Damien Chazelle movie, to the upcoming 'Knives Out' sequel.
10 Best Films 2021: Sam Sewell-Peterson - "What a year for cinema to come back from the brink." The very best of film, from the blockbuster to the arthouse, curated by Sam Sewell-Peterson in this list of Top 10 Films 2021.
21 Most Popular Articles 2021 - The most popular articles published to thefilmagazine.com in the year 2021, as chosen by you the readers.
10 Best Films 2021: Annice White - In a 2021 film calendar filled with delayed releases from years gone by and dominated by big-budget blockbusters, Annice White highlights the 10 Best Films 2021.
9 Best Reviewed Films 2021 – The Film Magazine - The highest rated films released in 2021 and reviewed by the team at The Film Magazine. 9 films from 4 genres and 3 countries.
2021 Comic Book Movies Ranked - All 7 comic book movies, from 'Zack Snyder's Justice League' to 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' via 'Black Widow' and 'Eternals', ranked from worst to best. List by Joseph Wade.
Little Women Is the Ultimate Christmas Film, Actually - Greta Gerwig's 'Little Women' (2019) starring Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh and more, is the ultimate Christmas film, even if it's arguably not even a Christmas film at all. Rehana Nurmahi explains.
There’s No Place like St. Louis at Christmas - If 'The Wizard of Oz' taught us that there’s no place like home, 'Meet Me in St. Louis' taught us that, actually, there’s no place like St. Louis. Essay by Margaret Roarty.
10 Best Love Actually Moments - The 10 best moments from Richard Curtis Christmas film 'Love Actually' starring Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Bill Nighy and a host of famous British names. List by Gala Woolley.
5 Reasons ‘Elf’ Is a Gen Z Christmas Classic - Why Jon Favreau's 'Elf' (2003), starring Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf, has become a Christmas classic in the eyes of Gen Z and why it maintains relevance to this day. Article by Nicole Sanacore.
5 Best Christmas Films with Happy Endings - The very best Christmas films with happy endings, for those who love the warm embrace of love and friendship on a cold, festive, winter's night. List by Jamie Garwood.
10 Best Bad Santa Moments - The 10 best moments from the alternative Christmas comedy 'Bad Santa' (2003), from director Terry Zwigoff and starring Billy Bob Thornton. Article by Martha Lane.
Ridley Scott Films Ranked - All 27 films directed by Ridley Scott ranked from worst to best, including 'Alien', 'Blade Runner', 'Gladiator' and 'House of Gucci'. Article by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Home Alone Movies Ranked - All 6 'Home Alone' Movies from the original in 1990 to the 2021 release 'Home Sweet Home Alone' ranked from worst to best. "Keep the change ya filthy animal."
Ten Women Who Defined and Evolved Horror’s Final Girl Trope - Ten of horror's most important final girls, from Sally Hardesty of 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre' to Laurie Strode of 'Halloween', Ellen Ripley of 'Alien' and beyond. List by Margaret Roarty.
Where to Start with the Cinema of Peter Cushing - British screen acting icon Peter Cushing saved so many films from obscurity and shaped British horror in the 20th century. Here's where to start with the cinema of Peter Cushing. Article by Katie Doyle.
Brendan Fraser Mummy Movies Ranked - 'The Mummy' movies starring Brendan Fraser ranked from worst to best. The three films directed by Stephen Sommers and Rob Cohen ranked. Article by Darcy Rae.
Original vs Remake: Let the Right One In vs Let Me In - 'Let the Right One In' (2008) vs 'Let Me In' (2010), the Thomas Alfredson movie versus the Matt Reeves adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s popular novel "Låt den rätte komma in". Article by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
10 Great Japanese Horror Movies - 10 great horror films from Japan: movie list. From the likes of 'Onibaba' to 'Ringu' via 'Audition', the very best Japanese horror movies of all time. List by Jack Cameron.
Hannibal Movies Ranked - The movies of the Hannibal franchise, from Michael Mann's 'Manhunter' (1986) to 'Hannibal Rising' (2007) via Jonathan Demme's 'Silence of the Lambs', ranked from worst to best. List by Libby Briggs.
Romero’s ‘Dead’ Movies Ranked - All 6 of George A Romero's 'Dead' films, from 'Night of the Living Dead' (1968) to 'Survival of the Dead' (2009) via 'Dawn of the Dead' (1978), ranked from worst to best by Scott Z Walkinshaw.
10 Great Australian Horror Films - From the Babadook to the outback, 10 great Australian horror movies that will scare your socks off. Great for Halloween! List by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Purge Movies Ranked - All 5 movies from the Purge franchise, from 'The Purge' (2013) to 'The Forever Purge' (2021), ranked from worst to best. All 5 horror-turned-action films ranked from worst to best. List by Jacob Davis.
Evil Dead Movies Ranked - The movies of the Evil Dead universe, from 'The Evil Dead' (1981) to 'Evil Dead' (2013) via 'The Evil Dead II' and 'Army of Darkness', ranked from worst to best. List by Mark Carnochan.
Predator Movies Ranked - All 4 'Predator' movies, from the original 'Predator' (1987) to the latest entry from Shane Black, 'The Predator' (2018), ranked from worst to best. Ranked list by Scott Z Walkinshaw.
Every James Bond 007 Movie Ranked - Every 007 James Bond movie from 'Dr. No' in 1962 to 'No Time to Die' in 2021, ranked from worst to best by Sam Sewell-Peterson. 25 films over close to 60 years.
Top 10 Adam Sandler Top 10 Adam Sandler Performances - Adam Sandler's top 10 best performances of all time, including 'Billy Madison', 'Big Daddy', 'Punch-Drunk Love', 'Uncut Gems'. List by Joseph Wade.
Every Fast and Furious Movie Ranked - 10 Fast and Furious movies, from 'The Fast and the Furious' to 'F9' via 'Hobbs and Shaw' and 'Fast Five', starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, The Rock, ranked from worst to best. List by Joseph Wade.
Warner Animation Group Movies Ranked - The Lego Movie, Space Jam: A New Legacy, Smallfoot, Scoob! and more go head-to-head in Warner Animation Group Movies Ranked - a ranking of every WAG release. Article by Joseph Wade.
85-Year-Old ‘My Man Godfrey’ Is a Crash Course in Comic Perfection - Gregory La Cava comedy 'My Man Godfrey' (1936), starring William Powell and Carole Lombard, could teach modern Hollywood some lessons, even at 85 years old. Retrospective essay by Sloan De Forest.
James Gunn Directed Movies Ranked - From 'Slither' to 'The Suicide Squad' via 'Guardians of the Galaxy', the five directorial features of DC/Marvel's James Gunn, ranked from worst to best. List by Joseph Wade.
Todd Phillips Movies Ranked - From 'Road Trip' to 'Joker' via 'Starsky and Hutch', 'The Hangover' and 'Old School', the films of director Todd Phillips ranked worst to best.
M. Night Shyamalan Directed Movies Ranked - Every theatrically released feature film directed by filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan ranked from worst to best, including The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Split and Old. Article by Joseph Wade.
10 Best Studio Ghibli Films - Studio Ghibli is the most recognisable and acclaimed producer of Japanese anime feature films in the world. Here are the 10 Best Studio Ghibli Films. List by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Zack Snyder Movies Ranked - All 10 Zack Snyder feature length films, from 'Dawn of the Dead' and '300' to 'Batman v Superman' and 'Zack Snyder's Justice League' ranked from worst to best by Joseph Wade.
22 World Class Football Movies - A football pitch's worth of world class football movies from around the globe, including stars like Maradona, Pelé, Messi and Ronaldo (both of them). List by Joseph Wade.
Where to Start with Pedro Almodóvar - Get started with the filmography of an icon of European cinema and arguably one of the most influential Spanish filmmakers of the past half century, Pedro Almodóvar. Article by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Four Must-Watch Lesser-Known Gay Films - Away from the mainstream successes of gay cinema lie so many exceptional and underappreciated films. Here are four must-watch lesser-known gay films. List by Cody J. Riebe.
Saw Movies Ranked - All 9 'Saw' movies, from Saw (2004) to Spiral (2021), Ranked from worst to best. Which is the best Saw horror movie? Article by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Prone to Bouts of Mania, Narcissism and Power Failure: Watching High-Rise and Snowpiercer in 2021 - With hindsight and terrifying changes in the real world, Ben Wheatley's 'High-Rise' and Bong Joon-ho's 'Snowpiercer' have been given new power and relevance as socially conscious art. Essay by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Conjuring Nonsense: Devils Didn’t Make Him Do It - The third 'Conjuring' film reinforces the dangerous myth that the supernatural is somehow responsible for the heinous crimes of humanity, and it's a problem as big as cinema itself. Essay from Jacob Davis.
The Duality of the Female Psyche in ‘Mouthpiece’ - How 'Mouthpiece', created by Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava, forges a moving insight into womanhood through its presentation of the duality of the female psyche. Essay by Gala Woolley.
How Did I Fall in Love with this Little Thing Called Cinema? - How an early life encounter with James Cameron's 'Aliens' (1986) shaped The Film Magazine writer Mark Carnochan's love for movies.
Where to Start with Bong Joon-ho - Director Bong Joon-ho made history at the Oscars as the first filmmaker to win Best Picture with a film outside of the English language. Discover where to start with this modern auteur's filmography in this guide.
Exploring the Great Empathy Machine – Grief and the Healing Powers of Cinema - How a cinema trip to see a dinosaur movie unravelled the grief surrounding a loved one's death for Joseph Wade. This is the fourth edition of his blog series.
Fuelling an Obsession: Harry Potter at the Pictures - How a trip to an old Warner Bros cinema fuelled a childhood obsession with 'Harry Potter' and wider cinema for The Film Magazine writer Beth Sawdon.
Charlie Gardiner: What Cinema Means To Me - What does cinema mean to The Film Magazine writer Charlie Gardiner? Pretty much everything.
Back There in the Dark: A Cinema Poem by Sam Sewell-Peterson - "Back There in the Dark", an original poem about cinema by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
2021 Oscars Best Picture Nominees Ranked - All 8 movies nominated for Best Picture at the 2021 Oscars ranked from worst to best. The likes of 'Nomadland', 'Promising Young Woman' and 'Mank' head-to-head.
Lawrence Michael Levine Interview – “I Will Always Make Small, Intimate Films” - Lawrence Michael Levine tells The Film Magazine about searching deep within himself to find 'Black Bear' (2020), scripting naturalistic dialogue and why he'll always make small films.
David Fincher Movies Ranked - David Fincher's 11 feature films, including 'Mank', ranked by how closely they're identified with the image of "a David Fincher movie." List by Jacob Davis.
Spy Kids Movies Ranked - Spy Kids 1-4 ranked. The family fun franchise all zillennials can relate to, created by Robert Rodriguez and featuring so many superstar actors, ranked from worst to best. List by Sophia Patfield.
Showa Era Godzilla Movies Ranked (1954-1975) - The 15 films of the Shōwa Era of Kaiju monster movies, headlined by Godzilla and produced by Toho Studios, ranked from worst to best by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Thelma and Louise: The Most Powerful Final Image in Cinema - How the ending to Ridley Scott's 'Thelma & Louise' (1991) is one of the most iconic and powerful in all of cinema, and how it can be interpreted. Essay by Gala Woolley.
Superman Movies Ranked - Every live-action 'Superman' film, from 'Superman and the Mole-Men' to 'Man of Steel' via Christopher Reeve and Brandon Routh, ranked from worst to best. Article by Mark Carnochan.
DC’s Lightest Movie, Shazam!, Also Contains Its Darkest Moment - In the light-hearted family movie Shazam!, that subverted the tone of the earlier DCEU, David F. Sandberg finds space for a heartbreaking character moment. Article by Rob Gifford.
Netflix’s Business Model Doesn’t Allow for Long-Term Film Success - Netflix Original movies seem to disappear just as soon as they've appeared, and with a new film set to be released during every week of 2021, it's an issue filmmakers should take notice of. Essay by Luke Hinton.
Arrival and the Language of Cinema - In his 2016 science fiction film 'Arrival', director Denis Villeneuve expertly uses the power of cinematic language to take us on a mind bending journey of love, loss, and the inevitability of time. Essay by Margaret Roarty.
Richard Jenkins: 3 Career-Defining Performances - Of all the character actors working today, perhaps no one else brings such low-key class to his films as Richard Jenkins. Here are his 3 career-defining performances. Article by Scott Z Walkinshaw.
5 Reasons Why You Need to Watch Midnight Cowboy - John Schlesinger film 'Midnight Cowboy' (1969) starring Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight is a classic of cinema, and here are 5 reasons why you must watch it. Article by Katie Doyle.