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Xan Brooks

Xan Brooks

    King of the slingers: Spidey’s a concrete jungle VIP
    King of the slingers: Spidey’s a concrete jungle VIP
    If the Spider-Man tale is about anything, it's about gawky youth and surging powers. The film makers know this and keep the tone skittish and fresh.
    Wolf of Wall Street: Polished and punchy
    Wolf of Wall Street: Polished and punchy
    This is Scorsese with fire in his belly and Leonardo DiCaprio's Walmart Gordon Gekko cranking up the laughs - a pantomime Goodfellas.
    Movie of the week: Stoker
    Movie of the week: Stoker
    South Korean director Park Chan-wook makes his English-language debut with an outrageous quasi-remake of Hitchcock's 1943 thriller Shadow of a Doubt.
    Iran's response film to 'inaccurate', award-winning 'Argo'
    Iran's response film to 'inaccurate', award-winning 'Argo'
    Tehran-based filmmaker Ataollah Salmanian says "The General Staff" will be an appropriate response to Ben Affleck's "ahistorical" thriller.
    'Yellowface' reflects the racial pecking order
    'Yellowface' reflects the racial pecking order
    The movie adaptation of the novel 'Cloud Atlas' has been criticised by Asian-Americans for casting white Western actors in "yellowface" makeup.
    Alpha nerds kicked ass
    Alpha nerds kicked ass
    This year brought a new kind of hero as Kick-Ass and The Social Network proved it's the geeks who shall inherit the Earth.
    This year's Cannes line-up: A festival hall of fame
    This year's Cannes line-up: A festival hall of fame
    Down on the Riviera, the Cannes film festival is braced for its bloodiest year in decades.
    A heartbreaking history retold
    A heartbreaking history retold
    ON CIRCUIT: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, a story of the Holocaust told through the experiences of a young boy.
    False notes
    False notes
    MOVIE OF THE WEEK: Xan Brooks reviews The Counterfeiters, which won the Oscar for best foreign-language film this year.
    Triumph of the nerds
    Triumph of the nerds
    A new wave of movies is marking the rise of the 'ordinary slob nerd', writes Xan Brooks. This month saw the release of the final installment in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, awash with elves and hobbits and surely the most monumental nerd-fest of the lot.
    Behind the Oscar scenes
    Behind the Oscar scenes
    There are bigger issues than glitz and glam behind this year's nominations, reports Dan Glaister and Xan Brooks.