The nice man cometh

In American Beauty, Kevin Spacey finally gets to do likeable after years of being good at being bad. And he's up for an Oscar, writes Richard Rayner.

Magnolia blossoms

Paul Thomas Anderson's Hollywood epic has taken the Berlin film festival's top award. Derek Malcolm reports.

It’s grim out west

<b>Review: Angela's Ashes</b>

Sink or swim

The trio behind Trainspotting has made a movie with a bona fide mega-star. Now their future together rests on the shoulders of Leonardo DiCaprio. Simon Hattenstone gets the inside story on The Beach.

First-time director makes Oscar history

American Beauty by British director Sam Mendes tops the list with eight Oscar nominations, report Duncan Campbell in Los Angeles and Fiachra Gibbons.

Joan of Aargghh

<b>Review: Joan of Arc</b>

In search of Patti

A South African artist has been trailing rock legend Patti Smith for the past five years, producing a groundbreaking film due for release at Cannes this year. Charl Blignaut reports.

Judd’s the ticket

Playing a tough heroine in the US hit, Double Jeopardy, has finally pushed Ashley Judd onto Hollywood's A-List. Mark Morris discovers a new age disciple enjoying the perks of fame - and desperate not to catch the dreaded London 'flu whilst on a promotional tour.

Birth pangs on the island

Recently M-Net took 21 aspiring African film-makers to a workshop on Gorèe Island. John Matshikiza wonders whether stars are made or born.

Give the man a cigar

<b>Review: Buena Vista Social Club</b>

Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Reviews: The Treaty of Chance and Why Not Me?

Interview with the sex dwarf

Gay avant-garde shock-auteur Bruce LaBruce is visiting South Africa as a guest of the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Shaun de Waal caught up with him in Cape Town.

Fight the good fight

He's done serial killing in Seven and sci-fi splatter in Alien3, but it's David Fincher's latest film that has received the worst critical lashing for its violence. Andrew Pulver meets the director of Fight Club.

Celluloid goes pink

This year's Gay and Lesbian Film Festival includes many titles about lesser-known subjects and off-beat communities, writes Andrew Worsdale.

Reel life on the Cape Flats

To give their film a sense of true life horror, two Cape Town film-makers staged a killing for their unwitting crew, writes Matthew Simpson.

A for Alabama

<b>Review: Crazy in Alabama</b>

Talking queers

Two panel discussions will 'queery' issues raised by movies on the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Shaun de Waal reports.

Invasion of the set-snatchers

Foreign companies are exploiting the favourable exchange rate and SA's skilled movie crews to make feature films for much less, writes Andrew Worsdale.