Christopher Silvester

“War is the original human state,” Russian directors seem to say

Real men have grit in their eye

Recalling the murky role played by civil rights leader Rev Al Sharpton in a notorious faked abduction case

What to watch inform yourself about the rich Ukrainian cinematic tradition

Richard Cohen’s history of histories is a gargantuan achievement

Christopher Silvester reviews two semi-autobiographical movies: Oscar-contender Belfast and arthouse The Souvenir

Acting ability should matter more than “lived experience”

What is History, Now? offers a passionate defence of the pluralism of historical study

Two political thrillers reveal the intimate cruelties of life under dictatorship

Christopher Silvester on two extraordinary films from Eastern Europe shown at the London Film Festival