By Ryan Gilbey - 06 March 18:06
Anderson’s style became paralysed around the time of The Royal Tenenbaums and this is no exception.
By Ryan Gilbey - 27 February 16:00
The short film, unlike the short story, is a stray with no home - which is why a cinema release of the eight short films that competed at the Baftas is a joyous subversion of the norm.
By Ryan Gilbey - 27 February 15:32
If I had my way, David O Russell's complex, sublime American Hustle would sweep the board - but the fact is no single film is likely to take the whole haul, and the smart money's on the earnest and populist.
By Ryan Gilbey - 14 February 15:23
As the Berlinale draws to a close, Ryan Gilbey savours a couple of gems, while questioning how some films earned their spots at the festival.
By Ryan Gilbey - 14 February 13:00
Ryan Gilbey reports from the Berlin Film Festival 2014, where a viscous thriller about a soldier separated from his unit in 1970s Belfast rubs shoulders with a tender comic-drama starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina.
By Ryan Gilbey - 10 February 11:46
They may seem like an odd pairing, but Spike Jonze's film about a man who falls in love with his operating system and Alain Guiraudie's tale of a murder at a secluded cruising spot show the lengths people will travel to forge a connection.
By Ryan Gilbey - 07 February 13:00
Tipped for Oscars success in the US, this humanistic portrayal of two Texans importing HIV medication from Mexico is played expertly by Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto.
By Ryan Gilbey - 31 January 16:33
Louis CK's early film Tomorrow Night has been made available for $5 on the comedian's website - and it's well worth checking out.
By Ryan Gilbey - 30 January 17:35
The theme of an ordinary Joe, or Jai, fighting bribery and political corruption permeates Indian action cinema.
By Ryan Gilbey - 29 January 10:15
The film aspires to mimic the qualities that make a movie stand out during the pre-Oscars rush - but despite a highly qualified cast and credible producers, it falls well short of the mark.
By Ryan Gilbey - 23 January 13:19
The smug and stylish directors suffer from a tendency to promote mood over story. Their best films are a canny pairing of the two, but their worst are whimsical and affected.
By Ryan Gilbey - 17 January 11:30
Leonard DiCaprio's "bestial, carnivalesque performance" dominates The Wolf of Wall Street - Martin Scorsese's flashy indictment of corporate culture, with a disappointingly two-dimensional supporting cast.
By Ryan Gilbey - 14 January 14:59
The debate over whether Scorsese glorifies or condemns the activities of US stockbrokers in the 1980s and 1990s has tipped into something much uglier - something personal. This is not criticism, it's just petty.
By Ryan Gilbey - 09 January 12:30
Director Steve McQueen and his impressive cast give their all in a story of anguish, brutality and defiance.
By Ryan Gilbey - 07 January 11:19
A subject as complex as Mandela deserves a film that will weigh into the grey areas, and while Idris Elba is the best Mandela yet, there's still some way to go in telling the story of his life.
By Ryan Gilbey - 30 December 12:59
Steve McQueen’s raging and compassionate film about Solomon Northup will be the first hit of the year.
By Ryan Gilbey - 20 December 10:30
In styling his new film like a hard-edged Scorsese crime thriller, Silver Linings Playbook director David O Russell has lent gravity and depth to an otherwise gentle romantic comedy.
By Ryan Gilbey - 19 December 11:26
Since Peter O'Toole died on 14 December there has been an outpouring of opinion and anecdote - but the best way to appreciate him as an actor, is to watch how he transformed himself over the years.
By Ryan Gilbey - 13 December 13:00
The second film in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy is a revelation - which shows a director in command of his medium, and offers a succinct answer to his critics.
By Ryan Gilbey - 12 December 17:23
Luminiţa Gheorghiu stars as Cornelia, the challenging anti-hero in Child's Pose, the latest in a wave of intense dramatic cinema from Romania.
By Ryan Gilbey - 05 December 11:59
Remakes always happen for a reason, even if that reason is obscure. Horror and sci-fi director John Carpenter puts it down to a perpetual "nostalgia cycle" inherent in American pop culture.
By Ryan Gilbey - 04 December 13:12
Director Alexander Payne's switch to black-and-white suggests aspirations to join a loftier heritage.
By Ryan Gilbey - 22 November 10:55
"I felt like I was too old for this shit when I was 24. I never got that adrenalin rush from being on set. Every time I shoot a movie I think I can’t do it any more."
By Ryan Gilbey - 21 November 12:30
Some have accused Abdellatif Kechiche's film of inauthentic depictions of lesbian sex - but Ryan Gilbey argues that the film as a whole breaks new ground in visualising human sexuality.
By Ryan Gilbey - 08 November 15:19
The Italian master of garish and supremely elegant horror discussed his beginnings in the film industry as part of the BFI Southbank's Gothic season.
By Ryan Gilbey - 07 November 17:00
Ryan Gilbey explores the turning point in any film career - the “single actor” movie - when close-ups and soliloquies test actors to the max.
By Ryan Gilbey - 31 October 15:25
The British filmmaker, who died last week, made an impressive contribution to British cinema in the 90s - most memorably in "Safe", "Face" and the genre-bending opus "Ravenous".
By Ryan Gilbey - 25 October 14:00
Clio Barnard's tale of two Bradford boys, literally on the scrapheap, has little in common with the Oscar Wilde fairytale that gave it its name.
By Ryan Gilbey - 24 October 12:20
It's no secret I'm a fan of Jackass - and Bad Grandpa, with a superb performance by newcomer Jackson Nicoll - is Jackass at its best.
By Ryan Gilbey - 21 October 12:00
Paul Greengrass's new thriller pits two excellent leading men (a debut actor, Barkhad Abdi, and a veteran, Tom Hanks) against one another - authentic performances which survive the film's mannered direction.