Saving grace: Cara Delevingne as Melanie.
Winterbottom’s Face of an Angel is an idea masquerading as a movie
By Ryan Gilbey - 26 March 15:35

Cara Delevingne stars in the latest film from director Michael Winterbottom, which takes its inspiration from the murder of Meredith Kercher.

Ben Still and Naomi Watts in While We're Young.
Noah Baumbach's While We're Young goes beyond the usual tired hipster stereotypes
By Ryan Gilbey - 25 March 16:31

A Brooklyn-based comedy that's more than just jokes about avocado and almond-milk sorbet.

Moon child: Li’l Bamboo in Takahata’s folk tale.
Small wonders: the simple pleasures of The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
By Ryan Gilbey - 19 March 15:19

Japanese animation ­company Studio Ghibli favours contemplation over manufactured climaxes, and this film is no different.

A commercial film set. Photo: David McNew/Getty Images
"We don't have a British film industry": The Business of Film takes us behind the movie scenes
By Antonia Quirke - 12 March 16:13

A new BBC Radio 4 three-part series covers all aspects of the industry.

Suspended disbelief: Elizabeth Streb’s dancers.
Defying gravity: LGBT voices and daredevil acrobats delight Ryan Gilbey at BFI Flare
By Ryan Gilbey - 11 March 13:13

BFI Southbank's LGBT film festival Flare has become more eye-catching. Now it dazzles.

Girls on film: it's time to celebrate women critics, the liveliest voices in cinema
By Ryan Gilbey - 11 March 11:31

Why has it taken us so long to realise that the strongest, most exciting voices, shaping our opinions of cinema are women?

Desiree Akhavan and Rebecca Henderson in Appropriate Behaviour. Photo: Peccadillo Pictures
More Annie Hall than Girls, Appropriate Behaviour pulses with emotion
By Ryan Gilbey - 06 March 11:36

Writer and director Desiree Akhavan has created an authentic, relatable story – with a heroine we hope will triumph.

Julianne Moore won the Best Actress Oscar for Still Alice.
Selective memory: why does Still Alice pull so many punches?
By Ryan Gilbey - 05 March 11:41

Clever pacing and Julianne Moore's Oscar-winning performance can't disguise the hedged bets and risks not taken.

Catching the big fish: a surreal scene from Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing
Reality hunger: The documentary form enters its golden age
By Johann Hari - 02 March 11:25

New ways to get film to audiences, plus democratising technology, have heralded a boom in documentaries.

Fear eats the soul: Hugh (Jake Weary) and Jay (Maika Monroe)
It Follows: a film about a sexually transmitted curse forces us to face mortality itself
By Ryan Gilbey - 26 February 11:23

Ryan Gilbey reviews It Follows, directed by David Robert Mitchell.

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Birdman” took the Best Picture award at the 2015 Oscars. Image: Fox Searchlight
Why the Oscars chose Birdman over Boyhood for Best Picture
By Ryan Gilbey - 23 February 12:40

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is clearly the superior film, but the Academy isn’t considering long-term trends or trying to make a statement. Like an impetuous child, it just grabs the thing that feels good in that particular moment.

The Oscars 2015: the full list of winners
By Anna Leszkiewicz - 23 February 10:43

And the Oscar goes to...

Pablo Larrain with the silver bear for The Club. Photo: Andreas Rentz/Getty
Wayward priests and sexual neuroses: highlights from the Berlin Film Festival
By Ryan Gilbey - 17 February 12:00

There was far more to the festival than Fifty Shades.

The Berlin film festival.
Genau or never: Timelines and plotlines alike confuse at the Berlin Film Festival
By Ryan Gilbey - 16 February 9:42

Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups is insipid – but Andrew Heigh's 45 Years proves it's not all bad. 

Actors Jamie Dornan (L) and Dakota Johnson attend the "50 Shades Of Grey" New York Fan First screening at Ziegfeld Theatre on 6 February 2015 in New York City. Photo: Getty Images
50 Shades of Grey: a film about male power, idealising emotional abuse as sexy when it isn't
By Zoe Margolis - 13 February 17:41

All good relationships are built on respect, trust and consent - and the one at the centre of this film contains none of that.

Actors Jamie Dornan (L) and Dakota Johnson at a fan screening of Fifty Shades Of Grey. Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images
More M&Ms than S&M: Fifty Shades of Grey is noxiously sweet – and totally blank
By Ryan Gilbey - 12 February 13:10

We can’t disparage these actors any more than we can blame a man in a hammerless world for failing to bang a nail into the wall.

Liv Corfixen with her husband Nicolas Winding Refn. Photo: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images
“My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn” shows the toll that filmmaking can take on directors
By Ryan Gilbey - 06 February 9:31

The film, made by Winding Refn’s wife Liv Corfixen, is an intriguing contribution to the film-behind-the-films genre and a revealing study of ambition and vulnerability.

Fiercely modern and aggressively cinematic: David Oyelowo as Dr Martin Luther King, Jr in Selma
Supreme leaders: what Selma and The Interview tell us about the power of the leading man
By Ryan Gilbey - 05 February 15:33

The civil rights drama and political farce could not seem more different. But David Oyelowo and James Franco share a dynamism sadly overlooked in awards season.

A still from Pride, the 2014 film about the Lesbians and Gays Support The Miners campaign.
What today’s activists can learn from the Lesbians Against Pit Closures campaign
By Rebecca Winson - 04 February 12:53

Their triumph came through recognising that although their own oppression was important, it didn’t mean they couldn’t recognise others’ struggles as well.

I watched the Oscar hopefuls and every film is full of men, men and more bloody men
By Ian Leslie - 04 February 10:48

Oh, and moaning women. These are the films of the year, the ones that we think best capture the tenor of the times. Yet they are only interested in one half of the human tableau.

Phoenix and Witherspoon star in the cartoon-like film.
From comedy to confusion, Inherent Vice shows the corruption of the hippie dream
By Ryan Gilbey - 29 January 10:22

Thomas Pynchon's novel makes for a wistfully funny film adaptation.

I ain’t afraid of no girls: why the all-female Ghostbusters will be good for Hollywood
By Sarah Ditum - 28 January 16:59

After Parks and Rec30 Rock and Bridesmaids, why do some in the industry still doubt women are funny?

The use of anachronistic music, as in “Marie Antoinette”, is increasingly gaining acceptance.
Why do we care about anachronisms in films?
By Oliver Farry - 28 January 12:05

Our desire for historical accuracy in films, TV programmes and books often tells us more about ourselves than it does about art.

Beyond Clueless: a visual essay on teen movies from 1994-2004.
Beyond Clueless: a giant campus of candy-coloured teen life
By Ryan Gilbey - 23 January 13:10

Half-love letter, half-biopsy, Charlie Lyne's documentary analysis of teen movies is full of flashes of madness.

Have we met before? The mutable Oscar Isaac.
Welcome to Oscar season — Oscar Isaac season, that is
By Ryan Gilbey - 22 January 12:52

Oscar Isaac exploits his unique charisma and mutable appearance in two of the biggest films released this awards season.

Alex Garland with Alicia Vikander on the set of Ex Machina. Photo: Universal
Alex Garland’s Ex Machina: can a film about an attractive robot be feminist science fiction?
By Helen Lewis - 22 January 7:16

In Ex Machina, Alex Garland – writer of The Beach and 28 Days Later  suggests that the brave new dawn of artificial intelligence will not kill off our crappy old gender dynamics. Helen Lewis meets him.

Why women are getting a bum deal on film posters
By Ralph Jones - 20 January 14:31

Film posters are addicted to showing a faceless woman from behind, with her legs framing the real hero.

Miles Teller and J K Simmons in the percussion-based psychological thriller Whiplash.
Whiplash and Foxcatcher show there's more than one way to skin a fox
By Ryan Gilbey - 15 January 13:46

Despite strikingly similar prodigies and deranged mentors, Whiplash and Foxcatcher offer two very different takes on the mentor/pupil relationship.

Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor. Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for AACTA
From a black James Bond to a female Sherlock, diverse casting isn’t PC gone mad – it makes stories better
By Helen Lewis - 15 January 10:39

There was a bit more to Agincourt than a dozen Rada graduates standing around between two curtains.

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