Nicholas Cage in Spike Jonze’s 2002 film “Adaptation”.
Is it possible to make a good film about writing?
By Oliver Farry - 05 May 12:21

Too often, films are very inarticulate when talking about books. 

Ghost-writing: Shelley Hennig in Unfriended
Facetime your fears: Unfriended is a surprisingly up-to-date horror film – set on a laptop screen
By Ryan Gilbey - 30 April 10:29

We’ve seen too many Friday the thirteenth films to buy the sight of teenagers venturing into the deep, dark forest, but the deep, dark internet is another matter.

Avengers, assemble: in Marvel’s latest offering, the camera never stops moving.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is at once too much and never quite enough
By Ryan Gilbey - 23 April 17:20

If the Marvel fan base, like an elephant, is large but easily startled, Roy Andersson's minimalist vignettes in A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence ask the viewer to endure discomfort.

Cruel intentions: Hitchcock in London during the filming of Frenzy (1972). Photo: Rex
The fat man walks alone: how Hitchcock the ham became film's greatest artist
By Leo Robson - 23 April 7:43

Today, Hitchcock is reverred for his contribution to cinema. But his reputation as a "serious" director came late, as new biographies from Michael Wood and Peter Ackroyd reveal.

Iron Man in “Avengers: Age of Ultron”.
The politics of Iron Man: how Marvel sold an arms dealing billionaire to liberal America
By Tom Hart - 22 April 8:03

On paper Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, should be a super villain. But somehow, he’s a hero, and what’s more, he’s the only American superhero you want to have a beer with.

Mikheil Gelovani as Stalin.
How do you make a film about a dictator?
By Oliver Farry - 21 April 11:55

Beyond propaganda, trying to get under the skin of despots and dictators is a near-impossible task.

David Mamet in 1992. Photo: Johnny Boylan/Rex
Red flag to a raging bull: David Mamet’s move to the right
By Ryan Gilbey - 21 April 8:46

Ryan Gilbey examines Mamet’s plays for clues to his changing politics.

Werner Herzog. Photo: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty
Film is a contact sport: Werner Herzog on the physicality of directing
By Antonia Quirke - 20 April 11:57

Do "whatever it takes" to get your film made.

The Swedish family in Force Majeure witnesses a controlled avalanche.
Force Majeure's manipulative morality feels like a passé dinner-party game
By Ryan Gilbey - 20 April 11:41

The more outlandish the film becomes, the looser its grip.

Matt Smith as Bully in Lost River.
Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, Lost River, proves he isn't perfect after all
By Ryan Gilbey - 08 April 17:04

This film isn’t bad. Worse: it’s mediocre.

Films about queer women rarely stray from "lesbian drama" clichés – but things are improving
By Eleanor Margolis - 31 March 18:29

The vast majority of films about lesbians are underpinned by a uniquely cringemaking brand of earnestness; Appropriate Behaviour breaks the mould.

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.

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