By Ryan Gilbey - 11 March 16:47
Jonathan Glazer's new film Under the Skin, starring Scarlett Johansson, took fourteen years to make it to the big screen. Novelist and screenwriter Alexander Stuart recalls the project's early days.
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 Media Mole - 04 March 13:14
In her speech at Essence Magazine’s Black Women in Hollywood event, the Oscar winner spoke of how she used to be “teased and taunted about her night-shaded skin”, and how she arrived at the realisation that beauty doesn’t come in shades.
By New Statesman - 03 March 9:55
12 Years a Slave takes best picture, and Gravity cleans up in the technical categories.
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 Megan Walsh - 20 February 11:47
With new cinemas in China popping up at the rate of ten a day, Feng Xiaogang is the Chinese answer to Steven Spielberg: a reliable box office hitter.
By Ryan Gilbey - 20 February 11:00
The sexual exploits of Joe, played by Charlotte Gainsbourg and newcomer Stacy Martin, are depicted without modesty - but the film stops short of being pornographic, tempered as it is by comedy, provocation and grim detail.
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 Emmett Rensin - 12 February 10:16
The villain is named Lord Business, a man who hates “hippie-dippy stuff” and thunders over Bricktown, where the workers drink Over-Priced Coffee™. No wonder Fox News declared the film “anti-capitalist”.
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 Dorian Lynskey - 07 February 16:38
Friends who hate <em>Inside Llewyn Davis</em> complain about the tonal monotony, from the plot down to the colour palette, but it’s about the seeming impossibility of change. It looks how depression feels.
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 Frances Wilson - 06 February 8:59
Dickens’s mistress Nelly Ternan is a reminder of how much great male authors owe to their forgotten wives and muses.
By Rob Pollard - 04 February 12:50
An interview with Adam Curtis, producer of the BBC documentaries <i>The Power of Nightmares</i> and <i>The Century of the Self</i>.
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 Martin Cloake - 31 January 9:14
Julie Welch’s semi-autobiographical 1983 film <em>Those Glory Glory Days</em> is that rarest of things, a film about football that works.
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 Nicky Woolf - 29 January 16:46
A new film following Mitt Romney from his failed first presidential bid in 2007-8 to his doomed candidacy in 2012 may not be political dynamite, but it is an oddly compelling portrait of a very awkward man.
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 Kate Mossman - 24 January 12:45
John Goodman, who plays a jazz musician and junkie in the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis talks to Kate Mossman about wigs, panic attacks and reuniting with Roseanne.
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 Musa Okwonga - 13 January 16:02
Slavery was cholera in water, it infected everyone; a daily routine, spiteful, petty and perverse, its many perpetrators faceless and unexceptional. How did it come about - and what should we think about the thousands who are similarly shackled today?
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 Hugh Purcell - 08 January 10:21
What ever happened to Timothy? He was perhaps the embodiment of gentle English civilisation.
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.