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 Ricky Power Sayeed - 27 December 15:51
These rules reveal that few of us qualify as full-blown Walts. But all of us are fantasists.
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 Laura Bennett - 07 December 9:10
Why invite a make-believe anchor from a comedy sequel onto your real news show if it doesn’t even make for particularly good TV?
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 Desiree Wariaro - 04 December 12:09
Desiree Wariaro watches <em>12 Years a Slave</em> in Stockholm, a city where it can take generations to become the sort of person considered unquestionably native.
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 - 14 November 16:00
Ridley Scott's "The Counselor" is the first film written by Cormac McCarthy, a mismatch which may remain the industry standard for years to come. Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut "Don Jon", looks subtle by comparison.
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 Rhiannon and Holly - 07 November 11:32
Ten years on from the schmaltzy Richard Curtis-fest.
By Ryan Gilbey - 04 November 13:00
Ryan Gilbey praises two new films, by Sebastián Lelio and Stephen Frears, in which two women are coping with the wreckage of their lives from the far side of middle age.
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 John Pilger - 24 October 15:12
Unlike the babbling brook of Hollywood – with its suppression of truth, fake heroes and warmongering – a masterpiece, or just a good movie, is unforgettable.
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.
By Ryan Gilbey - 18 October 13:21
The perfect film role for this daring funny man is out there somewhere - but he hasn't hit the mark just yet.
By Alan Rusbridger - 17 October 14:50
Geeks versus the government.
By Ray Filar - 16 October 14:27
The biopic "Hannah Arendt" credits Professor Arendt, responsible for some of the most publicly enduring theories in 20th century philosophy, with an intellectual interiority mostly reserved – at least in the public eye – for white men.
By Ryan Gilbey - 11 October 11:33
It used to seem pointless and self-congratulatory - but in the right circumstances, applause can signify solidarity, celebration and joy.
By Ryan Gilbey - 10 October 15:12
This picture downgrades its ambitions along the way. When Nick says he wants to take his and Meg's lovemaking into another dimension, it sounds like an unpromising episode of The Twilight Zone.
By Ryan Gilbey - 04 October 11:04
Compared with <em>The Social Network, The Fifth Estate</em> is craven and cartoonish.
By Mark Hodge - 30 September 10:26
What is it that particularly irks King about a film that was so universally acclaimed?
By Ryan Gilbey - 27 September 15:00
Ryan Gilbey welcomes the change of scene in Woody Allen's latest film, which hinges entirely on its leading lady's full-blooded performance.
By Linda Kinstler - 26 September 17:26
Birgitta Jónsdóttir talks about what Wikileaks biopic The Fifth Estate got wrong.