Paulina García.
Gloria and Philomena: Travels with mums
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.

Antonia Bird.
Remembering Antonia Bird
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".

The Selfish Giant.
The Selfish Giant: Kings of the trash heap
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.

New Statesman
Why bad movies keep coming out and what to do about it
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.

Johnny Knoxville.
Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa: Child performances don't have to be gritty to be brilliant
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.

Captain Phillips.
Captain Phillips: Tom Hanks just isn't an actor we like to see in distress - he's not Mel Gibson
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.

Louis CK.
Late to the party as ever, I am currently cultivating a minor obsession with Louis CK
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.

The Fifth Estate.
How accurate is the newest WikiLeaks story?
By Alan Rusbridger - 17 October 14:50

Geeks versus the government.

New Statesman
Clever women remain 'ugly' almost by definition, but this new film should give us hope
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.

Clapping.
Is it ever right to clap in the cinema? Yes, sometimes it is
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.

New Statesman
Le Week-End: Ongoing saga
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.

New Statesman
The Fifth Estate: WikiLeaks at its worst
By Ryan Gilbey - 04 October 11:04

Compared with <em>The Social Network, The Fifth Estate</em> is craven and cartoonish.

New Statesman
Stephen King still won't accept Kubrick's genius
By Mark Hodge - 30 September 10:26

What is it that particularly irks King about a film that was so universally acclaimed?

Cate Blanchett
Blue Jasmine: It's not Cate Blanchett's fault that everything wilts in her shade
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.

New Statesman
The woman behind Wikileaks: "I am not speaking with Julian"
By Linda Kinstler - 26 September 17:26

Birgitta Jónsdóttir talks about what Wikileaks biopic The Fifth Estate got wrong.

Ben Affleck.
My advice to Ben Affleck? Don't listen to the fans - they've been wrong before
By Ryan Gilbey - 19 September 13:21

Most of the "fans" who cried heresy when Ben Affleck was announced as the new Batman are fans of nothing but their own opinions. This isn't the first time they've been wrong.

Naomi Watts.
Diana: A laughing stock is not the same thing as a comedy
By Ryan Gilbey - 19 September 11:50

Where Oliver Hirschbiegel's 2004 film "Downfall" showed us the complexities of its central character, "Diana" fails to extend the same generosity to the Princess of Wales.

New Statesman
The One Direction film is scary to watch, but it makes a good point about teen sexuality
By Sarah Ditum - 18 September 11:52

If anyone needed proof that sex is something girls do rather than have done to them, it's this.

Jean Rochefort.
The Artist and the Model: War as seen from an artist's studio
By Ryan Gilbey - 14 September 10:00

Ryan Gilbey reviews The Artist and the Model - the story of a reclusive sculptor in occupied France, whose artistic spirit returns when his wife spots a young homeless woman, loitering in the town square.

New Statesman
Bill Nighy: "I know what it's like to want to live in a film"
By Kate Mossman - 12 September 8:47

Bill Nighy, who lives alone and finds sleeping difficult, says he passes the time by watching YouTube clips of Christopher Walken on his phone – when he isn’t working, that is.

Frederick Wiseman.
Preview: Ten of the best at this year's London Film Festival
By Ryan Gilbey - 09 September 15:00

Tickets for LFF 2013 go on sale on this Thursday (12 Sept). Our film critic Ryan Gilbey picks ten of the most promising films from this year's line up.

A still from Neill Blomkamp's new film Elysium.
Do even anti-segregation films have no roles for women?
By Sian Lawson - 07 September 8:36

Whether it is done as intentionally as in <em>Elysium</em> or not, films and TV series form part of a lens that shows us distorted refractions of our world.

Toni Servillo.
Paolo Sorrentino's The Great Beauty: Directed with a hammer wrapped in velvet
By Ryan Gilbey - 05 September 9:20

The Great Beauty represents a clear maturation in style for Paolo Sorrentino - a film that is both emphatic and proportionate in its methods.

Rachel McAdams.
It's About Time again: What happened when a film critic discussed ill-considered sex in a Richard Curtis movie
By Ryan Gilbey - 03 September 13:27

Last week Ryan Gilbey expressed discomfort at a scene in Richard Curtis's new time travel rom-com About Time, and was astonished by the responses he received.

Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson as Tim and Mary in About Time.
The sexual misdemeanour that casts a long shadow over Richard Curtis's About Time
By Ryan Gilbey - 29 August 11:36

The time travel element in <em>About Time</em>, Richard Curtis's new comedy, has produced a disastrous scene that should be studied by future generations as the wrong way to deploy a theoretically rich comic device.

Bluster, blandness and poignancy in Morgan Spurlock's One Direction: This Is Us
By Ryan Gilbey - 28 August 16:09

One Direction's first film manages to balance contradictory versions of its mega-famous subjects to great effect, giving glimpses of both the public and private incarnations of the band members.

Upstream Colour.
Upstream Colour: Cronenbergian scenes which try to break loose from conventional storytelling
By Ryan Gilbey - 23 August 12:00

Ryan Gilbey tries to puzzle out an ice cool drama from Shane Carruth - a circle-of-life story with psychedelic maggots.

Kuma.
Kuma: A film of wordless transmissions of longing underneath ersatz Hollywood direction
By Ryan Gilbey - 22 August 15:00

Kuma, the new migration drama from Austrian-Kurdish director Umut Dag, is a subtle movie distorted by its director's razzle-dazzle approach.

Morrissey.
I gave up on Mozza years ago - Morrissey: Live is proof that I was right to do it
By Ryan Gilbey - 20 August 15:42

As far as Morrissey concerts go, the one immortalised in his latest film Morrissey: Live isn't the best. It saddens me to say it, but my love affair with Mozza is well and truly over.

Pepper Potts, in a screengrab from Iron Man 3.
I hate Strong Female Characters
By Sophia McDougall - 15 August 12:57

Sherlock Holmes gets to be brilliant, solitary, abrasive, Bohemian, whimsical, brave, sad, manipulative, neurotic, vain, untidy, fastidious, artistic, courteous, rude, a polymath genius. Female characters get to be Strong.

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