Sunny with a chance of rain: the many moods of John Goodman
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.

The good, the bad and the Coen Brothers: Inside Llewyn Davis
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.

Margot Robbie and Leonardo DiCaprio.
The Wolf of Wall Street: Beyond the boiler room
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.

Leonardo DiCaprio.
Why all the aggression over The Wolf of Wall Street?
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.

A still from 12 Years A Slave.
12 Years A Slave asks us the most important question . . . why?
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?

Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Against nature: The abrasive brilliance of 12 Years a Slave
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.

Ken Loach's Spirit of 45: Britain's turn to Labour after the war
By Hugh Purcell - 08 January 10:21

What ever happened to Timothy? He was perhaps the embodiment of gentle English civilisation.

Idris Elba.
Long Walk to Hollywood: Why has Nelson Mandela been so badly served by cinema?
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.

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Benedict Cumberbatch in 12 Years a Slave
A preview of 2014 on the big screen
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.

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The rules for being Walter Mitty
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.

American Hustle.
David O Russell's American Hustle: Back to reality
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.

Peter O'Toole.
From Lawrence of Arabia to Dean Spanley: the many faces of Peter O'Toole
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.

Martin Freeman.
The Desolation of Smaug: How to portray your dragon
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.

Lumini?a Gheorghiu.
Child’s Pose: The Romanian family drama with a grotesque view of family life
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.

Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy from Anchorman.
The infatuation with Anchorman's Ron Burgundy makes the media look pathetic
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?

Josh Brolin.
Carrie and Oldboy may lack spark - but there's nothing wrong with remaking horror classics
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.

On the road again, this time in "Nebraska"
By Ryan Gilbey - 04 December 13:12

Director Alexander Payne's switch to black-and-white suggests aspirations to join a loftier heritage.

Sarah Paulson as the vile Mistress Epps and Lupita Nyong’o as Patsey.
Watching 12 Years a Slave in a Blindingly White Capital City
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.

Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos.
Blue is the Warmest Colour: An intimate look at lesbian love
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.

The Counselor and Don Jon: Bad sex and good porn
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.

New Statesman
Why Dario Argento thinks the gory scenes of movies are "the most important parts"
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.

Sandra Bullock.
Sandra Bullock, Gravity and the "single actor" movie
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.

New Statesman
Ten things Love Actually actually taught us about relationships
By Rhiannon and Holly - 07 November 11:32

Ten years on from the schmaltzy Richard Curtis-fest.

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.