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 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.
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.
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.
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?
Director Steve McQueen and his impressive cast give their all in a story of anguish, brutality and defiance.
What ever happened to Timothy? He was perhaps the embodiment of gentle English civilisation.
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.
Steve McQueen’s raging and compassionate film about Solomon Northup will be the first hit of the year.
These rules reveal that few of us qualify as full-blown Walts. But all of us are fantasists.
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.
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.
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.
Luminiţa Gheorghiu stars as Cornelia, the challenging anti-hero in Child's Pose, the latest in a wave of intense dramatic cinema from Romania.
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?
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.
Director Alexander Payne's switch to black-and-white suggests aspirations to join a loftier heritage.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ryan Gilbey explores the turning point in any film career - the “single actor” movie - when close-ups and soliloquies test actors to the max.
Ten years on from the schmaltzy Richard Curtis-fest.
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.
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".
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.
Unlike the babbling brook of Hollywood – with its suppression of truth, fake heroes and warmongering – a masterpiece, or just a good movie, is unforgettable.
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.
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.
The perfect film role for this daring funny man is out there somewhere - but he hasn't hit the mark just yet.