So who will clean up at the Oscars? Nobody, most likely
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.

Stealing the market: “Hollywood directors can do what they want. It’s not a fair
Feng Xiaogang: the Chinese Spielberg
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.

Stacy Martin and Shia LaBeouf.
Oops! I did it again: Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac
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.

Richard Linklater's Boyhood leads the pack in Berlin
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.

Unknown pleasures at the Berlinale, the young upstart of the film festival world
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.

Why is The Lego Movie pushing anti-capitalist propaganda?
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”.

Spike Jonze’s Her and Alain Guiraudie’s Stranger by the Lake: intimacy issues
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.

The Gate of Ivory: why Inside Llewyn Davis is a masterpiece
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.

Dallas Buyers Club: the unwilling drugstore cowboy
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.

The lady vanishes: what happens to the women forgotten by literary history?
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.

Adam Curtis: “We don't read newspapers because the journalism is so boring”
By Rob Pollard - 04 February 12:50

An interview with Adam Curtis, producer of the BBC documentaries The Power of Nightmares and The Century of the Self.

Louie CK's 1998 film Tomorrow Night: a portrait of the comedian in black and white
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.

Remembering “Those Glory Glory Days” – a film that understood what football can mean to people
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.

Jai Ho: Bollywood bizarre at the multiplex
By Ryan Gilbey - 30 January 17:35

The theme of an ordinary Joe, or Jai, fighting bribery and political corruption permeates Indian action cinema.

In “Mitt”, Mitt Romney is both alien and somehow also beautifully, terribly human
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.

Christian Bale in Out of the Furnace: a rotten enterprise
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.

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.

New Statesman
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.