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.

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.

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.