Ryan Gilbey is the New Statesman's film critic. He is also the author of It Don't Worry Me (Faber), about 1970s US cinema, and a study of Groundhog Day in the "Modern Classics" series (BFI Publishing). He was named reviewer of the year in the 2007 Press Gazette awards.
The film, which explores the unorthodox forms that power can take, shows Michèle continuing briskly with her life after she is assaulted in her apartment.
High in detail but low on incident, Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart and Michelle Williams are on unshowy form in this wholegrain feature.
In 1992, The Crying Game was the picture you simply had to see. Now it looks better than ever.
The director Barry Jenkins told me in October his film was "not in any way Oscar-bait".
Upcoming releases include drama about a trans woman and an adventure in south America.
Barry Jenkins’s story of a boy who finds a father figure in a local drug dealer shows, in minute detail, how our sense of identity can change.
Ryan Gilbey wishes Denzel Washington’s big-screen remake of Fences had a bit more room to breathe.
Unlike the fraught parenting comedy Toni Erdmann, now on release, it capitulates too much to its cringe-worthy mother protagonist.
From CGI adventures to directing in a second language, Lee is no stranger to risk-taking. What's next for the director?
Renton, Sick Boy, Begbie and Spud are back.
Twenty years ago, Labour won a landslide on a tide of optimism. Where did it all go wrong?
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