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.
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Michael Fassbender's new film doesn’t even have the decency to be bad in interesting ways.
This space-based love story is tainted by the unsavoury truth that it's a tale of stalking and voyeurism.
This labour of love from the legendary director is no more a movie than a pile of ingredients is a picnic.
This sophisticated new addition to the franchise fuses fantasy with grimy realism, and gives the actors space to actually act.
Gordon-Levitt makes Snowden’s motives transparent without ever fully dropping his guard. It is reassuring that a film in which people are spied can still have a protagonist who remains essentially unknowable.
Lee's film, in which the women of Chicago decide to go on a sex strike, is often muddled – but never dull.
The film director dabbles in advertising yet again, showing that his signature quirk can sell products as well as seduce audiences.
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