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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Culture
12 March 2009
We can no more choose the films that ignite our youthful excitement than we can pick our relatives. Might it be that La...
Film
05 March 2009
You don’t rush Kelly Reichardt. Her dreamy 1994 debut, River of Grass, was an anti-Bonnie and Clyde story (the main...
Film
26 February 2009
Films about education usually belong to one of two schools. There is the tear-stained ode to inspirational mentors,...
Culture
19 February 2009
Steven Soderbergh's film about the transformation of Ernesto "Che" Guevara from humble medic to revolutionary is...
Film
12 February 2009
I hate the Oscars. But even more than that, I hate that I still give a hoot who wins. If you didn't care about cinema,...
Culture
12 February 2009
While genres such as the western and the musical have suffered fluctuating fortunes, film noir has demonstrated staying...
Culture
05 February 2009
One three-hour film about mortality starring Brad Pitt could be dismissed as unfortunate. Two begins to look like sheer...
Culture
29 January 2009
Surely the most unusual species of literary adaptation is the one which exposes shortcomings in the novel it sets out...
Film
22 January 2009
For some US presidents, there are a handful of films that come to reflect the spirit of their tenure. Ronald Reagan is...
Film
15 January 2009
In his cool-cat memoir Chronicles: Volume One, Bob Dylan describes taking a break from recording Oh Mercy in 1988 to...
Culture
08 January 2009
If there is one director you would hope could be relied upon for an indictment of capitalism when we need it most, it's...
Culture
18 December 2008
Darkness in cinema comes in different guises - one person's knockabout frat-house comedy is another's definitive proof...
Film
11 December 2008
Having failed to win the Congratulations For Not Dying Yet award for Venus at the 2007 Oscars, Peter O'Toole soldiers...
Culture
04 December 2008
You have to wait until the end credits for the biggest surprise in Erick Zonca's Julia, a film that looks like a...
Culture
27 November 2008
When the word "honestly" is used as a suffix to statements such as "I love you" or "I'll pay you back", it tends to...

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