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
11 September 2008
Do you have a fondness for the dazed comedies of the 1970s stoner duo Cheech and Chong? Are your shelves groaning under...
Film
04 September 2008
The fall of the house of Merchant/Ivory occurred in the mid-1990s, when the producer-director duo, prized as...
Film
28 August 2008
Austerity is one of the qualities a viewer expects of any film set in a deprived Turkish mountain village where people...
Film
21 August 2008
Why are theatre audiences more outwardly enthusiastic than their cinema-going counterparts? I used to think it was...
Film
14 August 2008
Andrey Zvyagintsev's second feature, The Banishment, begins with what will become a recurring image - a car approaching...
Film
07 August 2008
International success can liberate a country's film industry, but it can also inhibit its appeal. Some Brazilian...
Film
31 July 2008
Sarah Silverman is a 37-year-old stand-up comic who makes you understand why the end of a joke is called the punchline...
Film
24 July 2008
The hero of The Dark Knight is a dour, psychologically flawed champion of the disenfranchised, given to sudden rages,...
Film
17 July 2008
Near the start of last year, I did something silly: I started watching the HBO series The Wire, set among the cops,...
Film
17 July 2008
Our great-grandchildren will be so envious of us. "What was it like to live in the golden age of Pixar?" they will ask...
Film
10 July 2008
"Thank you for the music" is unlikely to be the sentiment on the lips of theatregoers surveying the West End in the...
Film
03 July 2008
There is something slightly worthy and Womad about The Visitor, but don't let that put you off. Its writer-director,...
Film
26 June 2008
Roughly three years pass in Narnia for every day of human time, which makes it scarcely worth the trouble waiting for a...
Culture
19 June 2008
What effect did the domestic upheavals and romantic imbroglios of Dylan Thomas's life have on his writing? How did he...
Human Rights
12 June 2008
Film-makers have still not worked out a way to process the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq into fiction. I admired parts...

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