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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Film
26 July 2007
Whenever there's a nostalgic TV documentary concerning Fawlty Towers, one of the interviewees invariably mentions the...
Film
19 July 2007
Access is the Holy Grail of the documentary film-maker, but Ghosts of Cité Soleil represents a new high-water mark in...
Film
12 July 2007
I was a latecomer to the whole Harry Potter phenomenon. Until a month ago, I thought Hogwarts was a condition treatable...
Film
05 July 2007
When David Mamet's one-act play Edmond premiered in 1982, it must have felt short, sharp and shocking, but only the...
Film
28 June 2007
The mild-at-heart ogre Shrek, hero of two hugely popular animated comedies, was named in homage to the German actor Max...
Music and Performance
21 June 2007
You know what you're getting with a biopic: the potted version of a famous life, pared down to the highs and lows (but...
Human Rights
14 June 2007
How fitting that The War on Democracy, a documentary examining Washington's ongoing campaign against central and South...
Film
28 May 2007
Ray Lawrence, the Australian director who made Bliss and Lantana, continues his series of films that sound like colours...
Film
21 May 2007
"That was the most frustrating film ever!" hissed the woman behind me, at the end of Zodiac. I could see her point. She...
Human Rights
14 May 2007
Let me tell you about my screenplay idea. Not only is it completely brilliant, but it's 100 per cent guaranteed to get...
Culture
07 May 2007
Anyone still harbouring the illusion that the superhero lifestyle is a gas should check out Spider-Man 3. The Spider-...
Film
30 April 2007
It's a disconcerting experience when you sit down to watch a period piece, only to find that the period in question...
Film
23 April 2007
Most teachers are alert to the drugs problem in their schools. Dan Dunne (Ryan Gosling), the Brooklyn history teacher...
Film
16 April 2007
When it comes to chills down the spine and knots in the stomach, the present batch of horror remakes and sequels has...
Film
09 April 2007
I'm not one for giving away the twists that a film has to offer, but it seems only fair to warn you about a scene near...

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