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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 and is Film Critic in Residence at Falmouth University.
Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan star as windswept lovers in a movie that is more than just “Portrait of a Lady with Fossils”.
A dearth of glossier and more extravagant “event” movies has given Nomadland and other small films a greater chance of winning.
The Golden Globe-winning drama follows a Korean-American family, telling a tender tale of rural struggle.
In this new biopic, the director Lee Daniels has followed the example of Lady Sings the Blues by casting an established music star as Holiday.
It is Hanks’s curiosity, his intentness as he watches and listens, which lends him definition.
High on the list of achievements of this Bosnian film must be its success in dramatising the hours leading up to the massacre without showing anything more violent than a slap in the face.
In this story of a home birth gone wrong, director Kornél Mundruczó and screenwriter Kata Wéber reach for effects without quite knowing how to achieve them.
Though most aren’t showing in cinemas, a handful of streaming releases try to make the season bright.
New Statesman critic Ryan Gilbey chooses his top movies of the year.
Screenwriters don’t dream of getting their name above the title. But in this remarkable film, a screenwriter’s name is the title.