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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.
In this story of Women’s Lib protesters interrupting the 1970 pageant, it’s unclear what the story gains repackaged as drama rather than documentary.
Director Dan Scanlon makes plot the strong suit of this father-son story.
With this film, Sciamma challenges the conventional dynamic between sitter and artist, observed and observer.
This film about anti-depressive plants has an atmosphere of horticultural dread.
The latest in a long line of adaptations of Austen’s novel doesn’t attempt anything too radical.
Parasite works as entertainment and analysis, treat and treatise.
Does this black and white film add up to anything more than a sustained stylistic experiment?
Armando Iannucci’s adaptation finds joy, even if it loses some of the darkness of the novel.
Entrusting a film about the exploitation of women to the director of the Austin Powers trilogy was a risk scarcely worth taking.
From the welcome shout-outs to the perverse omissions.