Deborah Ross

Fellowes fluffs it: Downton Abbey – A New Era reviewed

30 April 2022 9:00 am

Downton Abbey: A New Era is the second film spin-off from the TV series and, like the first, it doesn’t…

A hoot: The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent reviewed

23 April 2022 9:00 am

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent stars Nicolas Cage playing a version of Nicolas Cage, in a parody of Nicolas…

Mostly gripping – and boasts not one but two Mr Darcys: Operation Mincemeat reviewed

16 April 2022 9:00 am

Operation Mincemeat is based on the book by Ben Macintyre, which in turn is based on what Sir Hugh Trevor-Roper…

Will put you in mind of Lost in Translation: Compartment No. 6 reviewed

9 April 2022 9:00 am

Compartment No. 6 is set aboard a long train journey across Russia, a country we don’t hear much of these…

Didn't deserve an Oscar: Coda reviewed

2 April 2022 9:00 am

This year the Oscar for best film went to the drama Coda– ‘Child of Deaf Adults’ – but the ceremony…

You will feel nothing: The Worst Person in the World reviewed

26 March 2022 9:00 am

The Worst Person in the World is a Norwegian film that has made a big splash. To date, its star…

Fun, good-natured and schmaltzy: Phantom of the Open reviewed

19 March 2022 9:00 am

Phantom of the Open is a comedy-drama telling a true story that would have to be true as no one…

Humourless and stale: The Batman reviewed

5 March 2022 9:00 am

The latest Batman film, The Batman, may be a reboot, or even a reboot of a rebooted reboot that’s been…

Perfection: The Duke reviewed

26 February 2022 9:00 am

The Duke is an old-fashioned British comedy caper that is plainly lovely and a joy. Based on a true story,…

May put you off Chaplin for ever: The Real Charlie Chaplin reviewed

19 February 2022 9:00 am

Charlie Chaplin is one of the most famous movie stars ever and is certainly the most famous movie star with…

Staggeringly confident and powerful: After Love reviewed

12 February 2022 9:00 am

As there are no stand-out films this week aside from Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Death on the Nile — is…

Sounds ghastly but it's somehow riveting: The Souvenir – Part II reviewed

5 February 2022 9:00 am

The Souvenir: Part II is Joanna Hogg’s follow-up to The Souvenir (2019) but it’s not your regular sequel. It’s not…

Unpredictable, delicious and flamboyantly stunning: Parallel Mothers reviewed

29 January 2022 9:00 am

Pedro Almodovar’s latest is a film about identity, secrets, lies, buried skeletons, real and metaphorical. But what you mainly need…

Manipulative and sentimental but also affectionate: Belfast reviewed

22 January 2022 9:00 am

After Artemis Fowl and Murder on the Orient Express you may have had concerns about Kenneth Branagh ever helming a…

I won't ever look at cows the same way again: Andrea Arnold's Cow reviewed

15 January 2022 9:00 am

The latest film from Andrea Arnold (Red Road, Fish Tank, American Honey) is a feature-length documentary about a cow, starring…

The heat is on

8 January 2022 9:00 am

Boiling Point is a single-take drama set during a busy service at a London restaurant and it has to be…

Entirely gripping: The Lost Daughter reviewed

18 December 2021 9:00 am

The Lost Daughter is an adaptation of the Elena Ferrante novel about motherhood that says, quite ferociously: it’s complicated. And:…

Why? Spielberg's remake of West Side Story reviewed

11 December 2021 9:00 am

When you first hear that a remake of West Side Story is on the cards, it’s: God, why? Why would…

Nostalgic, episodic and Joanna Hogg-ish: Hand of God reviewed

4 December 2021 9:00 am

Hand of God is the latest film from Paolo Sorrentino, the Italian filmmaker who won an Oscar with The Great…

Worth seeing for Lady Gaga but little else: House of Gucci reviewed

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Ridley Scott’s House of Gucci has been much anticipated. The cast is stellar. It’s based on a luscious, true story…

Benedict Cumberbatch is spectacular: The Power of the Dog reviewed

20 November 2021 9:00 am

Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog could also be called The Power of Benedict Cumberbatch, as he’s so spectacular.…

A riveting cheese dream of a film: Spencer reviewed

6 November 2021 9:00 am

Go see Pablo Larrain’s Spencer, which stars Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana, and the next day you will wonder: did…

Exquisite to look at, strangely tense and wholly riveting: Netflix's Passing reviewed

30 October 2021 9:00 am

Passing is Rebecca Hall’s adaptation of the Nella Larsen novella (1929) about two biracial women, one of whom chooses to…

You'll tire of the wackiness and the whimsy: The French Dispatch reviewed

23 October 2021 9:00 am

The American filmmaker Wes Anderson has an apartment in Paris and has always yearned to make a French movie but…

Hang in there for the gripping final half an hour: The Last Duel reviewed

16 October 2021 9:00 am

Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel is set in the 14th century and is a tale of rivalry and rape told…