Deborah Ross

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…

If it were any better, it would actually be a terrible pity: Diana – The Musical reviewed

9 October 2021 9:00 am

This week, an excellent film (Moving On) and a film that isn’t at all, but is entirely worth it as…

A pep-talk nightmare: Everybody's Talking About Jamie reviewed

18 September 2021 9:00 am

It’s a hard heart that doesn’t warm to the musical drama Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. I don’t have a hard…

Intensely powerful: Herself reviewed

11 September 2021 9:00 am

Herself is an intensely powerful film about domestic violence that isn’t Nil By Mouth or The Killer Inside Me or…

A fantastical fever dream that's hard to follow or enjoy: Annette reviewed

4 September 2021 9:00 am

Leos Carax is the director whose films have always been wilfully odd. Ron and Russell Mael (the brothers from the…

The best Cold War thriller I've seen that I fully understand: The Courier reviewed

14 August 2021 9:00 am

The Courier is a Cold War spy thriller and the prospect of a Cold War spy thriller always makes my…

I laughed quite a lot when I shouldn’t have: Old reviewed

31 July 2021 9:00 am

The biggest challenge in reviewing M. Night Shyamalan’s Old lies in describing its central idea without making the film sound…

Quietly devastating: Nowhere Special reviewed

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Not one, but two British films this week, one that’s only being screened at the cinema (if you’re brave enough)…

Lame and formulaic: Black Widow reviewed

17 July 2021 9:00 am

Black Widow is the latest Marvel film and although I’d sworn off these films a while ago, due to sheer…

If you didn’t love Jansson already, you will now: Tove reviewed

10 July 2021 9:00 am

Tove is a biopic of the Finnish artist Tove Jansson who, most famously, created the Moomins, that gentle family of…

An unrewarding slog: Thomas Vinterberg's Another Round reviewed

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round has been heaped with awards: an Oscar, a Bafta, it swept the European Film Awards. And…

Tucci and Firth are like Eric and Ernie but sexier: Supernova reviewed

26 June 2021 9:00 am

At the time Supernova went into production one headline read: ‘What did we do to deserve a love story starring…

Blissfully colourful, fun and basic: In The Heights reviewed

19 June 2021 9:00 am

In The Heights is an adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash-hit stage musical — the one he wrote before Hamilton —…

Anthony Hopkins's portrayal of dementia will undo you: The Father reviewed

12 June 2021 9:00 am

The Father is an immensely powerful film about dementia starring Sir Anthony Hopkins, who was asleep in his bed in…

Definitely the best cow film of the year: First Cow reviewed

29 May 2021 9:00 am

Kelly Reichardt’s First Cowstars John Magaro, Orion Lee, Toby Jones, and a Jersey cow listed in the credits as ‘Evie’,…

Children will love it – alas: Peter Rabbit 2 reviewed

22 May 2021 9:00 am

The cinemas finally reopened this week and what better way to celebrate than with Peter Rabbit 2? You’ll probably be…

A window on a fascinatingly weird place: Some Kind of Heaven reviewed

15 May 2021 9:00 am

Some Kind of Heaven is a documentary set in The Villages, Florida, which is often described as a ‘Disneyland for…

This film deserves all the awards and praise: Nomadland reviewed

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Nomadland won multiple Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress, and if there’d been an award for Best…

It will do your head in: Black Bear review

24 April 2021 9:00 am

Black Bear is one of those indie dramas that is meta on so many levels you can either sit with…

Clever, funny and stomach-knotting: Promising Young Woman reviewed

17 April 2021 9:00 am

Promising Young Woman is a rape-revenge-thriller that has already proved divisive but is a wonderfully clever, darkly funny, stomach-knotting —…

Riveting and heartbreaking: Sound of Metal reviewed

10 April 2021 9:00 am

The multi-Oscar-nominated Sound of Metalstars Riz Ahmed as a heavy-metal drummer whose life is in freefall after losing his hearing.…

A work of extraordinary delicacy, poignancy and tenderness: Minari reviewed

3 April 2021 9:00 am

In the summer of 2018, when film-maker Lee Isaac Chung was on the brink of giving up filmmaking and had…

The fossil-hunting is more interesting than the sex: Ammonite reviewed

27 March 2021 9:00 am

Ammonite is writer-director Francis Lee’s second film after God’s Own Country, one of the best films of 2017, and possibly…

Spellbinding: Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time reviewed

20 March 2021 9:00 am

The premise for the unsnappily titled Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time is this: a Hungarian…