Deborah Ross

Heavy-handed satire and schmaltz: American Pickle reviewed

8 August 2020 9:00 am

American Pickle is a comedy based on a short story by Simon Rich, originally published in the New Yorker, and…

An extraordinary debut: Make Up reviewed

1 August 2020 9:00 am

Make Up is the first full-length film from writer–director Claire Oakley, set in an out-of-season holiday park on the Cornish…

Worth catching the virus for: Saint Frances reviewed

25 July 2020 9:00 am

Two films about young women this week, one at the cinema, if you dare, and one to stream, if you…

Held me so fast I was outbid on eBay: Clemency reviewed

18 July 2020 9:00 am

Clemency stars Alfre Woodard as a prison warden on death row whose job is beginning to take its toll, and…

I want to support cinema but I have my work cut out with Love Sarah

11 July 2020 9:00 am

Some cinemas have reopened, with the rest to follow by the end of the month, thankfully. But the big, hotly…

Fascinatingly weird – but not satisfyingly weird: Herzog’s Family Romance LLC reviewed

4 July 2020 9:00 am

In the past Werner Herzog has given us a man pushing a ship up a mountain, a 16th-century conquistador going…

Not nul points but it’s no Spinal Tap: Eurovision Song Contest – The Story of Fire Saga reviewed

27 June 2020 9:00 am

This comedy stars Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams as an Icelandic duo whose biggest dream is to represent their country…

A true story that never feels true: Resistance reviewed

20 June 2020 9:00 am

Resistance stars Jesse Eisenberg and tells the true story of how mime artist Marcel Marceau helped orphaned Jewish children to…

Messy but absolutely necessary: Da 5 Bloods reviewed

13 June 2020 9:00 am

Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods is about four African-American vets who return to Vietnam to locate the body of their…

Why, Woody, why? A Rainy Day in New York reviewed

6 June 2020 9:00 am

A Rainy Day in New York is Woody Allen’s 49th film and it’s not been without its troubles. When accusations…

Top of my must-watch mustn't-watch: Cats revisited

30 May 2020 9:00 am

At the outset of lockdown I gave you my list of top mustn’t-watch films — that is, the ones that…

I have never cared more about the price of milk in Iceland: The County reviewed

23 May 2020 9:00 am

You may be asking yourself: have I reached that point in lockdown where I’m watching Icelandic dramas about the price…

Why does anyone still rate Vertigo and its creepy, wonky plot?

16 May 2020 9:00 am

Here’s something that may interest you. Or not. (Could go either way.) I was looking over Sight & Sound’s ‘100…

Riveting – and disgusting: BFI's 'Dogs v Cats' and 'Eating In' collections reviewed

9 May 2020 9:00 am

This week I’d like to point you in the direction of the British Film Institute and its free online archive…

Too much photocopying but stick with it: The Assistant reviewed

2 May 2020 9:00 am

First, the latest digital film release: The Assistant, starring Julia Garner in a slowly, slowly, catchy, catchy tale that won’t…

Top of my mustn’t see list: The Iron Mask reviewed

24 April 2020 11:00 pm

As all other publications are offering guides saying what to watch from home during this pandemic — ‘the 50 best…

Gorgeous and electrifying: And Then We Danced reviewed

28 March 2020 9:00 am

The film you want to see this week that you mightn’t have seen if you weren’t stuck at home is…

Catherine Deneuve is at her most Deneuve-ish: The Truth reviewed

21 March 2020 9:00 am

To tell you the truth about The Truth, even though it stars Catherine Deneuve at her most Catherine Deneuve-ish (i.e.…

Astonishing to think Miss World ever existed: Misbehaviour reviewed

14 March 2020 9:00 am

Misbehaviour is a film about the 1970 Miss World contest that was disrupted by ‘bloody women’s libbers’ — that’s what…

An algorithmic zero-to-hero narrative: Military Wives reviewed

7 March 2020 9:00 am

Military Wives is a British comedy drama starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan. It is based on the true…

Deeply romantic and wildly sexy: Portrait of a Lady on Fire reviewed

29 February 2020 9:00 am

Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire is set on a remote, windswept Brittany island in the late 18th…

In this instance, greed isn’t good: Greed reviewed

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

Greed is Michael Winterbottom’s satire on the obscenely rich and, in particular, a billionaire, asset-stripping retail tycoon whose resemblance to…

Oscar-winning ‘Parasite’ reviewed

10 February 2020 8:04 pm

Bong Joon-ho's award-winning film is satire, thriller, comedy, allegory and horror all rolled into one

Fabulous and enthralling: Parasite reviewed

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite won the Bafta for best foreign film and is up for six Oscars and it is an…

Mad but terrific: The Lighthouse reviewed

1 February 2020 9:00 am

The Lighthouse stars Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson (and a very nasty seagull) in a gothic thriller set off the…