Cinema

Ready to swoosh: Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man, aka Peter Parker

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Too much bang-bang, not enough kiss-kiss

19 April 2014 9:00 am

Have you seen that pizza with a cheeseburger crust? If not, just imagine a normal pizza, except where the pizza…

Kelly Reilly and Brendan Gleeson: on tremendous form

Waiting for Godot - but with plot

12 April 2014 9:00 am

If the very first scene of Calvary doesn’t immediately draw you in there’s every chance there is something seriously wrong…

The Double will stay in your mind, like a bit of food caught in a tooth

5 April 2014 9:00 am

I should warn you that if you go see The Double it is one of those films that will trouble…

What backing singers are really thinking behind the ‘ooh, ooh, oohs’

29 March 2014 9:00 am

Have you ever looked at backing singers and thought: what is their story? Do they or have they ever prayed…

Will she jump? Imogen Poots as Jess, the daughter of a politician

These screen suicides deserve a nudge off the ledge

22 March 2014 9:00 am

A Long Way Down is about four would-be suicides who meet for the first time on the top of a…

Vroooooooooom! Vroooooooooom! No need for speed

Are you a lobotomised teenager? Then Need for Speed is for you

15 March 2014 9:00 am

OK, Need for Speed, if we must, and we must because I sat through it (running time: 130 minutes) and…

Insanely rich but unrecognisable: Tilda Swinton as Madame D

A film to enjoy with your eyes

8 March 2014 9:00 am

The Grand Budapest Hotel is the latest Wes Anderson film and it is beautiful to look at, scrumptious, luscious, such…

I'm proud to say The Book Thief couldn't pull my heartstrings

1 March 2014 9:00 am

The Book Thief is based on Markus Zusak’s novel of the same name which, although written for young adults, appears…

You may be the Only One Left Awake at Only Lovers Left Alive

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Jim Jarmusch is the noted American ‘cult director’, and if you were to judge him solely on the basis of…

Crack team: Matt Damon and George Clooney in ‘The Monuments Men’

Bury every copy of Monuments Men in mines across Europe, so George Clooney can try again

15 February 2014 9:00 am

You know that old quip ‘I’m not just a pretty face’? I always thought it was meant to be said…

Dallas Buyers Club - Matthew McConaughey gives the best performance of anyone's career

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Although you’ll have heard that Dallas Buyers Club is fantastic and Matthew McConaughey gives the performance of his career, I…

Can Lance Armstrong squirm? We don't know because The Armstrong Lie doesn't make him

1 February 2014 9:00 am

Alex Gibney’s The Armstrong Lies is fascinating as far as it goes but it may not go as far as…

Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep in ‘August: Osage County’

August: Osage County? Why not make your own?

25 January 2014 9:00 am

If you and your family are bored — if, for example, it’s one of those dull Sunday afternoons that seem…

Fists of cash, hookers and a candle in your bum palls after a while

18 January 2014 9:00 am

Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street will set the cat among the pigeons as a number of films do.…

Great performance: Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup

Deborah Ross: 12 Years a Slave harrowed me to within an inch of my life

11 January 2014 9:00 am

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave goes directly to the heart of American slavery without any shilly-shallying — unlike The…

'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' is a very, very long walk indeed

4 January 2014 9:00 am

The biopic Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom is a timely tribute, and an earnest and respectful and well-meaning one,…

Fallen angel: Naomie Harris as Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Interview Naomie Harris: It was hard playing the dark side of Winnie Mandela

4 January 2014 9:00 am

Will Gore talks to Naomie Harris about playing Winnie Mandela

What it's like to spend 90 minutes in the women's loo of a thumping nightclub

7 December 2013 9:00 am

Powder Room is a small British film all about women and starring only women — boo-hoo, men; my heart bleeds…

Deborah Ross: If you don't enjoy Saving Mr Banks, there's something wrong with you

30 November 2013 9:00 am

Saving Mr Banks tells ‘the untold true story’ of the making of the Disney classic Mary Poppins via the stand-offs…

Trading Places at 30 - one of the funniest films of all time

30 November 2013 9:00 am

Next month marks the 30th anniversary of the release of what is, in my opinion, one of the funniest films…

Jennifer Lawrence is plain brilliant in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

23 November 2013 9:00 am

In the future, everyone will have silly names. Some people will be called Haymitch Abernathy. Others will be Effie Trinket…

The Butler, about a black domestic in the White House, is too painfully obvious

16 November 2013 9:00 am

The Butler tells the story of an African–American butler at the White House who served eight American presidents over three…

Ryan Gosling couldn’t play Taki better than Taki

9 November 2013 9:00 am

Seduced and Abandoned is both a satire on film-making and a love letter to film-making and a joy. A documentary…

Philomena is Dame Judi’s film

2 November 2013 9:00 am

Philomena is based on the true story of an Irish woman searching for the son stolen from her by the…

Deborah Ross: The Selfish Giant is not fresh, but it's superbly performed

26 October 2013 9:00 am

The Selfish Giant is a British social-realism film in the tradition of all such films from Kes onwards, so it…