Cinema

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…

One of the greatest actors alive: Tom Hanks as Captain Phillips

Tom Hanks is the greatest actor alive

19 October 2013 9:00 am

The main thing you should know about Captain Phillips is that it really puts you through the wringer. It’s based…

Four good reasons not to watch The Fifth Estate

12 October 2013 9:00 am

Just how interesting you find The Fifth Estate may entirely depend on how interested you are in the whistle-blowing site…

I watched Filth from behind my hands. It's ghastly and unpleasant, but what I saw of it was brilliant

5 October 2013 9:00 am

People are generally saying Filth fully fulfils the promise of its title and is not for the faint of heart…

Woody Allen's new film will so knock your socks off, you will never retrieve them again

28 September 2013 9:00 am

Blue Jasmine is the latest film from Woody Allen who, at various stages of his career, has been declared on-form,…

No rest for Diana - the biopic of the late princess is so inept it's not even hagiography

21 September 2013 9:00 am

Someone who knows their Dianaology will have to fill me in – did this actually happen? The late Princess Di…

Trigger happy: Channing Tatum as John Cale

White House Down is Roland Emmerich’s Hedda Gabler

14 September 2013 9:00 am

Just do it, quoth the Nike advert — and these men just did it. Grass, asphalt, fear, pain, doubt and…

About Time review: If Richard Curtis is brilliant at anything, it’s Upper Middle Class Lifestyle Porn

7 September 2013 9:00 am

The easiest thing would be to sneer at Richard Curtis’s new film About Time, and so I will a little,…

Utterly natural: Onata Aprile and Alexander Skarsgård in ‘What Maisie Knew’

A painful but brilliant film: Deborah Ross on Maisie’s betrayal

24 August 2013 9:00 am

What Maisie Knew is an adaptation of the Henry James 1897 novel, updated to Manhattan in the now, and is…

Beautifully acted: Nihal Koldas and Begüm Akkaya in ‘Kuma’

Kuma would shine at any time of the year

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Mid-August is a hopeless time for films; so hopeless, useless and bleak, if I don’t use three words when one…

A genius creation: Alan Partridge aka Steve Coogan

It’s possible that Deborah Ross left her critical faculties outside the screening room

10 August 2013 9:00 am

The thing is, I love the character of Alan Partridge so much it may well be that, when it came…

Sandra Bullock must be blindfolded when she picks her movies

3 August 2013 9:00 am

Sandra Bullock is a highly watchable actress and she seems like she’d be fun to hang out with — I…

At last, a film about proper women who aren’t just drippily searching for love

27 July 2013 9:00 am

Frances Ha will make many spit ‘Frances…Bah!’ but I won’t be among them. Yes, it is rather kooky, and highly…

Spirited and wryly subversive: Waad Mohammed (Wadjda)

Wadjda is Saudi Arabia’s first feature-length film and is shot by a woman

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Wadjda is the first feature-length film to come out of Saudi Arabia, and was shot by the country’s first female…

Yes, 'The Moo Man' is a film about cows. But it is absolutely amazing

13 July 2013 9:00 am

Pacific Rim is a giant monsters v. giant robots film and although written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, who…

Emma Watson shines in The Bling Ring

6 July 2013 9:00 am

Sofia Coppola’s latest film is not an action adventure, or a supernatural horror, or a stoner comedy, just so you…