Deborah Ross

Heavy-going and heavy-handed: Dark River reviewed

24 February 2018 9:00 am

Dark River is the much-anticipated third feature from British writer/director Clio Barnard and it is one of those bleak, rural-…

Girls having mums. That’s where it’s at: Saoirse Ronan as Lady Bird and Laurie Metcalf as Marion

I liked Shape of Water well enough but Lady Bird is where it’s at

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Lady Bird is a semi-autobiographical film written and directed by Greta Gerwig with a plot synopsis that need not detain…

Devastating but also more involving than you’d ever think possible: Loveless reviewed

10 February 2018 9:00 am

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless is, indeed, devastatingly loveless, as well as devastatingly pitiless, which does not sound hopeful. Yet it is…

Dressed to thrill: Vicky Krieps as Alma in Phantom Thread

Wonderfully fixating and wholly non-formulaic: Phantom Thread reviewed

3 February 2018 9:00 am

Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread is a lush psychosexual drama starring Daniel Day-Lewis as a pampered, tyrannical, pernickety 1950s couturier…

The miniaturists: Kristen Wiig and Matt Damon in Downsizing

Downsizing throws away its brilliant premise

27 January 2018 9:00 am

Downsizing is a film with the most brilliant premise. What if, to save the planet, we were all made tiny?…

Have they got news for you: Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee and Meryl Streep as Katharine Graham in The Post

You just can’t argue against Hanks and Streep: The Post reviewed

20 January 2018 9:00 am

Steven Spielberg’s The Post, which dramatizes the Washington Post’s publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971, doesn’t exactly push at…

Three Billboards is a hoot and a blast, which I never thought I’d say about a rape movie

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri does, indeed, feature three billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri. They have been placed at the roadside…

Indulgent rather than stinging satire: Brad’s Status reviewed

6 January 2018 9:00 am

Brad’s Status is a midlife crisis film starring Ben Stiller as a nearly 50-year-old man whose status anxiety is through…

Bang her up! Jessica Chastain as Molly Bloom in Aaron Sorkin’s Molly’s Game

If this is Aaron Sorkin’s riposte to those who criticise his portrayal of women, God help us

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Molly’s Game marks the directorial debut of Hollywood’s most celebrated screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin, and is based on his adaptation of…

About a boy: Ruben Niborski as Rievan in Menashe

My favourite frum film of the year – thus far: Menashe reviewed

9 December 2017 9:00 am

Menashe is a drama set amid Brooklyn’s ultra-orthodox Hasidic community. It is performed entirely in the Yiddish language. It is…

Mix and match: Emma Stone as Billie Jean King and Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs in Battle of the Sexes

It will amply satisfy all your comeuppance needs: Battle of the Sexes reviewed

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Battle of the Sexes recreates the famed, culture-changing 1973 tennis match between 55-year-old Bobby Riggs, a self-proclaimed chauvinist, and 29-year-old…

If Annette Bening isn’t Oscar-nominated, I’ll eat my hat and also yours

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool is plainly wonderful, and stars Annette Bening, who is plainly wonderful, as Gloria Grahame,…

The Florida Project never sanctifies or demonises and is absorbing throughout

11 November 2017 9:00 am

The Florida Project is a drama set in one of those cheap American motels occupied by poor people who would…

Steve Buscemi (Khrushchev), Michael Palin (Molotov) and Paul Whitehouse (Mikoyan) in The Death of Stalin

Comedy of terrors

21 October 2017 9:00 am

Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin is nearly two hours of men in bad suits bickering, but if you have…

Gathering storm

14 October 2017 9:00 am

Sally Potter’s The Party, which unfolds in real time during a politician’s soirée to celebrate her promotion, is just 71…

Ryan Gosling as K and Sylvia Hoeks as Wallace’s sidekick Luv in Blade Runner 2049

Back to the future

7 October 2017 9:00 am

Ridley Scott’s original Blade Runner first came out in cinemas 35 years ago, which I was going to say probably…

The rivals: Shia LaBeouf as John McEnroe and Sverrir Gudnason as Bjorn Borg in Borg vs McEnroe

No balls

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Borg vs McEnroe is a dramatised account of one of the greatest tennis rivalries of all time — between Bjorn…

Mad house: Jennifer Lawrence as Mother

Nut job

16 September 2017 9:00 am

The film-maker Darren Aronofsky says he wrote Mother! in five days as if in a ‘fever dream’ and, as a…

Male order

9 September 2017 9:00 am

The starting point for Taylor Sheridan’s crime-thriller Wind River is explicitly stated at the end when the following words come…

Girl, interrupted: Rooney Mara as Una

Moral maze

2 September 2017 9:00 am

Una is a psychological drama about a woman who was abused by a man when she was 12, and who…

Going platinum: Daniel Craig as Joe Bang in Logan Lucky

Losing the plot

26 August 2017 9:00 am

Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky is a heist caper that, to be fair, does what it says on the can. There…

An inconvenient truth

5 August 2017 9:00 am

Maudie is a biopic of the folk artist Maud Lewis (1903–70) who is, apparently, beloved in Canada, and while Sally…

Tricky, and slightly sicky

29 July 2017 9:00 am

The Big Sick is a rom-com that’s smarter than most rom-coms, which isn’t saying much, admittedly. It stars a Muslim…

Visual, visceral, confusing

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk has already been described as ‘a masterpiece’ and ‘a glorious, breathtakingly vivid triumph’, but we need to…

Ladies first: Nicole Kidman as Miss Martha in Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled

This charming man

15 July 2017 9:00 am

Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled is set during the American Civil War and is about a wounded Union solider, Corporal John…