Deborah Ross

Entertaining. Mostly: Dream Scenario reviewed

11 November 2023 9:00 am

Dream Scenario is a high-concept dark comedy about celebrity and cancel culture. It stars our old pal Nicolas Cage who,…

Outstanding and eye-opening doc about North Korea: Beyond Utopia review

4 November 2023 9:00 am

The documentary Beyond Utopia follows various families as they attempt to flee North Korea. It is eye-opening and outstanding. In…

Basic, plodding and lacking any actual horror: Doctor Jekyll reviewed

28 October 2023 9:00 am

Tis the season of horror, as it’s Halloween, which we celebrate in this house by turning off all the lights…

Epic, immersive and tiresomely long: Killers of the Flower Moon reviewed

21 October 2023 9:00 am

Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon is a Western crime drama that runs to three-and-a-half hours. (Sit on that,…

The miracle of The Miracle Club is that it does, I promise, end

14 October 2023 9:00 am

The Miracle Club, which is about a group of Irish women who travel to Lourdes, has a magnificent cast –…

Soapy and sentimental: Ken Loach’s The Old Oak reviewed

30 September 2023 9:00 am

Ken Loach has said The Old Oak will be his last film – he’s 87; the golf course probably beckons.…

Menacingly entertaining thriller, despite the clichés: A Lesson reviewed

23 September 2023 9:00 am

The Lesson is a literary thriller that is occasionally heavy-handed but also menacingly entertaining, plus you get Richard E. Grant…

Someone stop Kenneth Branagh: A Haunting in Venice reviewed

16 September 2023 9:00 am

A Haunting in Venice is Kenneth Branagh’s third Poirot film (after Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the…

The best drama without any drama that you’ll see: Past Lives reviewed

9 September 2023 9:00 am

Past Lives is an exquisite film made with great precision and care about what could have been, even if what…

Depardieu’s Maigret is the best yet: Maigret reviewed

2 September 2023 9:00 am

Georges Simenon’s lugubrious detective Maigret has appeared in umpteen screen adaptations and dozens of actors have played him. Now it’s…

Colourful, tender and sweet, grounded in magical rather than social realism: Scrapper reviewed

26 August 2023 9:00 am

Scrapper is a film about a working-class kid who, after her mother dies, has to look after herself. I know…

You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how unpleasant this is: Strays reviewed

19 August 2023 9:00 am

Based on the poster showing two cute dogs – a border terrier and a Boston terrier – I had assumed…

Dense and spectacular – and not pink: Oppenheimer reviewed

29 July 2023 9:00 am

Oppenheimer is Christopher Nolan’s biopic of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the brilliant quantum physicist and ‘father of the atomic bomb’ who…

Should be called Ken: Barbie reviewed

22 July 2023 9:00 am

Finally, the Barbie film is here, for which we must be thankful, as the tsunami of pre-publicity meant you probably…

Gripping: Name Me Lawand reviewed

8 July 2023 9:00 am

You’d have to have a heart of stone to not be moved by Name Me Lawand. It’s a documentary about…

Did ChatGPT write this? Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny reviewed

1 July 2023 9:00 am

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is the fifth and final film in the franchise so it’s Harrison Ford’s…

Terminal whimsy

24 June 2023 9:00 am

Fitting in

17 June 2023 9:00 am

Wikipedia does more justice to this fascinating story than this film: Chevalier reviewed

10 June 2023 9:00 am

Chevalier is a biopic of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, whom you’ve probably never heard of, as I hadn’t. He…

Back to reality

3 June 2023 9:00 am

I may never recover: Sisu reviewed

27 May 2023 9:00 am

When I went into the Sisu screening I knew only that it was a Finnish film, so was expecting an…

Warm, charming and tender: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret reviewed

20 May 2023 9:00 am

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret is an adaptation of Judy Blume’s seminal young adult novel (1970) about an…