Deborah Ross

The acting is very Scooby-Doo: Blithe Spirit reviewed

16 January 2021 9:00 am

The comedy Blithe Spiritwas written by Noël Coward in 1941. It is, essentially, about a séance going wrong and a…

Riveting: Dear Comrades! reviewed

9 January 2021 9:00 am

Andrei Konchalovsky’s Dear Comrades! is based on a true event and set in 1962 in the Russian city of Novocherkassk…

Even I, a bitter and cynical middle-aged woman, felt stirred: Sylvie’s Love reviewed

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Sylvie’s Love is an exquisitely styled, swooning, old-school, period Hollywood romance and while it has been described as ‘glib’ in…

Buttercup the cow was so convincing I felt quite moved: Jack and the Beanstalk reviewed

12 December 2020 9:00 am

This pantomime was filmed by ‘legendary Blue Peter presenter’ Peter Duncan in his back garden over the summer. It was…

A hard watch, but ultimately a rewarding one: County Lines reviewed

5 December 2020 9:00 am

County Lines is the kind of social realism that the British do so well, if not too well. In other…

It’ll blow you away: Collective reviewed

28 November 2020 9:00 am

When I recommend this documentary to people, telling them it follows the journalistic investigation into a fire that broke out…

Like a never-ending episode of The Jerry Springer Show: Hillbilly Elegy reviewed

21 November 2020 9:00 am

Hillbilly Elegy is an adaptation of the best-selling memoir, published in 2016, by J.D. Vance and it’s quite a story.…

A gripping portrait: Billie reviewed

14 November 2020 9:00 am

This documentary about Billie Holiday is transfixing. Not just because it’s about Billie Holiday — I am not into jazz…

Every scene Sophia Loren isn’t in feels like a wasted one: The Life Ahead reviewed

7 November 2020 9:00 am

The Life Ahead stars Sophia Loren, and if there is one reason to see The Life Ahead it is this:…

You won’t be able to look away: Shirley reviewed

31 October 2020 9:00 am

This week, two electrifying performances in two excellent films rather than two mediocre performances in the one mediocre film —…

You're not going to get a better spin on bromance – brobably: The Climb reviewed

24 October 2020 9:00 am

The Climb is, essentially, a bickering bromance as two longtime pals bicker bromantically down the years, and it doesn’t sound…

Like a weird episode of Downton – with less sexual chemistry: Rebecca reviewed

17 October 2020 9:00 am

Rebecca is a new adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s gothic, twisted, never-out-of-print tale of sexual jealousy. It’s directed by Ben…

Gripping high gothic psychological horror: Saint Maud reviewed

10 October 2020 9:00 am

Saint Maud is a first feature from writer-director Rose Glass and it’s being billed as a horror film. But it’s…

One zinger after another – but it’ll leave you cold: Trial of the Chicago 7 reviewed

3 October 2020 9:00 am

Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 — don’t worry, you haven’t missed six earlier films — is a…

Horrifyingly beautiful – but I will never watch it again: Painted Bird review

12 September 2020 9:00 am

The Painted Bird opens with a young boy (Jewish) running through a forest and clutching his pet ferret. He is…

Half the fun of the animation – and much longer: Mulan reviewed

5 September 2020 9:00 am

Mulan is Disney’s latest live-action remake, coming in at 120 minutes, compared with the 1998 animation, which ran to 80.…

A James Bond film with added physics no one understands: Tenet reviewed

29 August 2020 9:00 am

Tenet is the latest high-concept, time-bending blockbuster from Christopher Nolan and it’s the film that (unofficially) reopens cinemas in the…

Why have they made Pinocchio look like Freddy Krueger?

15 August 2020 9:00 am

Matteo Garrone’s live-action version of Pinocchio is visually sumptuous and there are some enchanting characters (my favourite: Snail). And unlike…

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…