Deborah Ross

Too much of a good thing? Ricky Gervais in ‘David Brent: Life on the Road’

Some comedies should never be resurrected – this is one of them: David Brent – Life on the Road reviewed

20 August 2016 9:00 am

I should probably nail my colours to the mast and state that The Office is possibly my favourite TV sitcom…

Keaton Nigel Cooke as Remi in ‘Wiener-Dog’

Love it or hate it, you will certainly never forget it: Wiener-Dog reviewed

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Todd Solondz’s Wiener-Dog is billed as a ‘dark comedy’ although it is far more dark than comic. If pressed to…

Brian Cox in The Carer

The Carer has one of the most jarring lines of all time

6 August 2016 9:00 am

The Carer is a Hungarian-British co-production about a cantankerous old thesp (Brian Cox) and the young Hungarian woman (Coco König)…

J.T. LeRoy (Photo: Getty)

Engrossing, educative and baffling: The JT LeRoy Story reviewed

30 July 2016 9:00 am

JT LeRoy was a teenage hustler who emerged from a childhood of abuse, drug addiction and homelessness to write about…

Who ya gonna call? Melissa McCarthy (Abby), Kate McKinnon (Holtzmann), Kristin Wiig (Erin) and Leslie Jones (Patty) in ‘Ghostbusters’

The Ghostbusters women are great. Shame about their film, though

16 July 2016 9:00 am

From the moment this all-female reboot of Ghostbusters was announced, the fan-boy panic set in: where will it end? An…

Anthony Weiner campaigns in New York (Photo: Getty)

Why was it so hard for Anthony Weiner not to send dick pics? Weiner reviewed

9 July 2016 9:00 am

Anthony Weiner is the American politician who made a comeback after a sexting scandal and stood for New York mayor.…

cinema

Notes on Blindness makes the profoundly uncinematic wonderfully cinematic

2 July 2016 9:00 am

Perhaps you have sometimes wondered: how would you even begin to make a film about going blind and being blind…

Pets

The six-year-old loved it – but they don't ever get the bigger picture: The Secret Life of Pets reviewed

25 June 2016 8:00 am

The Secret Life of Pets is the latest animation from Illumination Entertainment, which also brought us Minions and Despicable Me,…

Heart of the matter: Salma Hayek as the queen

A gorgeous fantasy – unless you're as pitifully literal as I am: Tale of Tales reviewed

18 June 2016 9:00 am

Matteo Garrone’s first English-language film is a baroque fantasy based on Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), the 17th-century collection of fairy…

Antonio Bolívar, left, as the older Karamakate in ‘Embrace of the Serpent’

Extraordinary, audacious cinema – and butt cheeks: Embrace of the Serpent reviewed

11 June 2016 9:00 am

Every now and then, with great infrequency (alas), a film comes along that is like no other and completely knocks…

Portrait of a Lady: Chloë Sevigny as Alicia Johnson and Kate Beckinsale as Lady Susan in ‘Love & Friendship’

Why Deborah Ross wants to punch G.K. Chesterton in the head

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Love & Friendship is based on the little-known Jane Austen epistolary novella, Lady Susan, which was not published until after…

Hound of love: Lolabelle gets old and Lolabelle goes blind and keyboards are laid out on the floor so that she can bash them with her paws, and enjoy the sounds

Weird, wise, thought-provoking and hypnotic: Heart of a Dog reviewed

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Heart of a Dog is a film by Laurie Anderson and it’s a meditative, free-associating rumination on life, loss, love…

Blake Jenner as Jake and Zoey Deutch as Beverly in ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’

I’m sure women spoke in 1980: Everybody Wants Some!! reviewed

14 May 2016 9:00 am

Everybody Wants Some!! is a comedy written and directed by Richard Linklater, which is the good news, but it’s set…

Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant

Not a trip to the cinema you’ll bitterly resent – or hugely enjoy: Florence Foster Jenkins reviewed

7 May 2016 9:00 am

Before we turn our attention to Florence Foster Jenkins — but if you can’t wait, it’s so-so — I feel…

Captain America goes head to head with Iron Man (Photo: Marvel)

I swear this is the last Marvel film I see: Captain America reviewed

30 April 2016 9:00 am

Captain America: Civil War is the 897th instalment — or something like it — in the Marvel comic franchise. This…

Caption – Natalie Portman in Jane Got a Gun

Jane Got a Gun is about as feminist as my cat Daphne, who barely moves

23 April 2016 9:00 am

Jane Got a Gun is being sold as a rousing feminist Western although the truth is that it’s about as…

Mowgli the man-cub with Bagheera

You won’t care it’s been done before, because it’s never been done like this: Jungle Book reviewed

16 April 2016 9:00 am

This Jungle Book is Disney’s remake of its animated classic of 1967, as beloved by all generations thereafter. Warner Bros…

The public prosecutor, Geetanjali Kulkarni, in ‘Court’

A devastating critique of the Indian justice system: Court reviewed

26 March 2016 9:00 am

The big hitter this week is, of course, Batman v Superman, but if you want to learn something new, and…

Tom Hiddleston living the high life

Incoherent and misogynistic: High-Rise reviewed

19 March 2016 9:00 am

High-Rise is Ben Wheatley’s adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel, and it is deeply unpleasant, if not deeply, deeply unpleasant. (Ideally,…

Mirror, mirror: Michael Stone, as voiced by David Thewlis

Anomalisa makes me wish all my sex was puppet sex

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Anomalisa is an animated film written by Charlie Kaufman, and while the temptation is to label it a midlife crisis…

The thighs have it: George Clooney (Baird Whitlock) at his goofiest and most short-skirted

Are the Coen Brothers taking us for a ride? Hail, Caesar! reviewed

5 March 2016 9:00 am

The latest film from the Coen brothers is a comedy set during the ‘golden age’ of Hollywood and in some…

Richard Gere in The Benefactor

What were they thinking? The Benefactor reviewed

27 February 2016 9:00 am

The Benefactor is both a bad film and a thoroughly inexplicable one. It’s one of those what-were-they-thinking projects that wastes…

Dream team: the cast of ‘Dad’s Army’ 2016

Watch it backwards – and then don’t stay for long: Dad’s Army reviewed

6 February 2016 9:00 am

The TV sitcom Dad’s Army ran on the BBC from 1968 to 1977 (nine series, 80 episodes) with repeats still…

Left to right: Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Brian D’Arcy James, Michael Keaton and John Slattery

A worthy film that just doesn't fly: Spotlight reviewed

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Like The Revenant and The Big Short, Spotlight is yet another Oscar contender ‘based on true events’ — although it…

Ryan Gosling plays Jared Vennett in The Big Short

Fascinating, sexy, improbably compelling and scathingly funny: The Big Short reviewed

23 January 2016 9:00 am

The Big Short is a drama about the American financial collapse of 2008. It talks you through sub-prime mortgages, tranches,…