Deborah Ross rss

You can’t keep your eyes off Iris

Fashion tips - and replacement hips - from a nonagenarian style icon: Iris reviewed

1 August 2015
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Iris is a documentary portrait of Iris Apfel, the nonagenarian New York fashion icon. Nope, me neither, but that’s irrelevant, as all you truly need know is she is a… Read more

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The Legend of Barney Thomson reviewed: comedy is sought but, alas, never properly found

25 July 2015
The Legend of Barney Thomson 15, Nationwide

The Legend of Barney Thomson is the directorial debut of actor Robert Carlyle, and it’s one of those black comedies about a serial killer in which, as the bodies pile… Read more

Charmless and boring: James Franco as Christian Longo

True Story does not deserve to have been told

18 July 2015
True Story 15, Nationwide

True Story is based on the book True Story, which is itself based on a true story, so there is a lot of truth knocking about, I guess you could… Read more

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I honestly had no idea how rubbish The Choir would be

11 July 2015
The Choir PG, Nationwide

If heartwarming, against-the-odds, triumph-over-adversity, wrong-side-of-the-tracks films float your boat and you are in no way demanding then The Choir is your boat floated, pretty much, but otherwise it’s nothing we… Read more

Amy Winehouse: ‘not a fake bone in her tiny body’

Masterly and heartbreaking: Amy reviewed

4 July 2015
Amy U, Nationwide

Asif Kapadia’s documentary about Amy Winehouse, whom Tony Bennett describes as ‘one of the truest jazz singers that ever lived’, and who died of alcohol poisoning at 27 (FFS), is… Read more

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She's Funny That Way isn't funny at all

27 June 2015
She’s Funny That Way 12A, Nationwide

The writer and director Peter Bogdanovich has made three of my favourite films of all time (The Last Picture Show, Paper Moon, What’s Up, Doc?) but I don’t think I’ll… Read more

Sir Ian McKellen as Mr Holmes

I dozed through it quite significantly: Mr Holmes reviewed

20 June 2015
Mr Holmes U, Nationwide

Mr Holmes stars Ian McKellen as the great detective in his old age and while it could have proved a touching character study — who are you, not just when… Read more

Adi Rukun tests the eyes of one of the men who killed his brother

Stunning, riveting, horrifying: Joshua Oppenheimer's The Look of Silence reviewed

13 June 2015
The Look of Silence 15, Nationwide

With Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing you’d be minded to think that’s it, that’s the Indonesian genocide (1965–66) done, but now he’s returned with a second film that is… Read more

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Completely unmemorable - even though I saw it yesterday: Queen & Country reviewed

6 June 2015
Queen & Country 15, Nationwide

Queen & County is John Boorman’s follow-up to his 1987 semi-autobiographical film Hope & Glory, although why a sequel now, after 28 years, I don’t know. (We’re not in regular… Read more

You want a sinkhole to appear and swallow them up: Simon Pegg (Jack) and Lake Bell (Nancy)

Man Up review: a film that treats female singledom as if it were cancer

30 May 2015
Man Up 15, Nationwide

Man Up is a British rom-com starring Simon Pegg as Jack and Lake Bell as Nancy. Nancy’s problem, at the outset, is that she is 34 and still single —… Read more

Spirited but always stylish: Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba

Far from the Madding Crowd reviewed: a proper film with proper acting and a proper story

2 May 2015
Far from the Madding Crowd Nationwide, 12A

Firstly, a message to all Marvel fanboys: there is nothing for you here. Nothing. No CGI, no endless battles, no superheroines with their boobs on show, no deafening soundtrack and… Read more

Back to black: Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow

Avengers: Age of Ultron reviewed - confusing, undramatic, repetitive and loud

25 April 2015
Avengers: Age of Ultron 12A, Nationwide

Avengers: Age of Ultron is the second film in the Avengers franchise, as written and directed by Joss Whedon, and stars Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark (Iron Man), Chris… Read more

Gardeners’ world: Alan Rickman (Louis XIV) and Kate Winslet (Sabine De Barra) at Versailles

A Little Chaos review: Kate Winslet emotes her little socks off

18 April 2015
A Little Chaos 12, Nationwide

A Little Chaos is a period drama directed by Alan Rickman and starring Kate Winslet as a woman charged to design and build a grand fountain garden for Louis XIV… Read more

Ryan Reynolds and Helen Mirren in ‘Woman in Gold’

Woman in Gold review: even Helen Mirren is weighed down by the script’s banalities

11 April 2015
Woman in Gold PG, Nationwide

Woman in Gold feels rather like a Jewish version of Philomena as this too is about an older woman seeking justice for what has been stolen from her in the… Read more

Ella (Lily James) with her evil stepmother (Cate Blanchett)

Lily James's Cinderella is more of a doormat than my actual doormat

28 March 2015
Cinderella U, Nationwide

Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella is a Disney film based on a Disney film, so is double Disney, if you like. It is a live-action adaptation of the 1950 animated version, and… Read more

Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) with his dinner date, Fiona (Gemma Arterton)

The Voices review: a hateful, repellent, empty film

21 March 2015
The Voices 15, Nationwide

The Voices is ‘a dark comedy about a serial killer’, which is not an overcrowded genre, and I think we can now plainly see for why. I was up for… Read more

French villager Lucile Angellier, played by Michelle Williams, falls for a Nazi soldier

Suite Francaise review: what is this film playing at, when it comes to Jews in attics?

14 March 2015
Suite Française 15, Nationwide

Suite Française is being billed as a second world war romance about ‘forbidden love’ and, in this regard, it is handsome, solid, well played and probably fine, if you haven’t… Read more

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Fifty Shades of Grey, review: ‘Use a condom!’ my sister shouted

21 February 2015
Fifty Shades of Grey 18, Nationwide

And so, in the end, I went with my sister, Toni, to see Fifty Shades of Grey and we saw it at noon on Valentine’s Day at the Odeon in… Read more

A humdinger of a plus: Alfred Molina and John Lithgow in ‘Love Is Strange’

Love Is Strange review: subtle and nuanced in ways which, I’m assuming, Fifty Shades is not

14 February 2015
Love Is Strange 15, Nationwide

You will be wondering why I haven’t seen Fifty Shades of Grey as this is very much Fifty Shades of Grey week and although I’m as curious and excited as… Read more

King maker: David Oyelowo in ‘Selma’, the best performance of the year not nominated for an Oscar

Selma review: rich, nuanced, heartbreaking

7 February 2015
Selma 12A

Selma, the civil rights film that stars David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, undoubtedly contains the best and most powerful performance of the year as not nominated for an Oscar.… Read more

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Trash, review: trash by name, trash by nature

31 January 2015
Trash 15, Nationwide

Trash is the sort of film one desperately wishes to be kind about — heart supremely, if not burstingly, in the right place and all that — but it doesn’t… Read more

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A Most Violent Year, review: mesmerising performances - and coats

24 January 2015
A Most Violent Year 15, Nationwide

A Most Violent Year is a riveting drama even though I can’t tell you what it’s about, or even what it actually is. (What’s new?) Set in New York City… Read more

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Wild made me want to puke

17 January 2015
Wild 15, Nationwide

Wild is yet another film based on a true story, as currently seems to be in vogue for some reason. (See The Imitation Game, Foxcatcher, The Theory of Everything, Testament… Read more

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Foxcatcher: piercing, shattering, spellbinding

10 January 2015
Foxcatcher 15, Nationwide

Foxcatcher is a crime drama (of sorts) that has already been dubbed ‘Oscarcatcher!’ as it barely puts a foot wrong. It is tautly directed, deftly written, thoroughly gripping and offers… Read more

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Birdman: plenty to see, little to feel

3 January 2015
Birdman 15, Nationwide

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, which stars Michael Keaton as a one-time superhero movie star (just like Keaton himself), is audacious technically, and so meta it may well blow your mind,… Read more