The Great Beauty is a stunning, bittersweet tragicomedy that brilliantly presents contemporary Rome on a canvas of Felliniesque Dolce Vita images with the mesmerising Toni Servillo centre stage...
The UK is a nation of cinema fans, with one in five people over the age of 15 visiting the cinema at least once a month. If you're one of them you may want to start planning your visits now, so I've highlighted 12 upcoming films, one for each month, that make 2014 such an exciting year.
I liked David O Russell's latest movie. Like Ridley Scott's similar American Gangster, it was sprawling, ambitious and featured a superb cast amid a 1970s setting.
There haven't been that many movies in the same genre - Django Unchained didn't count! Weighing in, the film's director, Steve McQueen, suggested that uneasiness could be borne out of a sense of "shame". But, there's a plethora of compelling voices and stories yet to be heard and read...
Perhaps I should've seen another film, if I can't stomach what certain grown-ups do for a living. Maybe I'm an idealist, but I can assure you my rose-tinted spectacles came off for two hours. Never has a film captured the disgusting, murky world of banking so vividly.
Interesting and rounded female characters are gleaning critical and commercial rewards, and it is my sincere hope that a change is afoot. It is crucial to recognise that adherence to The Bechdel Test, is no guarantee that a film will either be feminist or of high quality.
I doubt Michael Cimino has ever watched a game of cricket in his life - nevertheless the Oscar-winning director who imploded in a fireball of arrogance, sycophancy and self-obsessive control-freakery more than three decades ago is the perfect mentor for England's beleaguered cricket captain, Alistair Cook.
'What Maisie Knew', a must see intelligent, heartfelt and emotional tale of a six year old in the middle of acrimonious divorce - Onata Aprile gives a performance to behold. 'The Taste of Money' the follow up to Im Sang-soo's 'The Housemaid', is a stylised and intriguing bitter and delicious thriller of lust, seduction, decadence and betrayal.
Signature Pictures is a London-based film production enterprise. Their #FutureFilm initiative suggested it was a good idea to offer Workfare volunteers roles on a short film. This way, the company would benefit from interns - the way nearly every production does anyway - and would produce a film that would give NEETs meaningful and constructive professional experience.
In addition to this overt type of racism, a less visible type of racism rears its head in today's system of capital punishment. Research has shown that, all things being equal, you are more likely to be sentenced to death if you kill a white person instead of a black person.
'The Missing Picture' is adapted from the autobiographical sections of Rithy Panh's 2013 book 'The Elimination' exploring the story of his family before and after the Kymer Rouge entered Phnom Penh.
I have compiled my very own top 10 list that's based on quality, quintessence and originality as well of course as entertainment. The following list is not recommended for people who refuse to watch films with subtitles because they 'can't read and watch a film at the same time' or for people who 'don't do' black and white.
From tales of protagonists desperate to stay airborne to those determined to land, I laughed, cried and tried to ignore illuminated mobiles as cinemagoers checked their texts. Enough preamble. Here's my pick of the 30 best films of the year.
There were plenty of bombs, turkeys and over-rated smashes which either left me cross or emulating an indifferent Frenchman winning first prize in a 'So What?' charades contest.
When asked to select your 'favourite viewings of 2013' you realise that it's not an easy task. It's personal and they're not presented in a preferential order but they all have that 'something' that makes them stand apart and were a joy to watch.
In four and a half billion years of existence there have been no creatures more dramatic or scarier. Whether they would be as popular if they existed today and were stomping down the high street, I don't know, but they're perfect for films because they are more spectacular, more awesome than most animals today, more like monsters, and yet they are real.