Cate Blanchett

Multiple Cate Blanchetts in Manifesto, Salma Hayek’s dissent in Beatriz at Dinner and facing obsolescence in Cars 3

Also: life well-observed in The Commune, a different kind of boxing movie with Olli Mäki and a dodgy bio of rapper Tupac Shakur

A classic love story for Carol, the origins of Moby Dick and guilt in 3-D from Wim Wenders

Also a surreal essay on, well, almost everything by Laurie Anderson and a funny look at Canadian politics

Creepy brilliance in Room, lament for TV news in Truth and political games in Our Brand Is Crisis

Also night moves in Berlin, royal intrigue in old China and Bradley Cooper as a chef in England

Love triumphs in Cinderella, stagnates in GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

And four new documentaries demonstrate strong, courageous journalism

Gravity, 12 Years a Slave and more films I expect will win at the Academy Awards

Chiwetel Ejifor, Lupita Nyong’o and Michael Fassbender are all nominated for 12 Years a Slave but I think only the film will win.

Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine is one of his best, while Blackfish and The Attack are thought-provoking

Cate Blanchett delivers an Oscar-worthy performance in Blue Jasmine

Hanna

Saoirse Ronan kicks ass and she knows it. And, she has the benefit of having a great director in Joe Wright. These are two elements you need to make a great movie. While the script has some holes and...

Legendary characters everywhere: Russell Crowe as Robin Hood, Trotsky in Montreal and Juliet in Verona

Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott. Together again, with Robin Hood. Have they got another Gladiator? (Read more)