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Captain Phillips (2013)

**** Dir: Paul Greengrass Duration: 134 minutes (US) It is 2009 and an American cargo ship is heading through international waters. Plain sailing? Not quite. This is a ship that … Continue reading

09/10/2013 · Leave a comment

Soho Cigarette (2013)

** Dir: Jonathan Fairbairn Duration: 99 minutes (UK) Style Can’t Keep This Cigarette Alight. Anyone who is able to wade through the muddy waters and obstacle-strewn walkways of the film … Continue reading

29/09/2013 · Leave a comment

Interview: The Wicker Man Director On His Final Cut, Cursed Remakes And Not Wanting To Be Typecast

It is 40 years since the Wicker Man first bore its indelible image of a giant burning human-shaped casket onto the retinas of cinema-goers. Now, in a new restoration and … Continue reading

24/09/2013 · Leave a comment

Rush (2013)

**** Dir: Ron Howard Duration: 123 minutes (USA/Germany/UK) A retelling of a famously bitter and volatile rivalry. Has Ron Howard evaded caricature in this high-octane biopic of sorts? Niki Lauda … Continue reading

10/09/2013 · Leave a comment

Museum Hours (2012)

**** Dir: Jem Cohen Duration: 106 minutes (2012) (Austria/US) A leisurely film that pores through the relationship between art and life may not sound like the easiest sell. However, for … Continue reading

01/09/2013 · Leave a comment

A Field In England (2013)

*** Dir: Ben Wheatley Duration: 90 minutes (2013) (UK) Tripping across the countryside. Fighting can be a drug. But so can mushrooms. Ben Wheatley takes a turn down the sublime … Continue reading

28/07/2013 · Leave a comment

Pacific Rim (2013)

*** Dir: Guillermo Del Toro Duration: 131 minutes (2013) (US) A screaming cacophony of mayhem and destruction. Ear plugs may be needed for this confrontation, as monsters and robots collide. … Continue reading

27/07/2013 · 1 Comment

The World’s End (2013)

*** Dir: Edgar Wright Duration: 109 minutes (2013) (UK) Gang on the run. Pegg, Frost & Co unite for the third instalment in the proclaimed ‘Cornetto Trilogy’. However, is this … Continue reading

26/07/2013 · Leave a comment

Monsters University (2013)

***** Directed: Dan Scanlon Duration: 110 minutes (2013) (US) Pixar bring back Mike and Sulley for a journey retracing their college days. It is a trick that enables pratfalls, truculence … Continue reading

06/06/2013 · Leave a comment

It’s Such A Beautiful Day (2012)

* Dir: Don Hertzfeldt Duration: 62 minutes (2012) (US) Wasted talent and wasted time on unnecessarily grim animation feature where the techniques and execution of the animation are the only … Continue reading

17/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Gimme The Loot (2012)

**** Dir: Adam Leon Duration: 79 minutes (2012) (US) Escapades a-plenty in this refreshing shaggy dog tale and debut from Adam Leon. Could the mainstream studios wake up for a … Continue reading

17/05/2013 · Leave a comment

The Gatekeepers (2012)

*** Dir: Dror Moreh Duration: 101 minutes (2012) (Israel/France/Germany/Belgium) Flawed documentary that promises much and delivers some. Director manages to get six former heads of the Israeli security agency, the … Continue reading

16/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Sundance London: A Diary – Days 3 and 4

Seeing as Sundance is about to fade into a fond memory, it makes sense to distil the second half of the festival into one single entry. I am sure I … Continue reading

01/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Sundance London: A Diary – Day 2

The second day of Sundance brought a more limited experience for this writer (days 3 and 4 brought an abundance of panel discussions and films, so please bear with me). … Continue reading

29/04/2013 · Leave a comment

Sundance London: A Diary – Day 1

Robert Redford and his indie centric group have once again taken up residency of London’s O2 for the welcome return of Sundance London. Returning for a second year, the festival … Continue reading

26/04/2013 · Leave a comment

Trance (2013)

**** Danny the Champion of the World? Olympic opening ceremony hero returns with pulsating thriller to rock your socks off and dazzle your senses. Dir: Danny Boyle Duration: 101 mins … Continue reading

26/03/2013 · 1 Comment

Robot & Frank (2012)

*** Dir: Jake Schreier Duration: 130 mins (2012) The shape of things to come? Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid for the new millennia? A meditation on old age, dependency and … Continue reading

09/03/2013 · Leave a comment

Broken (2012)

**** Dir: Rufus Norris Duration: 90mins (2012) How much misery can one audience take? This belligerently sombre drama will depress even the most hardened Eastenders fans. Be prepared. A simple … Continue reading

09/03/2013 · Leave a comment

The Digest. Short Review: Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

**** Dir: Kathryn Bigelow Dur: 157 mins (US) (2012) Tracking the 10 year hunt for the poster boy and figurehead of Al Queda, Osama Bin Laden. As the dust settles on … Continue reading

07/03/2013 · Leave a comment

Django Unchained (2012)

*** Dir: Quentin Tarantino Dur: 154 mins (US) When the lights are burning bright and you think they are stars – turns out it is merely electricity lighting up the … Continue reading

07/02/2013 · Leave a comment

Life of Pi (2012)

**** Dir: Ang Lee Duration: 127 minutes (US) (2012) Life of (the) Pi(ous); adaptation of the ‘unfilmable’ book. Can visual ingenuity mould an engaging tale? Or is this merely a … Continue reading

06/02/2013 · Leave a comment

The Master (2012)

* Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson Dur: 144 mins (US) Hollywood heavyweights turn the spotlight on the lure of the cult. With snooze-inducing consequences. Warning: they may bore you into submission. … Continue reading

01/02/2013 · Leave a comment

2012’s Essential Documentaries. Have The Oscars Got It Wrong?

The nominations for the 2013 Oscars are now in. Much conjecture will take place over the main categories, so instead of adding voice to an area where there is already toomuchnoise (sic), … Continue reading

12/01/2013 · Leave a comment

Review: Jack Reacher (2012)

**** Dir: Christopher McQuarrie Duration: 130 mins (US) (2012) Reach(er) for the stars? Tom Cruise stretches diminutive frame to fill the shoes of a modern literary action giant. Does he … Continue reading

10/01/2013 · Leave a comment

Review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

**** Dir: Peter Jackson Duration: 159 mins (US) Carry On Camping. The epic 1st part of this new Tolkien trilogy. Seeing as Peter Jackson is ‘doing a Lucas’, is this his Phantom … Continue reading

16/12/2012 · 2 Comments

Review: Sightseers (2012)

  **** Dir: Ben Wheatley Dur: 88 mins (UK) ‘If you should go down to the woods today….’ Comedic highs and bludgeoning blows in this rampaging caravanning holiday. The caravanning … Continue reading

16/12/2012 · Leave a comment

Review: Amour (2012)

**** Dir: Michael Haneke Duration: 127 mins (France/Austria/Germany) How do you come to terms when the person you love descends into an irrevocable state of ill health? The heart breaking … Continue reading

19/11/2012 · Leave a comment

Review: Rust and Bone (2012)

**** Dir: Jacques Audiard Duration: 123 mins (2012) (France/Belgium) Spirits set to self-destruct. Audiard turns a spotlight on two flawed individuals in unsentimental love story. Can we ever tame something … Continue reading

06/11/2012 · Leave a comment

Review: Skyfall (2012)

*** Dir: Sam Mendes Duration: 143 mins (2012) (UK/US) Look who’s back. Yearning for a welcome shot of familiarity? Or curious to know if there is any new life in … Continue reading

29/10/2012 · 1 Comment

Review: Spike Island (2012)

*** Dir: Mat Whitecross (2012) Fool’s Gold? Or What The World Is Waiting For? Spike Island revisited as a Stone Roses themed love note frames a coming of age tale … Continue reading

28/10/2012 · Leave a comment

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