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Wild Tales (2014) – released on DVD 15th June 2015

**** Director: Damian Szifron Duration: 122 minutes (Argentina) Bristling with flair, panache and a fair chunk of the absurd, Damian Szifron’s Wild Tales is a short, sharp shock to the … Continue reading

14/06/2015 · Leave a comment

Lambert & Stamp (2014) review – The odd couple behind the Who’s success get their own doc

***1/2 Director: James D. Cooper Duration: 117 minutes As we edge closer to the twilight years of rock music’s original progenitors – those establishment rattling, musical mavericks of the 60s … Continue reading

13/05/2015 · Leave a comment

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) review

**** Director: Joss Whedon Duration: 141 minutes (US) Shrouded in secrecy and keenly anticipated in a manner that could only be described as fervent, Age of Ultron bears the fruits … Continue reading

26/04/2015 · Leave a comment

Fast & Furious 7 (2015) review

Mission Improbable? It doesn’t take Ed Miliband in a leadership debate to give a ‘hell yeah’ to that question. Fast & Furious 7’s not just Ludicris, but ridiculous too. ***1/2 … Continue reading

01/04/2015 · Leave a comment

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)

**** Director: John Madden Duration: 123 mins  It was the Eagles who signed off ‘Hotel California’ – their ode to man’s journey from innocence to experience – with the observation … Continue reading

25/02/2015 · 1 Comment

Life Itself (2014) – Documentary on the late, great Roger Ebert arrives on DVD

**** Director: Steve James Duration: 120 mins (US) By Greg Wetherall (@gregwetherall) Is it an essential requisite that anyone who dare elect themselves as a professional critic must be in … Continue reading

20/02/2015 · Leave a comment

Virgin Mountain (2015) – Berlin Film Festival 2015

Director: Dagur Kari Duration: 94 minutes (Iceland/Denmark) **** Considerably overweight and out of love. Cruelly bullied by the brutes in the work place and showing signs of arrested development at … Continue reading

10/02/2015 · Leave a comment

As We Were Dreaming (2015) – Berlin Film Festival 2015

Director: Andreas Dressen
Duration: 117 mins (Germany/France)
***
Although powerful in certain sections – a wonderful collision between parent and his son’s recalcitrant company is compelling, as is a nightclub gun scene – it more often than not leaves the viewer looking at their watch almost as much as the screen.

10/02/2015 · Leave a comment

Love & Mercy (2014) – Berlin Film Festival 2015

Director: Bill Pohlad Duration: 118 mins (US) *** John Cusack is Brian Wilson. Yes, that Brian Wilson. He of the Beach Boys. If that seems like a strange piece of … Continue reading

08/02/2015 · Leave a comment

Knight of Cups (2015) – Berlin Film Festival 2015

Director: Terrence Malick Duration: 118 minutes (US) ** ‘Wake up’. ‘WAKE UP!’ It’s not often that a recurring line spoken about the human consciousness is equally appropriate as a shallow … Continue reading

08/02/2015 · Leave a comment

The Square (2013)

**** Director: Jehane Noujaim Duration: 108 minutes (Egypt/USA) Oscar shortlisted documentary on the uprising in Egypt; a revolution that gave a gravitas to social networking, whilst simultaneously evidencing history in … Continue reading

10/01/2014 · Leave a comment

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom (2013)

**** Director: Justin Chadwick Duration: 139 minutes (UK/South Africa) In light of recent events, there is a rather large shadow cast over the release of this film. In some sense, … Continue reading

02/01/2014 · 2 Comments

All Is Lost (2013)

***** Directed: J.C. Chandor Duration: 106 minutes (US) Alone, adrift and in dire need of salvation. This is not a presumptuous and damning indictment on any reader of this piece, … Continue reading

27/12/2013 · 1 Comment

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

*** Directed: Adam McKay Duration: 119 minutes (US) Comedy films, especially modern comedy films, face the eternal dilemma; how to stretch an exciting premise and/or characters into a feature length … Continue reading

19/12/2013 · Leave a comment

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

**** Director: Peter Jackson Duration: 161 minutes (US/New Zealand) To those who are excited and invested in the series, it is time to dust down any anticipation. The wait is … Continue reading

12/12/2013 · Leave a comment

Homefront (2013)

*** Directed: Gary Fleder Duration: 100 minutes (US) Our hero, Jason Statham, is a normal man (albeit an ex-DEA agent) just trying to get through his day. Having moved out … Continue reading

03/12/2013 · Leave a comment

Gone With The Wind (1939)

***** Dir: David O’Selznick Duration: 233 minutes (US) Gone With The Wind (1939) is a film easily defined by statistics. It is oft-quoted that if box office receipts were adjusted … Continue reading

28/11/2013 · Leave a comment

Seduced and Abandoned (2013)

**** Directed: James Toback Duration: 98 minutes You may have heard about the 99%. Well, in Seduced & Abandoned, Toback and Baldwin (he of James and he of Alec) offer … Continue reading

12/11/2013 · Leave a comment

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 (2013)

*** Dir: Cody Cameron & Kris Pearn Duration: 95 minutes After the runaway success of ‘Despicable Me 2’ earlier this summer, along with a whole swathe of other successful follow-up … Continue reading

18/10/2013 · Leave a comment

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

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

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

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

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