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The Handmaiden

Whatever happened to the erotic thrillers of the ‘80s and ‘90s? Films like Fatal Attraction, Basic Instinct and The Last Seduction in which sex and betrayal were the most natural of bedfellows. Perhaps in the era of new feminis...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Free Fire

You never quite know what you’re going to get from Free Fire director Ben Wheatley. From the kitchen sink drama of Down Terrace, the hallucinogenic A Field In England, the nightmarish Kill List and the social commentary of High...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Nice Guys

It’s fair to assume that as a child, while other boys his age were out playing baseball and trying to score with the chicks, Shane Black was hiding in a basement somewhere pouring over Raymond Chandler novels. Because the forme...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

While Law of Desire may have been the film that brought Pedro Almodóvar to a global audience, it was Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown that cemented his reputation as one of the great European filmmakers. Unlike Law of ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Batman: The Killing Joke

Even if you haven’t read the graphic novel of Batman: The Killing Joke you will be familiar with it. Because Alan Moore’s seminal Batman story, first published in 1988, has, in one way or another, influenced almost every Batman...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Triple 9

Ahh Triple 9, you promised so much. Cops, robbers, a director who does down, dirty and gritty with aplomb and an all star cast. On paper it was one of the films to look forward to the most this year. And while it’s by no means ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Victoria

Victoria takes the concept of cinema verite to all new levels. Because while many films aim for a documentary style Victoria is a two plus hour film that was accomplished in one single take. Search as you may there are very few...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Black Mass

As with any ‘based on true story’ film you expect a certain degree of artistic license to be taken with true crime story Black Mass. But, when the protagonist in question is one James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, who spent 12 years on the ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sicario

The war on drugs has long been a favourite of film. But if Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic illustrated it with a tapestry of characters and story Sicario gets into the nitty gritty. Because in the world of Sicario the emphasis is o...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Legend

Tom Hardy stars as Ronald and Reginald Kray, the infamous British gangsters who set the underworld alight in the 50s and 60s due to their merciless and psychotic reputation ranging from East to West London. Legend is orientated...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Friends Of Eddie Coyle

The Friends Of Eddie Coyle is a Quentin Tarantino wet dream. It’s so hardboiled it should come with a pair of gumshoes, a cigarette smoked to the filter, whiskey by the bottle and a gun in the glove compartment. Based on the no...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Connection

Back in the 1930s, the busy French port of Marseilles was home to a small drug-trafficking ring operated by a Corsican gang. The gang would buy surplus opium poppies from licensed farmers and export the product to America in th...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fast & Furious 7

Fast & Furious 7 is the fifth highest grossing movie of all time. Yes, you read that right, not the fifth highest grossing Fast & Furious movie but the fifth highest grossing movie ever. How did we get here? To the poin...
 
 
 
 
 
 

State of Grace

There is an excellent piece of social realism struggling to get out from beneath this bloated rock opera of a film. Written by the socially-conscious playwright Dennis McIntyre, State of Grace is set in the area of New York kno...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Voices

The Voices is a comedy horror about a serial killer. It’s not a sub-genre we see very often but, thanks in no small part to the likes of American Psycho and TV’s Dexter, it is one that allows a macabre but often darkly funny lo...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Gunman

The Gunman sees Sean Penn join the seemingly unstoppable conveyor belt of aging action men. From Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and of course that man Liam Neeson it seems old is the new tough. But whil...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Focus

Focus could have been so very different. In its earliest incarnation it starred Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. When they dropped out it became Ben Affleck and Kristen Stewart before Affleck dropped out and Will Smith came on boar...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice director Paul Thomas Anderson has long cemented himself as one of cinema’s most intelligent and fascinating filmmakers. What PTA does better than most is tell interesting, deep and immersive stories through the ey...
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Most Violent Year

There is something distinctly old school about A Most Violent Year writer director J.C. Chandor. These days filmmakers have one good movie and the next thing you know they’re making franchise films, seeped in the money-machine ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Midnight Run

What do you love about films like The Avengers? Is it the visual effects? The endless action sequences? The fact it comes with a pretty comic book label at the front to let you know it’s a legitimate adaptation? No, you’re not ...