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Passengers

There is a strange sense of parallel universes that play out between Passengers journey to the big screen and the story of the film itself. In 2007 Jon Spaihts’ screenplay was on The Black List – a list of Hollywood’s mos...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Equals

It seems odd that a film starring former flavour of the month Kristen Stewart should be making its debut on the home formats. But if Equals proves anything it is that Stewart was, and is, a very dependable actress. A teeny fran...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Only Yesterday

If you’re the type of person who likes to go into a movie blind – i.e. no prior knowledge of the plot, completely down for a spontaneous ride – then Only Yesterday is not for you. Though a sweet, subtle film about how reflectio...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gilda

There never was a girl like Gilda. Or so the slogan goes. But for many Gilda became memorable not for Rita Haworth’s iconic film but for its fleeting and crucial appearance in The Shawshanks Redemption. Yes, this is the film in...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Danish Girl

Loosely based on the lives of artists Lili Elbe (Eddie Redmayne) and Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander) The Danish Girl should really have been called The Danish Girls. Because while Redmayne’s Einar come Lili is the focus of this...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Results

When you assemble a cast such as the one in Results (Cobie Smulders, Guy Pearce, Kevin Corrigan, Giovanni Ribisi, you get the picture) great things are expected. However toss them all together in this supposed comedy and what y...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Man Up

Man Up is a British romantic comedy. And that statement is either going to fill you with joy or dread depending on how you feel about all things Richard Curtis. Because since the likes of Four Weddings And A Funeral and Notting...
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Funny Kind Of Love

A Funny Kind of Love certainly lives up to its name. Mix four couples plus a deaf man and his phone sex interpreter with off-beat sexual desires and a lack of boundaries and what you get is a recipe for disaster. Great for the ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Les Combattants

When Thomas Cailley’s debut Les Combattants (a.k.a. Love at First Fight) first screened at the Cannes film festival, it was met with a standing ovation. Some critics hailed it as the future of French cinema and the film went on...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Accidental Love

Accidental Love started life, back in 2008, under the title Nailed. Seven years later, like a European country about to be kicked out of the EU, the film has gone through numerous financial troubles, has been disowned by its di...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Burying the Ex

Burying the Ex is the result of a successful crowdfunding campaign, and it’s not hard to see why it would seem to a good investment. It’s a comedy horror from Joe Dante, who has directed titles that have redefined that subgenre...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Testament Of Youth

In a world where World War movies such as Saving Private Ryan, War Horse and Schindler’s List exist it is a struggle to find a valid reason why A Testament of Youth should join the list. Director James Kent navigates us through...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Theory Of Everything

The Theory Of Everything tells the story of the relationship between world famous scientist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) and his first wife Jane (Felicity Jones). At a glance you might be put off by the thought of spending ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Two Night Stand

Trying to prove once and for all that Men Are From Mars and Women Are From Venus Two Night Stand often falls into the realms of romantic cliché. But while it doesn’t always work it does manage to address the pitfalls of dating ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Playing It Cool

There’s a moment in Playing It Cool when Hollywood screenwriter Captain America, aka Chris Evans, lists the clichés present in every bad romantic comedy. So you have the gay best friend, played here with relatively un-clichéd, ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Way He Looks

About halfway through The Way He Looks there’s a jarring dream sequence, a nightmare in which blind teenager Leo jealously imagines his new friend Gabriel talking to his classmate Karina in the eerie glow of a bonfire. Their fa...
 
 
 
 
 
 

What If

Looking back over Daniel Radcliffe’s Harry Potter career there are glimpses that he might make a quirky lead in later life. But What If demonstrates more than anything that the Boy Wizard has a wonderfully self-deprecating scre...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mary Queen Of Scots

Thomas Imbach’s Mary Queen of Scots is anything but special. Delivered in a very unmoving way it is the story of her life and the story of her life alone that drives the film forward. Imbach’s rendition has a dull ‘and then thi...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Chinese Puzzle

The best scene of dialogue in Chinese Puzzle comes near the beginning, and it pretty much sets the tone for the whole film. Main character Xavier (Romain Duris) has an imagined conversation with philosopher Schopenhaur in which...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fruitvale Station

Darling of The Sundance Film Festival 2013 Fruitvale Station tells a tragic true story that sparked riots in the California Bay Area. Marking the feature debut of writer director Ryan Coogler it paints an intimate portrait of O...