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Eye In The Sky

Cinema can do any number of things to a person as the lights dim and the films begins. It can entertain, it can inspire, it can cause emotion, the possibilities are endless. But if you can plant a question in the audience’s min...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Captive Heart

Back in 1973, the British author and critic Brian Aldiss argued that British writers like John Wyndham had a nasty habit of depicting the end of the world as a cosy catastrophe in which survival demanded little in the way of ha...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monsters: Dark Continent

Monsters: Dark Continent marks the inevitable follow-up to Gareth Edwards’ stunning 2010 low-budget feature debut Monsters. Daring to tackle such a sequel is a brave move because the original film is a delicate, moving love sto...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Water Diviner

Marking the directorial debut of Oscar winning actor Russell Crowe, The Water Diviner sees the man best known as Gladiator examine the fallout of an infamous battle rather than the event itself. But while the subject of the fil...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Stalag 17

Back in 1995, the British filmmaker Adam Curtis produced a documentary series about politics, memory and the construction of normality. The first episode of The Living Dead deals with the Second World War and how the harsh trut...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lone Survivor

Entering Lone Survivor with a hint of trepidation is to be expected given it comes from director Peter Berg, the man whose last film was the also military-based sinkhole Battleship.  Fear not though for Lone Survivor is based o...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Railway Man

It didn’t do as well as it might have, but The Railway Man sees Colin Firth turn in one of the most moving and nuanced performances of his acclaimed career to date. A war drama about the power of forgiveness and redemption, The...
 
 
 
 
 
 

In The Fog

In The Fog just narrowly avoids being a very good film indeed. Based on a short story by one of the greats of Belarusian literature, the film opens with a group of Soviet soldiers being escorted towards an ominous train by a gr...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Burnt by the Sun 2

Back in 1994, Nikita Mikhalkov co-wrote, co-produced, directed and starred in a film entitled Burnt by the Sun. Set immediately prior to World War II, the film told of a vicious love triangle featuring a beautiful young woman, ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lore DVD Review

It’s not exactly an enviable task; to make a Hitler Youth member and daughter of an SS Officer a sympathetic figure, but it’s to director Cate Shortland’s credit that she manages it without causing the viewer too much of a mora...