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Passengers

A beguilingly misleading trailer and marketing campaign do nothing to lift the ever-so-slightly uncomfortable feeling resulting from the plot in Passengers. By turns a slick and sweeping adventure thriller, then glitzy star-veh...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tale of Tales

If adult fairytales rock your inner-child boat then director Matteo Garrone’s Tale of Tales is the one for you. Inspired by the fairytales of Italian folklorist Giambattista Basile, here we have three stories that revolves arou...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Love & Friendship

Written and directed by Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, Last Days Of Disco), Love & Friendship is a screen adaption of one of Jane Austen’s lesser-known short novels ‘Lady Susan’. But fear ye not, this is not yet another stuff...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Lobster

The Lobster‘s opening scene is that of a woman driving in a car through remote countryside. She stops the car, in the pouring rain, gets out and shoots a donkey dead with a pistol. Thus the stage is set perfectly for this...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Crimson Peak

With its powerful opening scene, Crimson Peak draws you in and, though loosens its grip at times, manages to keep hold of the audience’s attention until the end.  Director Guillermo del Toro has pulled together a stunning cast,...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Paper Towns

Based on the book by The Fault In Our Stars writer John Green, Paper Towns comes with the burden of being model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne’s first mainstream cinema release. Yes she appeared last year in Face Of An Angel bu...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Comet

Comet is the kind of film that has the ability to make or break relationships. In some ways it’s because it is about relationships but in others it is that Comet is one of those Marmite movies, there really is no middle ground;...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Spring

Spring is one of those examples of the romantic horror. Romance and horror might not seem like perfect bedfellows but they’re as old as Dracula and increasingly bring out the best of both worlds. Normally lending itself natural...
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Little Chaos

A playful story, A Little Chaos picks up after a very slow paced start and delivers an entertaining watch. Kate Winslet’s performance is strong and earnest as landscape gardener Sabine de Barra, a confident woman with subtle fe...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Theory of Everything

Stephen Hawking is one of those indelible figures of the 20th Century (and indeed the 21st), a person so renowned that even if you don’t know what he stands for or what he’s achieved then you know that he exists, li...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Third Person

In the decade since his Oscar-bothering Crash, Paul Haggis has spent more time as writer than director. His latest directorial foray, the insipid, supercilious Third Person, suggests he should probably spend more time bashing o...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Magic in the Moonlight

Many a formula has been applied to Woody Allen’s catalogue over the years. ‘Every other of his films are poor’ is a common theory, as is the one that permits him two well received films per decade. The odds were sta...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Obvious Child

Spawning from somewhere within the almost Mumblecore come alternative romantic comedy genres Obvious Child is never quite as ‘obvious’ as the title implies, at least not from a cinematic point of view. Dealing with that awkward...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tracks

Tracks is a genuinely inspiring story about one woman’s quest to walk alone (well, aided by her three camels and trusty dog) across the Australian Outback. The film is washed in so much stunning cinematography that, sadly...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Only Lovers Left Alive

Jim Jarmusch resuscitates Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston in this glacial tale of undying love. Hiddleston is Adam, a sultry, mourning hermit who spends his nights and days in his overgrown Detroit apartment. Swinton is his Ev...
 
 
 
 
 
 

A New York Winter’s Tale

Happily confessed as an adult fairy tale, A New York Winter’s Tale is a muddled two hours of romance and tragedy.  Akiva Goldsman takes the more fantastical components of Christianity, miracles, Lucifer and the like and uses th...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Her

Never a filmmaker to stick to convention, Spike Jonze’s Her is both a heartwarming love letter to romance and a parable on our increasingly intimate reliance on technology. In a near future Theodore, played with a warming, almo...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sleepless in Seattle

Returning to the big screen this Valentine’s Day is the classic rom-com Sleepless in Seattle, where love is “like coming home” or at least it was for Tom Hanks’ character Sam when he first met his late wife Maggie. 18 months fo...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Kill Your Darlings

The excitement and air of possibility surrounding ‘freshman’ year at university is perfectly captured in first-time director John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings – from awkward introductions to hedonistic parties. Daniel Radcliffe...