Today: February 22, 2024

Sam Haysom

Beyond The Lights

Beyond the Lights is peppered with the constant blink and flash of cameras. Wherever main character Noni goes she is followed by the persistent call of strangers, with every moment spent in
June 18, 2015


Serena is constantly haunted by reminders of better films. The softly twanging guitar music and smoky mountain cinematography echo Brokeback Mountain, and the central presence of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence creates
February 17, 2015

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
February 4, 2015

We Are The Giant

When we watch the news or read stories about conflicts happening across the world, it can be easy to think about the overall picture, or to look purely at numbers and outcomes
November 16, 2014

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
October 15, 2014

What We Did On Our Holiday

Anyone who’s seen an episode of Outnumbered will be well prepared for What We Did On Our Holiday. Creators Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin have taken the show’s formula – a hopelessly
September 22, 2014


Krysten Ritter is too good an actress for films like Vamps. She had an excellent supporting role in the life-changingly brilliant Breaking Bad, she starred in her own TV series, and she’s
September 10, 2014

Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For

You get an idea of just how ridiculous Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For is from its opening sequence. The action kicks off with Marv (the hulking brute from the
August 21, 2014

Almost Human

With its aliens and its small town Maine setting, Almost Human could nearly be mistaken for a Stephen King adaptation. Nearly. Not the likes of The Shawshank Redemption or Stand By Me,
July 31, 2014

The Stag

At first glance, you could be forgiven for thinking of The Stag as just a lower budget, Irish version of The Hangover. All the same ingredients are there – you’ve got your
July 20, 2014
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