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Tootsie

It’s apt that for their first venture on UK shores the Criterion Collection, a label renowned for only picking out the most iconic films to add to their list, should choose Tootsie. Because there is something quintessentially A...
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Walk In The Woods

Bill Bryson is a wordsmith who made his name as a purveyor of accessible travel books characterised by his wit, knowledge and approachable everyman-ism. Sadly though, precisely that which made him such a globally adored author ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sleeping With Other People

You know the drill when it comes to romantic comedies like Sleeping With Other People. Take two attractive people, throw in a whole bunch of sexual tension that amounts to a ‘will they, won’t they’ vibe, sprinkle a few kooky fr...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are peripheral characters in Shakespeare’s Hamlet: They are summoned by Hamlet’s family, asked to keep an eye on him, and promptly manipulated into sentencing themselves to death. They have n...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gemma Bovery

First published in 1865, to say that Gustave Flaubert’s novel Madame Bovary is a classic would be something of an understatement: Classic novels tend to be works that are very good at doing the types of things that tend to happ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

Russ Meyer is part of a generation of American directors who owe much of their fame to the failures of the proceeding generation. Meyer served his cinematic apprenticeship in the US Army as a combat cameraman during World War I...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Diary Of A Teenage Girl

Based on the novel by Phoebe Gloeckner The Diary Of A Teenage Girl is, on paper, a coming of age story like any other. You know the type: young girl, skipping through life, has her first sexual encounter, takes a few drugs here...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Vacation

There is a moment early on in Vacation where Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) tells his sceptical family, who apparently haven’t heard of the original 1983 film, that “the new Vacation will stand on its own”. He’s lying of course, bec...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hot Pursuit

It seems Hot Pursuit director Anne Fletcher has a type. In terms of films she likes to pursue anyway. Take one by the books character, one quirky character, throw them together in a scenario of funny situations and hope that sp...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ted 2

There is a moment in Ted 2 in which Mark Wahlberg mutters “déjà vu”. It is of course a nudge from co-writer, vocal star and director Seth MacFarlane of being all too aware of the re-tread his final act is taking from the first ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Goonies 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

Made at the height of Amblin Entertainment’s powers, after the likes of E.T. and Gremlins had set the benchmark, The Goonies is the ultimate kid’s own adventure. Like the best of Pixar Amblin had that innate ability to appeal t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Pitch Perfect 2

With the first Pitch Perfect hitting the top of the box office charts to the tune of over a hundred million dollars, and the same on the home entertainment market, Pitch Perfect 2 was an inevitable second album. But can the Bar...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

While We’re Young

Taking a break from the ever-increasing diminishing returns the likes of The Watch and Night at the Snoozeum bring, it’s pleasing to see Ben Stiller once more team up with Greenberg director Noah Baumbach for more introspective...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Housebound

Housebound comes with quite the seal of approval from none other than Sir Peter Jackson. That will come as little surprise to those familiar with his pre-Tolkein career, as he was best known back in the day for creating very fu...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...