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Let’s Be Cops

Featuring two of the stars of TV’s New Girl Let’s Be Cops could quite easily be a spin-off from that show. Of course the two stars in question are not Zooey Deschanel so if you’re hoping for some of that off-kilter quirk you’ve...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Inbetweeners 2

After The Inbetweeners Movie it seemed as though the gang of puerile English lads were done, but they’re back with The Inbetweeners 2. And after a hugely successful first film, to the tune of $86 million at the box office, who ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Chef

For the past few years Chef writer director Jon Favreau has been firmly living in the studio system. Big budgets, big names, big bangs and CGI special effects. Chef sees the former Swinger get back to his more simplistic roots ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Begin Again

Director John Carney returns to a similar topic of inspiration that brought him so much success with Once in Begin Again. In fact so similar are the basic premises of Once and Begin Again it could easily be seen as a more mains...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

Sweden and its neighbours may be known at the moment for their dark, brooding mysteries so you might think it a mystery in itself why, Headhunters and Jackpot aside, the rich vein of black comedies that abound in the Nordic Noi...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Love Me Till Monday

Cute, funny and appropriately targeted, Love Me Till Monday never leaves the middle class realm in which it’s set, with its distinctly ‘first world problems’, but then that’s what and whom it’s abo...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Search for Simon

The SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival has been running on over a decade, with the promise of being the Science Fiction festival for people who don’t like science fiction. It has made its name being a great location for original...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fading Gigolo

John Turturro’s Fading Gigolo is the kind of movie that starts of with real punch and pizazz only to flag at the finish line. Woody Allen is of course as humorously endearing as ever as Murray. Leading Firovante, played by Turt...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Frank

Based very loosely on writer Jon Ronson’s time as a keyboardist in Frank Sidebottom’s band, Frank is a film that offers the very definition of quirky. But, after Ronson’s other filmic enterprise The Men Who Stare At Goats, woul...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Vamps

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 shown she can play both serious and com...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bad Neighbours

Featuring the kind of language that would make your gran turn blue, Bad Neighbours continues Hollywood’s trend of R-rated comedies. Ever since the likes of Judd Apatow struck gold with his foul-mouthed brand of humour there’s b...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Angriest Man In Brooklyn

Given the all-too recent death of its leading man it’s impossible not to watch The Angriest Man In Brooklyn with a tear in the eye. In fact so close to the bone is some of the material on offer here that a disclaimer at the sta...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Double

Seeped in drab grays and browns Richard Ayoade’s The Double is, aesthetically speaking, far removed from his debut film Submarine.  And yet, two films into his directing career he has established a style and tone that is quinte...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Calvary

Last time Brendan Gleeson and writer-director John Michael McDonagh teamed-up they delivered the delicately comedic The Guard.  This time Gleeson and McDonagh maintain a sense of comedic whimsy but go dark, really dark  with Ca...
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Long Way Down

Considering the standard of Nick Hornby film adaptations has been rather high (Colin Firth and Mark Strong appeared in the underrated Fever Pitch after all) the fact that director Pascal Chaumeil has assembled a strong cast for...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 slightly mismatched group of friends, your slapstick co...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Lego Movie

Certainly one of the more obvious cases of product placement in cinema, along with Transformers, The Lego Movie nonetheless manages to click in all the right places. The plot is relatively simple and sees Emmet (Chris Pratt) st...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Escape From Planet Earth

While Pixar, and increasingly Dreamworks, seem to have cornered the market when it comes to Hollywood animation it’s not going to stop others from taking a shot at the title. The Weinsteins are more commonly associated with Osc...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Grand Budapest Hotel

If the auteur theory is ever to be proven or even debated in modern cinema then those debating would need to look no further than The Grand Budapest Hotel’s director Wes Anderson.  Perhaps an acquired taste his work is nonethel...