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Stoker

Stoker marks the English language debut of Oldboy director Park Chan-wook.  For years Park has dazzled us with his revenge thrillers which finely balance fascinating characters with artery slicing violence, his lead characters ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Broken City

Early on in Broken City Kyle Chandler turns to Mark Wahlberg and asks if Private Investigators still exist.  While they almost certainly do, it seems they’re in small numbers these days and yet appear to have had a long-standin...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Foxy Brown

After 39 years of roaming the standard definition-wilderness, Foxy Brown is finally given the chance to strut its stuff in sparkling HD. Certainly, it’s a culture clash of some irony – releasing a film famed for its...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Neighbouring Sounds

Subtlety is the name of the game in Kleber Mendonca Filho’s debut feature Neighbouring Sounds. Through discreet actions and clever camera techniques Neighbouring Sounds suggests to us that not all is well in this Brazilia...
 
 
 
 
 
 

To The Wonder

To The Wonder director Terrence Malick has never been one to be rushed.  After 1978’s release of Days Of Heaven he waited twenty years before his next project with 1998’s The Thin Red Line.  But now, after the release of 2011’s...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Diaz: Don’t Clean Up This Blood

Back in 1975, the leaders of the world’s six richest industrialised nations decided to get together for an informal chat about global economic policy.  This summit proved so successful that it soon became a fixture of internati...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Good Doctor

Plausibility is a nebulous concept at the best of times. Yet, whatever the context – from the ordinary and every day, to the bizarre and otherworldly – cinema strives always to convince; to make its audience believe...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Flight

Upon its release Flight was crashed by a slew of trailers that mis-sold the product.  Rather than focusing on the compelling character drama the film is actually about, the trailers instead focused on the opening twenty minutes...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mum

Tara John’s directorial debut is the coming-of-age story of Elizabeth (Julia Sarah Stone), an 11-year-old on the brink of an adolescence that is taking its sweet time in getting here and making a woman of Elizabeth in ‘70s Cana...
 
 
 
 
 
 

My Left Foot

My Left Foot tells the inspirational true story of Christy Brown, a writer and artist born in Dublin in 1932.  It was years before he could express himself, even by speech, because he was born with severe cerebral palsy.  Direc...
 
 
 
 
 
 

I Wish

Children, until a certain age, believe that anything is possible. So when Koichi (Koki Maeda), struggling to come to terms with his parents separation, hears a rumour that if you stand at the exact point where two bullet trains...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gangster Squad DVD Review

Gangster Squad is Hollywood bread and butter.  The film industry, which sits on the periphery of Gangster Squad’s landscape, as we now know it, was founded on gangsters and westerns.  It is apt then, that Gangster Squad strives...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Aurora

In 2005, director Cristi Puiu released The Death of Mr. Lazarescu. The black comedy won a number of high end awards from festivals all over the globe and is now regarded as one of the finest cinematic achievements of recent yea...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Trouble With The Curve

Trouble With The Curve’s star Clint Eastwood hung-up his acting spurs after 2008’s Gran Torino.  That was it, apparently, for the man who had become nothing less than a Hollywood icon thanks to roles such as The Man With No Nam...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hors Satan

One of the most interesting things about Hors Satan, or Outside Satan upon translation, is its trailer. The advert for Bruno Dumont’s film suggests to the audience that this will be a troubling and haunting experience aki...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Impossible Review

On December 26th 2004 most of us were recovering from over-indulging on Christmas Day with a well-earned leftover sandwich.  Until we turned on the TV to the news that one of the biggest natural disasters in recorded history, T...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Billy Liar Review

Oscar winning director John Schlesinger, best known for Midnight Cowboy (1969) had an early triumph in 1963 with Billy Liar, a challenger for the following year’s Dr. Strangelove as the funniest film ever made.  Tom Courtenay s...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Au Hasard Balthazar

One of the chief pleasures of revisiting older experimental films lies in seeing which cinematic techniques gained mainstream acceptance and which techniques died on the vine. Still widely regarded as one of the principle touch...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mouchette

Like much of 1960s culture, the cinema of the French New Wave can be understood as a reaction against the collective insanity of the Second World War. Trapped between disgust at anything resembling collective morality and a des...