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About Time

It’s About Time Richard Curtis got back to his rom-comming ways.  While he may have written Steven Spielberg’s War Horse and given us The Boat That Rocked (known to US readers as Pirate Radio) it is not since 2003’s Love Actual...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints starts like a film should end – with a shoot out. Bob (Casey Affleck) and Ruth (Rooney Mara) are young lovers on the lam. Their hold-up has led to a hold-out, and when the shooting dies down...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Kiss of the Damned

Until Twilight came along in 2008 and saturated the genre with a fair amount of angst-ridden slush, we had the likes of Near Dark, Let the Right One In and Dracula (1992) to satisfy our hunger for the vampire love story.  Simil...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Selfish Giant

Anyone familiar with the films of Shane Meadows and Andrea Arnold – not to mention countless other British directors – will be well-prepared for Clio Barnard’s second feature film. The Selfish Giant follows a well-trodden thema...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rush

Rush may be set in the world of Formula One racing but rest assured this is a sports movie with character, story and drama to burn.  Just as 2010’s heartbreaking documentary Senna managed to transcend the sport, so director Ron...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Peacock

Anybody that has followed the career of Cillian Murphy will know the Cork actor isn’t averse to a bit of cross dressing. In Neil Jordan’s 2005’s Breakfast on Pluto he went from gawky teen to beautiful blonde bombshell as transv...
 
 
 
 
 
 

White House Down

Sometimes movies are like London buses; you wait for ages for one Die Hard in The White House movie to come along and then two arrive at once.  White House Down may have lost the race out of the gates to Olympus Has Fallen but,...
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Belfast Story

A Belfast Story begins like an Irish version of Seven as seasoned local detective Colm Meaney is called to the scene of a grim nail-bomb murder in a dark, bomb-blackened bedroom- the victim, a former IRA man. It signals the beg...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Kelly + Victor

Kelly + Victor is the feature debut of Welsh director Kieran Evans.  On his search for a story that spoke to him he discovered the 2002 novel by Niall Griffiths, a gritty and harrowing romance about young love gone bad. Victor ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Winter of Discontent

Sergei Eisenstein’s immortal Battleship Potemkin begins with sailors eating maggoty food and ends with many of those exact same sailors cheering the revolution as their fellows decide to join them in open revolt against the Tsa...
 
 
 
 
 
 

What Maisie Knew

A contemporary adaptation of Henry James’ story What Maisie Knew shows that perhaps the writer knew more about modern living back in the 19th Century than we do now. The story is seen through the eyes of young Maisie (Onata Apr...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Frances Ha

Too easily likened to the early work of Woody Allen, Frances Ha is in fact an ode to that in-between period in a person’s life.  The time when all your friends seem to be moving forward, growing up and generally doing what is e...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Elysium

In a summer rife with remakes, sequels and superheroes, Elysium stood-out as a rare blockbuster of originality.  After the success of District 9 much was expected of writer director Neil Blomkamp.  Having seen his planned adapt...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Pain And Gain

Pain & Gain director Michael Bay has long since been a filmmaker of excess.  Whether he’s destroying Alcatraz in The Rock, wiping out New York in Armageddon or simply kicking seven shades of metal with his Transformers fran...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Long Goodbye

Director Robert Altman is most fondly remembered for his ensemble pieces but to ignore The Long Goodbye is to miss out on a piece of pulpish brilliance.  While the likes of M*A*S*H, Nashville and Short Cuts have that quintessen...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Only God Forgives

Only God Forgives sees Hollywood heartthrob Ryan Gosling reunited with his Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn.  Given the jaw-dropping brilliance of their previous collaboration, not to mention that film’s iconic cool, Only Go...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Broken Circle Breakdown

Felix van Groeningen’s deeply sad but realistic indictment of love, The Broken Circle Breakdown, is the beautifully painful journey of one family’s experience of tragedy and how they try to live with each other after losing eve...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gorbaciof

Toni Servillo (‘The Great Beauty’) struts his way emphatically through Stefano Incerti’s subtle and stylish film as the eponymous Gorbaciof, a powerfully masculine man struggling with gambling debt but triumphant in his newly f...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Betty Blue

If you could hop in a DeLorean and gun it back to a late ‘80s, early ‘90s student bedroom there is a good chance you’d be graced with the iconic poster for Betty Blue.  It was the type of film to perfectly capture the bohemian ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Heaven’s Gate

Widely heralded as the film that killed the director driven era of Hollywood, Heaven’s Gate was considered a catastrophic failure.  Made for, at the time, a whopping $44 million it made only $3 million back at the domestic box ...