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Chasing Mavericks

Apple followers might have heard of “Mavericks,” as announced by CEO Tim Cook at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, as the latest iteration of the Mac OSX operating system, complete with a new tealed...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Foxfire

Laurent Cantet’s Foxfire is a naturalistic and valiant adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ novel of the same name, following a gang of teenage girls living in the 1950s brought together by the abuse they have suffered at the hands...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Silence

One of the great tragedies of 21st Century culture is the fact that the ‘Cinematic Experience’ is actually little more than a means of badgering people into paying for bigger screens, higher resolutions and louder sound-systems...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mystery

Mystery lives up to its name as it gradually and stylishly unravels the secret and painful lives of its central characters, revealing sordid lies and utter betrayal at the core of this family’s story. Opening with a horrific ca...
 
 
 
 
 
 

8 1/2

In 2013, the question for Italian director Federico Fellini’s seminal work 8 1/2 is does it stand up to it’s reputation as an iconic masterpiece?  The answer is a hearty yes, if your cinematic vocabulary hasn’t solely been taug...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nobody’s Daughter Haewon

Nobody’s Daughter Haewon is a playful coming-of-age story, journeying into the quietly surreal world of our eponymous heroine. It’s hard to know if she’s likeable however, as director Hong Sang-soo and actress Jeong Eun-chae co...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Bling Ring

Between Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers and Sophia Coppola’s The Bling Ring it seems that the youth of today are truly in revolt.  Gone are the warm fuzzy days of John Hughes’ lovable teenagers running a mock in high school to...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Before Midnight

Rarely do film trilogies work across all three films and yet Before Midnight, the follow up to 1995’s Before Sunrise and 2004’s Before Sunset can certainly claim to be one that is a resounding success.  Like the Toy Story trilo...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Now You See Me

If we subscribe to Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige line of thinking, a magic trick, like those performed in Now You See Me, should consist of three key parts.  The first is ‘the pledge’ wherein we see something seemingly norma...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Call Girl

At a time when some of the country’s most regarded ‘70s celebrities are now facing all manner of sexual accusations, Mikael Marcimain’s Call Girl couldn’t have come at a better time. Taking inspiration from the true tale of Swe...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Deep

This Icelandic film about a man who inexplicably survives a shipwreck in the unforgiving North Atlantic, one that wipes out all his crewmates, has an understated beauty. Based on a true story and adapted from a play by Jón Atli...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Summer in February

Summer in February is the story of a brief period in the life of artist Sir Alfred James Munnings, adapted by Jonathan Smith from his own novel.  In Lamorna on the coast of Cornwall, the artists of the Newlyn School colony led ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Much Ado About Nothing

Old William Shakespeare is never far from Hollywood’s to do list as this new adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing demonstrates.  What is more surprising is it was made during a two-week hiatus director Joss Whedon had after wra...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Deadfall

Deadfall is a film that wants to be so many things.  On the one hand it wants to be a noirish crime thriller, a snow-scape Western and a compelling drama with broken families at its core.  But in trying to be so many things doe...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Byzantium

For some Byzantium might be a vampire film too far.  After the brooding of Twilight and all the overwrought teenage angst that came with it, do we need more bloodsuckers vamping up our screens?  But Byzantium offers something n...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Trevor Howard: Collection

Instantly recognisable to anyone who grew up in the days when terrestrial TV channels still padded out their schedule with classic black and white films, Trevor Howard is one of the great screen presences of British post-War ci...
 
 
 
 
 
 

From Up On Poppy Hill

Studio Ghibli’s magic is a fey and insubstantial thing. It can’t be stamped, filed, indexed or codified but it’s unmistakable. So when, last week, Studio founder Hayo Hiyazaki announced that he was retiring, anime aficionados h...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Kings Of Summer

It would be easy to liken The Kings Of Summer to Stand By Me and 2011’s brilliant Belgian film The Giants.  While it does resemble both of these, with its summer setting, coming of age angst and youth in revolt mannerism, it ow...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Convoy

Ever heard the expression “The past is another country”?  Well, watching Convoy these days, you may as well be watching footage from a distant alien planet.  It’s weird to think these days that of all the thin...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Last American Virgin

Anyone who hasn’t seen an early 1980’s American high school comedy before could do worse than to imagine a cross between Back to the Future and American Pie – the former will give you an idea of the outfits (although The Last A...