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A Late Quartet

A Late Quartet is a model of class, directed with confidence, acted to perfection and boasting a rare and potent classical soundtrack.  First time director Yaron Zilberman explores the subculture of classical musicians, their d...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Possession

To try and compare Possession to other films would be an act in futility. On the one hand it stands alone, utterly unique in its ideas and execution. On the other it has influenced no end of filmmakers with its dark, psychologi...
 
 
 
 
 
 

In The House

It is a testament to the talent and vision of François Ozon that he remains one of the most underappreciated directors in contemporary French cinema. Indeed, while some people work incredibly hard in an effort to be taken serio...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Robot And Frank

Oh to be a fly on the wall in the pitch meeting for Robot And Frank.  “It’s about a former cat burglar who is given a robot that helps him continue to steal.”  The executive producers’ faces must have lit up;  “And it will star...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Arbitrage

The English dictionary defines the word arbitrage as “The purchase of securities on one market for immediate resale on another market in order to profit from a piece of discrepancy”. In many ways this is what happens in this fi...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Static

Home invasion thrillers like recent offerings The Strangers or the fabulous and terrifying Ils owe a debt of course to Michael Haneke’s genre defining Funny Games. With little ground left to cover, it’s impressive how director ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Burnt by the Sun 2

Back in 1994, Nikita Mikhalkov co-wrote, co-produced, directed and starred in a film entitled Burnt by the Sun. Set immediately prior to World War II, the film told of a vicious love triangle featuring a beautiful young woman, ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Broken

Reading a synopsis for Broken gives the impression it is yet another gritty, urban, British drama, the sort of film drenched in grey and drizzle.  But there’s something special about Broken; a sense of innocent wonder that gild...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...