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Anomalisa

For many Anomalisa director Charlie Kaufman is a Chinese puzzle box of a filmmaker. One who, once you have managed to unlock, is full of intricate portraits told in abstract yet familiar ways. But if you’re unable to unlock, an...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mustang

From its opening moments it is made clear that Mustang is heavily influenced by Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides. The way it is shot, the delicate voice over all the way through to the themes and basic storyline of a group o...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Ones Below

You don’t see many thrillers days. They tend to be played out on either a much grander scale via the saturated market place of the superhero genre or on the smaller, more intimate, character building medium of television. The O...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Son Of Saul

You would think by now that the horrors of The Holocaust have been covered by cinema in every conceivable way. But the strength of Son Of Saul is in the way it addresses one of humanity’s darkest hours in a visceral, haunting a...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gilda

There never was a girl like Gilda. Or so the slogan goes. But for many Gilda became memorable not for Rita Haworth’s iconic film but for its fleeting and crucial appearance in The Shawshanks Redemption. Yes, this is the film in...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Triple 9

Ahh Triple 9, you promised so much. Cops, robbers, a director who does down, dirty and gritty with aplomb and an all star cast. On paper it was one of the films to look forward to the most this year. And while it’s by no means ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Youth

After the majesty of The Great Beauty the world waited, with baited breath, as to what Paolo Sorrentino would do next. His follow-up Youth shares much in common with his last opus. That sense of looking back at life, of finding...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Victoria

Victoria takes the concept of cinema verite to all new levels. Because while many films aim for a documentary style Victoria is a two plus hour film that was accomplished in one single take. Search as you may there are very few...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Creed

Reinvigorating a much loved and hugely successful franchise is very in vogue. It worked for Star Wars and, like the galaxy far, far away, Rocky has had bumps in his cinematic journey. That might be confusing given that this fil...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Sign Of Four

Jeremy Brett brought a frenetic energy to the role. On screen he burned. Not so much inhabiting a scene as consuming it. Basil Rathbone gave us authority and authenticity – even when he was fighting Nazis and fifth column...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Danish Girl

Loosely based on the lives of artists Lili Elbe (Eddie Redmayne) and Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander) The Danish Girl should really have been called The Danish Girls. Because while Redmayne’s Einar come Lili is the focus of this...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ran

Akira Kurosawa is one of the most respected and influential film directors in the history of cinema. In the West, many have come to his films via remakes of such as The Magnificent Seven, based on The Seven Samurai, and Sergio ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

A War

There is a moment during A War that perfectly captures the moral dilemma that rests at the heart of the film. As a platoon of Danish soldiers await help in defusing an IED an enemy combatant arrives and lines up a group of chil...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Room

Room is one of those films where you really want to go in knowing as little about it as possible. From a plot perspective anyway. That is unless you have read the best selling book upon which it is based. Because there are some...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ten Thousands Saints

Punk rock in late 1980s NYC is the backdrop for this coming of age tale about love, loss, loyalty, growing up and well, just finding your own way and place in the world.  Filmmakers Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini – ad...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Hound Of The Baskervilles

For many, Jeremy Brett was the quintessential Sherlock. Period. However, go back to 1983 – just a year before Mr. Brett stepped onto the set of Granada Studio’s Baker Street – and one man looked set to inherit the H...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Pink String and Sealing Wax

On the surface, Pink String And Sealing Wax is a study of what happens when two very different worlds collide. On the one side, we have the very proper and uptight Suttons, ruled by a stultifying patriarch, played brilliantly b...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sunset Song

Few British directors are more deserving of the title ‘auteur’ than Terence Davies. Born in 1945 to working class Catholic parents, Davies began his directorial career in 1976 when his autobiographical short Children secured fu...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tangerine

There are two things that need to be said about Sean S. Baker’s Tangerine. One of these things is obvious and of interest mainly to film geeks, the other is profound and of interest to anyone with an inch of human soul. The obv...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

So here we are, the grand finale to The Hunger Games, the reason you’ve sat through close to  eight hours of Katniss journeying all the way to the capital to put President Snow in his place. There’s no doubt that getting here h...