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Two Night Stand

Trying to prove once and for all that Men Are From Mars and Women Are From Venus Two Night Stand often falls into the realms of romantic cliché. But while it doesn’t always work it does manage to address the pitfalls of dating ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Playing It Cool

There’s a moment in Playing It Cool when Hollywood screenwriter Captain America, aka Chris Evans, lists the clichés present in every bad romantic comedy. So you have the gay best friend, played here with relatively un-clichéd, ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Way He Looks

About halfway through The Way He Looks there’s a jarring dream sequence, a nightmare in which blind teenager Leo jealously imagines his new friend Gabriel talking to his classmate Karina in the eerie glow of a bonfire. Their fa...
 
 
 
 
 
 

What If

Looking back over Daniel Radcliffe’s Harry Potter career there are glimpses that he might make a quirky lead in later life. But What If demonstrates more than anything that the Boy Wizard has a wonderfully self-deprecating scre...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mary Queen Of Scots

Thomas Imbach’s Mary Queen of Scots is anything but special. Delivered in a very unmoving way it is the story of her life and the story of her life alone that drives the film forward. Imbach’s rendition has a dull ‘and then thi...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Chinese Puzzle

The best scene of dialogue in Chinese Puzzle comes near the beginning, and it pretty much sets the tone for the whole film. Main character Xavier (Romain Duris) has an imagined conversation with philosopher Schopenhaur in which...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fruitvale Station

Darling of The Sundance Film Festival 2013 Fruitvale Station tells a tragic true story that sparked riots in the California Bay Area. Marking the feature debut of writer director Ryan Coogler it paints an intimate portrait of O...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Love Me Till Monday

Cute, funny and appropriately targeted, Love Me Till Monday never leaves the middle class realm in which it’s set, with its distinctly ‘first world problems’, but then that’s what and whom it’s abo...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lilting

The usual question to ask about any film that involves two people who speak different languages is how much gets lost in translation. Lilting, the debut feature of Cambodian-born, UK-based director Hong Khaou, seems to suggest ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dirty Mary Crazy Larry

With the release of Easy Rider, came a whole new wave of road movies, where the simple act of riding or driving was made into an act of defiance against the older generation, and the modern way these were filmed reflected that....
 
 
 
 
 
 

Vamps

Krysten Ritter is too good an actress for films like Vamps. She had an excellent supporting role in the life-changingly brilliant Breaking Bad, she starred in her own TV series, and she’s shown she can play both serious and com...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Only Lovers Left Alive

Writer director Jim Jarmusch is to Indie films what Michael Jackson was to pop music. So the idea of him making a vampire movie, a genre made all too bland and mainstream thanks to Twilight’s sparkle angst, is a tantalizing one...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Her

Never a filmmaker to stick to convention, Spike Jonze’s Her is both a heartwarming love letter to romance and a parable on our increasingly intimate reliance on technology. In a near future Theodore, played with a warming, almo...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Piano

If you’ve never seen The Piano, Jane Campion‘s multi-award-winning, wind-swept love story from 1993, Studiocanal might just have put an end to your excuses with a new, lovingly assembled disc that features an imposs...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gregory’s Girl

Bill Forsyth is not what you would call a lifelong film lover. Born in Glasgow in the immediate aftermath of World War 2, his early experiences of cinema were formed by Saturday film clubs filled with noisy children and a thick...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Kill Your Darlings

A biographical drama about the college days of legendary poets that made up the legendary Beat Generation, you say – starring Daniel Radcliffe as a young Allen Ginsberg, you say? An audacious debut then from first-timer J...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Don Jon

The whole ‘Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus’ thing has been done to death in cinema but Don Jon finds a modern and unique way of exploring it.  Romantic comedies are a dime a dozen, clichéd and normally forgettable, some...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Blue Is The Warmest Colour

Blue Is The Warmest Colour is based on a graphic novel.  That may sound strange given it’s normally superheroes, serial killers or gangsters who appear in the comic medium but what worked for a frisky Tamara Drewe more than wor...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The English Teacher

Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore) is The English Teacher, living and working in smalltown America. Passionate about her subject and her students, she lives a simple life and since childhood has been devoted to books above all els...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Safety Not Guaranteed

Some how failing to gain traction at the UK box office Safety Not Guaranteed makes a long over-due appearance on the home entertainment market.  And it’s a good thing too, for this is a film that will almost invariably find its...