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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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Love is All You Need

When you see the cover for Love is All You Need you realise that this could be one of only two films; a Beatles themed musical or a middle aged romantic comedy. Whilst the latter of those is true, Love is All You Need offers mu...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

I Give It A Year

On paper I Give It A Year looks like your run of the mill British romantic comedy.  From Working Title, the production company that defined the genre with Four Weddings And A Funeral and Notting Hill, you’d be right to assume i...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Billy Liar Review

Oscar winning director John Schlesinger, best known for Midnight Cowboy (1969) had an early triumph in 1963 with Billy Liar, a challenger for the following year’s Dr. Strangelove as the funniest film ever made.  Tom Courtenay s...