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The Loft

Remaking a foreign film can always be a tricky path to tread but when, as is the case with The Loft, you maintain the same director of the original there is always a chance. Taking the same premise from his 2008 film director E...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Stretch

Stretch director Joe Carnahan is a difficult filmmaker to pin down. One minute he can be offering musings on life and death while facing down man-eating wolves in The Grey, the next he can be delivering cartoonish violence in t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lost River

Lost River is the debut feature film of Ryan Gosling. Yes, that Ryan Gosling, the same Ryan Gosling who starred in Drive, Crazy Stupid Love and of course The Notebook. The same Ryan Gosling who oozes that effortless Steve McQue...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Automata

Robots and A.I.s have recently been the subject for quite a few movies, particularly in relationship to the concept of the Singularity, the idea that technology will become self-evolving. The Machine, Ex Machina, Her, Transcend...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Black Sea

Occasionally stepping away from his documentary films Black Sea director Kevin Macdonald has always been at his best when dealing in high-stakes drama. Crucially, and Black Sea is no exception, he is a filmmaker who likes to pu...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Picking up just after where Catching Fire left off, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 should come with the warning: if you haven’t seen anything up to this point you’re not welcome. That being said if you have seen the films ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

’71

It’s hard to think of another young actor such as star of ’71 Jack O’Connell having quite such a stratospheric rise to stardom in one short year. It started with his blistering turn in prison drama Starred Up, continued with ma...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Imitation Game

Benedict Cumberbatch is no stranger to playing troubled men of great intellect; it is arguably how he made his name with BBC’s Sherlock. So in many ways The Imitation Game seems tailor-made to his talents but what is quite magn...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nightcrawler

Hollywood doesn’t really do much originality these days, which is a shame when it produces films such as Nightcrawler. Because amid all the superheroes, young adult adaptations, endless reboots, remakes and sequels original ide...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jack Strong

‘Jack Strong’ was the codename of a senior Polish military officer who spent decades sharing Soviet plans with the CIA in the hope of averting a nuclear confrontation that would have turned Poland and much of central Europe int...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Babadook

Essie Davis stars as the damaged, frazzled widow who lost her husband in a car accident on the day of their son’s birth. Fast forward seven years and her grief has left her on the brink of a nervous breakdown. If that isn’t bad...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Enemy

It seems last year was something of a doppelganger-off between Richard Ayoade’s The Double and Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy. But while The Double plumped for off-kilter quirk and a Terry Gilliam-esque aesthetic Enemy goes in a diff...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Killing + Killer’s Kiss

Stanley Kubrick didn’t hit many speedbumps on the road to becoming a cinematic legend but his 1956 noir thriller The Killing was definitely one of them. By then, the 28 year-old director had two films under his belt and while n...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Last Seduction

Given the success of last year’s brilliant Gone Girl there is no better time to re-visit John Dahl’s noirish thriller The Last Seduction. Because, like Gone Girl, it tells the story of a disenchanted wife looking to use her int...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thief

Though best known for such stylish crime thrillers as Manhunter, Heat and Collateral, Michael Mann began his career as a documentary filmmaker. After graduating from the London Film School, Mann travelled to Paris in time for t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Before I Go To Sleep

The kind of film whose trailer insists on hinting at all the twists and turns you can expect Before I Go To Sleep does little you won’t predict from the outset. It’s the kind of film that wants to lure you in before pulling the...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Deliver Us From Evil

Forging a smart little niche of character driven horror thrillers director Scott Derrickson’s Deliver Us From Evil continues that trend. But while he may have been recently indoctrinated into the superhero family, with the anno...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Night Moves

Taking a very different approach to the environmentalists on a mission seen in The East, Night Moves is a thriller that simmers rather than boils. But to assume that little happens is a mistake. Plot is of secondary importance ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Keeper Of Lost Causes

Scandinavian noir has been a victim of its own success. Back in the late 2000s, a TV series called The Killing emerged from the market for DVD box sets and began turning heads. More cinematic of style and sombre of tone than it...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Guest

Last time director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett decided to toy with genre they delivered the homage-paying come genre pastiche brilliance that was You’re Next.  For their next trick Wingard and Barrett gives us T...