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A Little Chaos

A playful story, A Little Chaos picks up after a very slow paced start and delivers an entertaining watch. Kate Winslet’s performance is strong and earnest as landscape gardener Sabine de Barra, a confident woman with subtle fe...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya

By all accounts a disruptive influence, director Isao Takahata doesn’t disappoint with his latest feature, The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya. A distinct departure in animation style and technique from the more refined and e...
 
 
 
 
 
 

White Bird In A Blizzard

White Bird In A Blizzard writer director Gregg Araki has spent most of his career telling subverted coming of age stories. A director who revels in youth in revolt but White Bird doesn’t focus so much on a rebellious teenager a...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hyena

This Hyena is a rare beast indeed, a British film about policemen. Britain has myriad small-screen coppers, a world-leading collection of taciturn, quirky law enforcers who plod their way through 60-minute murder cases – ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Focus

Everyone loves a caper movie; they’re exciting, sexy, full of twists and turns and the audience is always rooting for the robbers. In Ocean’s Eleven, you root for Danny Ocean to succeed because pulling off the crime means he al...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Catch Me Daddy

Prior to Catch Me Daddy, Daniel Wolfe‘s exhilarating modern-day western, its director was best known for The Shoes’ music video Time to Dance, in which Jake Gyllenhaal sporadically kills off hipsters in Dalston with...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Selma

David Oyelowo delivers a performance as Dr Martin Luther King so solid and convincing that he, along with a finely tuned supporting cast, transports you back in time to the streets of Selma, 1965. A pivotal time in the American...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Blackhat

A big dollop of form over function, Blackhat exhibits the usual lovely digital visuals we’ve come to expect from Michael Mann of late and some decent suspense and tension for what is essentially a computer-hacker thriller...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Pelo Malo

Pelo Malo teases out themes of identity and belonging through Junior, a 9-year-old boy with an unusual passion, and his mother whose life of violence and poverty means she can’t understand his alien desires. If the set up sound...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Inherent Vice

Drenched in a deep marauding plot is Joaquin Phoenix’s Doc, his stoned lackadaisical malaise somehow being the only thing to cut through the almost impossibly intertwined character lines and it’s his bizarre perform...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Gambler

On paper, The Gambler possesses a peculiar allure and excitement. The modern-day remake of a James Toback classic with three established talents collaborating in their prime suggests you’re in for a treat. This is the unfortuna...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ex Machina

For those following the career of Alex Garland closely there will be a sense of dread (pun intended) about seeing Ex Machina. Not dread for fear of it being bad but the worry that, given his track record, he may get in your hea...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wild

To carry an entire movie on your shoulders is a heavy burden for any actor but one that Reese Witherspoon ably picks up with the same determination as the ‘monster’ backpack she carries with her throughout Jean-Marc...
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Most Violent Year

Writer/director J.C. Chandor’s profile has continued to rise in recent years through ambitious and diverse output. His critically acclaimed, Oscar-baiting All Is Lost (2013) demonstrated his ability to coax a poignant yet...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Whiplash

There are no two words more dangerous in the English language than ‘good job'” – this proclamation, ardently declared by Jazz instructor Fletcher (JK Simmons), serves as Whiplash‘s tagline. This phrase c...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Unbroken

Languishing in development for years Unbroken was deemed ‘unfilmable’ due to its almost unbelievable true story. Enter Angelina Jolie who had her mind set on adapting Laura Hillenbrand’s non-fiction novel into her sophomore dir...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Theory of Everything

Stephen Hawking is one of those indelible figures of the 20th Century (and indeed the 21st), a person so renowned that even if you don’t know what he stands for or what he’s achieved then you know that he exists, li...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dying Of The Light

Dying Of The Light director Paul Schrader doesn’t want you to see Dying Of The Light. Nor for that matter does its star Nicolas Cage or executive producer Nicolas Winding Refn. Because they believe that the producers of the fil...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Foxcatcher

A film in which Steve Carell wears a prosthetic nose and plays a wealthy man with aspirations of being a wrestling coach, it’s a comedy right? Wrong, Foxcatcher is about as far removed from Carell’s normal routine as you could ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Exodus: Gods And Kings

Earlier this year we had Noah so, with the Old Testament being the must-adapt book of the moment, Exodus: Gods And Kings seems a logical step. Because while millions of people may read The Hunger Games and 50 Shades Of Grey the...