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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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sleepless in Seattle

Returning to the big screen this Valentine’s Day is the classic rom-com Sleepless in Seattle, where love is “like coming home” or at least it was for Tom Hanks’ character Sam when he first met his late wife Maggie. 18 months fo...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club marks the culmination in the renaissance of Matthew McConaughey.  For too long McConaughey, who had showed award worthy accolades in films such as Lone Star and A Time To Kill, dwelled in the doldrums of by-t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lone Survivor

Entering Lone Survivor with a hint of trepidation is to be expected given it comes from director Peter Berg, the man whose last film was the also military-based sinkhole Battleship.  Fear not though for Lone Survivor is based o...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Out Of The Furnace

Christian Bale leads an all-star cast in Out of the Furnace, a gritty drama centred on the lives of two brothers, Russell and Rodney Baze, living in small town America and struggling to find meaning in their lives following the...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Inside Llewyn Davis

Riding high on the success of their biggest commercial hit to date (True Grit), Inside Llewyn Davis is a change of tack for the Coen Brothers and one of their most curious, slight and inaccessible films to date.  Following a st...
 
 
 
 
 
 

12 Years A Slave

Already building up a solid head of steam as Award Season rounds the corner 12 Years A Slave may well be an Oscar-bating drama but it is substantially more besides.  Coming off the back of other slave themed films, such as the ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

American Hustle

Could American Hustle make it third times a charm for director David O. Russell?  After the one-two sucker punch of The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook, both of which garnered Russell Oscar nominations for directing, he wil...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

As with the second of many trilogies, especially depicting a story already told, The Desolation of Smaug exists to pave the way to what will be an undoubtedly epic final chapter. Now comfortably in the company of 13 dwarves and...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Kill Your Darlings

The excitement and air of possibility surrounding ‘freshman’ year at university is perfectly captured in first-time director John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings – from awkward introductions to hedonistic parties. Daniel Radcliffe...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Blue Is The Warmest Colour

Aside from the many discussions you may have read on the treatment of the lead actresses on this movie, you will undoubtedly have run into stories regarding the graphic sex scenes that appear in Blue Is The Warmest Colour.  Act...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Prince Avalanche

David Gordon Green’s latest tale of obscure male camaraderie proves that there is seldom a sight more brutal than Paul Rudd in tears.  Widely hailed as the nicest guy in the business, Rudd has transformed from youthful, wholeso...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Like Father, Like Son

Not to be confused with the Dudley Moore film of the same name, Like Father, Like Son is the sort of film that if made by Hollywood would be a cheesy movie of the week.  You know the type; big dramatic gestures, poor acting and...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Escape Plan

Escape Plan is a marriage made in heaven as two ‘80s action icons, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, roll back the years to fight their way out of the US government’s latest maximum security prison. Sounds good righ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Captain Phillips

For anyone who has seen the gripping trailer for Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips the line “I am the captain now” is a chilling one that perfectly sums up the battle of wills at the heart of the film.  Spoken by Somali pirate ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rurouni Kenshin

Director Keishi Otomo’s second feature, Rurouni Kenshin is a bold and ambitious live-action adaptation of the celebrated manga and anime series of the same name (for those unfamiliar with Japanese animation: manga = comic book,...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Filth

It’s been nearly two decades since Filth writer Irvine Welsh saw a great adaptation of his work in the form of Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting.  Given his bleak subject matter it’s perhaps not surprising that filmmakers are so fasc...
 
 
 
 
 
 

How I Live Now

A few years ago the sub-genre of ‘Young Adult’ had never graced the cinematic lexicon.  Now, thanks to the vampires of Twilight, the Battle Royale killing sprees of The Hunger Games and numerous fantasy adventures such as The M...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Prisoners

Coming after his much lauded, and Oscar nominated, Incendies, all eyes are on Prisoners’ director Denis Villeneuve to see if he can repeat the trick of making an engaging drama mystery for a more mainstream audience.  With the ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Blue Jasmine

Blue Jasmine has been heralded as Woody Allen‘s return to form after a string of stinkers. Owen Wilson and the Academy Award that Allen won for 2011’s Midnight in Paris might protest, but there’s no doubt that...