In Review

In Review: Ida on DVD

by Linsey Satterthwaite 21 November 2014

Some films come along with a bombastic nature, throwing themselves in your face with a multitude of bells and whistles. Then there are others that arrive with a quiet dignity, one that you discover for yourself. Ida is such a film, a haunting drama of dark secrets and family tragedy. It is 1962 and Anna (Agata […]

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In Review: What We Do in the Shadows

by Daniel Goodwin 20 November 2014

Mockumentaries are fascinating film experiments yet prove more triumphant as either horrors or comedies. From the directorial work of Christopher Guest, This Is Spinal Tap (1984), Zelig (1983) to Borat (2006) and found-footage frighteners including Cannibal Holocaust (1980), fusing faux realism with these genres is known to toy more effectively with our interpretation of them. […]

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In Review: The Drop

by Daniel Goodwin 13 November 2014

After portraying an array of characters from the likes of Bane to Welsh architect Locke, Tom Hardy returns to the familiar stomping ground of the urban gangster flick while demonstrating even further range as a dim-witted barman caught in the shifty debacles of a local crime syndicate.

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In Review: The Skeleton Twins

by Maryann O'Connor 7 November 2014

Twins Maggie and Milo (Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader) are brought back together after ten years apart, crashing in on each other’s own particular brand of cobbled-together existence, suddenly forcing them to take a long hard squint at themselves.

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In Review: The Single Moms Club on DVD

by Maryann O'Connor 6 November 2014

Tyler Perry has a reputation for producing films known for crass humour and celebration or revelation in despair. The Single Moms Club contains neither of those defining aspects. Five different women (Wendi McLendon-Covey, Nia Long, Amy Smart, Zulay Henao, Cocoa Brown) are thrust into an unexpected alliance as a result of their respective children being […]

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In Review: Mr Turner

by Daniel Goodwin 31 October 2014

It’s been fifteen years since Mike Leigh abandoned modern Britain to direct Topsy Turvy (1999), a musical drama about Gilbert and Sullivan. While retaining some characteristics of his modern work, Leigh has once again delved into the past, substituting the kitchen sink for the paintbrush and easel, to deliver another period biopic, this time focusing […]

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In Review: Nightcrawler

by Daniel Goodwin 30 October 2014

In this age of web-flaunted art and opinions, it’s refreshing to see a film based in the analogue-like backrooms of TV and about a character who doesn’t want to be famous or express an inner artist. Jake Gyllenhaal’s Lou Bloom is a materialistic, intriguing creation and only interested in what people think of him in […]

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In Review: The Babadook

by Daniel Goodwin 24 October 2014

In a genre constantly capitalising on unimaginative, cheap thrills to scare audiences, The Babadook arrives like an invigorating breath of fresh air. First time writer/ director Jennifer Kent builds terror through vexing drama and deeply unnerving sound. Seven years after the death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davies) and her son Samuel (born on the […]

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In Review: Fury

by Daniel Goodwin 22 October 2014

Anyone approaching Fury expecting an Oscar-worthy war drama may end up disappointed, but those partial to the odd barnstormer might be pleasantly surprised. Fury is an entertaining and boisterous battle flick that struggles to tug the heart strings but scores with superbly crafted action, enjoyable comic characters and salty camaraderie.

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In Review: Two Days, One Night on DVD

by Ann Jackson 21 October 2014

Two Days, One Night is co-written and directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, who cite the Peugeot employment case as their inspiration for the film. Marion Cotillard is Sandra, a Belgian wife and mother who is suffering from depression. She is due to go back to work the next week when she is faced with being […]

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BFI London Film Festival 2014: Roundup

by Maryann O'Connor 17 October 2014

Here’s a selection of reviews from the excellent range at the BFI London Film Festival this year; Kelly and Cal, Tokyo Tribe, Shrew’s Nest, The New Girlfriend and Night Bus…

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