In Review

In Review: Obvious Child

by Maryann O'Connor 29 August 2014

Comedian and worker in non-oppressive bookstore Donna Stern likes to tell gleeful jokes about her sex life and the shortcomings of her relationship, which soon ends. Cue an orgy of self loathing, anger, enough alcohol consumption to drop a rhino and irresponsible sex with a nice, polite man. It all gets a bit stickier when […]

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In Review: Million Dollar Arm

by Daniel Goodwin 29 August 2014

Smaller scale live action Disney flicks have been a bit scarce on our big screens of late. The dainty days of Freaky Friday (1976) and Escape To Witch Mountain (1975) or the films featuring Kurt Russell as some kind of jock-douche now seem like products of their time especially when compared with Maleficent (in terms […]

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In Review: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

by Daniel Goodwin 25 August 2014

Robert Rodriguez takes a break from his Trejo wielding Machete and returns to the streets of Sin City nearly a decade after the groundbreaking original. Once again co-directing with Frank Miller, Rodriguez delivers an entertaining, rugged sequel with wildly inventive visuals, grouchy genre characters but less prevailing plot strands.

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In Review: Deliver Us From Evil

by Daniel Goodwin 20 August 2014

After stirring up scares with the half decent Sinister (2012), director Scott Derrickson stumbles massively with this cop horror follow up. Deliver Us From Evil is a hackneyed hybrid of Se7en (1995) and The Last Exorcism (2010), merging genre chestnuts with riffs from Fincher’s oft-mimicked classic, including dark, dilapidated crime scenes with creepy interiors lit […]

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In Review: The Expendables 3

by Daniel Goodwin 12 August 2014

The cluster of renegade meat-heads return for a third, bullet-ridden, bomb ballet, this time with increased lampooning and minimal bloodshed. Stallone is back as lolloping, fed-aide Barney Ross with customary lugs Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Toll (Randy Couture), Gunner (Dolph Lundgren), Yin Yang (Jet Li) and too many others to list here.

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In Review: Welcome to New York

by Daniel Goodwin 8 August 2014

Always one to embrace the controversial, former enfant terrible Abel Ferrera is again nurturing the dastardly with a provocative exposé of a “fictional” French fat cat caught in the headlights of a sex assault scandal. The similarities between Welcome To New York and the real life incident involving IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was arrested […]

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In Review: God’s Pocket

by Daniel Goodwin 7 August 2014

One of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final films to grace our cinemas following his tragic death in February sees Hoffman play struggling husband Mickey Scarpato; a gambler and alcoholic fighting to fund his step-son’s funeral following the drug addled twenty-something’s suspicious death on a construction site.

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In Review: A Promise

by Maryann O'Connor 1 August 2014

A Promise, it is obvious, has grand ambitions to be a Birdsong-like all consuming wartime love affair. The first film in English by Patrice Leconte, it stars Rebecca Hall, Alan Rickman and Richard Madden in what feels like the the most unbelievable love triangle to ever appear on the big screen. In 1912, a lowly […]

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In Review: A Night at the Cinema in 1914

by Maryann O'Connor 1 August 2014

At a time when feature films were rare, short film was King [or Queen] and mainly focused on short documentary, news items and comedy. This selection from the BFI National Archive has 14 films to inform and amuse, curated by Bryony Dixon and accompanied by a lovely new score from composer and pianist Stephen Horne.

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In Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

by Daniel Goodwin 30 July 2014

In the wake of the post-Avengers solo sequels, the Guardians of the Galaxy have finally arrived. It is the final Marvel film before Avengers: Age Of Ultron but with little more than a cult-comic following, can its derivation be enough to garner new fans and sufficient box office returns? GOTG has been deemed ‘Marvel’s big […]

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In Review: Venus in Fur on DVD

by Ann Jackson 29 July 2014

Venus in Fur, co-written by Polanski and David Ives, is based on the popular play by Ives, who adapted the 1870 novel Venus in Furs by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch [which gave masochism its name].  The film features only two characters: Vanda, played by Emmanuelle Seigner – wife of Roman Polanski and his occasional star since […]

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