In Review: Four Men and a Prayer (1938) on DVD

by Josh Slater-Williams 13 May 2014

Featuring early roles for David Niven and George Sanders, the brisk drama Four Men and a Prayer (1938) proves most notable as a stepping stone for director John Ford. Released in 1938, the film came one year before his trifecta of Oscar-nominated successes in 1939

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In Review: When the Legends Die (1972) on DVD

by Daniel Goodwin 13 May 2014

In the dusty mountains of Colorado, Tom Black Bull (Frederic Forrest) a teenage Ute Indian, is adopted by a craggy old cowboy named Red Dillon (Richard Widmark), who recognises the young boy’s bucking potential and plans to make a superstar out of him on the rodeo circuit.

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In Review: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) on DVD

by Christina Newland 12 May 2014

Elia Kazan’s directorial debut A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) tells the story of an Irish-Russian family living in the tenements of turn-of-the-century New York. Based on the bestselling novel by Betty Smith, the Oscar-winning family drama surrounds a young girl, Francie (Peggy Ann Garner), and her little brother, who flit around the city streets […]

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In Review: The Truth About Emanuel

by Lauren Harrison 9 May 2014

A rather solemn opening voice over from the film’s title character sets the tone of the film from the off. We are told in the opening scene that her mother died during childbirth; an event that has hit Emanuel (Kaya Scodelario) hard, which she also feels responsible for. There is little to like about Emanuel […]

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In Review: The Left Hand of God (1955) on DVD

by Daniel Goodwin 8 May 2014

There’s something about the grand 50s Cinemascope/ Vistavision films that are so synonymous with that time; their essence and character have never totally transcended into other eras of cinema.  This was a time when 3D was first widely employed and the medium became embellished with epics of a grander scale. Spawning several classics and stars, […]

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In Review: Nymphomaniac Vol. I & II on DVD

by Mairéad Roche 7 May 2014

With a title such as Nymphomaniac, writer/director Lars von Trier’s latest film is clearly, some might say cynically, named to pique the interest. As with Tarantino’s Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2, von Trier’s Nymphomaniac Vol. I & II are to be taken as one extended piece of work broken up for convenience into two parts, […]

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In Review: Fruitvale Station

by Alex Beattie 2 May 2014

The tragic true tale of Oscar Grant III, a 22 year old Bay Area resident gunned down by an overzealous cop on New Year’s Day 2009, forms the basis of Ryan Coogler’s hauntingly powerful feature debut, Fruitvale Station. Opening with shaky archival mobile phone footage of the incident that sparked outrage across the US, Coogler gives […]

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In Review: Blue Ruin

by Josh Slater-Williams 1 May 2014

Blue Ruin’s opening introduces us to the largely mute, feral-bearded vagrant Dwight (Macon Blair) living out a life of scrounging for discarded food and sleeping in an abandoned car. One morning, he is told by a police officer that a particular seemingly important person has been released from prison. Within the film’s first twenty minutes, […]

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Rendez-vous 2014: Review Roundup

by Mairéad Roche 1 May 2014

Rendez-vous with French Cinema 2014 has now come to an end but we shall leave you with this review summary from Mairéad, who has dutifully prepared reviews of Agnès B’s My Name is Hmmm; Violette (pictured), on the contribution to art and feminism of Violette Leduc and Simone de Beauvoir, ending with Alain Resnais’ last film, Life of Riley. […]

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Rendez-vous 2014: Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)

by Ann Jackson 30 April 2014

Hiroshima Mon Amour caused a mighty stir when it was first seen in 1959 at Cannes. Written by a woman (Marguerite Duras), it was also narrated by a woman (Emmanuelle Riva) who was the main character, it included flashbacks to clarify the story and had a non-linear storyline. There was also a significant change in the […]

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In Review: Bastards on DVD

by Mark Searby 29 April 2014

Legendary French film director Claire Denis continues to release thought-provoking and provocative films even into her later years.  If Bastards is anything to go by then we can only hope she never stops.

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