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Year: 2010


Theatrical Releases: ‘The Way Back’

Inspired by a true story of almost unbelievable magnitude, The Way Back (2010) marks Peter Weir’s return cinema after a seven year hiatus following his 2003’s historical romp, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.Taking place in 1940, The Way Back sees a group of men escape from the Siberian Gulag […]


DVD Review: ‘True Justice: Deadly Crossing’

★☆☆☆☆ Well, first let me explain that True Justice: Deadly Crossing (2010) is not a ‘movie’ in any traditional sense of the term, more the left over footage from a failed television show created by action movie legend-come-self-parody, Steven Seagal. Essentially the first and second episodes from the shelved TV cop show True […]


DVD Review: ‘Piranha 3D’

★★★☆☆ Following the honest carnage and thrills of Switchblade Romance (2003) and the enjoyably nasty but thematically over-explicit remake of The Hills Have Eyes (2006) (much lacking the relative subtlety of the original), Alexandre Aja – much like Rob Zombie did with his 2007 Halloween remake – proves himself more of a ‘grindhouse’ director […]


DVD Releases: ‘The Last Exorcism’

Over the past few years, hand-held horror movies seem to have become a fairly frequent occurrence, often achieving varying degrees of success. On one hand we’ve seen such superb and wonderfully terrifying examples as Rec (2008) and Paranormal Activity (2007). Equally, however, some haven’t quite delivered in the same way; 2008’s Cloverfield and […]


Barbican Film: ‘Kagemusha’

Kagemusha (1980) is an exemplary piece of film that stands out as a testament to the extraordinary career of the late great Japanese director Akira Kurosawa. As a young man Kurosawa was keenly involved with the arts and in particular painting. At the age of 26 he made his first steps into the […]


Theatrical Releases: ‘Catfish’

Catfish (2010) is unlike anything I’ve ever seen; even defining its genre proves problematic. I’d like to settle on docu-thriller, but its ever-changing tone means you don’t really know what you’re watching until the film’s conclusion. The problem with reviewing it also is, the less you know, the more you’ll enjoy it.Henry Joost and Ariel […]


Film Review: ‘Tron: Legacy’

★★★★☆ “I’ve been waiting a long time for this” mutters Clu, the digital reincarnation of Jeff Bridges’ Kevin Flynn, echoing the thoughts of thousands of Tron fans worldwide. 28 years ago the original Tron was wowing 80′s audiences with its ground breaking use of visual technology. Nearly three decades on, Joseph Kosinski’s Tron: Legacy […]


Theatrical Releases: ‘Road to Las Vegas’

Rarely does a documentary manage to encapsulate its subject matter with the kind of beauty and non-judgemental insight as Jason Massot’s latest film, Road to Las Vegas (2010).Spanning four years, it follows the lives of African American couple Vanessa and Maurice Melton and their five children as they leave home and set off […]

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DVD Review: ‘Sus’

★★★☆☆ It is election night, 3 May 1979, and police officer Karn (Ralph Brown) is confident that Margaret Thatcher will win a landslide victory. An innocent black man, Leon Delroy (Clint Dyer), is brought in for interrogation, accused of murdering his pregnant wife who died after suffering a massive haemorrhage. Karn and his […]


DVD Releases: ‘La Ciénaga’

Argentinian-born director Lucrecia Martel crafted her newly rereleased debut feature La Ciénaga (The Swamp) in 2001, receiving praise from critics and audience alike. The film does indeed stand as a testimony of her directorial talent and ability to let the story tell itself. La Ciénaga is a sober, quiet, unpretentious film which, just like its title, […]


DVD Review: ‘Knight and Day’

★★☆☆☆ Tom Cruise often comes across as a pint-sized, arrogant, pampered Hollywood cliché, and his notorious appearance on The Oprah Winfrey show could (and perhaps should) have been the final nail in his career’s 5ft solid gold coffin, yet Cruise somehow bounced back onto screens earlier this year with the globe-trotting action adventure Knight and Day […]