Film reviews and more

Year: 2011

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Film Review: ‘War Horse’

★★★★☆ Starting its life as a successful children’s book by British writer Michael Morpurgo before consequent adaptations as a hugely successful international theatrical hit and now a Hollywood epic from legendary director Steven Spielberg, War Horse (2011) has captured the imagination of young and old the world over and seems destined be a strong […]


See Film Differently: ‘The Iron Lady’

The majestic surroundings of Manchester Town Hall played host to the final See Film Differently event of 2011, an exclusive preview screening of  Phyllida Lloyd’s highly anticipated The Iron Lady starring Meryl Streep. The series of events (sponsored by Volkswagen) has seen both cult classics and new releases screened at the films’ original […]

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DVD Review: ‘Kill List’

★★★☆☆ Over three months on from its theatrical release – and as we approach its DVD/Blu-ray release on 26 December – it’s still difficult to really get a grasp of Ben Wheatley’s Kill List (2011). Despite two fantastically underplayed performances from Neil Maskell and Harry Simpson (who recently won a BIFA for his […]

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Film Review: ‘Wreckers’

★★★☆☆ Wreckers (2011), written and directed by first time filmmaker D.R. Hood, is a technically accomplished drama starring the ever popular Benedict Cumberbatch – best known for his role in BBC drama Sherlock and soon to be the voice of Smaug in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit films – and Claire Foy, star of […]


Film Review: ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’

★★★★★ Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) – Vincente Minnelli’s timeless classic now rereleased by the BFI – is like an old friend you only see occasionally. Within five minutes of meeting again you remember why you love them so much, as they take you back nostalgically to a time when everything seemed […]


Secret Cinema: December Review

How do you review a film that you’re not allowed to talk about? New film releases are generally placed under an embargo of some sort, but Secret Cinema – the London-based film event where patrons buy a ticket without knowing what film it is they are paying to see – puts me in […]


DVD Review: ‘The First Movie’

★★☆☆☆ The First Movie (1999) is an ultimately disappointing, overly self-reverential documentary from filmmaker and journalist Mark Cousins, whose recent More4 TV series The Story of Film: An Odyssey was – adversely – an intelligently written and insightful piece of work. There’s no doubt that when it comes to Cousins’ knowledge of cinema, […]


DVD Review: ‘Conan the Barbarian’

★★☆☆☆ Conan the Barbarian (2011), starring Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa as the more brawn than brain warrior and Rachel Nichols as Tamara his prerequisite love interest, is a lacklustre reboot of the original 1982 Arnold Schwarzenegger classic. Conan (Momoa), is born in the midst of war, as his mother is killed […]


DVD Review: ‘The Inbetweeners Movie’

★★★★☆ The Inbetweeners Movie (2011) opens with the forever sexually-deluded Jay (James Buckley), naked but for a pair of snorkels and slithers of ham strewn inexplicably about his person, enthusiastically masturbating to European pornography. At this exquisite moment of teenage self-love, his mother walks into his bedroom and informs him that his grandfather […]


DVD Review: ‘Super 8’

★★★★☆ Written and directed by J.J. Abrams and with Steven Spielberg as its producer, Super 8 (2011) tells the story of a group of young filmmakers who inadvertently capture a horrific train crash whilst filming a scene for their amateur zombie movie. The accident leads to a series of mysterious disappearances and events, […]