Film reviews and more

Day: 21 October 2011

BFI London Film Festival 2011: ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’

★★★★★ Criminally overlooked at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Scottish director Lynne Ramsay’s seminal psychological drama We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) – starring Tilda Swinton, Ezra Miller and John C. Reilly – receives its UK premiere at the […]

Venice 2011: ‘Contagion’ review

★★★☆☆ Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion (2011) – with a large ensemble cast including Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet and Jude Law – marks a re-emergence of the old ‘revenge of nature’ genre, but rather than sharks, bees or birds, the […]

Film Review: ‘The Yellow Sea’

★★★★☆ Director Hong-jin Na turned a lot of heads in 2008 with the Cannes hit The Chaser, a thrilling story based on one of South Korea’s most bizarre serial killers. Along with actors Jung-woo Ha and Yun-seok Kim, he was […]

BFI London Film Festival 2011: ‘The Kid with a Bike’

★★★★★ Directed by two time Palme d’Or-winning Belgium duo Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, The Kid with a Bike (Le Gamin au Vélo, 2011) continues this remarkably consistent sibling partnership’s ability to capture the poetic essence beneath the misery which often […]

BFI London Film Festival 2011: ‘Natural Selection’

★★★★☆ One of many unexpected highlights of this year’s 55th BFI London Film Festival, Natural Selection (2011) is an amusing, unconventional comedy from first-time director Robbie Pickering, starring Rachael Harris, John Diehl and Matt O’Leary.Barren, evangelical housewife Linda (Harris) discovers […]

BFI London Film Festival 2011: ‘Take Shelter’

★★★☆☆ Screening at this year’s 55th BFI London Film Festival, Take Shelter (2011) once again unites Shotgun Stories (2007) director Jeff Nichols and actor Michael Shannon. Set against a backdrop of Middle American domestic life, Take Shelter is a far […]

BFI London Film Festival 2011: ‘Guilty’

★★★★☆ Concerning the most horrific legal scandal in modern French history, director Vincent Garenq’s Guilty (Présumé coupable, 2011) is a gripping drama based on the memoirs of Alain Marecaux (Philippe Torreton) who was wrongly accused of several accounts of child […]