DVD Review: ‘Five Minarets in New York’

★★☆☆☆ In its attempt to address the controversial subject of the world’s paranoia towards Islam, Mahsun Kirmizigül’s Five Minarets in New York (2010) somehow manages to hit all the wrong notes with its lack of subtlety and preachy tone.Like so many post 9/11 films, which have set out to tackle Continue Reading

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DVD Review: ‘Gigola’

★★★☆☆ Laure Charpentier’s Gigola (2010) premiered at last year’s London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival to riotous applause. Starring newcomer Lou Doillon as an immaculately presented tomboy and empowered prostitute, Gigola is a refreshing piece of gay cinema which oozes with Parisian charm and eroticism.Georgina’s (Doillon) burgeoning sexuality is awoken Continue Reading

DVD Review: ‘Bridesmaids’

★★★★☆ Since it began in the late 1970s, Saturday Night Live has consistently produced some of America’s best comedy writers, several of whom have moved effortlessly into film with great results. The likes of Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, John Belushi and Mike Myers have all graduated from the TV sketch Continue Reading

DVD Review: ‘The Nutcracker in 3D’

★☆☆☆☆ Filling the traditional cinematic turkey position in this year’s lineup of Christmas-themed releases, The Nutcracker in 3D (2010) is a hauntingly amateurish experiment in trashing the beloved original ballet by subjecting a superb cast to an embarrassing amalgamation of sloppy direction and bland, undeveloped CGI. The essential magic of Continue Reading