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Month: December 2011

Special Feature: The Best Films of 2011

The New Year is nearly upon us, and so to celebrate the denouement of what has been a fantastic 2011, CineVue’s top staff writers have provided a rundown of their unique personal Top 5 films of the year, as well as […]

Special Feature: Vote for CineVue in the RAFAs

We’re extremely happy to announce that CineVue has been nominated for Best UK Film Blog Site 2011 at this year’s Richard Attenborough Film Awards. Voting will begin at 12pm GMT (noon) on 12 December 2011 via the awards official site […]

Film Review: ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ (2011)

★★★★☆ The idea of a second film adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo so soon after Neils Arden Oplev’s 2009 movie is a problem for some. But while it may be mistakenly lumped with other American remakes […]

Film Review: ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’

★★☆☆☆ Director Brad Bird is perhaps best known for Pixar efforts The Incredibles (2004) and Ratatouille (2007), but has now turned his hand to live action filmmaking as he directs Tom Cruise (who recently announced the possibility of a sequel to […]

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 […]

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) […]

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 […]

DVD Review: ‘Final Destination 5’

★★★☆☆ The Final Destination franchise, which began its life over a decade ago with the release of the 2000 original, holds a special place in many horror fans’ hearts due to its winning central premise – a group of attractive […]

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 […]

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 […]

Film Review: ‘Dreams of a Life’

★★★★☆ Perfectly rounding off an exceptionally strong year for documentary filmmaking in style, Carol Morley’s Dreams of a Life (2011) is a warm-hearted and deeply moving ode to Joyce Carol Vincent – a vibrant, talented young woman whose remains were […]

Film Review: ‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’

★★★☆☆ British director Guy Ritchie returns this week with steam-punk sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), with Robert Downey Jr. reprising his role as Holmes alongside Jude Law’s ever-dependable Dr. Watson, plus the addition of the original ‘Girl […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

DVD Review: ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’

★★★☆☆ One of few box office successes to stand out from a crop of misfiring summer blockbusters, Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) may not be the subtlest of allegories but its revolutionary hero Caesar – […]