Film Review: ‘Michael’

★★★★☆ How the Daily Mail are yet to rise in uproar against Markus Schleinzer’s directorial debut Michael (2011) is anyone’s guess. The Austrian filmmaker’s first feature is a markedly cold, matter-of-fact depiction of five months in the life of a practising paedophile who has imprisoned a 10-year-old boy in his sound-proofed Continue Reading

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Film Review: ‘This Means War’

★★★☆☆ Few directors have been derided by critics as much as This Means War (2012) helmsman McG. They justifiably gave the man a kicking for the below par Charlie’s Angels (2000) and it’s godforsaken sequel Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003). Yet although Terminator Salvation (2009) was no oil painting, the Continue Reading

DVD Review: ‘Welcome to the Rileys’

★★☆☆☆ For those acquainted with the secretly R-rated, PG-lacquered wording of Kristen Stewart’s Bella Swan in the dreaded Twilight series; brace yourselves for her thoroughly soapless mouth in Jake Scott’s indie effort Welcome to the Rileys (2010).Stewart plays a young, feisty but damaged stripper who meets an innocent, but unhappily Continue Reading

DVD Review: ‘Restless’

★★★☆☆  Gus Van Sant’s Restless (2011), which debuted in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes last year, fell out of view rather quickly. This may be because while it is certainly much more accessible than Van Sant’s arch-arthouse work like Elephant (2003) and Last Days (2005), it lacks the Continue Reading

DVD Review: ‘In Time’

★★★★☆ Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried lead a very handsome ensemble cast in Andrew Niccol’s film In Time (2011), released now on triple play DVD. Niccol wrote Peter Weir’s The Truman Show (1998) and made his directorial debut with the oft-forgotten Gattaca (1997), both clever examples of modern science fiction. Continue Reading