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Oscars 2012: 84th Academy Awards nominations

At 13:30 GMT today, US actress Jennifer Lawrence – star of Winter’s Bone (2010) and the upcoming The Hunger Games (2012) adaptation – announced the Oscar nominations for this year’s 84th Academy Awards ceremony, to be […]

Film Review: ‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’

★☆☆☆☆ Directed by Brit Stephen Daldry and adapted from the 2005 novel of the same name by Jonathan Safran Foer, US drama Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011) was one of the surprise inclusions of this […]

Berlin 2012: ‘Xingu’ review

★★★★☆ Setting up base camp in the Panorama programme at this year’s 62nd Berlinale, Cao Hamburger’s Xingu (2012) is an extremely engrossing, well-executed and well-meaning dramatisation of the formation of Brazil’s enormous Xingu National Park (referred […]

Berlin 2012: ‘Mercy’ review

★★☆☆☆ One of the competition entries for the coveted Golden Bear at this year’s 62nd Berlinale (yet ultimately receiving no awards), Matthias Glasner’s Mercy (Gnade, 2012) comes complete with a solid concept, but unfortunately suffers in […]

DVD Review: ‘Miss Bala’

★★★☆☆  A critical hit upon its BFI London Film Festival appearance last year (though predictably fairing less well at the UK box office), Gerardo Naranjo’s Mexican thriller Miss Bala (2011) gets a DVD release this week […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Her Private Hell’

★★★☆☆ Finally finding its way onto DVD and Blu-ray thanks to the BFI’s Flipside label, Norman J. Warren’s 1967 erotic drama Her Private Hell deserves recognition for its confrontational stance, bravely taking up the mantle of […]

DVD Review: ‘Warrior’

★★★★☆ Those perplexed by grizzled mumbler Nick Nolte’s nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category at this year’s Academy Awards may well be among those who missed his performance in last year’s remarkably good MMA (Mixed […]