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Film Review: ‘The Hunger Games’

★★★★☆ Anticipation couldn’t be higher for the first screen outing of The Hunger Games (2012), the inaugural film in a planned Lionsgate trilogy of three, based upon the bestselling dystopian teen books from American author Suzanne […]

Film Review: ‘The Devil Inside’

★☆☆☆☆ The latest in a long production line of low budget, US box office-topping horrors (and from the producer of the Paranormal Activity series), William Brent Bell’s The Devil Inside (2012) is entirely devoid of thrills, […]

Film Review: ‘How to Re-Establish a Vodka Empire’

★★★☆☆ ‘A good story cannot be devised; it has to be distilled’. Never has there been a more fitting example of the the previous Raymond Chandler quote than How to Re-Establish a Vodka Empire (2011), the […]

Film Review: ‘Four Horsemen’

★★★☆☆ Debut director Ross Ashcroft offers up an independently-produced documentary in the form of Four Horsemen (2012), a film that attempts to explore the consequences of modern western practices that have resulted in the current financial […]

Film Review: ‘Bill Cunningham New York’

★★★☆☆ Bill Cunningham is for fashion photography what Spike Jonze is for the music video, with his work continuously interesting and visually innovative. Richard Press 2010 film Bill Cunningham New York documents the much-loved shutterbug brilliantly, […]

Film Review: ‘In Darkness’

★★★★☆ In Darkness (2011), nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Oscars, makes for hard, but fundamentally essential viewing. The Polish film by award winning director Agnieszka Holland and starring Robert Więckiewicz, Benno Fürmann and […]

Red Carpet: ‘The Hunger Games’ European Premiere

Last night saw the European premiere of Gary Ross’ The Hunger Games (2012), the first in a series of film adaptations of Suzanne Collins’ bestselling Hunger Games trilogy. The O2 Arena in London was a fitting […]

Film Review: ‘Once Upon a Time in Anatolia’

★★★★★ Award-winning Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan has been a Cannes favourite since his debut film Koza won the Palme d’Or for Best Short Film in 1995, so it came as little surprise when his latest […]

Film Review: ‘Contraband’

★★☆☆☆ Mark Wahlberg returns to UK screens this week in Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur’s US box office-topping action thriller Contraband (2012) (a loose remake of 2008 film Reykjavík-Rotterdam), which also stars British actress Kate Beckinsale – […]

Film Review: ‘We Bought a Zoo’

★★☆☆☆ US director Cameron Crowe returns to narrative filmmaking this week with We Bought a Zoo (2012), giving the Hollywood treatment to the true story of British former Guardian journalist Benjamin Mee, who purchased a dilapidated […]

Film Review: ’21 Jump Street’

★★★★☆ “They’re revamping a program from the eighties because they’ve got no creativity and they’re really fucking lazy.” Those are the words of an angry commissioner when he assigns rookie cops Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko […]