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Film Review: ‘A Man’s Story’

★★★★☆ As the enigmatic real-life star of Varon Bonicos’ 2010 documentary A Man’s Story, Oswald Boateng makes for captivating viewing in what is a well-structured and fascinating film about one of the UK’s foremost fashion designers […]

Film Review: ‘John Carter’

★★★☆☆ John Carter (2012), Disney’s latest 3D blockbuster based upon the famous sci-fi series by American author Edgar Rice Burroughs, has all the necessary ingredients for a huge, CGI-heavy hit – minus, ironically, originality. Despite the […]

Sundance 2012: Film programme announced

The inaugural Sundance London festival today announced its long-awaited film programme for the 2012 event, which takes place at The O2 Arena from 26-29 April. All 14 featured films will be UK premières, with highlights including […]

Film Review: ‘Trishna’

★★★☆☆ Arguably Britain’s most prolific director, Michael Winterbottom returns to Thomas Hardy territory with Trishna (2011), a retooled version of Tess of the D’Urbervilles. Relocated to present day India and shot in the beautiful rural area […]

Film Review: ‘Bel Ami’

 ★☆☆☆☆ Boasting an ensemble cast which includes Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci, Kristin Scott Thomas and Robert Pattinson, Declan Donnellan and Nick Omerod’s Bel Ami (2012) attempts to combine the sumptuous settings and period sensibilities of Guy […]

Film Review: ‘The Raven’

★★☆☆☆ For anyone who has seen Douglas Hickox’s sublimely macabre 1973 horror Theatre of Blood, the basic plot of James McTeigue’s The Raven (2012) should feel more than familiar. In place of the works of Shakespeare, […]

Special Feature: First Light Awards 2012

Supported by nurturing elders in schools, film clubs and even local therapy groups, directors and producers as young as eight were celebrated at the annual First Light Awards this week. A red carpet and dash of […]

Special Feature: ‘Directory of World Cinema: Hollywood’

Intellect’s The Directory of World Cinema has many times proven its worth as an invaluable resource for film fanatics and academics alike, but with American Hollywood, edited by Lincoln Geraghty, the series has out done itself. For […]

DVD Review: ‘Chung Kuo China’

★★★★☆ It’s hard to believe with today’s press freedom, even within former Communist countries, the stir Michelangelo Antonioni’s documentary Chung Kuo China (1972) caused upon its initial release. In a country still under the crimson shadow […]

DVD Review: ‘Tomboy’

★★★★☆ One of last year’s hidden gems and BAFTA longlisted for Best Film Not in the English Language, Céline Sciamma’s second feature Tomboy (2011) is a charming, bittersweet tale placed within the formative years of childhood. […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Dracula: Prince of Darkness’

★★★★★ Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966), the first Hammer classic to be rereleased by StudioCanal in its restored and remastered Blu-ray collection, is quite simply one of the finest examples of horror cinema ever made. Even […]

DVD Review: ‘Anonymous’

★★☆☆☆ The idea that the works attributed to William Shakespeare were written by somebody else is an interesting historical conspiracy. The likes of Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, Francis Bacon have all been suggested by various scholars […]