Film reviews and more

Day: 19 April 2012

Film Review: ‘The Bad and the Beautiful’

★★★★☆ Rarely seen but frequently referenced in film studies lecture rooms, Vincente Minnelli’s The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) is a twisted tale of the rise and fall of Kirk Douglas’ ruthless Hollywood producer Jonathan Shields and one of the […]

Film Review: ‘Transit’

★★★☆☆ “You said nobody was supposed to die.” “I lied”, replies the gruff-voice of Marek (James Frain) near the beginning of Antonio Negret’s Transit (2012) – he’s clearly not a nice man. He’s just finished robbing an armoured truck with […]

Film Review: ‘Fury’

★★★☆☆ Next week, Samuel L. Jackson will be hitting UK screens as Nick Fury in Marvel’s Avengers Assemble (2012), to which many minds may wander when they learn that he is also starring this week in Fury (The Samaritan, 2012). […]

Film Review: ‘The Divide’

★★☆☆☆ The Divide (2011), the new apocalyptic horror from Director Xavier Gens, both shocks and disappoints in equal measure. Though this thriller, starring legends Michael Biehn, Courtney B. Vance and Rosanna Arquette, was apparently harrowing enough to make people walk […]

Film Review: ‘Elfie Hopkins’

★★☆☆☆ Elfie Hopkins (2012), the debut feature from British director Ryan Andrews, provides a modern spin on the murder mystery narrative, complete with a teenager-baiting comic book aesthetic and a solid British cast, including Jaime Winstone and her father Ray […]

Film Review: ‘Town of Runners’

★★★☆☆ A timely release in this an Olympic year, British director Jerry Rothwell follows up his award-winning 2010 film Donor Unknown with Town of Runners (2012), a well-intentioned documentary that follows the trials and tribulations of two young Ethiopian athletes […]