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 greatest ‘movies about movies’ to ever come out of Hollywood.Wrongly Continue Reading

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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 his angry number two Losada (Harold Perrineau) – he is Continue Reading

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). This is no Marvel spin-off however; Jackson stars as Foley, Continue Reading

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 out of a recent FrightFest screening, it never quite manages Continue Reading