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Film Review: ‘Dark Shadows’

★★★☆☆ Long has esteemed character actor Johnny Depp been large-haired filmmaker Tim Burton’s muse for the director’s brooding visions, with many of those team-ups little more than tinkering with already established characters. Predictably, Burton and Depp’s […]

Film Review: ‘Café de Flore’

★★★☆☆ Love, loss and the transformative power of music are the central themes of Café de Flore (2011), Jean-Marc Vallée’s latest directorial outing starring Vanessa Paradis and Kevin Parent. Vallée admirably manages to interweave two stories, […]

Film Review: Faust

★★★★☆ Making its way to UK cinemas eight months on from its Golden Lion win at last year’s Venice Film Festival, Alexander Sokurov’s Faust (2011) has lost little of its enigmatic zeal in the interim period. […]

Film Review: ‘Jeff, Who Lives at Home’

★★★★☆ From the successful directing partnership of brothers Mark and Jay Duplass comes Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011), a naturalistic examination of brotherly love told through the fractured relationship of two wayward siblings played by […]

Film Review: ‘How I Spent My Summer Vacation’

★★★★☆ Few films released in UK cinemas this year have carried as much baggage as Mel Gibson’s latest outing How I Spent My Summer Vacation (Get the Gringo, 2012), directed by Adrian Grunberg. The recent release […]