Cannes 2012: ‘The Hunt’ review

★★★★☆ Danish director Thomas Vinterberg enters the chase for the Palme d’Or with The Hunt (Jagten, 2012), a tense thriller about a primary school teacher unjustly accused of paedophilia. Mads Mikkelsen plays Lucas, a recent divorcee in the midst of a bitter custody dispute over his teenage son Marcus (Lasse Continue Reading

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DVD Review: ‘Piggy’

★★☆☆☆ There is much to admire in the approach London Film School graduate Kieron Hawkes has taken in writing and directing his debut feature Piggy (2012). Forgoing the traditional British gangster film tropes for a morally conscious (if skewed) mediation on the justification of violent retribution, Hawkes inaugural outing is Continue Reading

DVD Review: ‘Haywire’

★★★★☆ As Steven Soderbergh edges ever closer to his long-foretold retirement from cinema, it seems he is becoming drawn to films about and starring performers used to using their bodies in a more extreme way than most actors. His next film, Magic Mike (2012), is based on Channing Tatum’s real-life Continue Reading