Film reviews and more

Day: 24 May 2012


Film Review: ‘Personal Best’

★★★☆☆ Not to be confused with the 1982 romantic drama, Sam Blair’s Personal Best (2012) is a BFI-supported documentary sharing the stories of three professional runners aiming towards competing in the 2012 London Olympics. What Personal Best lacks in fictional tales of love and friendship, it makes up for in real-life, gripping drama as […]

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Film Review: ‘Barbaric Genius’

★★☆☆☆ Writer and director Paul Duane turns his hand to feature documentaries with Barbaric Genius (2011), which examines the ‘colourful’ life of ex-con turned author John Healy. Born in Ireland, Healy grew up with an abusive father in a small town, later joining the army only to desert and become a homeless alcoholic […]

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Film Review: ‘Tales of the Night’

★★★☆☆ Seasoned French animator Michel Ocelot returns with the charming Tales of the Night (2011), six tales of whimsy and magic set across different cultures. Those familiar with Ocelot’s work will notice numerous similarities with Princes and Princesses, released in 2000. Each tale is linked by a short introduction, set in a darkened […]

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Film Review: ‘Free Men’

★★★☆☆ It would be fair to say that French Algerian actor Tahar Rahim hasn’t quite met the lofty expectations placed upon his relatively young shoulders following his towering performance in Jacques Audiard’s breathtaking A Prophet (Un Prophète, 2009). Recent performances in Kevin Macdonald’s The Eagle (2010) and Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Black Gold (2011) have […]