Film Review: ‘The Apartment’

★★★★☆ Billy Wilder was the rarest of creatures – a mainstream American director openly praised by his European compatriots, gaining auteur status thanks to the support of the Cahiers du Cinema and a number of the French Nouvelle Vague’s most prominent figureheads. Wilder’s universal and timeless appeal is celebrated this Continue Reading

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Film Review: ‘Jaws’

★★★★★ Nearing the surface of most people’s top ten American movie lists would surely come Steven Spielberg’s monster hit Jaws (1975), adapted from the Oxfam-favourite novel by Peter Benchley. This week – following a world premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival – the quintessential shark tale returns to cinemas Continue Reading

Film Review: ‘Requiem for a Killer’

★★☆☆☆ While she certainly kicked ass as a fearsome femme fatale in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds (2009), French actress Mélanie Laurent has always seemed more comfortable in dramatic fare like The Concert and Beginners, especially when faced with thrillers as cliché-added and generic as Requiem for a Killer (2011). Though Continue Reading