Film reviews and more

Day: 25 June 2012

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DVD Review: ‘XXY’

★★★★☆ Rereleased after becoming out of print due to the devastating fire that destroyed the Sony Warehouse during the London riots, Lucía Puenzo’s XXY (2007) is once again available in the UK. Starring Ricardo Darín, Ines Efron and Martin Piroyansky, Puenzo’s unabashed tale of sexual ambiguity and gender […]

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DVD Review: ‘J. Edgar’

★★★☆☆ At the centre of Clint Eastwood’s biopic of FBI founder J. Edgar Hoover is an underdeveloped examination of his quasi-homosexual relationship with his deputy Clyde Tolson. The filmmakers’ treatment of this particular story-strand perfectly represents what is good about J. Edgar (2011) and where it falls down; […]


DVD Review: ‘The Vow’

★☆☆☆☆ Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum are both arguably enjoying the primes of their respective careers; McAdams has put in face time for Woody Allen and is to star in the next Terrence Malick curiosity, whilst Tatum can imminently be seen stripping off for Soderbergh. Mainstream calculations rule […]


DVD Review: ‘A Dangerous Method’

★★★☆☆ With a reputation as one of cinema’s pioneering figures in the art of psychological thrillers, David Cronenberg’s latest offering A Dangerous Method (2011), starring Michael Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen and Keira Knightley, represents something of a radical departure from the ‘body horror’ movies with which he is most […]

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EIFF 2012: ‘Girimunho’ review

★★★☆☆ Girimunho’s (Swirl, 2011) directing duo of Clarissa Campolina and Helvécio Marins Jr.’s anthropological examination of rural Brazilian culture combines the naturally evolving storytelling techniques of an observational documentary with the rich visual flourishes of an arthouse drama. Opening with a vigorous, percussion heavy song at an local […]

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EIFF 2012: ‘Home for the Weekend’ review

★★★☆☆ Home for the Weekend (Was Bleibt, 2012) is an astute and compassionate domestic drama which oozes with the sort of effortless naturalism filmmakers rarely capture. Directed by Hans-Christian Schmidt and starring Lars Eidinger, Corinna Harfouch and Sebastian Zimmler, this touching tale of one family’s failed efforts to […]

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EIFF 2012: ‘Shadow Dancer’ review

★★☆☆☆ James Marsh returns to fiction after a successful foray into documentary filmmaking with Shadow Dancer (2012), a harrowing thriller focusing on the troubles in Northern Ireland. Set in Belfast during the height of the IRA bombings, Marsh’s psychological tale of the domestic implications of this much published […]

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EIFF 2012: ‘Kid-Thing’ review

★★★☆☆ David Zellner’s Kid-Thing (2012) is a feverish tale of a destructive young girl who operates freely beyond all moral boundaries. An offbeat comedy, which quickly shifts gear into something considerably darker, Kid-Thing starts with a ferocious pace before developing into an uncomfortable adolescent morality tale.Annie (Sydney Aguirre) […]