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DVD Review: ‘Three Veils’

★★☆☆☆ The second feature from director Rolla Selbak, Three Veils (2011) tells the interconnected stories of three young Muslim women living in the US. The film opens with the story of Leila (Mercedes Masöhn), a young […]

DVD Review: ‘Trapeze’

★★★☆☆ This week’s Second Sight rerelease of Carol Reed’s high flying epic Trapeze (1956) is a welcome reminder of the domineering screen presence of Burt Lancaster and the Technicolor epics that dominated the box office throughout […]

DVD Review: ‘Pigsty’

★★★★☆ Recently rereleased alongside comedic classic Hawks and Sparrows (Uccellacci e uccellini, 1966) courtesy of Eureka’s esteemed Masters of Cinema home entertainment label, Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini’s immeasurably dark satire Pigsty (Porcile, 1969) parallels two […]

DVD Review: Amicus Studios Collection

★★★☆☆ StudioCanal have just released four monster titles from Amicus Studios, the only company which even came close to beating Hammer at their own game during the 1960 and 70s. Warlords of Atlantis (1978), They Came […]

DVD Review: ‘Prisoners of War’

★★★★☆ Despite its unremitting action sequences and oversexed narrative, Showtime’s Homeland emerged as one of America’s high-flying seasonal exports. As the pale lips of Damian Lewis gingerly pouted at the prospect of being exposed as an […]

DVD Review: Giorgio Moroder presents ‘Metropolis’

★★★☆☆ For a black-and-white German film from the silent era, Fritz Lang’s groundbreaking 1927 sci-fi Metropolis has had a colourful and noisy history in its 85 years of being. Lang’s classic found a new lease of […]

DVD Review: ‘Mirror Mirror’

★★☆☆☆ Several years ago, Indian filmmaker Tarsem Singh made an ambitious, self-funded and visually glorious pseudo-fairy tale called The Fall (2006); unfortunately, the story didn’t live up to the wonder of the photography on-screen. With his […]

DVD Review: ‘The Raven’

★★☆☆☆ John Cusack stars as renowned American author Edgar Allan Poe in James McTeigue’s The Raven (2011) – a pulpy Gothic thriller built upon the foundations of a period detective story. Ostensibly attempting to create a […]

Venice 2012: Lineup announced

Hot on the heels of the Toronto Film Festival programme announcement earlier this week (there’s beginning to be some serious rivalry brewing between these over-lapping showcases), the lineup for the 69th edition of the Venice Film […]

Film Review: ‘Woman in a Dressing Gown’

★★★★☆ Available to own on DVD for the first time since its cinematic release back in 1957, J. Lee Thompson’s Woman in a Dressing Gown hints at what was to come from the British New Wave […]

Film Review: ‘Searching for Sugar Man’

★★★★☆ Malik Bendjelloul’s strikingly assured debut Searching for Sugar Man (2012) is a fascinating documentary founded on the remarkable true story of a seemingly unsuccessful musician who unknowingly – to both himself and his producers – […]