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Venice 2012: ‘Outrage Beyond’ review

★★★☆☆ ‘Beat’ Takeshi Kitano returns to the Venice Lido this year with Outrage Beyond (Autoreiji: Biyondo, 2012), a sequel to his 2010 gangster drama Outrage. Writing, directing and editing, Kitano also stars as Otomo, a jailed […]

DVD Review: ‘Inspector Montalbano: Collection Two’

★★☆☆☆ For those seeking a brighter, more light-hearted alternative to the pervading gloom and near-suicidal despair of recent Nordic crime drama, the sun, sea and stunning Sicilian scenery of Inspector Montalbano must seem like a welcome […]

DVD Review: ‘Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present’

★★★☆☆ In an opening monologue, renowned performance artist Marina Abramović tells us that for decades she has been thought of as insane, and only now does she feel sufficiently recognised. It’s a statement that not only […]

DVD Review: ‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’

★★☆☆☆ Not averse to strapping syrupy bows around tales of incidental contrivance, director Lasse Hallström turns his sunny disposition to yet another literary adaptation in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011), extracting the political satire and […]

DVD Review: ‘The Hunger Games’

★★★★☆ Gary Ross’ unexpectedly nuanced adaptation of the first novel in Suzanne Collins’ popular teen fiction series The Hunger Games, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, now looks set to become the foundation of a hugely […]