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Day: 9 January 2013

Film Review: ‘Gangster Squad’

★★☆☆☆ Taking a break from zombies and delivery boys, director Ruben Fleischer fashions a stylised and star-studded, yet vacuous entry into the cops vs. mob genre with Gangster Squad (2013). Disappointingly, the American director tries far too hard to recreate 1987’s The Untouchables for the […]

Film Review: ‘American Mary’

★★★★☆ Jen and Sylvia Soska (aka the twin Canadian Soska sisters) made their first collaborative feature, the brilliantly titled Dead Hooker in a Trunk, all the way back in 2009. The sinister siblings marked their long-awaited return to horror cinema last year with the Film4 […]

DocHouse Presents: Solar Eclipse review

★★★☆☆ “It’s not our job to change them,” remarks Czech engineer Milan Smrž when discussing the inhabitants of a small Zambian township in Martin Maraček’s Solar Eclipse (Pod sluncem tma, 2011). This year’s DocHouse Thursdays strand will kick off with a screening of the film […]

Film Review: ‘What Richard Did’

★★★☆☆ Directed by Lenny Abrahamson and featuring a striking lead turn from newcomer Jack Reynor, Irish morality tale What Richard Did (2012) may never quite reach the complex Ferghadian heights of its contemporaries, but does enough to warrant favourable comparisons. Set with an affluent community […]

Baftas 2013: Mendes’ ‘Skyfall’ most nominated

Live-streamed to the world earlier this morning at bafta.org, the official nominations for the 2013 Baftas were revealed by rising British stars Alice Eve and Jeremy Irvine to an expectant online community. As heavily rumoured earlier this week, Sam Mendes’ Bond #23 Skyfall put in […]