Film reviews and more

Day: 12 February 2013

DVD Review: ‘The House I Live In’

★★★★☆ The United States of America now officially holds 5% of the world’s population and 25% of its prisoners. This is just one of the many staggering statistics highlighted in Eugene Jarecki’s urgent and enthralling documentary, The House I Live […]

DVD Review: ‘Midnight Son’

★★★☆☆ Created just as the vogue for the trials and tribulations of vampirism exploded onto both cinema and television screens in the tail end of the last decade, Scott Leberecht’s debut feature Midnight Son (2011) is a twisting and non-glamorous study […]

DVD Review: ‘Sparkle’

★★★☆☆ Sparkle (2012) is a remake of the 1976 film of the same name. Dreamgirls (2006) launched the movie career of American Idol alumnus Jennifer Hudson, and this similar effort attempts to replicate the success for Idol winner Jordin Sparks. […]

DVD Review: ‘Angel and Tony’

★★☆☆☆ The feature filmmaking debut of photojournalist Alix Delaporte, Angel and Tony (2010) is a light and amiable affair whose arresting charms temporarily mask what is effectively a minuscule riff on the type of European film that strolls through festivals […]

Berlin 2013: ‘Side Effects’ review

★★★★☆ Reputedly prolific American filmmaker Steven Soderbergh’s final big screen outing, 2013’s Side Effects – starring Rooney Mara, Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones – is a compelling thriller exploring the blurred lines between psychopharmacology and the US justice system. Protagonist […]

DVD Review: ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’

★★★★☆ Stephen Chbosky makes his directorial debut with an adaptation of self-penned coming-of-age novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012). Knowing the material inside out and with the help of a talented cast, Chbosky is able to craft a […]

Berlin 2013: ‘Closed Curtain’ review

★★★☆☆ Despite finding himself under house arrest and banned from filmmaking for ‘committing propaganda against the Iranian government’, resourceful director Jafar Panahi follows his critically acclaimed documentary This Is Not a Film (2011) with Closed Curtain (Parde, 2013) – an […]

Berlin 2013: ‘Frances Ha’ review

★★★★☆ Shot entirely in black and white, Frances Ha (2012) sees US indie director Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig team up once again after their successful partnership with Greenberg (2010). This time round, Gerwig is integral in the scriptwriting process, creating a […]

DVD Review: ‘To Rome with Love’

★★☆☆☆ Woody Allen continues his picture postcard Euro trawl with mixed results in To Rome with Love (2012), despite an admittedly gorgeous backdrop photographed by the great Darius Khondji, and the impressive array of acting talent at his disposal once […]

Berlin 2013: ‘The Spirit of ’45’ review

★★★★☆ One of only a handful of high profile British films featuring at this year’s 63rd Berlinale (more’s the pity), Ken Loach returns to the documentary fray this year with The Spirit of ’45 (2013), representing something of a labour […]