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Film Review: ‘Madame de…’

★★★★★ Leading American film critic Andrew Sarris once nominated 1953’s Madame de… as his candidate for ‘the greatest film of all time’ – high praise indeed. Meanwhile, his principal critical detractor, Pauline Kael, called Ophüls’ film […]

Film Review: ‘Reign of Assassins’

★★★☆☆ Chao-Bin Su’s Reign of Assassins (Jianyu, 2010) is a Chinese martial arts movie that, whilst formulaic in places, still manages to exceed the expectations of even the most staid of genre enthusiasts. Drizzle (played by […]

Film Review: ‘Beautiful Creatures’

★★☆☆☆ It’s almost too easy to be cynical about a film like Richard LaGravenese’s Beautiful Creatures (2013). With the blockbusting Twilight franchise currently sitting comfortably on $3.3 billion worth of box office receipts, Hollywood is hungrily […]

Berlin 2013: ‘Interior. Leather Bar.’ review

★★☆☆☆ Polymath James Franco and director Travis Mathews take it upon themselves to re-imagine the lost 40-minutes of William Friedkin’s controversial drama Cruising (1980) in new film Interior. Leather Bar. (2013). The absent footage was reputedly […]

Berlin 2013: ‘The Meteor’ review

★★★★☆ French-Canadian director François Delisle’s fourth film, The Meteor (Le météore, 2013), is an avant-garde exploration of isolation that quite rightly appears in the Berlin Film Festival’s Forum section. Eschewing conventional narrative techniques, the film includes […]

Berlin 2013: ‘Dark Blood’ review

★★★☆☆ “You’re a disturbing young man” says Buffy (Judy Davis) to Boy (River Phoenix). The latter is showing the former around a fallout shelter in the Utah desert, redecorated by him for prosperity as a mystical […]

Film Review: ‘For Ellen’

★★★☆☆ Bonds between children and their parents have been significantly prominent in the blossoming career of South Korean director So Yong Kim. Her first two films both contained young female characters with absentee fathers and her […]

Film Review: ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’

★☆☆☆☆ To this day, Die Hard (1988) is still regarded as one of the quintessential action movies of our time. It birthed a new action hero in John McClane, and it helped make Bruce Willis one […]