Film Review: ‘The Guilt Trip’

★★☆☆☆ The success/failure of The Guilt Trip (2012) rests entirely upon the mismatched pairing of international doyenne Barbra Streisand and Judd Apatow disciple Seth Rogen. Streisand, in her first starring role in 15 years, plays the widowed Joyce Brewster, a stereotypical Jewish mother – gabbling, smothering and parsimonious – and Continue Reading


Film Review: ‘Parker’

★★★☆☆ The somewhat bemusing tagline for Parker (2013) – the latest brusque and thundering action-thriller starring British cult hero Jason Statham – states that ‘Payback has a new name’. Indeed, the titular Parker, the hard-boiled anti-hero of Donald Westlake’s series of crime novels, has appeared before, under a different name, in Continue Reading

Film Review: ‘Side Effects’

★★★★☆ Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh’s ongoing retirement from feature filmmaking has become something of a running industry joke in recent years, with his departure from Hollywood planned (four projects in advance) back in 2011, prior to the release of virus thriller Contagion. Since then, Soderbergh has garnered praise from audiences Continue Reading