Film reviews and more

Day: 13 March 2013

Kinoteka 2013: ‘Manhunt’ review

★★★☆☆ Having recently found himself in harsh and grim post-war Poland for Wojciech Smarzowski’s sombre Rose (Róza, 2011), Marcin Dorocinski is back again in award-winning wartime drama, Manhunt (Oblawa, 2012). On this occasion, he is part of the Polish resistance […]

Film Review: ‘The Paperboy’

★★★★☆ There are few films that can lay claim to being quite so lurid and sultry as Lee Daniels’ infamous Cannes foray The Paperboy (2012) – which makes it all the more delicious to sample. Set deep within the humid […]

Film Review: ‘The Spirit of ’45’

★★★☆☆ For a renowned political filmmaker, it’s curious that Ken Loach’s films are at their best when they focus on the more personal elements. Loach has a gift for depicting the arduous everyday struggles of poverty with sensitivity and humanity, […]

Film Review: ‘Vinyl’

★☆☆☆☆ It’s certainly still early days, but the poorest British film of the year may just be about to rear its repugnant head (and we’re not referring back to Danny Dyer farce Run for Your Wife). Sara Sugarman’s Vinyl (2012) wants […]

Film Review: ‘Welcome to the Punch’

★★★☆☆ A degree of pressure has been placed upon director Eran Creevy, as his eagerly awaited second feature follows on from his BAFTA-nominated debut, Shifty (2008). Creevy now returns with a grander budget and bigger cast for Welcome to the […]

Film Review: ‘Shell’

★★★★☆ Eschewing the type of gritty social realism commonly associated with regional British cinema in favour of an aesthetically heightened approach, Scott Graham’s directorial debut Shell (2012) wouldn’t look out of place in competition at any of the major European […]

Kinoteka 2013: ‘Supermarket’ review

★★★☆☆ Fashioning a compelling yarn from a single shift at a supermarket was always likely to be a challenge for writer/director Maciej Zak. Despite said shift being an extra-long, New Year’s Eve affair, and the staff in question security guards, […]

Kinoteka 2013: ‘Shameless’ review

★★★☆☆ Tales of incest are unlikely to be the easiest of sells, but director Filip Marczewski does an admirable job of handling said material in Shameless (Bez wstydu, 2012). An intense melodrama that screened last weekend as part of the […]

Kinoteka 2013: ‘Rose’ review

★★★☆☆ Originally populated by Polish settlers, the rural villages of Masuria were aggressively Germanised in the half-century leading up to the advent of World War II, which ultimately led to them being considered as one of the most loyal regions […]