Film reviews and more

Day: 23 May 2013

Cannes 2013: ‘Bastards’ review

★★☆☆☆ French director Claire Denis has maintained a wonderful run, from her 1998 debut Chocolat to recent efforts such as 36 Shots of Rum and White Material. Her latest, Bastards (Les Salauds, 2013), shows not in the main competition at […]

Film Review: ‘The Hangover Part III’

★★☆☆☆ There are some films which simply don’t need sequels, but these days it’s increasingly likely that studios will green-light follow-ups after an a successful first outing. Such was the case with The Hangover (2009); the film struck a tone […]

Film Review: ‘Benjamin Britten: Peace and Conflict’

★★★☆☆ It’s entirely appropriate that Tony Britten, an established and well-versed composer himself, delivers this spirited biopic about the life of Benjamin Britten (no relation). His idle feature film record is in plain view however, as the structure and format […]

DocHouse Presents: A River Changes Course review

★★★☆☆ “If you marry a city man you will be short of money,” claims a young Cambodian boy in Kalyanee Mam’s glacial documentary A River Changes Course (2013). He goes on to reveal that if you were to choose him, […]

Cannes 2013: ‘Heli’ review

★★★★☆ Heli (Armando Espitia), the protagonist of Amat Escalante’s 2013 Palme d’Or nominee of the same name, is a young Mexican who lives with his father, his son, his young wife (Linda Gonzalez) and 12-year-old sister, Estella (Andrea Vergara). He’s […]

Cannes 2013: ‘A Touch of Sin’ review

★★★☆☆ Director Jia Zhangke returns to Cannes this year with A Touch of Sin (2013), a powerful portrait of contemporary China told through the stories of four different provincial characters. Dahai (Jiang Wu) is a disappointed villager, exasperated by the […]