Film reviews and more

Day: 3 July 2013

Film Review: ‘Now You See Me’

★★★☆☆ After the abominable Greek tragedy that was 2010’s big money rehash Clash of the Titans, director Louis Leterrier returns with an all-star cast for magician-based crime thriller Now You See Me (2013); a film that delivers all the entertainment and spectacle of a David Copperfield Christmas Special, but is ultimately let down by a flaky third act and […]

Film Review: ‘The Internship’

 ★★☆☆☆ This year’s Google work placements had over 40,000 applicants. However, a few more films like Shawn Levy’s The Internship and the next generation of graduates could turn towards Bing (or even Movies are often derided for their ultra-cynical product placement, but in The Internship this takes on worrying new significance as Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson become […]

Film Review: ‘The Wall’

★★★★☆ Adapted from Marlen Haushofer’s 1962 novel of the same name, The Wall (Die Wand, 2012) is German director Julian Pölsler’s debut feature following a career spent predominately in television. Starring the wonderful Martina Gedeck, Pölsler’s stripped down, philosophical slice of reflective sci-fi is a breath of fresh air within a genre driven by spectacle. Gedeck plays an unidentified […]

Film Review: ‘Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer’

★★★★☆ To the uninitiated, they may resemble an attempted ‘swede’ of the feisty girls from Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers (2012), but the balaclava-clad protagonists of lively documentary Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (2013) are anything but. The news in 2011 that Vladimir Putin would seek a third term as President inspired these disillusioned young women to take up arms […]

Film Review: ‘The Bling Ring’

★★★☆☆ In UK cinemas this week following its Cannes Un Certain Regard debut, Sofia Coppola follows up 2010’s so-so Somewhere with The Bling Ring (2013). Based on journalist Nancy Jo Sales’ Vanity Fare article ‘The Suspect Wore Louboutins’, Coppola’s latest is a hyper-stylised satire on the role of celebrity – but how far can a film about shallowness go before […]