Film reviews and more

Day: 5 September 2013

Film Review: ‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’

★★★★☆ In UK cinemas this week having made a splash at both Sundance and Cannes, David Lowery’s romantic crime yarn Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013) is pretty much deserving of the all accolades bestowed upon it. It’s a familiarly-told tale, captured in a perpetual magic-hour haze, with a genuine feeling of passion and longing running throughout. Beginning the tale […]

Film Review: ‘The Great Beauty’

★★★★★ Pipped to the Palme d’Or post this year by Blue is the Warmest Colour, The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza, 2013) is a sparkling return to form for Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino, following the disappointment of his bemusing English-language debut This Must Be the Place (2012). Starring regular collaborator Toni Servillo, Sorrentino has crafted a masterful ode to […]

Film Review: ‘No One Lives’

★★☆☆☆ No One Lives (2012) is the second English-language excursion from Japanese director Ryuhei Kitamura (following 2008’s The Midnight Meat Train). Starring British actor Luke Evans, Kitamura’s latest is a gory cat-and-mouse slasher that still ultimately feels like a hollow shell of grotesque action sequences and deadpan humour. When a gang of ruthless highway thieves kidnap a wealthy couple […]

Film Review: ‘About Time’

★★★☆☆ “For me, it was always going to be about love.” That’s Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) in a voiceover at the start of Richard Curtis’ About Time (2013). On his 21st birthday, Tim discovers from his dad (Bill Nighy) that all the men in his family can time travel. What will he use the gift for, asks his father. […]

Film Review: ‘Riddick’

★☆☆☆☆ Vin Diesel’s belated and unwelcome return as Riddick’s (2013) titular anti-hero proves to be not just a pitiful example of ‘churn ’em out’ genre cinema, but is also perhaps set to be the most chauvinistic, sexist movie of the year. David Twohy returns to direct for the third time, abandoning the eye-brow-raising aesthetic of second instalment Chronicles of […]