Film Review: ‘Philomena’

★★☆☆☆ Hotly tipped as one of the UK film industry’s main contenders at next year’s Academy Awards, Stephen Frears’ Philomena (2013) certainly has its eyes on the prize when it comes to commercial marketability. In Judi Dench, Frears has a former Best Actress Oscar winner to test Cate Blanchett’s mettle, Continue Reading


Film Review: ‘Gloria’

★★★★☆ Chilean director Sebastián Lelio’s Gloria (2013) is a lighthearted examination of a country in a state of flux, told beautifully through the tragic endeavours of its hopelessly romantic protagonist, that’s both charming and culturally enlightening. Gloria (Paulina Garcia) is an ageing divorcee living alone in her one bedroom apartment, Continue Reading

Blu-ray Review: ‘The Fury’

★★★★☆ In the late 1970s and early 80s, glossy Hollywood horror, though having its fair share of big budget shocks, frequently favoured a subtler, more psychological approach. Where these films were concerned one director reigned supreme – Brian De Palma. Even amongst his films however – renowned for mixing gruesome Continue Reading

DVD Review: ‘Twixt’

★★★☆☆ Francis Ford Coppola continues his descent into filmmaking obscurity with Twixt (2011), an intermittently handsome horror starring a waning Val Kilmer and an ashen-faced Elle Fanning that surprised many when included within Cahiers du Cinéma’s rundown of 2012’s best new releases. Described by local sheriff Bobby LaGrange (Bruce Dern) Continue Reading

DVD Review: ‘Snitch’

★★☆☆☆ Former wrestler Dwayne Johnson’s name has become synonymous with movies that describe themselves as high-octane and adrenaline fuelled. Ric Roman Waugh’s Snitch (2013), an action-thriller is another one of those films but with its sights set on a moral high ground. Eugene Jarecki’s The House I Live In (2012) Continue Reading

DVD Review: ‘Renoir’

★★★☆☆ Renoir (2012), Gilles Bourdos’ sumptuous portrait of the French master’s final years and his filmmaker son Jean’s first creative stirrings, is big on atmosphere but lacks dramatic tension. Father (Michel Bouquet) and son (Vincent Rottiers) fall for the same woman, Andrée Heuschling (Christa Theret), who becomes Jean’s wife and Continue Reading