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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 […]

Film Review: ‘The Nun’

★★☆☆☆ French writer Denis Diderot played an elaborate prank on the Marquis de Croismare, penning lengthy pleading letters from Suzanne – a fictional nun – which he forged into a single narrative after the jape was […]

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. […]

Film Review: ‘Drinking Buddies’

★★★☆☆ It would appear that mumblecore is being defanged by the very directors who gave the movement its bite. Like the Duplass brothers’ limp Jeff Who Lives at Home (2012), Joe Swanberg’s Drinking Buddies (2013) is […]

Film Review: ‘Cutie and the Boxer’

★★★★☆ Observational documentary must, it seems, walk a perpetual tightrope; with its sights set on an elusive realism, there is always the danger of subjects that are unable to provide the desired naturalism when in front […]

Film Review: ‘Child’s Pose’

★★★★☆ Winner of the prestigious Golden Bear at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, Călin Peter Netzer’s Child’s Pose (2013) carries on the fine social realist work of fellow contemporary Romanian directors Cristian Mungiu and Cristi Puiu […]

Special Feature: 16th Moët BIFA nominess announced

With awards season looming ominously on the horizon, today the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs), in association with Moët, announced the nominees set to vie for accolades during their 16th annual ceremony on Sunday 8 December. […]

DVD Review: ‘Robin Redbreast’

★★★★☆ The BFI has gone into overdrive this Halloween with several classic TV chillers being dusted down for the haunting season. Amongst them is Robin Redbreast (1970), an episode of the popular BBC drama series Play […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Red River’

★★★☆☆ Before 1948’s Red River, Howard Hawks had already made half a dozen classics including Scarface, Bringing Up Baby, His Girl Friday and The Big Sleep. A decade later, Hawks would direct one of the great […]

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 […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Creepshow’

★★★☆☆ The horror anthology film has seen something of a renaissance over the past year with The ABCs of Death and V/H/S both proving moderate successes here in the UK. Inspiration for such portmanteau projects may […]

DVD Review: ‘My Amityville Horror’

★★★★☆ The Amityville Horror (1979) and its 2005 remake focused on the supposedly true story of a supernatural attack upon one American family in the mid-70s. After moving into a former murder site at 112 Ocean […]