Film Review: ‘How I Live Now’

★★☆☆☆ Apocalyptic teen angst is the order of the day in Kevin Macdonald’s limp and languid How I Live Now (2013), a functional – if uninspiring – adaptation of the 2004 Meg Rosoff novel of the same name. Starring Saoirse Ronan as the American relative of a rurally-situated British family, Continue Reading


Film Review: ‘Filth’

★★★☆☆ The fourth Irvine Welsh novel to be adapted for the big screen, Jon S. Baird’s Filth (2013) thankfully bears far more in common with the drug-fuelled classic Trainspotting (1996) than the other less successful translations. On the cusp of promotion, intensely misanthropic Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy) is Continue Reading

Film Review: ‘Emperor’

★★☆☆☆ World wars and their subsequent fallout are topics cinema loves revisiting. Directed by Peter Webber and set in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, Emperor (2012) centres on the efforts of military intelligence head Bonner Fellers (Matthew Fox) – under orders from General MacArthur (Tommy Lee Jones) Continue Reading

Film Review: ‘Camp 14’

★★★★☆ Earlier this year, Joshua Oppenheimer’s chilling documentary The Act of Killing (2013) recreated the events of the 1965 military coup in Indonesia. Approaching equally harrowing material, Marc Wiese’s third documentary feature, Camp 14: Total Control Zone (2012), places us within the barbaric prison camps of North Korea in an Continue Reading