LFF 2013: ‘Jeune & Jolie’ review

★★★☆☆ Following on from the Kristen Scott-Thomas-starring In the House (2012), which hit screens back in March, prolific French director François Ozon returns to UK cinemas for the second time this year with Jeune & Jolie (2013). Playing at the London Film Festival ahead of a wider cinematic release, it Continue Reading

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LFF 2013: ‘The Fear’ review

★★☆☆☆ Whilst Jordi Cadena’s The Fear (2013) boasts a sensational performance from young talent Igor Szpakowski and a palpable sense of dread, this oppressive meditation on Spain’s ‘pact of forgetting’ and Basque separatism ultimately proves an insensitive and tactless exploration of domestic violence. Shot almost entirely from the vantage point Continue Reading

LFF 2013: ‘Gravity’ review

★★★★☆ Sound and vision combine to momentous effect in Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity (2013), a grand technical touchstone that the next generation of CGI-reliant blockbusters could and should be measured against. Fortunately, Cuarón’s latest also proves to be more than just a ‘look-at-me’ tech demo for computer-generated visual advancement, grounded as Continue Reading

LFF 2013: ‘As I Lay Dying’ review

★★☆☆☆ The fact that James Franco is the subject of frequent mockery is sadly indicative of the cynicism of our times. A modern day renaissance man, Franco’s numerous endeavours may appear scattered and disorderly but, in an age where every artistic step is carefully calculated, they should nonetheless be applauded Continue Reading