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Day: 26 November 2013


Blu-ray Review: ‘Heaven’s Gate’

★★★★★ Beginning with a graduation and ending with tears of regret, Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate (1980) is a monumental piece of American cinema; an opulent leviathan that moves to its own strange rhythm. While its troubling conception and destructive aftermath are legendary, the picture now stands proudly as […]


Blu-ray Review: ‘Betty Blue’

★★★★★ One of the most iconic French offerings of the eighties, Jean Jacques Beineix’s Betty Blue (1986) not only filled cinemas and earned itself BAFTA and Oscar attention, but its César Award-winning poster found itself adorning the bedroom walls of those mesmerised by the astounding central performance of […]


DVD Review: ‘The World’s End’

★★★★☆ Marking the third and concluding instalment of Edgar Wright’s Cornetto trilogy, The World’s End (2013) serves up a superb concoction of sharp dialogue and pathos, along with a stellar cast, to provide a fitting, if occasionally muddled, end to the what is arguably one of the finest […]


DVD Review: ‘The Wolverine’

★★★☆☆ Hugh Jackman returns to the franchise that made his name for a fifth time in The Wolverine (2013), a serviceable if somewhat anaemic entry that continues to investigate the X-Men series’ chief protagonist in a more personal fashion, all the while bogging itself down in customary comic […]

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DVD Review: ‘Stuck in Love’

★★★☆☆ Debut director Josh Boone’s Stuck in Love (2012) is an intelligent romantic comedy about love, loss, the consolations of literature and the familial bonds that tie. Divorced novelist Bill Borgens (Greg Kinnear) still lays a place for his wife Erica (Jennifer Connelly) at the family’s Thanksgiving table. […]


DVD Review: ‘Red 2’

★★☆☆☆ Robert Schwentke’s Red (2010) came as a minor surprise. This first story of ageing spies being hunted out of retirement was an enjoyable romp; an action film that didn’t merely coast on the names of its high profile stars. Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren and Mary […]