Film reviews and more

Day: 2 January 2014

Film Review: ‘La Belle et la Bête’

★★★★☆ Cited by numerous contemporary fantasy filmmakers – Mexican maestro Guillermo del Toro included – as a major influence on their own consequent bodies of work, French movie magician Jean Cocteau is commemorated by the BFI […]

Film Review: ‘The Missing Picture’

★★★★☆ Cambodia’s official submission to the 2014 Academy Awards, Rithy Panh’s The Missing Picture (2013) fuses archive footage, stop-motion animation and voiceover in an attempt to recreate the atrocities committed between 1975 and 1979 by the […]

Film Review: ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’

★★☆☆☆ Director Justin Chadwick presents his protracted and ultimately disappointing biopic portraying the life of South Africa’s first democratically elected leader with Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) – and what a trudge it is. Charting […]

Film Review: ‘Last Vegas’

★☆☆☆☆ A quartet of venerable Hollywood greats come together to play supposed lifelong friends staging one last hurrah in Jon Turteltaub’s much delayed comedy Last Vegas (2013). Surely a modicum of enjoyment is there to be […]

Film Review: ‘American Hustle’

★★★★☆ Amalgamating the best aspects of previous films The Fighter (2010) and Silver Linings Playbook (2012) whilst dispensing with a lot of the emotional baggage that dragged both down after engaging first halves, David O. Russell […]

Film Review: ‘Age of Uprising’

★★☆☆☆ One of the more eyebrow-raising nominees for last year’s Cannes Palme d’Or, French director Arnaud des Pallières’ Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas (2013) sees European cinema darling Mads Mikkelsen star as the […]