Film reviews and more

Day: 6 February 2014

Berlin 2014: ‘Jack’ review

★★★☆☆ In competition at Berlin, Edward Berger’s Jack (2014) is a laconic adolescent drama that burns with all the dynamism and intensity of a hyperactive child, yet struggles to maintain its fierce momentum. Despite being only […]

Berlin 2014: ‘Thou Wast Mild and Lovely’ review

★★★☆☆ Beginning life as a Kickstarter project and now playing in the Forum section of the 64th Berlinale, actress and director Josephine Decker presents her sophomore feature, Thou Wast Mild and Lovely (2012), starring regular collaborator […]

Berlin 2014: ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

★★★★☆ Wes Anderson ushers in the 64th Berlin Film Festival with his latest intricate offering The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). Starring Ralph Fiennes in the lead as concierge extraordinaire M. Gustave, Anderson marries old world opulence […]

Berlin 2014: ‘Butter on the Latch’ review

★★★☆☆ The debut narrative feature from actress and director Josephine Decker, Butter on the Latch (2012) has taken a leisurely journey to this year’s Berlinale, arriving at exactly the same time as her Kickstarter funded Thou […]

Berlin 2014: Our picks of the programme

The Berlin Film Festival has a reputation for exhibiting an eclectic mix of challenging and thought-provoking films that engage with sociopolitical ideas and promote independent cinema throughout the world. The highlights from this year’s programme are […]

Film Review: ‘RoboCop’

★★★☆☆ Dead or alive, a 21st century remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 cult science fiction classic RoboCop was always an inevitability. Fortunately, when plans were first announced they also brought with them the welcome news that […]

Film Review: ‘Lift to the Scaffold’

★★★★☆ Louis Malle was always the bridesmaid of French cinema. Though ostensibly a part of the Nouvelle Vague, he was a director who was hard to pin down, his wild eclecticism seemingly anathema to the auteurism […]