Film reviews and more

Day: 18 February 2014

Blu-ray Review: ‘Umbrellas of Cherbourg’

★★★★★ Jacques Demy’s poignant tale of doomed romanticism, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964), is rereleased on Blu-ray this month through StudioCanal. Bold and incredibly vibrant, Demy’s reinvention of the movie musical arrived just as the genre […]

DVD Review: ‘Machete Kills’

★☆☆☆☆ The somewhat mixed response to Robert Rodriguez’s 2010 spoof trailer turned feature, Machete, was an indication that audiences were tiring of seeing him draw from his overused bag of visual tricks to deliver yet another […]

DVD Review: ‘Le Week-End’

★★★☆☆ Upholding the current vogue of films both targeted at an older tier of cinemagoers and depicting the romantic ups and downs of characters in their autumn years, Le Week-End (2013) sees director Roger Michell teaming […]

DVD Review: ‘How I Live Now’

★★★★☆ Adapted from Meg Rosoff’s young adult novel, How I Live Now (2013) is director Kevin Macdonald’s second narrative film in a row to feature young stars traipsing through the British countryside. The first was The […]

DVD Review: ‘Game of Thrones: S3’

★★★★★ Lovers of Game of Thrones have been waiting eagle-eyed for the imminent debut of Season 4. Before then, Season 3 arrives on DVD and Blu-ray to remind all why this series has come to command […]

DVD Review: ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2’

★★★☆☆ Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) follows on from the phenomenal success of the surreal 2009 original, which came out of nowhere to challenge animation hotshots Disney Pixar […]

DVD Review: ‘Captain Phillips’

★★★★☆ Tom Hanks is an actor who has regularly provided an anchor for his audience; a steadfast and dependable rock regardless of whether the surrounding waters are choppy or still. He is thrust into a scenario […]