Film reviews and more

Day: 24 February 2014

DVD Review: ‘Thor: The Dark World’

★★★☆☆ Alan Taylor’s ‘Phase Two’ offering Thor: The Dark World (2013) sees Chris Hemsworth’s thunder god return in his second standalone movie, and provides much of the humour, full-on special effects and breathtaking set pieces we […]

DVD Review: ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’

★★★★☆ Admittedly, a “time-travelling indie comedy” may not be the most appealing concept upon first glance, but much like the characters in this charmingly offbeat yarn, initial perceptions differ from what is eventually achieved. On the […]

DVD Review: ‘Mister John’

★★★☆☆ With their feature debut, Helen (2008), British directing duo Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy toyed with notions of identity as they followed a young woman playing the role of a missing girl as part of […]

DVD Review: ‘Lubitsch in Berlin’

★★★★☆ What did the “Lubitsch touch” look like before it was the “Lubitsch touch”? There are plenty of clues in this welcome reissue of Masters of Cinema’s Lubitsch in Berlin box set, subtitled Fairy-Tales, Melodramas, and […]

DVD Review: ‘In the Name Of’

★★★☆☆ In 1994, the late Antonia Bird paired up Linus Roach and Robert Carlisle for Priest (1994), the tale of a Catholic priest torn between the church and his homosexuality. Now, another female director, Malgorzata Szumowska […]

DVD Review: ‘The Driving Force’

★★★☆☆ There’s something about the films foraged from the extensive BFI archives which makes the viewer hanker after a Britain which no longer exists. Their latest volume, The Driving Force, featuring various British Transport Films from […]