DVD Review: ‘Frozen’

★★★★☆ Disney’s animated juggernaut Frozen (2013) comes to DVD and Blu-ray with a weighty reputation already in place. Critically lauded, a runaway box-office hit, and a double-winner at this year’s Academy Awards (for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song), Frozen has rightly been hailed as one of Disney’s best Continue Reading

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DVD Review: ‘The Family’

★★☆☆☆ Considering the talent involved, you’d be forgiven for thinking that The Family (2013) would make for a couple of hours of passable entertainment. Sadly, this new crime thriller (with supposed comedic twists) – starring Bobby De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones, written and directed by Frenchman Luc Continue Reading

DVD Review: ‘Dom Hemingway’

★★☆☆☆ Imagine Sexy Beast’s Don Logan suddenly developing a heart halfway through Jonathan Glazer’s film. Unfathomable, isn’t it. This is the unfortunate trajectory of Jude Law’s volatile, large-than-life parolee in Richard Shepard’s comedy drama Dom Hemingway (2013), which squanders its early promise with a pedestrian and muddled second half. Released Continue Reading

DVD Review: ‘Carrie’

★★★☆☆ Carrie, Stephen King’s first published novel, has been adapted several times for the big screen, Brian De Palma’s 1976 version being the most well-known and successful. The latest incarnation hails from Boys Don’t Cry (1999) director Kimberly Peirce, who delivers an efficient, yet prosaic supernatural thriller that does its Continue Reading

Film Review: ‘The Past’

★★★★☆ One of a number of talented Iranian creatives currently working outside their own country (some, like fellow director Jafar Panahi, are unable to vacate), Oscar-winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi leaves behind the miasma of his home nation for the Paris-set The Past (2013), another fantastically intricate exercise in domestic complexity. Continue Reading

Film Review: ‘Almost Married’

★☆☆☆☆ Exactly the sort of unforgivable dross that represents a stunning indictment of the British filmmaking machine, Ben Cookson’s Almost Married (2014) is a crushingly unconvincing sex comedy that may not surpass 2004’s Sex Lives of the Potato Men in its grotesqueness, but certainly reminds you of it – which Continue Reading