Film Review: ‘The Two Faces of January’

★★☆☆☆ A sun-kissed adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel of the same name from Drive (2011) scribe Hossein Amini, The Two Faces of January (2014) has dapper suits and glorious Greek vistas in abundance, but is found surprisingly lacking in both psychological complexity and genuine cat-and-mouse thrills. Kirsten Dunst, Oscar Continue Reading

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Film Review: ‘Touchy Feely’

★★☆☆☆ In Lynn Shelton’s Touchy Feely (2013), a massage therapist and holistics enthusiast finds herself developing a mysterious aversion to bodily contact. Eschewing the narrative intensity of the mumblecore sub-genre in favour of a more corporeal approach, Shelton’s latest attempts to elevate her middle-class narrative into something more transcendent and Continue Reading

Film Review: ‘Godzilla’

★★★★☆ It’s been sixty years since the release of Ishirō Honda’s monster movie classic Godzilla (1954), and the fearsome reptile has gone on to become an icon of pop culture spawning no fewer than 28 iterations, the last of which is widely regarded as a failure. Only the sophomore effort Continue Reading

Film Review: ‘Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey’

★★★☆☆ The fast-track to rock superstardom is an alluring proposition for the fame-hungry X Factor generation, and the trajectory of Ramona S. Diaz’s entertaining Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey (2012) feels like it’s been ripped from a Hollywood narrative feature. The publicised search for a replacement singer certainly isn’t new. Continue Reading