Film Review: ‘Whiplash’

★★★★★ Following on from its hugely successful world premiere at Sundance this year, Damien Chazelle’s second feature, Whiplash (2014), hits the Croisette showing in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes. After catching the eye and winning plaudits for his impressive lead turn in The Spectacular Now (2013), Miles Teller plays Andrew, a Continue Reading

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Film Review: ‘Top Dog’

★☆☆☆☆ Adapted from the novel by Green Street scribe Dougie Brimson, Top Dog (2014) is the latest offering from Jonathan Sothcott’s Richwater Films, who seem intent on burying British independent cinema under a mountain of cockney gangster flicks and inferior horrors. Unfortunately for anyone with even a modicum of taste, there’s Continue Reading

Film Review: ‘Heli’

★★★☆☆ Despite an audacious scene near its midpoint that will undoubtedly prompt much tongue-wagging, Amat Escalante’s third feature, Heli (2013), is largely about just how commonplace unexceptional cruelty and bloodshed has become in his native Mexico. His previous film, Los Bastardos (2008), concerned a shocking act of violence committed impassively Continue Reading

Film Review: ‘Blended’

★☆☆☆☆ In 50 First Dates (2004), Drew Barrymore played a hapless singleton suffering from short-term memory loss who constantly forgets that she’s ever met Adam Sandler. Sadly, the rest of us aren’t so fortunate. Reuniting with The Wedding Singer (1998) director Frank Coraci, Sandler has wrangled Barrymore into co-starring alongside Continue Reading