Film reviews and more

Day: 4 June 2014

Film Review: ‘Fruitvale Station’

★★★★☆ First-time filmmaker Ryan Coogler’s Sundance phenomenon Fruitvale Station (2013) opens with mobile phone footage of Oscar Grant’s shooting by Bay Area police. During this footage, three simple yet incredibly powerful words can be overheard in […]

Film Review: ‘The Dirties’

★★★★☆ Bringing subjects such as teenage bullying and, more controversial still, high school massacres to the big screen is always a perilous affair. As such, the decision of 22-year-old first-time Canadian director Matt Johnson to tackle […]

Film Review: ‘Cheap Thrills’

★★★☆☆ How low would you sink for just £10? How about £100? What type of degrading act would you perform for £1000? In E.L. Katz’s Cheap Thrills (2013) the price of dignity is individually appraised and […]

Film Review: ‘Benny & Jolene’

★★★☆☆ The fickle music industry merry-go-round is lampooned once again in Jamie Adams’ funny and heartfelt debut Benny & Jolene (2014), an also-rans’ tale of two young singer-songwriters struggling to make a name for themselves in […]

Film Review: ’22 Jump Street’

★★★★☆ When Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum tumbled onto screens in 2012’s 21 Jump Street, a movie reboot of the TV show that launched Johnny Depp’s career twenty-five years earlier, expectations had understandably been tempered. The […]