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DVD Review: ‘The Guvnors’

★★☆☆☆ It’s unlikely that The Guvnors (2014) is going to be admitted to the canon of gangland crime thrillers in the near future. A middling script, poor direction and a varying array of stereotypical performances all […]

DVD Review: ‘God’s Pocket’

★★★☆☆ The feature debut from Mad Men actor John Slattery (who plays the wonderfully urbane Roger Sterling in the hit AMC show), God’s Pocket (2013) may not share the same air of sophistication as the stylish ad […]

Johannes Holzhausen, ‘The Museum’

For a filmmaker responsible for an insightful opening of the curtain of an arts institution like he does on Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum (KHM) in The Great Museum (2014) it was grounding when CineVue chatted to Johannes […]

Film Review: ‘Kon-Tiki’

★★★☆☆ The ocean is vast and filled with peril, but it is the foolhardy resilience of men that proves the crux of Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg’s cinematic voyage, Kon-Tiki (2012). Norway’s most expensive production to […]

Film Review: ‘Guys and Dolls’

★★★★☆ Damon Runyon is often imitated but never bettered – we won’t even hold it against him that he’s partly responsible (via proxy) for the gangster films of Guy Ritchie and his ilk. Runyon’s portrayal of […]

DVD Review: ‘Still the Enemy Within’

★★★★★ The miners’ strike of 1984-5 was a pivotal moment in the social and political history of the UK, and one which, 30 years on, we are just beginning to properly put into any sort of […]

DVD Review: ‘Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For’

★★☆☆☆ After an almost decade-long gap since Sin City (2005), you’d think that collaborators Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez would have made time to craft a watertight narrative and ensure that expectations were not only met […]

DVD Review: ‘Nas: Time Is Illmatic’

★★★☆☆ In the attempt to present a life on film, there will always be parts that are left out. The camera cannot capture every minute detail of a person’s life, and that’s an understanding audiences will […]

DVD Review: ‘Hello Carter’

★★★☆☆ Filmmaker Anthony Wilcox embarks upon his first feature film in the director’s chair with a commendable amount of composure – an attitude presumably gained from experience further down the ladder on films such as Hot […]

Film Review: ‘Manakamana’

★★★★☆ Last year, the Harvard Sensory Ethnographic Lab swallowed screens with their briny and disorientating fish-eye-view experience, Leviathan (2012). When their latest film, Manakamana (2013) opens in the pitch dark to the whirring of mechanical winches […]

Film Review: ‘The Green Prince’

★☆☆☆☆ The Green Prince (2014) is the fantastical story of Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of Hassan Yousef one of the founders of Hamas; who was an informant for the Israeli internal secret service Shin Bet […]