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Cannes 2014: ‘Saint Laurent’ review

★★★☆☆ “I’m the last,” an aging Yves Saint Laurent mutters towards the end of Bertrand Bonello’s stylish biopic (one of two in the last twelve months) of the legendary fashion designer, Saint Laurent (2014), showing in […]

Cannes 2014: ‘The Blue Room’ review

★★★☆☆ Following on from his 2010 Best Director win for On Tour, Mathieu Amalric returns to the Cannes Film Festival with his latest directorial effort – a terse little nugget of a crime drama entitled The […]

Cannes 2014: ‘Mr. Turner’ review

★★★★☆ A past Palme d’Or winner and first of two British heavyweights in competition, Mike Leigh returns to Cannes with a beautifully realised portrait of one England’s greatest ever landscape artists, J.M.W. Turner – entitled simply […]

Cannes 2014: ‘The Captive’ review

★★☆☆☆ From Canadian director Atom Egoyan (Next of Kin, The Sweet Hereafter), The Captive (2014) is a troubling abduction thriller set in the frozen Ontario wastes. Buried star Ryan Reynolds plays Matthew, a father who, on […]

Cannes 2014: ‘Party Girl’ review

★★★☆☆ Cannes’ Un Certain Regard strand opened this year with Marie Amachoukeli-Barsacq, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis’ Party Girl (2014), a well-made if unambitious social drama which asks whether an aging, leopard skin-clad nightclub hostess can […]

Cannes 2014: Our picks of the Competition programme

The finishing touches are now underway on the world famous Croisette and the Palais du Cinema in preparation for the 67th Cannes Film Festival, which opens tomorrow (14 April) with Nicole Kidman’s geographically apposite Grace Kelly […]

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 […]

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 […]

Film Review: ‘A Touch of Sin’

★★★★☆ A searing shot to the gut at last year’s Cannes Film Festival (what a shame it’s taken this long to make it to UK shores), Chinese director Jia Zhangke’s confrontational new feature, A Touch of […]

Film Review: ‘Pantani: the Accidental Death of a Cyclist’

★★★★☆ “It’s [in] the mountains where the pure, raw talent comes out,” states ex-cyclist Greg LeMond as he discusses the monumental inclines that punctuate the world’s most famous bike race, the Tour de France. They were […]

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, […]

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 […]