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Film Review: ‘The Canyons’

★★☆☆☆ One of the of the most intensely scrutinised films to emerge out of Hollywood for some time, The Canyons (2013) finally arrives in the UK for a brief sojourn on the big screen before hitting […]

Film Review: ‘Before the Winter Chill’

★★★☆☆ It’s difficult not to think of Michael Haneke’s Hidden (2005) in the opening stages of Philippe Claudel’s third film, Before the Winter Chill (2013). The last time Daniel Auteuil played a middle-class husband receiving unwanted […]

Film Review: ‘Bad Neighbours’

★★★★☆ Seth Rogen and Nicholas Stoller are responsible for some of the funniest comedies of the noughties, from 2007’s Superbad to The Five-Year Engagement (2012). Bad Neighbours (2014) marks the first time the Apatow alumni have […]

Film Review: ‘American Interior’

★★★★☆ American Interior (2014), the tremendous new collaboration between Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys and director Dylan Goch, is a chronicle of dreamers and outlaws; a treatise on two rebel nations that takes the form […]

Film Review: ‘Advanced Style’

★★★☆☆ A champion of the elegant and elderly, New Yorker Ari Seth Cohen first started his fashion blog, Advanced Style, as a way of documenting his grandmother’s remarkable dress sense. Cohen’s site quickly gained in popularity, […]

DVD Review: ‘The Railway Man’

★★☆☆☆ Based on the autobiography of the late Second World War veteran Eric Lomax, who passed away in 2012 at the age of 93, director Jonathan Teplitzky’s prim and proper The Railway Man (2013) attempts – […]

DVD Review: ‘Nymphomaniac Vol. 1 & 2’

★★★☆☆ No single director in recent memory has forcibly alienated and beguiled their audiences in equal measure as much as Lars von Trier. He’s an unforgiving chaser of controversy. He’s notoriously callous to work with. He’s […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘White Dog’

★★★★☆ In an alternate history of American cinema, Samuel Fuller would stand shoulder to shoulder with John Ford and Howard Hawks. If the latter pair constitute the heart and the soul, then Fuller would be its […]

DVD Review: ‘Like Father, Like Son’

★★★★☆ Continuing his highly praised and numerously explored focus on the intrinsic role and challenges of family life in contemporary Japanese society, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Like Father, Like Son (2013) is another tenderly observed and emotionally fraught […]

DVD Review: ‘Klondike’

★★★★☆ The Discovery Channel have staked their claim in the world of big budget television with the handsome and well-acted historical adventure Klondike (2014) – the channel’s first scripted production. Under the welcome supervision of executive […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Boomerang!’

★★★★☆ Elia Kazan knew that he’d made a dud with the underwhelming Hepburn/Tracy vehicle The Sea of Grass (1947), even going as far as to discouraging audiences from seeing it. But that crushing disappointment evidently resulted […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Hobson’s Choice’

★★★★★ Sometimes a film comes along where the viewer can do nothing but sit back and let the whole blissful business wash over them. Hobson’s Choice (1954) – director David Lean’s spirited screen adaptation of playwright […]