Film Review: ‘Samba’

★★★☆☆ Trying to capture lightning in a bottle for a second time is always an unenviable task. That was the challenge laid out to directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano as they seek to follow-up on the massive critical and commercial success of 2011’s Untouchable, a light and hugely enjoyable Continue Reading


Film Review: ‘8½’

★★★★★ A regular fixture in discussions of cinema’s greatest ever achievements, Federico Fellini’s 8½ (1963) returns to screens this week thanks to European preservationists Argent and the British Film Institute. Regarded by Fellini himself as his eight-and-a-halfth feature (hence the playful, self-referential title), 8½ would go on to be recognised Continue Reading

DVD Review: ‘Zulu’

★★☆☆☆ Bizarrely selected as closing film of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, French director Jérôme Salle’s ultra-generic South African cop thriller Zulu (2013) – starring Forest Whitaker, Orlando Bloom and over one hundred grating clichés – finds its way onto DVD this week. Whitaker plays Captain Ali, a rigorous and Continue Reading