Film reviews and more

Day: 14 April 2015


Film Review: ‘The Last Five Years’

★★★☆☆ With a riveting performance in The Last Five Years (2015), Anna Kendrick has proved she may be a contemporary Judy Garland. She plays the wildly ambitious, almost foolishly optimistic Cathy, a young singer from New Jersey trying to turn her passion into a career in the Big Apple. When she meets Jamie […]


Film Review: ‘Dark Horse’

★★★★☆ Truth is often stranger than fiction, a hoary truism that has led to many a documentary making its mark on the film world. The latest to do so is Dark Horse (2015), which won the audience award at January’s Sundance Film Festival, a feat in keeping with the film’s subject. Director Louise […]

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Film Review: ‘Cry of the City’

★★★★☆ Rereleased to coincide in the forthcoming retrospective at the BFI of director Robert Siodmak, the supporting promotional blurb around the 1948 New York-set crime yarn, Cry of the City (1948) mentions its influence over one the city’s favourite cinematic sons, Martin Scorsese. The grimy depiction of the mean streets of Little Italy […]


Film Review: ‘A Little Chaos’

★★★☆☆ For his second feature as director – following on from the Emma Thompson-starring The Winter Guest (1997) – Alan Rickman brings audiences the period folly A Little Chaos (2014), a film as mildly diverting and inoffensive as its title suggests. Based on a true story and adapted from ex-Casualty star Alison Deegan’s […]

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Film Review: ‘Child 44’

★★☆☆☆ The prospect of a drama starring Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke and Noomi Rapace based on Tom Rob Smith’s bestselling novel Child 44 suggested that it would be a great film. Sadly, in the hands of Daniel Espinosa, who was responsible for the “Martin Scorsese Presents” gangster flick Easy Money, that […]