Film reviews and more

Day: 13 May 2015

Cannes 2015: Our picks of the Competition programme

It’s that time of year again when the enormous poster outside the grand Palais is unveiled and, for this year at least, the beautiful face of Ingrid Bergman will glance down at the red carpet, ready for the opening of the 68th edition of the most glamorous film showcase in the world, Cannes. Over ten days starting 13 May, […]

Film Review: ‘The Tribe’

★★★★☆ Brutal, riveting and visually hyperexpressive, writer-director Miroslav Slaboshpitsky’s feature debut The Tribe (2014) achieves new heights of pure cinema – and all without a single word spoken. The viewer shouldn’t be fooled by the opening scene, in which an old woman at a bus stop gives directions to Sergey (Grigory Fasenko), a shy deaf boy: it is the […]

Film Review: ‘Pitch Perfect 2’

★★★☆☆ Producer Elizabeth Banks steps behind the camera in this sequel to Pitch Perfect (2012), which comes with decidedly more anticipation than its predecessor. Taking full advantage of studios’ and audiences’ post-Bridesmaids (2011) appetite for female-led comedies, the original film became a surprise hit (the second highest grossing musical comedy of all time) and made stars of both Anna […]

Film Review: ‘Only Angels Have Wings’

★★★★☆ “A man can die but once; we owe God a death.” Shakespeare’s Henry IV provides the basis for the poetic expression of the fatalistic storm ever brewing on the horizon of Howard Hawks’ Only Angels Have Wings (1939). “If we pay it today, we don’t owe it tomorrow,” goes the typically practical Hawksian suffix. Unlike the actual meteorological […]