Film reviews and more

Day: 27 May 2015

#John Bleasdale #Reviews

Film Review: ‘Timbuktu’

★★★★☆ “Tire it, don’t kill it,” shouts a hunter to his party as they pursue a gazelle across the desert plain in a jeep. The men let off sporadic shots with the assault rifles they will later use to rip apart the sculptures and effigies that represent a culture their new Islamic regime […]

#Jamie Neish #Reviews

Film Review: ‘Results’

★★★☆☆ Results (2015) – the fifth film from Andrew Bujalski, the director of 2013’s Computer Chess – takes a while to find itself. Once it does, it’s revealed to be a funny, well observed and quite touching adult romantic comedy about relationships and happiness, and how those concepts differs from one person to […]


Film Review: ‘Man Up’

★★☆☆☆ A forcedly feel-good British rom-com starring the quirkily charming Lake Bell and frenetic Simon Pegg as its screwball couple, Man Up (2015) falls surprisingly flat. Even the strained efforts of its talented lead actors fail to redeem the pitfalls of a woefully cheesy, unoriginal script and a wasted premise of mistaken identity […]

#Ben Nicholson #Reviews

Film Review: ‘The Dead Lands’

★★★☆☆ There’s much to be said for genre films that strip things back to their fundamental elements and hit the ground running, shorn of all contrivances and elaborate special effects. Whilst much is going on in Toa Fraser’s The Dead Lands (2014), it is primarily a lean and undeniably brutal actioner that claims […]

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Film Review: ‘Danny Collins’

★★☆☆☆ “I was the real thing once” claims the title character in Dan Fogelman’s misfiring dramedy Danny Collins (2015). Played by Al Pacino (who else?), Collins was a once-promising folk singer who has leveraged his talent against a bleach-blonde trophy girlfriend, a vacuous mansion, and a limitless supply of booze and drugs. Whilst […]


Film Review: ‘The Connection’

★★★☆☆ While a fellow adaptation rather than a remake, The Connection (with the rather pleasing alternative title of La French in its homeland) will not escape comparisons with The French Connection (1971), William Friedkin’s classic based on a different part of the same period. Nevertheless, there is plenty to distinguish this thriller, set […]