Film Review: ‘West’

★★★☆☆ The anxiety of a nation in a state of schizophrenia is the catalyst behind director Christian Schwochow’s West (2013), a devastating portrait of a mother and son’s attempt to flee the GDR. Based on the quasi-biographical novel Lagerfeuer by Julia Franck, Schwochow’s Berlin-set, Cold War drama is a slow-burner Continue Reading


Film Review: ‘Age of Kill’

★☆☆☆☆ There is perhaps no genre that has become more bloated, contrived and utterly unfulfilling than the British gangster genre. Entries into this canon are often positively packaged as homegrown films, but they thrive on trope-driven characters while faulty scripts are glossed over with shiny production values that seek to Continue Reading