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DVD Review: ‘Home from Home’

★★★★☆ For more than thirty years, German filmmaker Edgar Reitz has devoted his career to chronicling his homeland through his ongoing Heimat series. He returns to the lineage of the Simon family with Home from Home: […]

DVD Review: ‘Gascoigne’

★★★☆☆ To every lover of football, Paul Gascoigne embodies both what is good and bad about the beautiful game. A naturally gifted player forged on the streets of the North East, his loveable personality off the […]

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 […]

Film Review: ‘The Misfits’

★★★★★ During the powerful final sequence of John Huston’s The Misfits (1961), there is a moment that cuts through the fog of the film‘s legend and rips straight through the heart. Marilyn Monroe is standing in […]

Film Review: ‘Freaks’

★★★★☆ The first American picture to be marketed as an unambiguously supernatural horror experience (released on Valentine’s Day, 1931) was Tod Browning’s Dracula starring the iconic Bela Lugosi. Universal were at that time in a financial […]

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 […]

DVD Review: ‘Tusk’

★★★☆☆ Kevin Smith, so long associated with bringing bring relatable geeky slacker comedy to the big screen, made a concerted effort with his last film, 2011’s fanatical cult horror Red State, to break out of that […]

DVD Review: ‘Mortdecai’

★☆☆☆☆ Johnny Depp continues his descent into self-parody with the mawkish and turgid caper Mortdecai (2015) from director David Koepp. Based on Kyril Bonfiglioli’s 1970’s comic novels, it follows the misadventures of the dodgy art dealer […]

DVD Review: ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’

★★★☆☆ Matthew Vaughn’s slick second collaboration with writer Mark Millar, Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), brings together the kinetic energy and shock humour of Kick-Ass (2010) and the now well-worn tropes of the spy genre, making […]

DVD Review: ‘Kajaki’

★★★★☆ Consciously attempting to remedy British cinema’s dirge of contemporary war films, outshone as they usually are by the superior American model, Kajaki (2014), the feature debut of Paul Katis, is a retelling of a harrowing […]

DVD Review: ‘Jauja’

★★★★☆ Jauja (2014), the tantalisingly absurdist new feature from Argentinian Lisandro Alonso, is a film that lives and dies by its final act. Without giving anything away, the finale involves a dramatic shift that sequesters what […]

DVD Review: ‘The Interview’

★☆☆☆☆ Watching the completely feckless and puerile outing that is The Interview (2014) is to watch the death of a bromance. Seth Rogen and James Franco have worked together onscreen for nearly two decades. In that […]