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DVD Review: ‘Minions’

★★★☆☆ It’s hardly a stretch to say that when Despicable Me debuted to enormous success in 2010, many of the accolades were being fired in the direction of its heaving mass of supporting players. From Jerry […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Love + Anarchism’

★★★★☆ With Arrow Video’s recent Blu-ray release of the Love + Anarchism trilogy – a trio of films comprised of Eros + Massacre (1969), Heroic Purgatory (1970) and Coup d’Etat (1973) – younger generations are reintroduced to […]

DVD Review: ‘Legend of Barney Thomson’

★★☆☆☆ Robert Carlyle exhibits little flair in his dispensable directorial debut The Legend of Barney Thomson (2015). With a crack-shot cast and well captured locations in and around Glasgow, the film passes by easily enough but […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘Closely Observed Trains’

★★★★★ La petite mort is inextricably entwined with the grand one in Jiří Menzel’s wonderful Closely Observed Trains (1966). A bittersweet and funny coming-of-age tale, it doubles as an allegorical quest for a nation’s cojones amidst […]

Film Review: ‘Warriors’

★★★★☆ Perhaps more so than any other popular medium, sport is an effective means of bringing about social change. Cricket might not be at the top of that list for some but a group of young […]

Film Review: ‘Tell Spring Not to Come’

★★★★☆ Saeed Taji Farouky has carved out something of a reputation for directing and producing documentaries that are visually arresting and pack a punch. Tunnel Trade (2007), about Gaza’s illegal underground smuggling economy, was nominated for […]

Film Review: ‘Tangerine’

★★★★☆ An acerbically funny yet emotionally engaging film about friendship and the surprising alliances that arise in marginalised America, Sean Baker’s Tangerine (2015) is a riotously entertaining portrait of life on the streets of LA. Baker […]

Film Review: ‘Steve Jobs’

★★★★☆ Since its announcement, press interest surrounding the latest film about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has been dominated by its writer Aaron Sorkin, who has dutifully offers a rich and textured screenplay. Contrastingly, its director Danny […]

Film Review: ‘The Lady in the Van’

★★★☆☆ British director Nicholas Hytner returns to the work of playwright Alan Bennett for new film The Lady in the Van (2015), an adaptation of Bennett’s hit West End play of the same name. that Hytner […]

Film Review: ‘The Hallow’

★★★☆☆ Horror cinema is forever walking a terrifying tightrope between internal anguish and external torment. This endless battle rages in the both the creeps and conventions of Corin Hardy’s directorial The Hallow (2015). The music video […]

Film Review: ‘The Fear of 13’

★★★★☆ An irrational fear of the number thirteen is not a concept that many will be familiar with. Unlucky or not, the word in of itself held no particular meaning for convicted murderer Nick but is […]

Summer 2016 blockbuster preview

2016 is looking like a major year in film. As has become increasingly typical, many of the big budget projects are slated for summer releases. As publicity intensifies for some of these films and the early […]