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DVD Review: ‘Spy’

★★★☆☆ Despite its attempt to subvert the spy genre via the antics of Melissa McCarthy set against a panoply of glamorous international backdrops, Spy (2015) has more in common with Mean Girls than Austin Powers. The […]

DVD Review: ‘Song of the Sea’

★★★★☆ When The Lego Movie (2014) was surprisingly overlooked at the Academy Awards earlier in the year, one of the theories posited for its shock exclusion was to do with technique. If the animators involved in […]

DVD Review: ‘Palio’

★★★★☆ Cosima Spender’s fascinating documentary Palio (2015), released on DVD this week, is about the oldest horse race in the world, whose origins date from medieval times. The Palio is a ruthless bareback race around the […]

DVD Review: ‘The Immortal Story’

★★★★☆ Made for French television in 1968, Orson Welles’ The Immortal Story is a beguiling and hypnotic meditation, on art and artifice, and the trickery and magic of storytelling. Adapted from a short story by Danish […]

Blu-ray Review: ‘The Goonies’

★★★★☆ “Goonies never say die”, the now immortal rallying cry by young adventurer Mickey (Sean Astin) to his band of fellow teen treasure hunters can’t help but echo the enduring appeal of this film. Thanks to […]

DVD Review: ‘Best of Enemies’

★★★☆☆ The 1968 television debates between William F Buckley Jr and Gore Vidal, which accompanied that year’s Republican and Democratic conventions, had an impact on political commentary that is still evident today. New documentary Best of […]

CPH:DOX: ‘The Visit’ review

★★★★☆ “Our scenario begins with the arrival. Your arrival. Welcome to our planet.” These words form the basis of Michael Madsen’s The Visit (2015); a tantalising reminder that humanity continues to send signals out into space […]

CPH:DOX: ‘This Changes Everything’

★★☆☆☆ In Al Gore’s 2006 sobering documentary An Inconvenient Truth the man who “used to be the next President of the United States” relied heavily on charts, infographics and statistics to shock viewers into a collective […]

CPH:DOX: ‘Je Suis Charlie’ review

★★★☆☆ A cursory Google search for ‘Charlie Hebdo’ reveals that the satirical magazine continues to fly dangerously close to the sun. Less than a week since the Sinai plane crash, a cartoon equating debris falling from […]

CPH:DOX: ‘Mallory’ review

★★★☆☆ Czech filmmaker Helena Trestíková is one of the leading exponents of what she refers to as “time collecting” cinema. It is the kind of thoughtful, ruminatory documentary that explores a story over a protracted period, […]

CPH:DOX: ‘Field Niggas’ review

★★★★☆ “Up to Lexington, 125 / Feel sick and dirty, more dead than alive.” Lou Reed’s words I’m Waiting For the Man by The Velvet Underground are how many will have been introduced to the notorious […]