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DVD Review: Stuff and Dough

★★★★☆ Cristi Puiu’s Un Certain Regard-winning sophomore feature The Death of Mr Lazarescu was the film that catapulted what has come to be known as the Romanian New Wave into the international spotlight in 2005. However, […]

DVD Review: Pandemic

★★☆☆☆ While there’s nothing especially wrong with videogame-inspired zombie flick Pandemic, there’s not much that this rote genre entry gets especially right, either. In 2016, there’s no shortage of zombie films. Nor is there a dearth […]

Criterion Review: L’Avventura

★★★★★ Now celebrated as a masterpiece of Italian cinema, Michaelangelo Antonioni’s L’Avventura was booed during its first screening at the Cannes film festival before going on to win the Jury Prize, an apparent paradox that reflects […]

DVD Review: Bobby

★★★☆☆ It would take a very hard-hearted soul not to well up a little upon seeing stalwart football commentator Jonathan Pearce recount, with tears in his eyes and half-time orange-sized lump in his throat, the last […]

DVD Review: Blood Bath

★★★☆☆ 1966 vampire film Blood Bath surely has one of the most convoluted production histories in cinema. Produced by the king of schlock himself, Roger Corman, the film started life in 1963 as Operation: Titian, a […]

Film Review: Alice Through the Looking Glass

★★★☆☆ Six years on from Tim Burton’s madcap reinvention of the Carroll children’s tales, Mia Wasikowska reprises her role as the enterprising and inquisitive no-longer-so-young lady in Alice Through The Looking Glass. It’s a feast for […]

Film Review: Mon Roi

★★★★★ On paper, Mon Roi sounds like the simplest of films. A woman meets a man, and they fall in love. They fight a lot, but chemistry keeps them together. They marry and have a child, […]

Film Review: Money Monster

★☆☆☆☆ Jodie Foster has done her ongoing directorial career no favours with her latest endeavour, Money Monster. It’s impossible to fathom how and why this embarrassingly predictable, poorly performed, woefully scripted, pedestrian thriller received a standing ovation […]

Film Review: The Daughter

★★★★☆ A group of old friends sit around a campfire. The mood is one of jovial recollection and reconnection, but as feather-light embers flit away into the night sky secrets lurk in the darkness that envelops […]

Film Review: The Trust

★☆☆☆☆ The Trust is billed as a crime thriller-cum-black comedy. Unfortunately,  this first outing from the brotherly directorial pairing of Alex and Benjamin Brewer is neither thrilling nor funny on any level. Nicolas Cage and Elijah […]

DVD Review: The Big Short

★★★☆☆ The closing credit sequence of Adam McKay’s The Other Guys inexplicably plays out with infographics on ponzi schemes, the immorality of big bank CEOs and just what a naughty boy Bernie Madoff was. In spite […]

DVD Review: The Assassin

★★★★★ Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s The Assassin is not quite like other wuxia movies. It shares a reverie in the natural world with King Hu’s A Touch of Zen and the turmoil between love and duty of Ang […]