Film reviews and more

Day: 16 May 2016

#Cannes #John Bleasdale

Cannes 2016: Loving review

★★★★☆ It’s been a busy year for Jeff Nichols. His Midnight Special received its premiere in Berlin back in February and now his fourth feature, Loving, arrives at Cannes. Playing in competition, it should confirm Nichols’ reputation as a mature filmmaker of great tact and intelligence. Richard Loving […]

#Christopher Machell

Criterion Review: In a Lonely Place

★★★★★ Nicholas Ray’s In a Lonely Place is the newest addition to the Criterion Collection, a magnificently dark noir thriller comprising one of Humphrey Bogart’s signature roles. Bogart plays Dixon ‘Dix’ Steele, a grouchy, hot-tempered Hollywood screenwriter who finds himself the prime suspect in a murder case. The […]


DVD Review: Hired to Kill

★★☆☆☆ Hired to Kill, the cult film from notorious Greek director, disgraced journalist and purveyor of bottom- of-the-barrel trash TV, Nico Mastorakis, cannot, for most viewers, be recommended in good conscience. A bargain bin clone of 1985’s Commando, Hired to Kill boasts performances bad enough to make even […]

#Ben Nicholson

DVD Review: Creed

★★★★☆ When Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) first stepped into the ring, onto the screen, and into the hearts and minds of cinema audiences back in 1976’s Rocky, few would have predicted him making it to the seventh round. Even fewer would imagine that he’d still be holding his […]