Film reviews and more

Tom Duggins

DVD Review: Edvard Munch

★★★☆☆ Edvard Munch’s paintings were critically savaged in his lifetime. His preference for personal expression over natural representation shocked an art world not yet ready to peer inside the mind of a man racked with dread […]

Film Review: A Hologram for the King

★★☆☆☆ You may find yourself with a weak script, borrowing cultural currency from a song written over thirty years ago, shooting a film, in another part of the world, and you may ask yourself: ‘Well, why […]

Film Review: I Saw the Light

★★☆☆☆ To hear ’em sing with a heavy heart don’t half tear you up. What a shame then, that I Saw The Light  delivers none of the emotional gut-punch that country music might claim as its […]

Interview: Marc Abraham

Marc Abraham’s career has known box office success as well as critical lionising, with films such as Children of Men and Spy Game standing out for attention on a resume which covers over twenty years in […]

Film Review: Miles Ahead

★★★★☆ 2004 must seem like a long time ago for Don Cheadle – whose lead performance in that year’s Hotel Rwanda won wide acclaim for its humanity in a film portraying very knotty, harrowing matter. In […]

DVD Review: The Great Passions

★★★★☆ British director Ken Russell passed away in 2011 leaving behind a life’s work devoted to filmmaking at its most exuberant and vital. Russell made a number of films in the early part of his career […]

DVD Review: Wild Orchid

★★☆☆☆ If Wikipedia is to be believed, the orchid family is one of the two largest families of flowering plants known to man; they’re everywhere, going wild without a whisper of a care and making love […]

DVD Review: 99 Homes

★★★★☆ The latest film by director Ramin Bahrani is a modern day parable about money and the breadline, a tale of those who do their best to survive within a system which often works to lengthen […]

DVD Review: Love

★★☆☆☆ Let’s get one thing white and semi-transparent: Gaspar Noé’s latest film Love is not for the easily-embarrassed. His previous films have examined ego-dissolving drug use and the brutality of rape, and Love very much continues […]

Film Review: The Danish Girl

★★★☆☆ Tom Hooper has made several films about men playing roles. 2009’s The Damned United concerned the managerial exploits of Brian Clough (Martin Sheen), a legend of football who alpha-ed his way to the top of […]

DVD Review: ‘By Our Selves’

★★★☆☆ At the age of just 44, English poet John Clare began to suffer from a severe mental illness which ultimately resulted in him being institutionalised under private care for the rest of his life. He […]

Film Review: ‘Doctor Zhivago’

★★★★☆ As part of their ongoing Love season and to celebrate 50 years since the film’s release, the BFI have undergone a 4K digital restoration of David Lean’s Doctor Zhivago (1965) – a romance told in […]