Movie Reviews

Movie Reviews

May 7th 2015

Girlhood, Céline Sciamma’s new film, opens with one of the most remarkable sequences that I have ever seen in a cinema.
Apr 29th 2015

A few moments from the end of The Emperor’s New Clothes, the new documentary made by the prolific Michael Winterbottom in collaboration with Russell Brand, t

Mar 12th 2015
In the week following the release of Still Alice, the Oscar-winning film about early onset Alzheimer’s, the disease has again made headlines with the story of Chris Graham, a former soldier who has the disease and is already showing symptoms ag
Mar 10th 2015

Still Alice tells the story of a university professor who is diagnosed with an aggressive early-onset dementia.
Mar 4th 2015

Fresh from its success at Sundance, where the British filmmaker Kim Longinotto picked up the World Cinema Documentary Directing Award, Dreamcatcher has had its U
Feb 11th 2015
Fifty Shades of Grey film opens this Valentine’s weekend to much fanfare but, perhaps tellingly, with few press previews in the UK.
Dec 28th 2014

The Theory of Everything is a film about two people who meet at university and fall in love.
Dec 25th 2014

N.B.: Contains spoilers; if interested in the film, go see or stream it first and then read.

Dec 20th 2014

The taxi driver was mystified by the long queue waiting to go into Leeds Picturehouse cinema on a recent Sunday afternoon. He was clearly surprised when I explained that what turned out to be a capacity audience was there to see a documentary about the 1984-5 miners’ strike.

Nov 11th 2014

NEW YORK – The times we live in are often most clearly reflected in the mirror of art. Much has been written about post-communism in Russia and China.

Oct 27th 2014
The latest corner of World War II to be dramatised for the big screen is small. Cramped, even.
Oct 16th 2014

Not all British period dramas are the same. They don’t all involve servants faithfully tendering to lovable members of the aristocracy. Many do, of course, especially given the commercial imperative of appealing to affluent Americans, most of whom like Britain’s history posh.

Oct 9th 2014

So the cryptic teasers posted on Twitter by Mark Frost and David Lynch have substance: Twin Peaks will be returning to television screens 25 years after its cancellation.
Sep 16th 2014
Did watching 101 Dalmatians instill you with a burning desire to fill your home with dozens of monochrome puppies?
Sep 12th 2013

Henry Jaglom—the innovative filmmaker, director, and screenwriter—has remained independent of the so-called Hollywood studio system by ensuring that all his films, on the advice of Orson Welles, “Never need Hollywood.” In 1971, Jaglom persuaded Welles to appear in A Safe Place, and the t

Jul 31st 2013

Margin Call and Moneyball, two films from 2011 with money central to the narratives, focus the camera lens on love.

Jul 31st 2013

Have you become cynical about love? Do you think there’s nowhere to meet anyone anymore, that men are still boys, that women want commitment and children and big weddings—all promised on date three? Golly, why even bother?

Jul 31st 2013

Love may not be obvious to the critics in my picks from 2011, a great year for film, but it’s the key to “getting” what makes each of these flicks great.

This list is in alphabetical order because a number has no meaning when love is the answer. 

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