10 August 2012

Ted: a tame comedy that’s hard to bear

Seth Macfarlane’s directorial debut is like Family Guy with a pulse - but it isn’t nearly as original or funny as it is cracked up to be.

3 August 2012

The last of the mythical rock stars

Searching for Sugar Man’s tale of a forgotten folk-rock legend harks back to a time when mystery in pop music was still possible.

26 July 2012

A fitting farewell to the Dark Knight

Christopher Nolan is that rarest of things - a blockbuster director who makes movies aimed at adults, not teens.

20 July 2012

The magical transformation of Channing Tatum

Enjoyable summer flick Magic Mike proves the Hollywood hunk is more than a piece of pumped-up eye candy.

13 July 2012

Killer Joe won’t knock you dead

William Friedkin’s latest horror flick isn’t a patch on The Exorcist. But the lead actors are unexpected delights.

6 July 2012

Abe Lincoln and his war with the Undead

A new movie portraying the US civil-war president as a battler of blood-sucking ghouls is a pleasingly naff mash-up of genres.

25 June 2012

How to make Mamma Mia look edgy

Rock of Ages could have been an entertainingly kitsch celebration of Eighties soft rock. Sadly, it isn’t.

15 June 2012

Prometheus: in space, old habits die hard

Despite promising something new, Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel falls too easily into the familiar formula of a tired franchise.

6 June 2012

A near triumph of style over substance

Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom is achingly kitsch, but the stellar cast saves it from self-indulgence.

20 April 2012

The oddball charm of a Nazi-hunting goth

Packed full of intriguing characters, offbeat drama-comedy This Must Be The Place even manages to make Sean Penn likeable.