8 February 2013

America vs OBL: the weirdest war

Ignore the luvvies who say she supports torture - Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty is cleverly ambiguous about the 'war on terror'.

1 February 2013

Django vs Lincoln: clash of the slave films

Tarantino stands accused of blaxploitation, but does his movie tell a greater truth than Spielberg’s?

29 January 2013

Amour: an unflinching look at decline and death

Michael Haneke’s story of an elderly couple coping with infirmity is both tragic and powerfully life-affirming.

18 January 2013

Les Misérables: a revolutionary musical

After years of Hollywood giving us pale Broadway retreads,
Tom Hooper has made a musical that is worth seeing.

11 January 2013

The Impossible: a giant wave of sentimentality

Juan Antonio Bayona’s disaster movie about the Boxing Day tsunami starts well, but ends up as a cynical tearjerker.

4 January 2013

The Hobbit: an unexpected pleasure

For all the fears that Peter Jackson had unduly stretched Tolkien’s slim novel, in fact he’s given us a rollicking watch.

Books 27 December 2012

Ten stories, one promising debut

Sam Thompson’s Communion Town provides a poetic examination, from multiple points of view, of an ever-changing city and its inhabitants.

21 December 2012

From a badass Bond to a tedious Ted

Film purists can snort all they like, but 2012 was a great year for the silver screen (with some turkeys, of course).

14 December 2012

Life of Pi: not enlightening, but compelling

Ang Lee’s film of Yann Martel’s Booker Prize-winning novel does spirituality badly but storytelling brilliantly.

7 December 2012

A damning indictment of the War on Drugs

Eugene Jarecki’s documentary, The House I Live In shows the damage done by prohibition to inner-city communities.