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.

13 April 2012

Taking Titanic seriously will end in disaster

Critics should forget the historical inaccuracies - James Cameron’s rereleased blockbuster is a naff weepy and nothing more.

5 April 2012

A life-affirming rhapsody on the death penalty

Werner Herzog’s poignant death-penalty documentary avoids didacticism in favour of unalloyed human experience.

29 March 2012

Have the Dardennes fallen off their bike?

The remarkable Belgian filmmaking duo have produced a string of gritty modern classics - this fluffier fairytale is their first flop.

23 March 2012

Out of the darkness and into the light

It starts as a simplistic, sanitised take on the Holocaust, but finally In Darkness becomes the humanising film it needed to be.

16 March 2012

Doing Hardy proud in modern India

Thanks to its Indian twist, Michael Winterbottom’s new take on Tess of the d'Urbervilles is no tired costume drama.

9 March 2012

The best inoffensive film to watch with your parents

Yes, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is unchallenging and cliché-ridden. But this bittersweet retiree romp remains a delight.