22 December 2011

On the road
movie - again

An Argentinian take on the well-trodden road-movie genre is hugely uneventful - but it is worth staying till the end.

16 December 2011

Another Earth: sci-fi mimics reality

Not only has NASA just found the Earth’s ‘twin’, this indie flick also reflects real-life attitudes to exploration of self and space.

24 November 2011

When reality is horrific enough

A chilling film about the ‘Bodies in the Barrels’ murders in Australia favours realism over sensation.

18 November 2011

There’s nothing Gonzo about this slapstick romcom

Despite the best efforts of both star and director, The Rum Diary does little justice to Hunter S Thompson’s prose.

11 November 2011

The Future: toying with the indie formula

In her latest feature, Miranda July barely strays from the staples of indie flicks: quirky sets, handheld cameras and off-beat music.

4 November 2011

Hollywood and politics don’t mix

With his new thriller, The Ides of March, George Clooney shows Democrats can be personally flawed, too - just like his film.

31 October 2011

We need to talk
about suspense

Lynne Ramsay's film adaptation of We Need to Talk About Kevin manages to make a school shooting look tedious.

21 October 2011

Tyrannosaur: it’s time these class clichés died out

Middle-class charity shop volunteer finds unlikely companion in gruff estate-dweller. How corny can a film get?

14 October 2011

Red State: it’s one sermon versus another

Kevin Smith’s darkly humorous horror film is spoiled by tacking on a hamfisted message about American politics.

10 October 2011

Warrior: a daft movie with a kick in the tale

It may be a hackneyed promo for mixed martial arts, but Gavin O’Connor’s film still moves you in the end.