12 October 2012

Holy Motors: who needs films to make sense?

Leos Carax’s movie is visually and emotionally engaging while seemingly devoid of a coherent narrative.

5 October 2012

Time travel
for dummies

If you go to watch Looper expecting a twenty-first century version of The Matrix, you’re going to be disappointed.

27 September 2012

Hollywood: you
can’t touch this

Schmaltzy French-language flick Untouchable beats Hollywood at its own game by injecting soul into proceedings.

21 September 2012

Doing justice to Anna Karenina

Not even Keira Knightley’s trademark gurning can spoil a fine new film version of Tolstoy’s classic novel.

14 September 2012

Lawless: lots of gore, nothing more

Filmmaking duo Hillcoat and Cave aim for something profound with their gangster flick, but they end up producing macho escapism.

7 September 2012

The magic of the movie soundtrack

Despite the fanboyishness of Berberian Sound Studio, the way it shows how sound can change our lives is enthralling.

30 August 2012

Where romcom meets reality

In Hollywood, true love conquers all, right? Refreshingly, Take This Waltz recognises real life is more complex.

24 August 2012

The Imposter: just who is fooling who?

Bart Layton’s film about serial liar Frédéric Bourdin thrillingly asks questions about deception and self-deception.

17 August 2012

The Art of Rap: don’t apologise, don’t explain

Ice-T's paean to the hip-hop emcee is a joy for aficionados, but doesn't explain the antipathy towards this hugely popular genre.

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.