Heroes and zeroes in the fight for gay rights
Call Me Kuchu captures the bravery of Uganda’s gay-rights campaigners and the cynicism of ‘gay-friendly’ Western politicians.
|Friday 2 November 2012|
Judi Dench: the ultimate Bond girl
Skyfall successfully drags Bond into the twenty-first century by putting a decent female character centre stage.
|Friday 19 October 2012|
On the wrong road
The long-awaited film version of Jack Kerouac’s seminal Beat generation novel does the book’s reputation no favours.
|Friday 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.
|Friday 5 October 2012|
If you go to watch Looper expecting a twenty-first century version of The Matrix, you’re going to be disappointed.
|Thursday 27 September 2012|
can’t touch this
Schmaltzy French-language flick Untouchable beats Hollywood at its own game by injecting soul into proceedings.
|Friday 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.
|Friday 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.
|Friday 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.
|Friday 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.
|Friday 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.
|Friday 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.
|Friday 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.
|Wednesday 1 August 2012|
The meaning of
The left-leaning reviewers complaining that The Dark Knight Rises is pro-capitalist have kind of missed the point.
|Thursday 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.
|Friday 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.
|Friday 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.
|Friday 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.
|Friday 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.
|Wednesday 13 June 2012|
Plan B versus
the ‘chaotic’ poor
With its pornographic portrayal of the screwed-up poor, Plan B’s movie is indistinguishable from Tory propaganda.