Film Review

Youth (2015)
Film Review

Youth (2015)

How on earth do you follow up the best film of the decade to date? It’s taken Paolo Sorrentino only two years to move on from his monumental masterpiece The Great Beauty, this time abandoning his native Italian for the English language, a furrow he ploughed with little success once […]

Sicario (2015)
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Sicario (2015)

Even before the production credits fade, a drumbeat rises. Out in the desert, FBI agents close in on a small house. Light filtering through raised windows in their armoured van, Emily Blunt leads her team on a smash and grab raid straight through the side of the building. It’s an […]

Office (2015)
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Office (2015)

There’s something very creepy about office spaces. The bland conformity takes on a sinister hue after a while. Endless rows of cubicles provide an equally endless supply of hiding places, flickering lights blink off just long enough to allow someone to draw near, and with fully stocked stationary supplies, potentially […]

Marguerite & Julien (2015)
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Marguerite & Julien (2015)

Incest has to provoke a reaction of some sort. Shock, disgust, desire, sadness; it really doesn’t matter. Just something. Marguerite & Julien fails abysmally unless boredom, and maybe a bit of quiet sniggering counts. Once upon a time a project for François Truffaut, Valérie Donzelli revives it to perhaps demonstrate […]

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
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Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Mad Max better than ever but you may miss the old days Another Mad Max movie is a good idea, isn’t it? Maybe not for me. This fourth in George Miller’s series has been enormously praised. One reason I can see is the lack of digital manipulation. A lot of […]

Mon Roi (2015)
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Mon Roi (2015)

Some people aren’t good for each other. Relationships that start off with such allure soon turn to dust when the spark falters. In most instances the couple splits up, but in the worst case scenario they cling to each other like limpets, too busy fighting the past to move forward. […]

The Measure of a Man (2015)
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The Measure of a Man (2015)

When you tear someone down to nothing, you find out who they really are. That at least seems to be French director Stéphane Brizé’s motto in The Measure of a Man. Throwing a barrage of obstacles in Vincent Lindon’s path, he’s presented with a final test to see just what […]

Louder Than Bombs (2015)
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Louder Than Bombs (2015)

That switch into English can be a real killer, tripping up the best of filmmakers. Norwegian director Joachim Trier, the man behind the brilliant Oslo, August 31st brings a top draw cast and moments of subtle grandeur with him, but he also loses an awful lot of the nuance that […]

Green Room (2015)
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Green Room (2015)

First he took us to Blue Ruin, now we’re off to the Green Room. After leaving his smouldering mark following an impressive slow burn revenge thriller, Jeremy Saulnier had found a new bunch of people to terrify in his second colour coded film. Like a man gifted the keys to […]

The Sea of Trees (2015)
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The Sea of Trees (2015)

In a career that has seen its share of ups and downs, Gus Van Sant’s new film is right near the bottom. Having won the coveted Palme d’Or back in 2003 for Elephant, he finds himself almost inexplicably in the running (and I say that only in the sense that […]