Film Review

London Road (2015)
Film Review

London Road (2015)

Musicals are a hard genre to get right and when they are combined with another genre, it can make or break a feature.  So, when a musical written by Alecky Blythe and directed by Rufus Norris opened in 2011 in London’s National Theatre, it did raise some eyebrows as it […]

Man Up (2015)
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Man Up (2015)

Nancy (Lake Bell) is on her way to a party to celebrate her parent’s wedding anniversary. Unfortunately – or otherwise depending on your point-of-view – she finds herself, through a series of mistaken identities and pure mischance, on a blind date with looser in love Jack (Simon Pegg). However, as […]

Spy (2015)
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Spy (2015)

Melissa for all seasons Spy is a thoroughly enjoyable spy movie spoof dominated by Melissa McCarthy. I’d say she’s a more complex character this time, a sort of female Walter Mitty who emerges from the CIA headquarters basement to become a kick-ass agent in the field when an unknown face is […]

Results (2015)
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Results (2015)

Squats and lifts. . . In his unique previous film Computer Chess Andrew Bujalski showed he was ready to branch out. He also produced a strange and wonderful cult classic. Well, this time he does something completely different: a romantic comedy. Results is inevitably a disappointment after Computer Chess, whose creepy […]

San Andreas (2015)
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San Andreas (2015)

“I want to move to Ohio!” Visually, at least, San Andreas beats all earthquake movies. As often as San Francisco has been torn apart on screen, it’s never been reduced to a pile of rubble and a few burning hulks, and then swept over by mammoth tidal waves, like this. […]

We Steal Secrets:  The Story of Wikileaks
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We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks

Secrecy and revelation This is a documentary about a complex subject that could not be more relevant at this moment: government secrecy, whistleblowers, and Wikileaks. Earlier, Alex Gibney proved himself to be an excellent documentary filmmaker in Taxi to the Dark Side, a subtle and suspenseful indictment of America’s illegally conducted […]

Leviathan (2014)
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Leviathan (2014)

A downward path in Russia laced with vodka (Not to be confused with Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel’s immersive fishing documentary of the same title reviewed by me and Kevin Matthews earlier.) Bookended by brooding Philip Glass music (from his opera Akhnaten) and its vast unfriendly metallic-blue tinged landscape on a barren […]

Chronic (2015)
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Chronic (2015)

There’s a strong dose of physician heal thyself in Chronic, Michel Franco’s third feature. Tim Roth’s nurse may be supremely efficient when dealing with terminally ill patients, but he fails utterly to exist outside his work. Unwilling to face past trauma, he instead sinks himself into the lives of those […]

Macbeth (2015)
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Macbeth (2015)

Justin Kurzel certainly knows how to capture a sense of time and place. Snowtown, his grim suburban serial killer debut in 2011 brought to life the dilapidated restrictiveness of small town Australia. Now taking on the Bard, he really puts Scotland back in the Scottish play. Closing out the Palme […]

Valley of Love (2015)
Film Review

Valley of Love (2015)

No matter how international they purport to be, all film festivals have to be based somewhere. The impulse to give a little boost to local talent becomes a hard one to fight. Valley of Love, perfectly serviceable as it is, feels like one such beneficiary. Competing well above its station […]