DVD & Blu-Ray Reviews

Cyrus

Cyrus

It's 'Cape Fear' meets 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' in this excellently acted tale of an obsessed teen who refuses to let her mother's relationship with a new guy destroy their cosy existence.
Raging Bull

Raging Bull

A masterpiece a cut above the rest, this isn't the most watchable of the Scorsese/De Niro collaborations but it's as tightly focussed and brutal as they come. The ultimate boxing movie.
Rain Man

Rain Man

While everyone raves about Dustin Hoffman's (well deserved) Oscar for playing autistic savant Raymond, it's Tom Cruise who delivers a career best as his high-flying brother brought down to earth in this classic road trip drama.
All About Eve

All About Eve

'Sunset Boulevard' without the murder meets 'Black Swan' without the dancing for a spectacularly penned classic on celebrity stardom and misguided talent as theatre big shots find out what a little gossip can do.
American Beauty

American Beauty

'American Beauty' injects some colour and chaos into symmetrical white picket fence suburbia and gives Kevin Spacey one of the richest roles of the 1990s.
Brighton Rock

Brighton Rock

Graham Greene's mostly brilliant, yet flawed, classic with a winning performance from Richard Attenborough gets the Blu-ray treatment
The Illusionist

The Illusionist

The director of 'Bellevue Rendez-Vous' delivers genuine screen magic with this melancholy tale of friendship set against a brilliantly animated Edinburgh.
Buried

Buried

Ryan Reynolds wakes up in a coffin to find he's being held hostage in this grave yet ingenious low budget thriller. What a day...
Late Mizoguchi: Eight Films

Late Mizoguchi: Eight Films

An essential for lovers of classic, slow (i.e. not 'Battle Royale') Japanese cinema, these eight restored classics make up the definitive Mizoguchi box set.
The Valley: Obscured by Clouds

The Valley: Obscured by Clouds

Lush visuals and hypnotic music can't hide that this is one tribal expedition without a solid path to paradise or destruction. Lovely tour guide though.
Good Morning

Good Morning

Ozu tries satirical comedy with this tale of children who rebel against their gossipy suburban parents with a forced silence in the hope of getting a TV set.
Equinox Flower

Equinox Flower

Japanese master director Ozu tackles his trademark theme of marriage and cultural division with graceful beauty, newly released on Blu-ray.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

The acting is right on the money for this timely financial drama, but in restricting Michael Douglas' performance Oliver Stone has lost the first film's initial bite.
The Town

The Town

Ben Affleck proves his first directing job ('Gone, Baby Gone') was no flash in the pan by making a crime film in the gritty 70s tradition and ensuring Jeremy Renner gets another Oscar nod. Nice score indeed.
Man Hunt

Man Hunt

Master director Fritz Lang misfires with this interesting, yet hollow, thriller about a hunters who had Hitler in his sights only to find himself hounded by the Nazis.
The Long Hot Summer

The Long Hot Summer

Paul Newman's intense performance ignites this wonderfully written Southern tale from Hollywood's golden era thanks to 'Hud' director Martin Ritt.
The Thin Red Line

The Thin Red Line

The first, and lesser known, adaptation of James Jones' mammoth war novel is an overlooked classic finally available on DVD.
Certified Copy

Certified Copy

Just when you're about to certify it as pretentious crap, this frankly annoying art film reveals its ace in the hole. Too little, too late unfortunately.
The Secrets in Their Eyes

The Secrets in Their Eyes

Spain's unexpected win for the Best Foreign Film Oscar loses nothing in translation - a sublime adult mystery masterpiece that deserves your attenion.
The Other Guys

The Other Guys

Unexpectedly hilarious in parts buddy cop comedy The Other Guys gets an extended cut and a rogue's gallery of silly extras for this great Blu-ray release.

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