Film Reviews

The Artist

The Artist

Black and white silent masterpiece 'The Artist' isn't merely nostalgia; instead Michel Hazanavicius' film proves how universal film can be.
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

Fourth and best in the series, 'M:I4' owes plenty to Brad Bird's debut in live action directing. Great entertainment.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

'Sherlock 2' is great fun, boasting increased action and, more importantly, extra chemistry between the perfectly cast Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law.
Hugo

Hugo

Scorsese, in an unlikely new genre of 3D family film, has done it again. 'Hugo' is a masterpiece of imagination and a passionate love letter to the magic of the movies.
50/50

50/50

A cancer comedy is a tricky sell, but '50/50' beats the odds to become one of the year's most emotional and affecting films. A triumph.
My Week With Marilyn

My Week With Marilyn

An uneven but charming glimpse at the flickering light behind Hollywood's brightest star, 'My Week With Marilyn' will surely earn Michelle Williams a deserved Oscar nomination.
The Rum Diary

The Rum Diary

The spirit of 'Withnail & I' returns to the big screen via its long abscent creator writer/director Bruce Robinson in 'The Rum Diary', a fragmented drunken night of a picture.
The Ides of March

The Ides of March

An intelligent political drama with the tone of a 70s thriller, George Clooney's 'The Ides of March' gets our vote.
Contagion

Contagion

Taut and well paced, 'Contagion' successfully plays like the virus counterpart to Soderbergh's earlier ensemble thriller, drug drama 'Traffic'.
 The Lion King 3D

The Lion King 3D

A film not just worthy but also truly receptive of the 3D treatment, it's easy to see why 'The Lion King' is the pride of Disney's back catalogue.
Everything Must Go

Everything Must Go

Will Ferrell handles the serious notes well in mid-life crisis drama 'Everything Must Go' but can't ignite the by-the-book approach
Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris

Woody Allen returns to form (again) via 'Midnight in Paris' - a delightfully nostalgic romance with a twist and an inspiring cast of colourful characters.
Perfect Sense

Perfect Sense

A deeply human drama with sci-fi undertones, 'Perfect Sense' follows two lovers navigating through life as a virus robs people of their senses one by one
George Harrison: Living in the Material World (documentary)

George Harrison: Living in the Material World (documentary)

Probing, thoughtfully compiled two-part look into the soul of George Harrison's move away from the material world and into spirituality, Scorsese's doc is essential for fans of the 'quiet Beatle'.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

It's about time Gary Oldman went back to lead roles, and this gripping, complex and faithful adaptation of John Le Carre's seminal crime novel is the perfect vehicle.
Drive (2011)

Drive (2011)

A superior thriller propelled by an intense, existential, brooding style, 'Drive' recalls 70s/80s golden age of violent crime pictures.
The Guard

The Guard

'In Bruges' in Ireland! With even more cultural ignorance! Brendan Gleeson soars once again in 'The Guard'.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Much better and more thoughtful than expected, 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' makes the concept seem actually plausible.
Cowboys & Aliens

Cowboys & Aliens

As the title suggests, 'Cowboys & Aliens' is unsure of itself, awkwardly mixing genre conventions from a great first act to a lazy conclusion.
Villain

Villain

Slow burning and hollow, Japanese sensation 'Villain' has plenty of promise but fails to attach itself to the viewer despite an intriguing concept - what makes a villain?

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