Film Reviews

Beautiful Lies (de vrais mensonges)

Beautiful Lies (de vrais mensonges)

Enjoyable French rom com, but not as mesmerising or bouncy as 'Amelie' despite what the posters say.
Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America: The First Avenger

'Captain America' is fun, but flawed. Despite having its flag waved by great actors, it's ultimately demoted by an episodic feel, overuse of CGI and a rushed ending.
The Light Thief (Svet-Ake)

The Light Thief (Svet-Ake)

'The Light Thief' feels like it's had its emotional attachment thieved, making the resulting 80 minute runtime feel much longer.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Epic, yet intimate in its emotional toil, David Yates' relentlessly dark coda is a wonderful film that will convert audiences who were previously too sceptical to fall under Harry's spell.
Horrible Bosses

Horrible Bosses

An exceptional cast visibly have great fun delivering the jet black lines in 'Horrible Bosses' – a film lost in its own dizzying heights.
The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

A film as close as possible to depicting life itself, Terrence Malick's 'The Tree of Life' is one long, challenging but deeply rewarding look at grace, nature and the loss of innocence. You must see this enthralling work on the big screen.
Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids

Crude but also very witty in its broad humour, 'Bridesmaids' has laughs thanks largely to letting its superb lead (and writer) Kristen Wiig have free reign.
The Hangover Part II

The Hangover Part II

'The Hangover II' is more cynical than you'd expect from a studio comedy sequel and, while it does have funny moments, it struggles to distance itself from its superior predecessor.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

New director Rob Marshall has cut the fat and surplus characters, but the franchise is tired, uninspired, underwritten and ultimately lost at sea.
Tracker

Tracker

Boosted by Ray Winstone's strong central presence and gorgeous scenic photography, 'Tracker' tries hard to distance itself from an involving 'man on the run' plot but remains average.
13 Assassins

13 Assassins

More 'Dirty Dozen' than 'Seven Samurai', Japanese auteur Takashi Miike has delivered a film of two distinct, and equally powerful, sections that will keep you enthralled.
Source Code

Source Code

Duncan Jones' follow-up to his astounding feature 'Moon' is an engaging and entertaining sci-fi thriller that plays like 'Groundhog Day' meets '12 Monkeys'. Minus the fluffy animals.
Rango

Rango

Not your average kids' animation, the delightfully offbeat 'Rango' plays more like 'Blazing Saddles' backed by Polanski's 'Chinatown' for plot inspiration.
Fair Game

Fair Game

Sean Penn and Naomi Watts simmer in Doug Liman's effective political thriller/Bush-basher that doesn't shy away from asking harsh questions.
True Grit

True Grit

The Dude takes on The Duke and wins with the Coens' remake of the classic western. See it for a mesmerising introduction to the promising Hailee Steinfeld.
Hereafter

Hereafter

A rare misstep for director Clint Eastwood, 'Hereafter' opens brilliantly but loses its focus and withers away into an early grave.
Black Swan

Black Swan

Cross 'The Wrestler', 'Sunset Boulevard' and 'The Stunt Man', throw in a mental breakdown and a spot of ballet and you've got one of the most original films of the year with a winning central performance from Natalie Portman.
The King's Speech

The King's Speech

Colin Firth deserves to reign over his fellow Best Actor Oscar nominees for his incredible portrayal of this stuttering king.
The Next Three Days

The Next Three Days

Russell Crowe plays a man who busts his own wife out of a jail in a film that doesn't really know where it's going.
The Tourist

The Tourist

Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Venice, millions in stolen cash and a trio of Oscar winning screenwriters should add up to a lot more than this.

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