Film Reviews

The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises

Christopher Nolan didn't make a third 'Batman' film; he closed a near-perfect trilogy with a harmonious balance of poetry and brutality. 'The Dark Knight Rises' is an incredible achievement.
God Bless America

God Bless America

Fish in the barrell social satire 'God Bless America' offers no subtlety but remains a fun, twisted ride.
Quatermass and the Pit (Made in Britain film season)

Quatermass and the Pit (Made in Britain film season)

Re-released with a nice transfer, 'Quatermass and the Pit' is a slow burning Hammer horror - light on horror but high on lazy clichés followed by dicey effects.
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (40th anniversary)

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (40th anniversary)

A rollicking patchwork of surrealism, Bunuel's 'The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie' is still fresh 40 years on and now benefits from a wonderful remaster.
The Man Who Fell to Earth (Made in Britain film season)

The Man Who Fell to Earth (Made in Britain film season)

Less of an exploration of David Bowie's titular alien, Roeg's often misunderstood sci-fi classic is a harsh, stylised condemnation of Earth's own far from welcoming people who ply the E.T. with our vices to capture his secrets. Incredible.
Plague of the Zombies (Made in Britain film season)

Plague of the Zombies (Made in Britain film season)

Served up with generous helpings of ham and cheese, Hammer's B-picture 'The Plague of the Zombies' is a delicious guilty pleasure.
A Royal Affair (En kongelig affære)

A Royal Affair (En kongelig affære)

'A Royal Affair' is a sumptuous period drama that will appeal to fans of 'Barry Lyndon', 'Amadeus' and 'Dr Zhivago'
Prometheus

Prometheus

Ridley Scott's precursor to the 'Alien' franchise greatly intrigues but ultimately underwhelms despite arresting visuals and Michael Fassbender's magnetic performance.
The Raid

The Raid

The first truly great action picture of the 21st century, 'The Raid' is everything a genre picture should be and more. Writer/director Gareth Evans has thrust a bloodied masterpiece into the face of watered down cinema.
Passport to Pimlico  (Made in Britain film season)

Passport to Pimlico (Made in Britain film season)

A delicious plot hook stands this Ealing comedy apart from the rest. See it while you can on the big screen as part of Studio Canal's Made in Britain season!
Marvel Avengers Assemble

Marvel Avengers Assemble

Everything a popcorn flick should be and more, Marvel Avengers Assemble provides blockbuster satisfaction on an epic scale.
Marley

Marley

People get ready: 'Marley', Kevin MacDonald's documentary on Bob Marley and the Wailers, will satisfy your soul.
Piggy

Piggy

Well shot and acted Brit urban revenge thriller 'Piggy' brings little else to the market.
The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

Dodgy CGI, shaky camerawork and a bloated running time don't work in favour of 'The Hunger Games', an otherwise intriguing teen action franchise.
21 Jump Street

21 Jump Street

Thanks to the chemistry between Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, '21 Jump Street' is an unexpected comic gem despite going frequently over the top.
La Grande Illusion (1937) (75th Anniversary re-release)

La Grande Illusion (1937) (75th Anniversary re-release)

Jean Renoir's war drama 'La Grande Illusion' looks absolutely stunning in this 75th anniversary restoration. A flawless presentation of a truly enduring masterpiece.
The Muppets

The Muppets

Breezily paced, cameo-laden 'The Muppets' is a triumphant family film with plenty of energy that should satisfy all ages.
Casablanca (1942) (70th anniversary re-release)

Casablanca (1942) (70th anniversary re-release)

As 70 years has gone by, 'Casablanca' should still be played again and again thanks to its perfect script, casting and direction. A true, enduring Hollywood masterpiece.
The Descendants

The Descendants

Alexander Payne extends his perfect track record with another intelligent and heartfelt dramedy while commanding a career-best performance from George Clooney.

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