Film Reviews

Film Review: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Film Review: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

  When you think of the 1970s which images pop into your head?  Glittery disco balls or flared trousers and tank tops, perhaps? There is a flipside to such rose-tinted recollections as the Seventies were also a time of drab brown interiors, too-tight suits and poorly chosen hair-cuts. All these latter items pop up in […]

Film Review: The Messenger

Film Review: The Messenger

‘The Messenger’ has taken some time to reach our shores. The film was released in the United States in 2009 and Woody Harrelson’s role in it saw him pick up a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the 2010 Oscars.  Perhaps the delay is due to the fact that ‘The Messenger’ is not an easy sale. […]

Film Review: Julia’s Eyes – Los ojos de Julia

Film Review: Julia’s Eyes – Los ojos de Julia

A Spanish horror thriller ‘Julia’s Eyes’ arrives with the promise of great things. Chief among these is the presence of Guillermo Del Toro as producer. The last time he put his name to a Spanish horror/thriller, it was to the brilliant ‘The Orphanage’ in 2007. The Mexican writer and director has one of the finest […]

Film Review: Pirates of the Caribbean- On Stranger Tides

Film Review: Pirates of the Caribbean- On Stranger Tides

The massive success of the first ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ film in 2003 came as something of a shock. By that point, the pirate genre was considered dead and buried. This was largely thanks to the swashbuckling disaster ‘Cutthroat Island’ which was released eight years earlier. How wrong could they have been? ‘Pirates of the […]

Film Review: Attack the Block

Film Review: Attack the Block

The ‘heroes’ of ‘Attack the Block’ barely warrant the label. They are a gang of South London street thugs, each one capable of generating hysterical headlines in the tabloid press.  At the very start of the film, they harass a nurse called Sam (Jodie Whittaker) and relieve her of her jewellery at knife point.  Little […]

Film Review: Killing Bono

Film Review: Killing Bono

The writing partnership of Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais is among the finest this country has ever produced. On television their impressive credentials include such classics as ‘The Likely Lads’, ‘Porridge’ and ‘Auf Wiedersehen Pet’. They have also created screenplays for the cinema, including two hugely entertaining films about the music business, ‘The Commitments’ […]

Film Review: Wake Wood

Film Review: Wake Wood

If you are a committed urbanite who is edgy at just the thought of a trip into the countryside, then ‘Wake Wood’ should give you the shivers.  The film is set in one of those backwater villages, plentiful in horror fiction, where the inhabitants have just a passing knowledge of modernity and strong links to […]

Film Review: I Am Number Four

Film Review: I Am Number Four

With the conclusion of the ‘Twilight’ saga not far off, there is a whole audience of teens out there who will soon be facing a gaping void in their lives. What will these youngsters do when R-Patz finally hangs up his fangs and heads off in search of more adult roles? The makers of ‘I […]

Film Review: Rabbit Hole

Film Review: Rabbit Hole

When compared to his first two films, ‘Rabbit Hole’ appears to be an unlikely choice for the director, John Cameron Mitchell. Both his previous efforts, ‘Shortbus’ and ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch,’ were outrageous and off the wall, not the sort of thing that you would take your mother to  see unless she happens to […]