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Film Review: World War Z

Film Review: World War Z

The Director of Quantum of Solace – Marc Foster – brings us a zombie apocalypse movie that seems all to familiar, and all to different at the same time. Zombie films tend to follow the same narrative pattern; a virus breaks and an epidemic ensues, the major cities fall first, the supermarkets get ransacked and […]

Film Review: The Place Beyond the Pines

Film Review: The Place Beyond the Pines

When Blue Valentine came out in 2010, it was a very impressive piece of work and established an ‘almost’ classic contemporary version of Americana indie film-making and made whatever Derek Cianfrance did next a real centrepiece of attention. In his latest slice of pastel America, The Place Beyond the Pines, he is shifting and even […]

Film Review: Taken 2

Film Review: Taken 2

  When the making of this film came to my attention, I first queried would the same basic idea work again? And more importantly is this guy really that unlucky? The past has seen some fantastic sequels like The Godfather 2 and The Empire Strike’s Back which have really been much bigger and bolder than […]

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: 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: 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 […]