Category Archive: Latest Reviews

Selma Review

Selma’s opening gambit is David Oyelowo, masquerading uncannily as Martin Luther King, reciting a rousing speech in the mirror, but it’s not anything to do with having a dream, its King’s 1964 acceptance… Continue reading

Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Review

The public and critics love a triumphant off screen comeback, just ask Matthew McConaughey and Ben Affleck, and this year’s personal tale of redemption primed for Oscar glory is undoubtedly Michael Keaton’s in… Continue reading

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Review

The final instalment in the Middle Earth based trilogy finds the vast, evil, Orc armies charging into battle with the aligned forces of Dwarves, Elves and Men. All while a hairy footed Hobbit… Continue reading

Interstellar Review

Director Christopher Nolan has a useful knack of reinventing, or at least rejuvenating, mainstream cinematic form. Through a near perfect balance of mainstream appeal and innovative artistic ambition, his films have stood out… Continue reading

Mr Turner Review

As he slumps further into his seat, a numbing chill besets a visibly drained man. His eyelids uncontrollably waver between open and closed like a ship’s bow undulating in the sea. The abject… Continue reading

Nightcrawler Review

What’s the dream footage to lead local morning news? A screaming woman running down the street with her throat cut, of course. That’s according to unscrupulous news director Nina Romina (Rene Russo). Her world… Continue reading

The Salvation Review (London Film Festival 2014)

It’s probably fair to say that Westerns have had their day. The glory days of John Ford, Sam Peckinpah, Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood have long since passed like tumbleweed through a desolate… Continue reading

Pasolini (London Film Festival 2014)

Pier Paolo Pasolini’s last film was the infamous, and largely banned, Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom. The controversial 1975 picture sees four Italian libertines in the last throngs of Mussolini’s fascist wartime… Continue reading

Goodbye To Language Review (London Film Festival 2014)

I remember stumbling across artist Marcel Duchamp’s infamous piece, “Fountain”, in the Liverpool Tate Modern art gallery a few years ago. The sculpture, if you’re audacious enough to label it as such, is… Continue reading

The Riot Club Review

“I’m sick to death of poor people!” the repugnant Alistair Ryle (Sam Claflin) roars to his comrades atop the opulent dinner table, sloshing his wine carelessly out of its vessel in the process.… Continue reading