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The Double – Review (Spoiler Free)

This bleak social commentary is laced with absurdist comedy and touching insight… In The Double Richard Ayoade presents us with an adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s novella, which at times feels like a collaboration between George Orwell and Franz Kafka. The film’s world feels very much like 1984’s dystopian vision with an office worker who lives a dictated life under a constant […]

Sexmission – Review (Spoiler Free)

Farce, politics and gender dynamics are blended together in this Polish classic… SeksMisja is arguably most famous for somehow escaping the censors during Communist rule in Poland, and even with a very limited knowledge of the period, it’s easy to appreciate how impressive a feat that is. There is enough commentary on communism and totalitarianism […]

The Imitation Game – Review (Spoiler Free)

Strong performances and a compelling subject anchor this otherwise simplified biopic… It’s interesting when a film comes out accompanied by the words ‘performance of [insert actor of the moment here]’s career’, it changes things. Going in we consequently expect to see a deeply layered and nuanced look at Turing’s life (and Cumberbatch makes every effort […]

V for Vendetta – Review (Spoiler Free)

Vigorously venturesome with vociferous virtues that verge on being venerable but which verily fall a little short. V for Vendetta  is, in many respects, one of the great films of the 2000’s. However as many things as it does very well, there’s seemingly always something else following it up which I’m not so keen on. […]

Starship Troopers – Review (Spoiler Free)

Complex satire or brainless shootem up? Whatever it is, it isn’t subtle… The amount of blood, guts and bad acting is pretty overwhelming here, to the degree that Starship Troopers can be seen as nothing but a mindless movie best enjoyed whilst drinking. However, the film also satirises both America’s political  system, fascism and the […]

Mud – Review (Spoiler Free)

Huckleberry Finn meets Matthew McConaughey along the shores of the Mississippi river. Mud begins with two children heading off to find a boat which, rumour has it, has been stranded on a small island just a short way away from where they live. Once there though they find a rough and potentially dangerous Matthew McConaughey. […]

Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Review (Spoiler Free)

Solid performances, characterisation and  action make Winter Soldier a lot of fun This is one of my favourite of the Marvel films. It may not be as complex or intelligent as it verges on being, but this thriller delivers some great performances and an actual sense of peril within the action which makes it stand […]

The Mosquito Coast – Review (Spoiler Free)

Harrison Ford surpasses expectations in this underrated and intriguing film Peter Weir directing Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren and River Phoenix is an immediately attractive selling point for a film, and The Mosquito Coast by and large lives up to the expectations that this grouping promises. Harrison Ford gives what I tentatively suggest may be the finest work […]

Once Upon a Time in Mexico – Review (Spoiler Free)

Johnny Depp rises above what is otherwise a fun but messy conclusion to the Mariachi trilogy. There are two films in 2003 which Depp elevates with an unexpectedly bold and unusual performance; they’re this one and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Now the two films are pretty different to one […]

Blue Jasmine – Review (Spoiler Free)

Cate Blanchett gives an excellent performance here, stealing the show from a solid cast, and great writing. Drawing heavily from A Streetcar Named Desire, Woody Allen’s latest film looks insightfully into the life of a fallen socialite (Blanchett) who is struggling to keep herself together. It’s a film which demonstrates a strong understanding of the […]