Dir. Matt Reeves, US, 2014, 130 mins Cast: Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Toby Kebbell Review by Dan Collacott 2011 saw the release of Rupert Wyatt’s hugely acclaimed monkey reboot, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Three years on and Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) has taken over director duties for the sequel. Ten years […]
Dir. Peter Greenaway, UK/Netherlands/France/Croatia, 2012, 128 mins, in English and Dutch with subtitles Cast: Ramsey Nasr, F. Murray Abraham, Anne Louise Hassing, Halina Reijn, Kate Moran Review by Colin Dibben Tense, erotic, smart, luxuriant – with this hi-concept thriller, Peter Greenaway dishes up the perfect mix of sex, intrigue and art history. It is 1590: […]
Expecting is a candid comic drama, which centres on John and Lizzie’s inability to conceive a child and the reckless best friend Andie (played by the brilliant Michelle Monaghan), who’s accidentally impregnated during a one-night stand. So what’s their solution? Yes, you got it. Andie decides to give her baby away to her BFF, but first, Lizzie must convince her disgruntled realtor husband of the arrangement.
This superb realist epic, Homeric in simplicity, scope and production, leads you on a journey you’ll find it hard to forget, in sharing the driven lives of four young economic migrants.
Dir. Jim Mickle, US, 2013, 109 mins Cast: Michael C. Hall, Don Johnson, Sam Shepard, Vinessa Shaw Review by Colin Dibben Jim Mickle continues his series of deft and intriguing ‘revisionings’ of genre film styles (Stake Land – western, We Are What We Are – horror/ Hitchcockian suspense) with this brilliantly grimy, low key Texas […]
Writer William Boyd is not only a major British literary figure. His novels are also immensely readable. He has adapted several of them for cinema and television, which have met with varying degrees of critical and box office success. They include Stars and Bars, Mr Johnson, The Trench which starred Daniel Craig as a tough World War I sergeant and for television Any Human Heart, the highly praised social epic which traces one man’s life through the twentieth century.
Dir. Pavel Parkhomenko, Russia, 2013, 108 mins, in Russian with English subtitles Cast: Yaroslav Zhalnin, Mikhail Filippov, Olga Ivanova, Vadim Michman Review by Laura Graham Any film fan will have noticed the recent increase in Russian films about heroic moments in history. Although clearly part of Putin’s propaganda drive, this one stands out as a […]
Set in post-war New Jersey, itf th follows the rise of three small time hoodlums, who with the help of a fourth, squeaky clean member, go on to dominate five decades of music with some oe catchiest songs you never knew were by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
Dir. Fei Mu, China, 1948, 98 mins, In Mandarin with English subtitles Cast: Wei Wei, Shi Yu, Li Wei, Zhang Hongmei Review by Adam Hollingworth Spring in a Small Town represents both the first step in the BFI’s long gestating attempts to bring the classics of Chinese cinema, so long secularized and confined within China’s […]
Dir. Alexandros Avranas, Greece, 2013, 98 mins, in Greek with subtitles Cast: Kostas Antalopoulos, Constantinos Athanasiades, Chloe Bolota Review by Colin Dibben A claustrophobic and unpleasant peer into the lives of the members of one family, who are ruled over by a Josef Fritzl type patriarch … you know, the best sort of father. A […]