Articles Posted in the " Hollywood " Category

  • The Thief of Baghdad (U)

    Dir. Raoul Walsh, USA, 1924, 140 mins Cast: Douglas Fairbanks, Snitz Edwards, Sôjin Kamiyama, Anna May Wong Review by Colin Dibben One of the costliest Hollywood productions of the Silent Era, The Thief of Baghdad is undoubtedly spectacular, even if it demonstrates the kind of spectacle that no longer engages us fully. In this version […]

  • Wolf Creek 2 (18) Home Entertainment Review

    Dir. Greg Mclean, Australia, 2013, 106 mins Cast: John Jarratt, Ryan Corr, Shannon Ashlyn, Philippe Klaus Review by Colin Dibben Mick Taylor, the Australian Outback killer, is back – and he’s as curmudgeonly and sociopathic as ever. But we like him! Wolf Creek was a big hit, so a sequel makes sense. It’s a bit […]

  • M (PG)

    Dir. Fritz Lang, Germany, 1931, 111 mins, in German with English subtitles Cast:Peter Lorre, Otto Wernicke, Gustaf Grundgens Review by Colin Dibben Not only a great thriller but also a blueprint for the crime film genre, Fritz Lang’s M is a film I would put my hand on my heart and call a classic. Peter […]

  • Two Days, One Night (15) Film Review

    Dir. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Belgium, 2014, 95 mins, in French with English subtitles Cast: Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione Review by Colin Dibben A brilliantly stripped-down, pared-back ethical drama that explores issues of personal and collective choice with a lightness that’s utterly invigorating. Late on a Friday afternoon, Sandra (Cotillard), recovering at home from depression, […]

  • Cambridge Film Festival announces full programme line-up – 28 August – 7 September

    The Cambridge Film Festival, the UK’s third longest-running film festival returns for its 34th edition, 28th August – 7th September 2014 at the Arts Picturehouse and other venues across Cambridge. One of the UK’s most prestigious and well-respected film festivals, with a growing international reputation, the Cambridge Film Festival is operated by the charitable Cambridge […]

  • The Trials of Cate McCall (15) Home Entertainment Review

    Dir. Karen Moncrieff, US, 2014, 94 mins Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Nick Nolte, James Cromwell, Anna Anissimova, Taye Diggs, Clancy Brown and Isaiah Washington. Review by Anthony Lowery Forced to partake in this character study but far from sharing the same voyeuristic pleasures of T.S. Eliot, Karen Moncrieff’s courtroom drama invites us to observe the life […]

  • A Farewell To Arms (PG) Film Review

    This year marks two important anniversaries: the centenary of the outbreak of World War I and the 80th birthday of the notoriously rigid Hays Code (or at least the 80th birthday of its actual enforcement) in the classic Hollywood movie industry. Both events spelled disaster in different ways; the former resulted in the death and suffering of millions while the latter imposed a deathly grip on creative freedom of expression in Hollywood movies – a grip that did not start to ease until the 1960s.

  • A Million Ways to Die in the West (15) Film Review

    MacFarlane plays cowardly but big hearted sheep farmer Albert. In the first act his girlfriend Louise (Seyfried) dumps him - following a bungled gun fight - for local moustache shop owner Foy (Harris, typically being his brilliant self). Down on his luck but determined to win Louise back, Albert finds help and friendship in Anna