Gyllenhaal is mesmeric and disturbing as Lou Bloom – a really creepy, totally amoral character with greasy hair and desperately hungry eyes, who talks like one of those “how to be a success” self help books and websites, which he has obviously devoured avidly. Initially excessively polite and subservient, he is eager to climb the success ladder and ruthlessly focused on achieving his aims.
Dir. Busby Berkeley, USA, 1943, 103 mins Cast: Alice Faye, James Ellison, Carmen Miranda, Benny Goodman, Eugene Pallette Review by Colin Dibben Is this the ultimate bi-polar musical? This Technicolor visual feast features at least three of the craziest set pieces in cinema history; but also several of the most subdued and frankly depressing propaganda […]
Dir. Anthony Staachi and Graham Annable, US, 2014, 97 mins Cast: Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Elle Fanning, Ben Kingsley, Jared Harris, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan, Simon Pegg Review by Michelle Moore From the studio that bought you ParaNorman and Coraline comes a new 3D adventure-comedy family film, based on the novel Here Be Monsters! by […]
Dir. David Wain, USA, 2014, 83 mins Cast: Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd Review by Carol Allen This is a delightfully disrespectful spoof, which observantly and accurately nails every cliché about the romantic comedy genre. It’s the usual tale of a boy and a girl, Joel (Rudd) and Molly (Poehler), who meet and hate each other on […]
Dir: Kelly Reichardt, US, 2013, 112 mins Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard Review by David Edwards-Hall Fans of Kelly Reichardt’s minimal, character-driven back catalogue may be dismayed to discover that her latest features an eco-terrorist plot, a race against time and a ticking time bomb. Fear not. Though she shows no small skill […]
Dir. Luke Greenfield, US, 105mins, 2014 Cast: Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jnr, Rob Riggle, Andy Garcia, James D’Arcy Review by Matthew Rodgers You have to be brave to take on Police procedural spoofs these days; the bar was set high with Edgar Wright’s Hot Fuzz (2007), and despite the box office takings of the […]
Dir. Roberts Gannaway, USA, 2014, 84 mins, in English Cast: Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Hal Holbrook, Julie Bowen, Ed Harris, Wes Studi, Curtis Armstrong, John Michael Higgins Review by Michelle Moore Disney released its Cars offspring, Planes last year and it was quite a surprising hit so naturally there is going to be a […]
Dir. Daniel Stamm, USA, 2014, 88 mins Cast: Mark Webber, Devon Graye, Tom Bower, Rutina Wesley, Ron Perlman Review by Chris Lockie If you want to instantly engage horror movie fans, you can do a lot worse than begin with an eminent professor delivering a keynote speech in the form of a succession of dirty […]
Of all the songs performed in this sprawling mix of musical, documentary, social satire and freewheeling comedy, the opening one performed by Haven Hamilton (Henry Gibson) gives the best clue to where the film stands in the Altman catalogue. “We must be doing something right/To last 200 years" croons the rhinestone-jacketed Hamilton
Consumed as the 1867 novel, Therese Raquin by Emile Zola, and then on the Parisian boardwalks in 1873, this story of all consumptive passion would have been an intimately gripping tale of unravelling deceit, complemented by the readers imagination or the confines of the stage.