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The prospect of yet another Hackney-hoodie crime drama hardly quickens the blood, yet writer-director Sally El Hosaini’s contribution to the genre, My Brother the Devil, is more thoughtful and original than most. It’s the tale of two brothers from an … Continue reading
Based on a hit stage musical and inspired by a true story, The Sapphires is an infectiously entertaining movie with a great soul music soundtrack. It’s 1968 and three feisty Aboriginal sisters – spunky Gail (Deborah Mailman), sassy Cynthia (Miranda … Continue reading
A terrific thriller about an audacious episode of real-life derring-do, Argo features remarkable coups behind and in front of the camera. Directed by and starring Ben Affleck, the film pulls off the feat of being both funny and suspenseful while … Continue reading
The plot of Rust and Bone is pure melodrama: a trainer of killer whales loses her legs in an accident and then begins a relationship with a bare-knuckle-boxing single father. What could be more luridly contrived? Yet French director Jacques … Continue reading
Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror chiller The Shining, adapted from the Stephen King bestseller, wasn’t well received at the time of its cinema release, least of all by King himself. Many, if not King, subsequently revised their verdicts and the film … Continue reading
The BFI London Film Festival came to a glittering close last night with a star-studded line-up on the red carpet and on stage at the Odeon Leicester Square for the European premiere of Great Expectations, Mike Newell’s new film of … Continue reading
A wondrously weird slice of Cajun magic realism, Beasts of the Southern Wild immerses the viewer in the world of a tenacious six-year-old girl and the spirited community in which she lives. Erratically raised by a sickly heavy-drinking single father, Hushpuppy … Continue reading
The tale of a young boy who brings his pet dog back to life, Tim Burton’s enchanting 3D black-and-white stop-motion animation Frankenweenie marks a return to form for the director after the less than stellar success of recent films Alice … Continue reading
This year’s BFI London Film Festival has a new head and a new look. Australian Clare Stewart has succeeded the LFF’s legendary festival director Sandra Hebron and will be up on stage on Wednesday 10th October to introduce the opening … Continue reading
Film review | The Ides of March – Ryan Gosling gets his hands dirty in George Clooney’s political thriller
For his fourth film as director, George Clooney plunges into the murky world of US politics with The Ides of March, an intricately plotted thriller set during the race to choose the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate. Clooney takes the part … Continue reading