Film Reviews

Jane Eyre – Review

Jane Eyre – Review

The new film based on Charlotte Bronte's classic novel is a modern, intimate take on the story that has inspired generations. In this dusky adaptation of Jane Eyre, Mia Wasikowska plays the 19th century heroine in a tender, yet strong light. Very well-practised at portraying tragic inner turmoil with...

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Attenberg – Review

Attenberg – Review

It may be set on the Greek coast, but Attenberg is not set in the sort of place that many visitors to the country are familiar with. For starters the sky hardly seems to be blue, there's not a classical ruin or beach in sight, and there aren't even any rioters. The film starts with out herione, Marina...

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Cocaine Uncovered – Review

Cocaine Uncovered – Review

Sometimes it seems our politicians have been 'sniffing on the miaow miaow', or some other mind-bending substance. What else could explain the apparently addled state of drug prevention policies in most Western countries In the case of Cocaine Uncovered, one wonders if the minds of politicians haven't been...

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Red Riding Hood – Review

Red Riding Hood – Review

It is, perhaps, plausible that a film directed by Catherine Hardwicke, produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and starring Amanda Seyfried might have made for a half-way decent adaptation of the classic fairytale, Little Red Riding Hood. Unfortunately, somewhere along the way, something has gone horribly, horrible...

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A light in the darkness: War of Resistance review

A light in the darkness: War of Resistance review

If you've seen countless films featuring the struggle of the Jewish people throughout the Holocaust and beyond, you might assume you'd be familiar with the topic. War of Resistance proves this is not the case. Most films based around the Second World War, and more specifically the Nazi regime, tend to go down...

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Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil and La jetée

Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil and La jetée

Sans Soleil (or Sunless, although no one seems to use its English title) might leave you with feeling that there's quite a bit you didn't understand, or at least, there is still more to be understood. The film is reckoned to be a key 'film essay', and it is jammed full with an enormous number of ideas and...

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Kind Hearts and Coronets – Cinema Re-release

Kind Hearts and Coronets – Cinema Re-release

If one were to be murdered, one might not begrudge the act quite so much if the murderer was Louis Mazzini. Drowning in a weir, for example, wouldn't seem so bad if the man dispatching you was as witty, intelligent, handsome, suave, not to mention aristocratic as Louis. Kind Hearts and Coronets is the classic...

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The Salt of Life – Review

The Salt of Life – Review

The Salt of Life was released in Italy as Gianni e le Donne, which translates as 'Gianni and Women'. The less allusive Italian title gives a clearer idea of the film: middle aged Gianni and his women troubles, which aren't of the usual 'ladies man' variety. This gentle-but-with-a-bite comedy is set in the...

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The Taqwacores – Review

The Taqwacores – Review

It's been a long time since rock and roll has been truly rock 'n' roll. Although 20 years ago Nirvana entertained us with their unique blend of teen spirit, you probably have to look even further back to Seventies punk for a genuinely threatening and questioning political, ethical stance. The Taqwacores takes the...

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The Garden of the Finzi Continis DVD review

The Garden of the Finzi Continis DVD review

A crowd of young people in tennis whites and bright hopeful smiles cycle up the long drive towards a tennis court in the shadow of a large Italian mansion. The sun shines, the garden and its occupants are beautiful, every one is in a good mood. The situation cannot last. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970)...

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