Film Reviews

The Lavender Hill Mob – DVD re-issue Review

The Lavender Hill Mob – DVD re-issue Review

Before Lavender Hill in Clapham became a site of rioting this week, another gang of crooks based on the road resorted to thievery to stick it to the man. This earlier gang however was fictional, as well as being better mannered and much funnier. The classic Ealing comedy from 1951, The Lavender Hill Mob, has...

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Sarah’s Key – Review

Sarah’s Key – Review

Sarah's Key tells two stories, firstly that of Sarah Starzynski (Mélusine Mayance) a 10-year-old Jewish girl in Paris at the start of World War II and secondly that of investigative journalist Julia Jarmond (Kristin Scott Thomas) who is writing about the Nazi deportations from the city for her magazine in the...

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Night and Fog – DVD Review

Night and Fog – DVD Review

The Nazis called their policy of ‘disappearing' political opponents during the Second World War ‘Night and Fog’. These men and women were not given a trial, but simply vanished into 'the night and the fog'. The term is also an apt title for a film about the holocaust. When trying to understand these...

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Horrible Bosses – Review

Horrible Bosses – Review

What kind of a name is Horrible Bosses? Bad Bosses would have been bad enough, but at least it’s alliterative; Rachael-from-Friends-Dyes-Her-Hair-Brown-and-is-Now-a-Totally-Believable-Bad-Guy even has a better ring to it than Horrible Bosses. Come on movie execs, what were you thinking? The name may...

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Hiroshima Mon Amour – DVD Review

Hiroshima Mon Amour – DVD Review

The nuclear explosion at Hiroshima is a tragedy so awful that it is difficult to adequately address in film. Alain Resnais, the director of Hiroshima Mon Amour took an oblique approach. In doing so, he made film history.   Resnais was originally commissioned to make a documentary about...

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Went The Day Well – DVD Review

Went The Day Well – DVD Review

Even forgetting the influence Fox News exerted in leading US public opinion to support Dubya's invasion of Iraq, propaganda never had a very good reputation. But when Graham Greene is involved it might be worth a try. The case of Went The Day Well, the anti-Nazi message is in no doubt, but the film is no stodgy...

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Just Do It – Review

Just Do It – Review

Legend has it that exited (m)ad man Dan Wieden whooped "You Nike guys, you just do it" to a bunch of senior honchos from Nike while discussing their advertising strategy. He had coined a beautifully simple global marketing slogan still in use more than 20 years later. It is also a phrase, it turns out, that can...

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Kung Fu Panda 2 in 2D – Review

Kung Fu Panda 2 in 2D – Review

As a sequel to one of the best-loved Disney animations of recent years, this film had a lot to live up to, and boy did it ever! A fast plot, great action sequences and a cute and cuddly protagonist, ensured there's something for everyone in this fantastic kung fu animation. The film explores the...

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Il Generale della Rovere – DVD Review

Il Generale della Rovere – DVD Review

"Despite everything, I like you." The likeable man in question is Victorio Bardone, a two-bit crook offering false hope to desperate people in wartime Rome. He is played with expert handling by Vittorio De Sica, who both acted in and directed important Italian Neo-Realist films. The film, Il Generale della Rovere...

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The Adjustment Bureau – Review

The Adjustment Bureau – Review

The Adjustment Bureau stars Matt Damon. He runs around a lot, as we have come to expect since his Bourne movies. He also falls in love, which marks a departure as his characters tend to be in too much of a rush for emotional entanglements. As well as physical and romantic action, the plot asks all sorts of...

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