Film Reviews

A Separation – Review

A Separation – Review

Iranian cinema is critically acclaimed across the world, and A Separation is the latest movie from that country to get lots of positive press. The film has already scooped up awards at film festivals (the Golden Bear at Berlin & Best Movie in Sydney) and is already being tipped for entry into the fray for the...

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Java Head and Tiger Bay – Review

Java Head and Tiger Bay – Review

In 1928 Anna May Wong left the USA for Europe. At the age of 24, she was already the biggest Chinese American star in Hollywood, who had acted with some of the biggest names in the business and appeared in the first ever Technicolor movie. She told an interviewer that Hollywood producers preferred casting...

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Bridesmaids – Review

Bridesmaids – Review

It seems bizarre that, even now, it can come as a surprise to some people when women are actually, you know, quite funny? Still, raising the bar in terms of this year's cinematic comedy is the almost-all-female cast of Bridesmaids, headed up by the funniest of them all, Kristen Wiig. Wiig does well to...

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Touched by the hand of Godfrey: Acts of Godfrey – Review

Touched by the hand of Godfrey: Acts of Godfrey – Review

You may not have heard of Johnny Daukes, but enough of the right people have heard of him to ensure that his first feature film, Acts of Godfrey, has a marvellous cast of British acting and comic talent. Overall his film is as British as bangers and mash, Birds of a Feather (I spotted it anyway) and Bill...

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Miracle at St. Anna – DVD Review

Miracle at St. Anna – DVD Review

"War. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing." Edwin Starr was right, but war is even worse when it is forgotten. In The Miracle at Santa Anna Spike Lee has focussed on a less-known but vitally important corner of US military history: the involvement of black troops in the liberation of Europe. But the film...

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Paul – DVD Review

Paul – DVD Review

Here at TFR, we love us some Paul. It's a funny film with a great cast that really captures the essence of the sci-fi fan and the would-be geek novelist. So how does the DVD complete the experience? Rather nicely, to put it frankly - this is a DVD worthy of the Nick/Frost super-team, as the film comes either...

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Andrei Tarkovsky DVD Box Set

Andrei Tarkovsky DVD Box Set

Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky only made seven feature films before cancer cut his life short at the age of 54 in 1986, but those seven are sometimes heralded as among the best ever made. As of today we can buy all seven in a box set. Finally. The release of this box set has coincided with a media...

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Pervert! DVD review

Pervert! DVD review

Is there a more perfect way of showing your admiration to legendary sexploitation director Russ Meyer than with a boob-filled, gory, cheap-looking love letter? I don't think so, which is why Pervert! is so brilliant and manages to keep your mood as buoyant as the fake boobs that jostle throughout the film from...

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The Halfway House – Reviewed

The Halfway House – Reviewed

The Halfway House is set in the sunlit uplands of Great Britain both physically and figuratively. Most of the action takes place in the Welsh hills on a lovely summer’s day and is ultimately lit up with optimism despite being filmed towards the Second World War. This might not be the best-known Ealing film, but...

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Hydrophobia: Sanctum review

Hydrophobia: Sanctum review

Films involving water and a stranded cast usually don't end very well. Sanctum doesn't pull any punches, and for fans of survival stories (or diving), it's bound to draw you in. Surprisingly, Sanctum is actually partially based on the personal experiences of co-writer Andrew Wight. Having led an expedition...

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