Film Reviews

Attack the Block – review

Attack the Block – review

For a man who once brought us all the classics via the medium of toys and teddies on the 90s TV classic, The Adam and Joe Show, this big screen debut from Joe Cornish is bloody brilliant. Cornish has gone where no alien has gone before, a housing block in Brixton. And before you think 'oh so something like...

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Rififi – Blu Ray release

Rififi – Blu Ray release

It is fitting that diamonds and their theft motivate the action in Rififi. The film is a gem, and like the stones in the film which are to be recut by a London fence, Rififi has gone on to influence many other films (and supposedly even crimes). Although it originally came out in 1955, it's still as fresh when it...

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The Ward – a review

The Ward – a review

It has been ten years since legendary horror director John Carpenter has released a film. Known for classics such as Halloween and Assault on Precinct 13 and most recently for Ghost of Mars which was slightly disappointing, his latest film The Ward has a lot riding on it if it's going to reinstate him as the King...

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Thrillers get serious: I Saw the Devil review

Thrillers get serious: I Saw the Devil review

Korean films are an area of cinema becoming ever more noticeable on our radar, thanks to The Good, The Bad, The Weird and the fantastic Oldboy. But will it continue to impress Western audiences? What we've seen in terms of major releases out of South Korea so far has been impressive to the degree that we...

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Everywhere & Nowhere – a review

Everywhere & Nowhere – a review

When Kidulthood came out in 2006, people were delighted, at last they were saying here's a realistic story about being a youth in London. Yes, it might have been slightly over the top at points, but it had so much going for it - a great cast, great soundtrack and an excellent script. It's been five years...

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In Our Name – DVD review

In Our Name – DVD review

In Our Name follows Suzy (Joanne Froggatt, Anna in Downton Abbey), a British Soldier making the difficult transition to family life in the North East of England after a tour of duty in Iraq. There will probably be a  film that successfully examines Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among British soldiers...

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Les Diaboliques – Blu-Ray release review

We all want blood. When it comes to horror films at least, the gore-free spooky numbers like Sixth Sense and The Others have definitely been over-run by hordes of bloody splatter, slasher and rotting zombie flicks. Les Diaboliques is another sort of horror film - scary, psychological, clever, and most of all,...

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On Tour (Tournée) – Reviewed

On Tour (Tournée) – Reviewed

Mathieu Amalric's Joachim Zand in On Tour (Tournée), the manager of a group of American Burlesque girls on tour of Western France, is quite a long way from his role as Bond villain, Dominic Greene in The Quantum of Solace. Having said that, Joachim is not an entirely likeable man, even if he isn't as evil as...

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The Bicycle Thief – Blu-Ray review

The Bicycle Thief – Blu-Ray review

The Bicycle Thief (Ladri di Biciclette) is a film that hardly makes a bad move. It is often thought of as an art film and has influenced lots of serious directors, but it is as easy to watch as classic Steven Spielberg. This is a movie that knows exactly how to pull at the heartstrings. Released in 1948...

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Your Highness – a review

Your Highness – a review

Your Highness looked so promising. The trailer was amusing, it's a mock medieval romp (which are usually enjoyable) and it has Americans pretending to be English, perfect. On top of that, there's the cast. Man of the moment James Franco, and recent Oscar winner Natalie Portman. It all sounded so good, so where...

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