Movie Reviews

Dexter Morgan is Cold in July…

Cold in July

After the much criticized ending of Dexter, Michael C. Hall makes his come back in this pretty good thriller. His character is a long way away from Dexter but you can still see traces of the serial killer in him… Don Johnson and Sam Shepard more than pull their weight and added much to the film. As far as I ... Read More »

Bastards review gripping stuff

The men are the bastards in this powerful story of a Moroccan woman’s attempt to gain recognition for her outcast daughter Televisual it may be, but this account of a Moroccan woman’s struggle to gain legal recognition for her young daughter, conceived after quasi-legal marriage at the age of 14, is more gripping than much cinematic fare on offer this ... Read More »

Transformers: Age of Extinction review interminably stupid

Michael Bay’s latest addition to the Transformers franchise pummels the audience into stupefied submission The OED offers one definition of "epic" as "an exceptionally long and arduous task or activity", and it is clearly this informal usage that Michael Bay adopts when describing his latest bore-buster. Yes, it’s Transformers: Bigger, Louder, Longer, although sadly not Better. All the usual Bay ... Read More »

How to Train Your Dragon 2 review impressively swoopy

The second instalment in DreamWorks’ Vikings and beasties series takes the story in intriguing directions Having already opened in Scotland and Ireland, and extensively previewed in England and Wales, this second instalment in DreamWorks’ ongoing Vikings and beasties series (part three is due in 2016) barely seems to qualify as a new release. Set five years after the likably dazzling ... Read More »

Goltzius and the Pelican Company review perpetually mischievous

Peter Greenaway directs an overlong account of the titillating Old Testament illustrations by painter Hendrik Goltzius Alan Parker once described Peter Greenaway‘s work as "a load of posturing poo-poo", while Ken Russell insisted that he was "more interested in shit than soul". Fittingly, this latest from Britain’s arthouse provocateur opens with F Murray Abraham‘s margrave of Alsace taking a very ... Read More »

Mr Morgan’s Lost Love review syrupy and misty-eyed

This adaptation of Françoise Dorner’s novel is a melancholic cross between Venus and Goodbye, Mr Chips German director Sandra Nettelbeck‘s misty-eyed adaptation of Françoise Dorner’s novel La Douceur Assassine is as syrupy sweet as the title suggests a melancholic cross between Venus and Goodbye, Mr Chips, which could have been more enticingly entitled Venus and Chips. In the novel, the ... Read More »

Begin Again review ramshackle charm

John Carney’s story about random hearts brought together by music works surprisingly well After Inside Llewyn Davis, here’s Outside Keira Knightley. John Carney’s latest tale of random hearts brought together by song may not have the rough-and-ready brilliance of Once (or a tune to match Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová’s Oscar winning Falling Slowly) but it does a surprisingly good ... Read More »

Boyhood review Richard Linklater makes the complex appear casual

Richard Linklater’s latest, filmed in 39 days over 12 years, captivates you not with its method, but with its intimate insight What an extraordinary film-maker Richard Linklater has become, a thoroughly modern rule-breaker with an old-fashioned sense of craftsmanship who provides the missing link between a 21st-century independent aesthetic and studio-era storytelling skills. From the low-budget edginess of Slacker and ... Read More »

The Woody Allen Collection

A ‘Catalogue Of His Greatest Films,’ trumpeted the press release. Bit of a stretch – that would be the cherry pickings from his work in the ’70s and ’80s – but this round-up of Woody Allen’s 1994-2000 output catches him before his ’00s nosedive. It even chucks in Wild Man Blues (1997), Barbara Kopple’s chronicle of Woody’s 1996 European tour ... Read More »

The Strange Colour Of Your Body’s Tears

If you think Belgian cinema is all social-realist grit à la the Dardennes, get a load of Hélene Cattet and Bruno Forzani. Like their 2009 debut Amer, The Strange Colour Of Your Body’s Tears is a super-sensual psychosexual love letter to Italian giallo, its fetishised images pulsing blood and saturated colours while its puzzlebox narrative (‘a man returns home to ... Read More »