Dan Hunter on 17th September
Following behind-the-scenes changes at MovieMail last week, there have been concerns about how our service will change. Here we'll run through the main areas of interest.
Al Pacino resumes his secondary career as a literary scholar this weekend in a double-bill centred around Oscar Wilde’s take on the Biblical legend. It’s some of the most committed work the actor has done in years, writes Mike McCahill.
Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final completed performance before his death was as a German intelligence expert in this tense adaptation of John Le Carré’s post-9/11 thriller. Right to the end, the guy was unmatchable, writes Mike McCahill.
Filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof angered the Iranian authorities with his latest, a multi-stranded drama illustrating the oppressive conditions writers operate under in his homeland. You can see why the State might be concerned, reports Mike McCahill.
This darkly comic Norwegian thriller finds Stellan Skarsgard’s vengeful snow plough driver going after the drug traffickers who’ve murdered his son. Lars von Trier and Homer Simpson would be proud, writes Mike McCahill.
French animator Sylvain Chomet (The Illusionist) moves into live-action with a quirky tale about a mute pianist trying to uncover the secret of his parents’ bizarre death. The melancholy ghosts of Tati and Keaton haunt it, writes Mike McCahill.
Mike McCahill on 4th September
A fine adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel, this Mediterranean-set thriller offers the kind of entertainment you’d almost forgotten the movies were capable of, writes Mike McCahill.
Writer-director Rowan Joffe follows up his contentious remake of Brighton Rock with a psychological thriller about a woman suffering from an acute form of amnesia. Where’s James Mason when you really need him?, asks Mike McCahill.
Michael Brooke on 3rd September
Restored and arriving with a host of extras, Borowczyk's witty erotic fable takes Beauty and the Beast to its logical, if morally and legally questionable, conclusion, writes Michael Brooke.
Mike McCahill on 3rd September
Observational drama turns into gripping thriller in this vivid movie that sees two teenage girls coming to maturity in 1990s Georgia. It's a tense, captivating film, writes Mike McCahill.