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Rams: Film of the Week

Rams: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 5th February / comments

This year’s Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes went to Icelandic director Grimur Hakonarson for this eccentric comedy about two warring brothers who live on adjacent farms. It’s a low-key charmer, writ...

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Spotlight: the power of the press

Spotlight: the power of the press

Mike McCahill on 4th February / comments

One of this year’s leading Oscar contenders, Tom McCarthy’s drama centres on a team of Boston journalists who uncovered a major cover-up of sexual abuses within the Catholic Church. The film generates...

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End Of Year Quiz 2015

End Of Year Quiz 2015

7th January

Another year in film has come to an end – and you can re-live the highs and lows in Mike McCahill’s ...

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TV Movies

TV Movies

James Oliver on 9th February / comments

'TV Movies' have a bad reputation, a byword for stale scripts and flat production values. But not every film made for television is a 'TV Movie', if you get my drift.

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Miss Hokusai: artist biopic doesn't quite fill in the blanks

Miss Hokusai: artist biopic doesn't quite fill in the blanks

Mike McCahill on 4th February / comments

The latest example of Japanese anime to reach UK screens forms something of an anomaly: it’s a biopic of the 19th century artist Hokusai, as seen through the eyes of his young daughter. We’re not gett...

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Goosebumps: a moderate monster mash

Goosebumps: a moderate monster mash

Mike McCahill on 4th February / comments

The big-screen riff on the popular children’s books finds Jack Black’s R.L. Stine team up with a team of teenagers to banish demons that have escaped from his imagination. It’s passable matinee fare, ...

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Dans la Cour

Dans la Cour

Mark Reynolds on 4th February

On the back of two light comedy vehicles for perpetual crowd-pleaser Audrey Tatou (Priceless and Beautiful Lies), director Pierre Salvadori goes a shade darker in this bittersweet tale of late-life fr...

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Olive Kitteridge

Olive Kitteridge

3rd February

Based on Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitizer Prize winning book, the four-part HBO miniseries directed by Lisa Cholodenko and written by Jane Anderson, stars Frances McDormand in a title role she was born to...

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Janis: Little Girl Blue - the highs and lows of the legendary Ms. Joplin

Janis: Little Girl Blue - the highs and lows of the legendary Ms. Joplin

Mike McCahill on 2nd February / comments

This much-acclaimed documentary finds filmmaker Amy Berg (West of Memphis) profiling Janis Joplin, the folk rocker who shot to stardom in the late 60s before succumbing to drugs. She’s done a solid jo...

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Trumbo: a by-the-book biopic

Trumbo: a by-the-book biopic

Mike McCahill on 1st February / comments

Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston has earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his performance in this brisk biopic of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Yet the rest is naggingly superficial, argues...

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Innocence of Memories: Film of the Week

Innocence of Memories: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 29th January / comments

British filmmaker Grant Gee here offers a guided tour of the object-strewn worlds, real and fictional, of the acclaimed Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk. He’s spun potentially dry and academic material into...

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Youth: Sorrentino and Caine hit the spa

Youth: Sorrentino and Caine hit the spa

Mike McCahill on 29th January / comments

Paolo Sorrentino’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning The Great Beauty finds Michael Caine as an acclaimed composer mulling his legacy during a stay at a Swiss spa. If it’s not quite up to its predecessor...

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13 Hours: Michael Bay's schlock and bore

13 Hours: Michael Bay's schlock and bore

Mike McCahill on 29th January / comments

Transformers supremo Michael Bay gets serious(ish) for his latest, a recreation of the 2012 attack by Islamic militants on a CIA compound in Libya. It’s very much of a piece with the director’s filmog...

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Sweet Smell of Success

Sweet Smell of Success

David Parkinson on 27th January / comments

Ranking alongside Orson Welles's Touch of Evil and Robert Wise's Odds Against Tomorrow as a classic of late American noir, Alexander Mackendrick's Sweet Smell of Success (1957) seeps sour cynicism fro...

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Short Story Adaptations

Short Story Adaptations

James Oliver on 26th January / comments

Although authors sometimes complain that neither publishers nor readers always appreciate short fiction, they can at least comfort themselves that moviemakers are rather keener on these writerly minia...

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