Serena – Review

The extreme saccharine romanticism of Pemberton’s (Cooper) first meeting with Serena (Lawrence) may cause some to wish the film had remained in the can another two years, yet brutal dramatisation of the...

The Rewrite – Review

Grant’s washed-up screenwriter is a familiar but less charismatic version of his over-the-hill musician in Lawrence’s Music and Lyrics. The Rewrite suffers by comparison; there’s nothing to rival the...

Maps to the Stars – Review

As critics map the stars of Cronenberg’s latest, the facial and vocal contortions of Moore’s transformation into the uptalking over-sharer Havana will make her a focal point - but no one in Maps puts a...

The Riot Club – Review

Scherfig balances An Education’s idealisation of Oxford University with this saga of undergraduate decadence and debauchery. The first act, particularly the prologue, verges into seemingly unintentional...

If I Stay – Review

Heavily infused with music and relying on a flashback format, Forman’s novel seems ideal for the audio-visual medium of film. Yet Cutler’s unenergetic debut betrays the influence of the Nicholas...

What If – Review

Despite its title this isn’t a film about ‘if’, it’s about ‘when’. Yet as it progresses, sometimes ploddingly, to the inevitable conclusion the long-awaited coupling of Wallace (Radcliffe) and...

God’s Pocket – Review

A sparing script immerses the viewer in the working-class environ of God’s Pocket, allowing impeccable editing, whiplash choreography and top-notch silent acting to take centre stage. It’s Hendricks who...

The Inbetweeners 2 – Review

In a slight re-jig of the lads-on-tour formula of The Inbetweeners Movie, this second theatrical outing proves returning writers can get still get mileage out of running jokes from the original series. But...

Begin Again – Review

Once creator John Carney again blends music and storytelling (in that order) in this likeable dramedy which slowly gets under the skin. Opening with an intelligent use of two perspectives which combine in...