Elser – Berlinale 2015 Review

How do you add tension to a story when the audience is already aware of your conclusion? Hirschbiegel wisely focuses Elser‘s attention upon the individual, exploring the why and what rather than the drama...

The Light Shines Only There – Review

Mipo O delivers a tragic tale of love by the sea in this valiant but lacklustre drama that premiered at the 2015 Raindance Film Festival. Tatsuo (Gô Ayano), the drifter, is embroiled in a story of trauma...

Two Night Stand – Review

Though all this recent romcom doom and gloom seems just a little harsh, Two Night Stand won’t do much to turn the tide. Unfortunately this cinematic bottle episode falls down on its frequently twee genre...

Nasty Baby – Berlinale 2015 Review

Chock-full of surprises and nigh-on indefinable, Nasty Baby shocks, subverts and delights in equal measure - to say much more would risk revealing too much. Sharp and sardonic, this naturalistically-acted...

Mr. Holmes – Berlinale 2015 Review

A sensitive and touching central performance from Ian McKellen is the most recommendable element of the functional but limited Mr. Holmes. Sadly the protagonist is failed on nearly all sides, hamstrung by...

The Interview – Review

Satire should be served bubbling; so acidic that it burns the spoon on which it is being delivered from. The Interview, by comparison, is a trampled clot of stinging nettles with some tired genital jokes...

Taxi – Berlinale 2015 Review

Jafar Panahi writes, directs and stars in this charming and humorous display of the eccentric spirit of Iranian society. Ostensibly a hidden camera documentary, a large part of the film's appeal lies in...