Inherent Vice – Review

The '60s are dead, to begin with. Yet through all the stoner fog of PI Doc Sportello's (Phoenix) meandering investigations, the elegiac beauty of Pynchon's source novel is only occasionally glimpsed. Three...

Trash – Review

On the face of it, Trash is essentially Five Go on the Run in Rio: an adventure mystery with plucky street teenagers, priests, coded messages, murderous villains, and buried treasure. At its heart though...

Jupiter Ascending – Review

Jupiter Ascending is simply disappointing. The Wachowskis' latest film is confused, creative, crazed, colourful and contradictory, the original promise squandered by schlocky rehashes of the directors’...
Selma

Selma – Review

There is much to recommend Selma besides the lure of Martin Luther King. It is creative and well told; never indolent and always interesting; grandiose yet intimate. DuVernay - through a wonderfully slender...

Big Hero 6 – Review

Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, Big Hero 6 sees a full continuation of Disney’s recent charm offensive, which shows little chance of stopping. Loosely based on a Marvel comic of the same name, Big...

Beyond Clueless – Review

Countless words of exegesis on the teen movie have been published, but Lyne has winningly executed a fresh method that abandons the attempt to describe audiovisual media with only words, often instead letting...

The Gambler – Review

Quoth Kenny Rogers: If you're gonna play the game, boy, you gotta learn to play it right. Jim Bennett (Wahlberg) can’t play it right - can’t play anything right - and so skulks along like a sullen...

Ex Machina – Review

Alex Garland is in confident control from Ex Machina’s boldly brisk beginning to perfectly-pitched end. Carefully composed shots, swift cuts and succinct dialogue bestow the tumultuous pace and visual...

Mortdecai – Review

Kyril Bonfiglioli would choke on his afternoon port if he could see what's become of his cult '70s novels. Johnny Depp turns the deliciously depraved Charlie Mortdecai into a prancing caricature, with a...

American Sniper – Review

Is it possible to laud individual greatness when it’s in service of an unjust cause? This is what Eastwood tries in American Sniper, and he fails miserably. Chris Kyle’s skill and bravery are undeniable...

A Most Violent Year – Review

A quickening tension squeezes every frame of A Most Violent Year, tautened by Alex Ebert’s needling score. Chandor directs with a vice-like grip and, with DoP Bradford Young, frames the broken silhouettes...

Into the Woods – Review

With its loudly trumpeted message of "be careful what you wish for", Rob Marshall’s stagey version of Stephen Sondheim’s fairy tale mash-up musical is toe-tapping good fun. Not aided by the two-part...