Calvary – Review

A darkness hangs over Calvary; as bleak and angry as a pregnant thundercloud. Those hoping for a thematic sequel to The Guard will quickly discover that they won’t find it here. Calvary isn’t perfect; the...

Tom at the Farm – Review

Spectacularly prolific French-Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan returns to the scene with his fourth feature (note: he's just turned 25), a brooding, beguiling thriller set amid the Quebecois countryside where...

The Double – Review

The Double sees Jesse Eisenberg thumping his two favourite masks - milksop and  scumbag - together as if they were a pair of cymbals. This doppelgänger nightmare is something we should want to digest...

Starred Up – Review

Starred Up serves its porridge with bits of broken glass. It grins as it spits teeth, just as likely to erupt into another volcanic episode of violence as it is to cough up a pearl of prison wisdom. Jack...

Need For Speed – Review

A song scabs over the penultimate scene of Need For Speed (or Braking Bad) before it hits you that it’s actually a truly dreadful cover of Dylan’s 'All Along The Watchtower'. This mangled arrangement...

The Railway Man – Review

“War leaves a mark” is the overwhelming message of The Railway Man. Yet its subject doesn’t so much bear a scar as he does a festering psychological wound, which is pustulating into his civilian life and...

Nebraska – Review

Nebraska has a destination, but Alexander Payne is in no hurry to get us there. His new movie ambles along gently; clippity-clopping towards its pot of gold, while it gazes back into the past. Its strength...

Blue Jasmine – Review

In Woody Allen's latest cityscape, a listless San Francisco plays host to the ghosts of New York. What is perhaps most impressive about Blue Jasmine is its seamless integration of psyche and structure....