Movies – 286

July 7, 2016

Our Kind Of Traitor The Russians may have changed from commies to brutal mobsters, but they’re still worming their way into the heart of British politics, according to Susanna White’s drum-tight adaptation of John le […]

Movies – 285

June 25, 2016

Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival 2016 The poster for this year’s Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival suggests we’re in for more Nordic Noir, or maybe a dose of existential angst. Both are there (The Pusher Trilogy, Absolution, […]

Movies – 284

June 10, 2016

Mustang Nominated for a best foreign film Oscar in 2016, Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s portrait of female empowerment and teenage hi-jinks is really quite something… It’s simply a delight, and rare for such a powerful message […]

Movies – 283

May 27, 2016

Queen of the Desert If there’s one thing Brit critics can’t stand it’s Aussie actors playing their native-born heroes. “Nicole Kidman hardly looks desert hardened,” one of them sniffs. (But didn’t he see her walk […]

Movies – 282

May 12, 2016

The Meddler Marnie (Susan Sarandon) is recently widowed, and has moved to LA to be closer to her daughter Lori (Rose Byrne). She’s a whirlwind of energy, most of it misspent on helping others, even […]

Movies – 281

April 29, 2016

And Then There Were None Late last year the online Daily Mail was “stunned” by a controversial new Agatha Christie about to screen on BBC, which contained “drug abuse, gruesome violence” and (oh no!) “the […]

Movies – 280

April 15, 2016

Mia Madre Nanni Moretti, the acclaimed Palme d’Or winning Italian director again sensitively maps out the heartbreak involved in personal tragedy, but this time with some welcome light touches and some cracking good jokes. Mia […]

Movies – 279

March 31, 2016

2016 Spanish Film Festival If you’re on a good thing, do it again! Last year the always wildly popular Spanish Film Festival opened with Spain’s biggest ever box office hit, A Spanish Affair, and quick […]

Movies – 278

March 18, 2016

Rams Judging by Grímur Hákonarson’s eccentric dark comedy, Icelandic people have an even closer relationship with their sheep than Kiwis – even physically resembling them. Gummi (Sigurdur Sigurjonsson) and Kiddi (Theodor Juliusson) are two brothers, […]

Movies – 277

March 4, 2016

A Bigger Splash Every now and then something wild and original blasts onto our screens and blows everything else away. Few of the superlatives you’ll read about Luca Guadagnino’s (I Am Love) devilishly clever psychodrama […]

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