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Archive for October, 2010

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 28 October 2010 Comments Off

‘The Peanuts Collection’ is a wonderfully packaged volume that is a must-have for ‘Peanuts’ fans.

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By Jim Smith on 27 October 2010 Comments Off

Daniele Luchetti’s first feature since ‘My Brother Is An Only Child’ is a low key affair, covering a year in the life of a working class Italian family.

By Jonn Elledge on 26 October 2010 Comments Off

Michael Lewis intended ‘Liar’s Poker’, his seminal 1989 book on his career as a bond trader, to be an exposé.

By Jim Smith on 25 October 2010 Comments Off

‘Route Irish’ is the road from Baghdad airport to the city’s ostensibly safe ‘Green Zone’.

By Jim Smith on 22 October 2010 Comments Off

Wang Xiaoshuai’s ‘Shanghai Dreams’ was a highlight of 2005’s London Film Festival, arriving on a wave of polite, well-considered hype.

By Mark Clapham on 21 October 2010 Comments Off

‘Under the Red Hood’ manages the surprising feat of taking a comic book story mired in sprawling continuity and turning it into a highly enjoyable, accessible action thriller.

By Jim Smith on 21 October 2010 1 COMMENT

‘Womb’ is the worst film about clones featuring a scene in an abandoned ship on a windswept beach that I’ve seen this week.

By Mags L Halliday on 20 October 2010 Comments Off

‘Suck’ combines vampires with a rock’n’roll movie, and wears its cheapness on its leather sleeve.

By Jim Smith on 19 October 2010 Comments Off

Errol Morris’ droll, hugely enjoyable and often baffling documentary is a feature length profile of Joyce McKinney. Who she?

By Jim Smith on 18 October 2010 1 COMMENT

It’s difficult to imagine how a film screening could go more wrong.

By Jim Smith on 15 October 2010 Comments Off

A sensitively played and beautifully shot adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Booker nominated 2005 novel, ‘Never Let Me Go’ is a harrowing and deeply affecting film.

By Jim Smith on 14 October 2010 1 COMMENT

‘Dollhouse’ was, in case you are part of the vast majority of the population that it entirely passed by, a short lived US TV show.

By Mark Clapham on 13 October 2010 Comments Off

The formula of Seth MacFarlane’s animated series is straightforward: there’s a family, and the dad also has a set of drinking buddies.

By Matthew Badham on 11 October 2010 Comments Off

‘Our Friends in the North’ isn’t just first-class drama, it’s a stunning piece of fictive social history that charts the lives of four friends and their extended networks from 1964 until 1995.

By Iain Hepburn on 08 October 2010 Comments Off

If you’re on the southern side of Hadrian’s Wall, you may, but more likely may not, have heard about ITV’s spat with their Caledonian counterparts at STV.

By Mags L Halliday on 06 October 2010 Comments Off

‘Downton Abbey’ is haunted by the past. Not within the drama, but at a meta level.

By Matthew Badham on 04 October 2010 Comments Off

I had high hopes for ‘The Disappearance of Alice Creed’, about which I’d heard good things. I’m afraid, however, that viewing this film was a pretty disappointing and also slightly depressing experience.