‘Mysteries of Lisbon’ is a sprawling, gorgeous adaptation of a nineteenth century novel by Camilo Castelo Branco.
A semi-sequel to Rachid’s Bouchareb’s earlier Indigenes (translated as the less inflammatory ‘Days of Glory’) ‘Outside the Law’ is an intelligent and skilfully made film about the politics of rebellion and colonialism and the morality of war.
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.
‘Route Irish’ is the road from Baghdad airport to the city’s ostensibly safe ‘Green Zone’.
Wang Xiaoshuai’s ‘Shanghai Dreams’ was a highlight of 2005’s London Film Festival, arriving on a wave of polite, well-considered hype.
‘Womb’ is the worst film about clones featuring a scene in an abandoned ship on a windswept beach that I’ve seen this week.
Errol Morris’ droll, hugely enjoyable and often baffling documentary is a feature length profile of Joyce McKinney. Who she?
It’s difficult to imagine how a film screening could go more wrong.
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.
Few writers have created such a legacy of avid hero-worship and sycophantically fawning sentimentality as Hunter S. Thompson…
The London Film Festival this year has a program packed with big name releases.
This year’s surprise film is…
Who killed Superman? (Clue: For one time only the answer is not Geoff Johns.)
Music biopics are the ‘meh’ genre of films consisting, as they do, of a pretty regular formula of humble origins, emerging talent, the ups and downs of fame, a crisis of some sort and then either triumphant resolution or death…
If 2004 was, as we said at the time, the year of late arrivals and revivals, 2005 was a year of completing, and contrasting, circles.
Casey Affleck plays Jim, a man slouching towards thirty who suddenly has to drag himself across America, from the glamour of his self-chosen home in New York back to his parents’ house in the Midwest.
‘Factotum’ doesn’t initially present the most enticing of prospects: an adaptation of the writings of American miserablist Charles Bukowski, starring Matt Dillon and directed by Bent Hamer…
This awesomely titled pulpy detective flick comes courtesy of the pen and directorial vision of ‘Lethal Weapon’ scribe Shane Black – which makes it all the more odd that its closest point of reference is ‘Adaptation’.
Hal Hartley once managed to portray the apocalypse with nary more than Polly Harvey and a Salvation Army band, so it shouldn’t really be much of a surprise to see him attempt micro budget dystopianism.
In the 1960s Chairman Mao’s government encouraged, cajoled and ultimately ordered thousands of Chinese people to move form the cities into ‘expanding’ areas in order to create a new ‘front’ against both Western capitalist economies and that alternative ex
A cynical man might look at Stephen Frears’ indifferent and largely jolly ‘Mrs Henderson presents’ and come to the conclusion that, having seen Mike Leigh gain clout and praise for a historical film about theatrical people, he decided to do the same.
‘Grand Luncheonette’ is an epitaph for Fred Hakim’s 42nd Street, New York City Hot Dog stand which closed forever in 1997.
At times haunting and at others riotously enjoyable, Mr Kitano’s excellent new film is a step down from his last, the triumphant ‘Zaitochi’, but it is also inarguably a step forward.
Top of the US indie food chain at the moment appears to be a genre best described as the whimsical jaunt – a brief snapshot of life for an eccentric character.
‘In Oranje’ is a Dutch-language, magic realist film for children and families, and it’s absolutely marvellous. Its plot concerns a little boy who dreams of playing for the Dutch National team.
The London Film Festival has hit a hat trick of zingers with its mystery movie over the last few years. 2002 saw the Oscar-nominated Douglas Sirk tribute ‘Far From Heaven’, and 2003 showcased the immensely enjoyable ‘School of Rock’.
There’s a certain amount of bravery in making this film at all, yet the end result is somewhat callow…
Anyone who’s seen ‘High Fidelity’ will remember the character played by Jack Black – a grimy, pudgy, immensely sarcastic rock snob with face permanently locked into a demonic sneer…
I don’t believe I’ve ever read anything of Virginia Woolf’s, and know very little about her complicated personal life or her history of mental illness.
Charismatic director Shekar Kapur described ‘The Four Feathers’ as a form of “coming of age” drama at the film’s premiere …
At this film’s London Film Festival premiere, director Phillip Noyce denied rumours of problems with its North American distribution. It appears that these press reports originated in protests at test screenings conducted in New York…