Shiny Shelf
By Jim Smith on 29 September 2010 Comments Off

To call something “charming” is often to patronise it; but ‘Bella’ is charming. It charms you, with its warmth & its performances.

By Mark Clapham on 26 March 2006 Comments Off

If this is heaven, then I choose hell.

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By Mark Clapham on 27 March 2004 Comments Off

‘Amores Perros’ is three interlinked stories where the relationship between people and dogs act as a metaphor for their relationships with other humans…

By Mark Clapham on 21 September 2003 Comments Off

Fernando Meirelles’ ‘Cidade de Deus’ (‘City of God’) chronicles a decade of gang violence in the titular Brazilian slum, a sprawling shanty town outside Rio.

By Mark Clapham on 16 March 2003 Comments Off

This is a grown-up film, and sometimes it’s hard to appreciate how rare that is…

By Eddie Robson on 06 October 2002 Comments Off

I must admit that I was a bit sceptical about this initially, because it seemed to me that it might be just another teen coming-of-age flick…

By Eddie Robson on 19 May 2002 Comments Off

Or …And Your Mother Too as it translates. I must admit that I was a bit sceptical about this initially, because it seemed to me that it might be just another teen coming-of-age flick…

By Stephen Lavington on 17 May 2002 Comments Off

It is hard to imagine the same director making two more disparate vampire movies than Cronos and Blade II.

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

The Devil’s Backbone, by much hyped but largely unproven Mexican director Guillermo Del Toro, is a Spanish Civil War-set ghost story about a haunted children’s home…