Review: Brave (2012)

There’s been some talk lately about whether Pixar’s creative juices have begun to dry up. After 2010’s Toy Story 3 and last year’s Cars 2, and with prequel Monsters University due next year, there’s certainly mounting evidence for the prosecution. But then along comes Brave, which takes aim at such idle chatter and valiantly quashes it (for now …

Review: Ted (2012)

Q. When is an Adam Sandler film not an Adam Sandler film? A. When it stars Seth MacFarlane instead of Adam Sandler. Really, if you want to know whether you’ll enjoy Ted, the hilarious new comedy about a hilarious talking teddy bear who hilariously swears, berates everyone around him and gets hilariously high with hookers, then just …

Review: Magic Mike (2012)

Predictably, much of the attention surrounding Magic Mike has focussed on the amount of bare male flesh on display. Partly this is because Hollywood is notorious for cheerfully throwing female nudity up on the screen without batting an eyelid, while remaining remarkably reticent to do the same for the opposite sex. Even here, in a film …

Review: The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Christopher Nolan winds up his Dark Knight trilogy with this highly entertaining action epic, told with energy and spectacle. Though it may fall some way short of its predecessors (Batman Begins and The Dark Knight), it is nevertheless a satisfying ending to Nolan’s reinvention of the Batman franchise, rescuing it from the scrapheap after 1997’s …

Made in Britain season: all five reviews

Over the last month I’ve had a lot of fun watching the all-too-brief Made in Britain season, which saw a bunch of homegrown film gems get a big screen outing across the country. The pleasingly eclectic choices saw comedy happily rub shoulders with sci-fi and horror – genres too often overlooked when it comes to …