Review: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

A deserving subject is given an ill-deserved biopic treatment in MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM. Though Justin Chadwick’s film may work as a superficial overview of the late icon’s life, from his upbringing in a tribal village to the moment he entered office as South Africa’s first black president, it suffers from a script that …

Review: The Innocents (1961)

If a gold standard for gothic cinema had to be chosen, then Jack Clayton’s THE INNOCENTS would surely be on the shortlist, probably at the very top. No other film can touch it in terms of subtle emotional complexity and haunting resonance. On the surface a deceptively straightforward tale of spooky visitations, it’s only with …

Review: Blue Is the Warmest Colour (2013)

If you want see, touch and feel the highs and lows of young love in a way that only cinema can conjure, then BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR is the film for you. It’s an extraordinarily vivid portrayal of a romantic relationship, from the giddy upswing of its early halcyon days to its later violent …

Review: Philomena (2013)

Steve Coogan and Judi Dench have to be among the more unlikely of odd couples seen on the big screen in recent years – uniting Alan Partridge and M sounds like one of the Norfolk DJ’s more outlandish fantasies – but the combination works beautifully in PHILOMENA. This perfectly pitched dramatisation of Martin Sixsmith’s book …

Review: Captain Phillips (2013)

For a film that wrings such expertly orchestrated tension from real life events, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS turns out to be surprisingly unmemorable. In adapting the widely publicised hijacking of an American container ship in 2009 by Somali pirates, Paul Greengrass proves once again that he can do suspense standing on his head, with one hand tied …