Cambridge Film Festival 2013 Round-up

It’s astonishingly late, but at last here’s a round-up of my reviews for TAKE ONE from this year’s Cambridge Film Festival. There was, as ever, a fine selection of films and special guests; when there are several movies you want to see all being shown at exactly the same time, then you know it’s going …

Review: The Way Way Back (2013)

There’s a lot to like about THE WAY WAY BACK. That may sound like a broad, yet slightly reserved recommendation, and indeed it is; there’s some very good performances, the heartfelt story rings true and despite being largely a family drama it’s one of the funniest films of the year. But there’s also a distinct …

Review: Journey to Italy (1954)

Rescued from obscurity by the French New Wave, Roberto Rossellini’s deceptively mild tale of marital distress still captivates almost sixty years after its original release. You would be forgiven for thinking a melodrama about a marriage in crisis from the 1950s would have little to say about relationships today, but JOURNEY TO ITALY retains a …

Review: Dial M For Murder (1954)

“Hitchcock’s 3D Masterpiece” proudly proclaims the re-release trailer for this 1954 effort by the Master of Suspense. Frankly “masterpiece” might be pushing it, but Hitch’s only excursion into three dimensional filmmaking is still an enjoyable, if unexceptional, entertainment. The director’s distinctive black humour and thematic preoccupations remain intact, but he tackled similar subject matter in …

Review: A Field In England (2013)

A mesmerising exercise in Lynchian weirdness and English folk horror, Ben Wheatley’s latest project cements his claim as British cinema’s most promising genre talent. Though there’s very little in the way of the usual horror trappings, the terror here is all in the mind, as befits a film made on a shoestring budget and confined …