At the Cinema: November 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I  The first part of the final Harry Potter tale is a decent fantasy adventure, darker than earlier entries but continuing the series’ tradition of exciting action set-pieces and an impossibly strong cast of British talent. It lacks a cliffhanger climax worthy of its epic scale, but it’s …

At the Cinema: October 2010

Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) Passable sequel to the hit ghost chiller from 2009. More of the same, only bigger budgeted and less imaginative. 3/5 Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) Flabby, patchy but entertaining sequel to the classic 80s yuppie critique. Great whenever Douglas is onscreen, which is not nearly enough. Not nearly as scathing …

At the Cinema: September 2010

Made in Dagenham (2010) An enjoyably uplifting piece, crowd-pleasing in all the right moments and effectively capturing a key turning point in twentieth century history. Solid performances all round too. 4/5 The Hole (2010) Joe Dante’s latest works best as a sort of horror pick-and-mix for the younger crowd. Some good scary moments for older …

At the Cinema: August 2010

The Leopard (1963) Magisterial, langorous historical epic set in 1860s Sicily as a single Italian state is being created by Garibaldi and his army. Burt Lancaster is excellent as the patriarch of an aristocratic family who realises the old world is passing in to history, and he must work with the new order to ensure …