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The Double

If Ayoade’s debut film Submarineplayed mind games with its psychedelic, black humour, then The Double hurtles the brain into a vortex of paranoia.

Based on a Dostoyevsky short story (which I admit to not having read), Ayoade creates a dystopian nightmare where Simon James, a nerdy computer programmer, finds his life is taken over by his doppelgänger, James Simon […]

Nebraska

I had never heard of this movie until June Squibb was nominated for best supporting Oscar. Further, being shot in black and white led me to believe this was a low-budget indy film.  Surprising really, as Alexander Payne has directed big-ticket movies such as Sideways, The Descendantsand About Schmidt.Payne was in fact born in Omaha, Nebraska – where he has […]

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson does it again! The Grand Budapest Hotelis as quirky as film as any, and stuffed full of wit and humour, all delivered by a fine ensemble cast of Anderson favourites (Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Owen Wilson, Bob Balaban, Jason Schwatrzman, with the addition of a hugely camp, as-you-have-never-seen-him-before Ralph Fiennes.  I had no idea he […]

Non-Stop

Bill Marks is a chain-smoking, whisky-swigging, down-at-heel guy preparing to board a plane.  Surprisingly he is also an Air Marshall: a man supposed to protect citizens in the wake of 9/11. It’s the misfortune of everyone on this flight that an unknown criminal has enough juice on him to target his vulnerabilities in order to try […]

Dallas Buyers Club

Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto have both attracted headlines on the amount of weight they lost for this movie, three stone in McConaughey’s case. While taking method acting to its extreme, it is nevertheless a trivialisation of their respective performances in this heart-rending movie. My money is on them both scooping Oscars.

Inspired by the ‘true’ […]

Inside Llewyn Davis

The Coen Brothers are back in town but, alas, not on tip-top form. This is indisputably a clever film, artistically-speaking, with a great original, live, soundtrack, fine performances, and a show-stealing cat (well, five of them in fact). It has all the hallmarks of Coen movies with moody cinematography and an allegorical plot. It is […]

Her

The curse of cancer strikes! We arrived late as I had inadvertently booked the tickets for the day before, something I have never done even in this online era – maybe it was a message that it’s not a perfect world in Spike Jonze’s cyberspace. Thank you nice Everyman for giving us club seats all […]

The Monuments Men

Oh George where art thou? Reunited with co-producer Grant Heslov, fresh from the success of Argo, they lurch from realpolitik thriller territory into war-time adventure. With directorial successes such as Good Night and Good Luckand The Ides of March under his belt, we expect an exciting – yet intellectual, this being Gorgeous George – caper into the Second World […]

August: Osage County

Some plays just don’t really adapt to the big screen and I fear this is one of them. Not that I saw the play, winner of a Tony award, and three hours long. ERdirector John Wells has cut it down to a more cinematic two, and Tracy Letts adapted his own screenplay. Did you know, by […]

Last Vegas

I did not like The Hangover, did not see Bucket List, so I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Last Vegas. 

This is story about the Flatbush Four, a gang of Brooklyn tear-aways, 50 years on, reunited to celebrate Billy’s impending Las Vegas nuptials to a plastic babe, 30 years his junior. For this is, as the four quip […]