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Marley

Everyone in the world has heard of Bob Marley – now. But it was not always so; most of his life Marley had no Black following outside of Jamaica and his international concerts were populated by white, dope-smoking hippies. Now Bob Marley is the ubiquitous voice of reggae – which, we learn in this film, […]

Life of Pi

Always tricky writing a review the week of any awards announcements: the Golden Globes gongs surprise little: Lincolnand Day-Lewis; Ben Affleck twice – or perhaps squared, in this context – best director for Argo,best drama; Jessica Chastain but not Katherine Bigelow for the controversial Zero Dark Thirty. Laments for lack of women and minorities as ever in both […]

Il Divo

I surprised myself by awarding only two stars to this much lauded film. Other reviewers, notably Philip French of the Observerand Anthony Quinn of the Independent both loved it, as did the Grand Jury at Cannes which awarded it the Jury Prize, alongside the Grand Prix to Gomorraand  the Palme D’Or to The Class, the latter decisions quite understandable. But I […]

Duplicity

Sometimes I think I must be mad. This week is a good example; out every night at work-related functions, so have to fit in a movie in the dirty mac slot again, after a day that began with a breakfast meeting, went on to a three-hour brainstorming, then the date at the Odeon and write this […]

Milk

I was not expecting to be blown away by Milk – just another biopic, I thought, very political and bound to be too long. How wrong I was!

 I had the opening lines of this review in my head: ‘Sean Penn was robbed’ – we saw Milk the afternoon of the Oscars, and I was astounded […]

Vicky Christina Barcelona

The talk on the street is that Woody Allen has lost his touch since coming to Europe – this is his fourth film shot over here, but that Vicky Cristina Barcelona shows signs of returning to form. The last Woody Allen film I saw was Melinda and Melinda (2004) and before that Mighty Aphrodite in […]

Inkheart

Despite the promise of a few review-free weeks, such is my addiction that we managed to sneak in a quick movie between holidays. Daughter had announced that her art project required her to see a film with elaborate costumes, so we plumped for Inkheart.

There has been a mixed reception to this latest offering from British […]

The Changeling

We are back in Hollywood this week after a spate of gripping but depressing films. Like Bashir, Gomorra and Baader Meinhof, The Changeling is also a true story, but it is given the full Hollywood blockbuster treatment as befits a director of Clint Eastwood’s standing. He is carving a niche for himself in delivering beautifully […]

Waltz with Bashir

Terrorist drama-documentary seems to be the in thing – this is the third review in a row (but there is a dearth of any decent films at the moment). Waltz with Bashir is the crowning glory of the three (the others are Gomorra and The Baader Meinhof Complex) and arguably the most chilling of all.

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The Baader Meinhof Complex

Two films about gangs in consecutive weeks – is this a conspiracy? The fact is that there are very few decent films around, so apologies to those who prefer the lighter stuff.

Made by the director of Downfall, the riveting film about Hitler’s last days, the Baader Meinhof Complex chronicles the transformation of a disparate group […]