Bobby Fischer Against the World

Bobby Fischer Against the World Director: Liz Garbus Running time: 90 minutes Rating: 2:1 By Robert O’ Reilly Originally made for the HBO television network, Liz Garbus’s documentary biopic about former world chess champion Bobby Fischer has proved so popular with viewers and critics alike that it has now been given a full cinema release. […]

The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life Director: Terence Malick Cast: Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain, Sean Penn Running time: 139 minutes. Rating: 2.2 By Robert O’Reilly Often nicknamed cinema’s invisible man, Terence Malick is renowned for taking massive gaps between his output as a director, having only taken the helm on five movies in a 38 year career. […]

The Resident

The Resident Director: Antti Jokenin Cast:  Hilary Swank, Jeffrey Dean Morgan & Christopher Lee The Resident is a voyeuristic thriller that never actually scares, thrills or excites. It is another generically tame game of cat and mouse that reveals its plot twist too early and boasts of big names to fill seats. Antti Jokenin’s direction […]

The Fighter

Boxing films with underdogs from the wrong side of the tracks aren’t exactly rare, but David O. Russell (Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees) has managed another excellent addition to the genre, thanks mostly to a terrific cast.

The Sly Trilogy & God of War: Ghost of Sparta

The Sly Trilogy – 3
Platform: PS3
Publisher: SCEE
Developer: Sucker Punch, SCEE

The Kings Speech

The Kings Speech Director: Tom Hooper Cast: Colin Firth, Geoffry Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Michael Gambon, Timothy Spall, Eve Best & Ramona Marquez 1:1 By Alex Towers The Kings Speech is a thoroughly excellent film. Tom Hooper (The Damned United) directs a perfect (not flawless, not near perfect, just perfect) cast in telling […]

127 Hours

Director: Danny Boyle Cast: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Rooney Mara, Lizzy Caplan, Kate Burton & Clémence Poésy 2:1 By Alex Towers When I was 7 I trapped my hand in the inkwell hole on one of those old school desks. After a loud “uh-oh” my friend Ian turned to me and shook his head sadly […]

The Season of the Witch

Director: Dominic Sena Cast: Nicolas Cage, Ron Pearlman, Claire Foy, Stephan Campbell Moore, Robert Sheehan, Stephan Graham & Christopher Lee. NG (0/5) By Jack Mays Recently, Nicolas Cage has become something of a phenomenon. Any other actor’s career would be in tatters after starring in so many bad movies. Yet Cage’s star, if anything, has […]

The Next Three Days

The Next Three Days Director: Paul Haggis Cast: Russell Crown, Elizabeth Banks, Brian Dennehy, Olivia Wilde & Liam Neeson 2:2 By Jack Mays Co-written and directed by Paul Haggis (‘In the Valley of Elah’, ‘Crash’), ‘The Next Three Days’ is a gripping thriller bolstered by a fine performance by the ever-reliable Russell Crowe as a […]

What a Difference a Gay Makes

What a Difference a Gay Makes: Reflections on New Queer Cinema by Aisling Dolan. Hollywood has always had a very strange relationship with homosexuals. From the very beginning of the silent era the subject has been taboo. It was not a topic to be discussed publicly or privately, and never ever positively. However the insinuation […]


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