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Tissues at the ready: James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan in The Best of Me

The Best of Me is more of a sleepie than a weepie - especially when our old friend No Sexual Chemistry makes an appearance

18 October 2014
The Best of Me 12A, Nationwide
Northern Soul 15, Nationwide

Take tissues to The Best of Me, I’d read, as it’s such a weepie, so I took tissues, being a weeper at weepies — I still dab my eyes whenever… Read more

Poor, poor Effie: Dakota Fanning

Effie Gray can effie off

11 October 2014
Effie Gray 12A, Nationwide

Effie Gray, which has been written by Emma Thompson and recounts the doomed marriage of Victorian art critic John Ruskin to his teenage bride (he refused to consummate it), has… Read more

The accused: Ben Affleck stars in Gone Girl

David Fincher plays Gone Girl for laughs - at least I hope he is

4 October 2014
Gone Girl 18, Nationwide

Gone Girl is David Fincher’s adaptation of the bestselling thriller by Gillian Flynn, a relentless page-turner which I’ve heard people say they read ‘even though it’s not that good’ —… Read more

Rosamund Pike and family (L-R) Harriet Turnbull, Emilia Jones and Bobby Smalldridge

Outnumbered: The Movie (But Crap)

27 September 2014
What We Did On Our Holiday 12A, Nationwide

What We Did On Our Holiday is written and directed by Guy Jenkin and Andy Hamilton, the pair who created the hit BBC sitcom Outnumbered, and this is like an… Read more

Identity crisis: Nicole Kidman in Before I Go to Sleep

Before I Go to Sleep prefers creepy car parks to feelings

6 September 2014
Before I Go to Sleep 15, Nationwide

Before I Go To Sleep is Rowan Joffe’s adaptation of S.J. Watson’s bestselling thriller of 2011, but whereas the book was smart, gripping, ingeniously plotted and had psychological depth —… Read more

Angry young man: Jesse Eisenberg as Josh in ‘Night Moves’

Night Moves – the opposite of a Dan Brown film

30 August 2014
Night Moves 15, Nationwide

Night Moves is a film by Kelly Reichardt, who also made the heart-wrenching Wendy and Lucy (2008), which may be one of my favourite films of all time. (If you… Read more

Daft, and sensationally innocent: the Inbetweeners down under

The Inbetweeners 2 is as filthy as a teenage boy – and it's hilarious

16 August 2014
The Inbetweeners 2 15, Nationwide

The first Inbetweeners film made £45 million at the box office, and was such an unexpected smash there was always going to be a second one, which is fair enough.… Read more

Doctor in the house: Alex Brendemühl as Josef Mengele

Allergic to blockbusters? See Wakolda

9 August 2014
Wakolda 12A, Key Cities

Wakolda is not a sunny film for a sunny day, just so you’re aware, but as there is so little else around — August is a hopeless month for films;… Read more


Moon Indigo: an all-you-can-eat buffet for the eyes - but your brain will feel famished

2 August 2014
Mood Indigo 12A, Nationwide

Your enjoyment of Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo may entirely depend on how much visual whimsy you can take, what your threshold might be, whether you can go with it or… Read more

Obstacle on the footballing front: Natascha McElhone as Georgie’s mother

The problem with Believe is you simply won’t believe any of it - unless you’re a child

26 July 2014
Believe PG, Nationwide

The trouble with Believe is that, unless you are ten years old or under, which I’m assuming you are not, you won’t believe. Not for a second. Not for a… Read more


How did a New York nanny become one of the great photographers of the 20th century?

19 July 2014
Finding Vivian Maier 12A, Nationwide

Finding Vivian Maier is a documentary about the American nanny who led a wholly secretive life as a photographer and who, posthumously, has been described as ‘one of the greatest… Read more

Naturalistic: Ellar Coltrane and Ethan Hawke as Mason, junior and senior

A miracle: a three-hour film that flies by

12 July 2014
Boyhood 12, Nationwide

Richard Linklater’s observational chronicle, Boyhood, was 12 years in the making and is 166 minutes long — that’s nearly three hours, in real money — and I wasn’t bored for… Read more

Robert Gustafsson as Allan Karlsson

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of a Window and Bloody Well Should Have Disappeared

5 July 2014
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared 15, Nationwide

If it were up to me this would be called ‘The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window, Fell, and Was Never Heard From Again’ as this way we’d be… Read more

A hunk of the highest order: Giulio Berruti as Raf

Walking on Sunshine: the feel-ennui musical of the year

28 June 2014
Walking on Sunshine 12A, Nationwide

As far as ‘jukebox films’ go, Mamma Mia! was a riot, Sunshine on Leith was tolerable, just about, while Walking on Sunshine is a step too far and brings the… Read more

Love story: Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley

A funny weepie that paints itself into a contrived corner

21 June 2014
The Fault in Our Stars 12A, Nationwide

The Fault in Our Stars, which is based on the bestselling young-adult novel by John Green, is about two teenagers with cancer who fall in love and it’s a sort… Read more

Fretting about marriage: Sarah Gadon (Elizabeth) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Dido)

Belle has everything going for it – except for a decent soundtrack or script or plot or acting

14 June 2014
Belle 12A, Nationwide

Belle is based on the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate, mixed-race daughter of a sea captain and his African slave mistress, who was brought up as a… Read more

Fairy tale: Nicole Kidman as Princess Grace

Grace of Monaco: a big, glistening, strutting, irresistible turkey

7 June 2014
Grace of Monaco PG, Nationwide

Grace of Monaco, the Grace Kelly biopic starring Nicole Kidman, is an absolute joy, and I highly recommend it. Unless you live under a rock, which I think I might… Read more

Optimistic, vivacious, fun-loving and sexy: Maxine Peake as Vanetia in ‘Run & Jump’

Avoid the latest commercial juggernaut and go off-road with Run & Jump

24 May 2014
Run & Jump 15, Key cities

When you see the latest corporate entertainment juggernaut hurtling at you, what are your options? When I saw X-Men: Days of Future Past (what?) hurtling at me, I thought: I… Read more

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson

The humans in Godzilla are so bland and dull you may well find yourself rooting for the monster

17 May 2014
Godzilla 12A, Nationwide

Godzilla is from the director Gareth Edwards, a Brit whose first film, Monsters, truly put him on the map, as it daringly played with the genre, and incorporated a plausible… Read more

Scoot McNairy and Maggie Gyllenhaal

‘Sometimes audiences applauded Frank; sometimes they threw stuff at him’

10 May 2014
Frank Nationwide

Frank is a music biopic, but only of sorts, as it is not at all like your average music biopic. It’s not that processional march we have come to expect;… Read more

Macon Blair in Blue Ruin

Blue Ruin is unwatchable, bloody – but, from what I saw, rather good

3 May 2014
Blue Ruin Key Cities
Looking for Light: Jane Bown Key Cities

Blue Ruin is a low-budget yet highly accomplished revenge thriller although whether you have the stomach for it is another matter. I do not have a strong stomach, as we… Read more

Failing the Bechdel test: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Cameron Diaz in ‘The Other Woman’

If The Other Woman is a box-office hit, I’m going to have to top myself

26 April 2014
The Other Woman 12A, Nationwide

The Other Woman is not just an extremely bad film but also a wholly reprehensible one (she says, with her most disapproving hat on). It’s a comedy, although if you… Read more

Kelly Reilly and Brendan Gleeson: on tremendous form

Waiting for Godot - but with plot

12 April 2014
Calvary 15, Nationwide

If the very first scene of Calvary doesn’t immediately draw you in there’s every chance there is something seriously wrong with you and I would urge you to book an… Read more

Mia Wasikowska as Hannah in ‘The Double’

The Double will stay in your mind, like a bit of food caught in a tooth

5 April 2014
The Double 15, Nationwide

I should warn you that if you go see The Double it is one of those films that will trouble you long after the event. It will trouble you at… Read more


What backing singers are really thinking behind the ‘ooh, ooh, oohs’

29 March 2014
Twenty Feet from Stardom 12A, Nationwide

Have you ever looked at backing singers and thought: what is their story? Do they or have they ever prayed for their time to come? As they are going ‘ooh… Read more