Triple bill

5 November 2011 2:00 pm

Three films for you this week, amazingly, and they are all at the smaller, independent end of the spectrum because…


29 October 2011 12:00 pm

To see or not to see, that is the question, just as it is always the question with us —…

We Need to Talk About Kevin

22 October 2011 2:00 pm

We Need to Talk About Kevin was a horrible book and this is the horrible screen adaptation of that horrible…

Zilch to care about

15 October 2011 1:45 pm

So, The Three Musketeers, and one for all, and all for one, but I wish it were every man for…

Dare to care

8 October 2011 4:00 pm

Tyrannosaur is very much in the British working-class miserablist tradition in the sense that it is full of masculine fury…

Mind the gap

1 October 2011 12:00 am

Ho-hum. Another week, another batch of secret agents, and while I have nothing against secret agents personally — they are…

I don’t get it

24 September 2011 12:00 am

The basic problem with I Don’t Know How She Does It is that we are meant to sympathise with a…

Marvel of compression

17 September 2011 12:00 am

This adaptation of John le Carré’s 1974 novel is so beautifully executed and so visually absorbing and so atmospherically hypnotic…

There will be blood

3 September 2011 12:00 am

Fright Night (3D, which we shall just ignore) is a remake of the 1985 vampire movie of the same name and, while it’s not the most fun I’ve ever had, it’s not the least either.

Tale of the unexpected

27 August 2011 11:00 am

When I know I’m going to see a film, I like to prepare. I’ll watch the trailer. Then maybe the second trailer. Sometimes a featurette.

Silly and sweaty

20 August 2011 12:00 am

There is panic in the extraterrestrial markets.

Monkey business

13 August 2011 12:00 am

Ape movies are lousy - except this one

Project Nim

6 August 2011 12:00 am

This one broke my heart

Chaotic mishmash

30 July 2011 12:00 am

Horrid Henry: The Movie (U, Nationwide)

Looking for love

23 July 2011 12:00 am

Beginners is a romance, sort of, and I thought I would love it, wanted to love it and strived to love it with every fibre of my being bar those that are currently enjoying a mini-break at Champneys — don’t worry, they are paying their own way; my fibres always do.

By the book

16 July 2011 12:00 pm

Toby Young on Harry Potter

Brutal but brilliant

16 July 2011 12:00 am

Cell 211 is a brilliantly ingenious Spanish prison drama and I would recommend it even though I didn’t see so much of it.

Take the plunge

9 July 2011 12:00 am

Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life is his fifth film in 38 years (what a lazybones!) and travels way beyond what I can think about, or any of us can think about, which may be its point.

Come off it, Tom

2 July 2011 12:00 am

Larry Crowne is horrible, just horrible, and I urge you to avoid it like the plague.

The real thing

25 June 2011 12:00 am

Bridesmaids isn’t directed by Judd Apatow, the reigning champion of American comedy, but it might as well be.

All human life is here

18 June 2011 12:00 am

Life in a Day is one of those films that shouldn’t work at all, and actually doesn’t work on paper.

It’s a set-up

11 June 2011 12:00 am

I’ll say this for DreamWorks: when it latches on to a concept it doesn’t let it go.

Golden boy

4 June 2011 12:00 am

I have zero interest in motor racing and zero interest in cars generally yet this documentary about the Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna knocked me for six, which I think is a cricketing metaphor but can’t say for sure, as I also have zero interest in cricket.

Royal rewards

4 June 2011 12:00 am

Macbeth may not be Verdi’s greatest opera, in fact it’s hard to imagine anyone’s claiming it is, yet in a performance that is as musically inspired as the one I saw at the Royal Opera last week (the second of the run) it comes across as an inspired work, almost all the way through, and one which can be considered seriously alongside Shakespeare.

In your dreams

28 May 2011 12:00 am

Two self-directed films this week, and that is usually a bad sign.