Film & DVD Reviews

Gil Scott-Heron—Black Wax

A terrific primer on Scott-Heron's lyrical, funky jazz bluesology, Robert Mugge's semi-concert...

Robin Williams Live On Broadway

The culmination of a sell-out 2002 tour sees a middle-aged Williams return to his maniacal roots,...

The Yardbirds

You might think there's not enough surviving live footage of The Yardbirds to fill a full-length...

Dinner Rush

Danny Aiello dominates this ensemble drama as the weary owner of an Italian restaurant in New York'...

Q&A

Made in 1990 but in a Serpico-style '70s tradition, Sidney Lumet's Q&A pits Nick Nolte's...

Knockaround Guys

Producer Lawrence Bender wears his Tarantino badge with pride. Which is fine when producing QT...

A Fish Called Wanda—Special Edition

Fifteen years on, the only thing that's dated about John Cleese's romantic-comedy-cum-caper-movie...

Frailty

An assured if unspectacular directorial debut from Bill Paxton, Frailty turns Se7en on its head,...

True Romance—Director's Cut

The clinically style-obsessed Tony Scott might not have been everybody's choice to helm a Tarantino...

Spy Kids 2—The Island Of Lost Dreams

The sequel to Robert Rodriguez's maniacally good Spy Kids, with budding-Bonds Alexa Vega and Daryl...

The Way Of The Gun

Usual Suspects writer Christopher McQuarrie makes his directorial debut with this hip crime caper,...

Kurt & Courtney

Nick Broomfield's documentaries are as much farcical as investigative, with the director affecting...

Carry On Doctor

Two strands of British comedy collide with utterly predictable results (all together now: "Oooh,...

Kissing Jessica Stein

Riding the ever-popular straight-man-gay-world comedy wave (see Happy, Texas, Three To Tango, In...

Lantana

Watching the ripples set in motion through the suburbs of Sidney by the murder of therapist Barbara...

News And Abuse

Lumet's underrated media satire now viewed as a visionary work

One Hour Photo

Along with Insomnia and the inexplicably-unreleased Death To Smoochy, this eerie thriller serves to...

The Bourne Identity

Indie tyro Doug Liman (Go!) takes a gripping premise (amnesiac superspy is hunted by CIA while...

Road To Perdition

Golden boy Sam Mendes' less-than-feelgood follow-up to American Beauty suffered a critical backlash...

I Am Sam

Sean Penn has done many good things, and none of them can be found in this sentimental guff. As Sam...

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Editor's Letter

The Fourth Uncut Playlist Of 2015


This week's big distraction has been what appears to be a crazy number of early Aphex Twin tracks accumulating on Soundcloud (I've added the link below). Among the new stuff, though, please try Bop English; the new solo project of James Petralli from White Denim.

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