Film & DVD Reviews

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...

The Importance Of Being Earnest

A polite, prissy take on Wilde which seems to think he wrote for children. Rupert Everett and Colin...

Northern Plights

Compelling Alaskan chiller from Memento director deserves reappraisal

Koyaanisqatsi - Powaqqatsi (Box Set)

Koyaanisqatsi is arguably the best stoner movie of all time, although Godfrey Reggio probably didn'...

Crystal Voyager

A cult favourite back when our people were fair and had stars in their hair, this addled 1974...

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Editor's Letter

The 46th (And Last) Playlist Of 2014


Sorry I didn't manage to post a playlist last week; a combination of germs, deadlines and various other professional/seasonal distractions meant that I ran out of time.

Here, though, is our last office list of 2014, with lots of strong new entries. A few highlights...