Film & DVD Reviews

Peter Cook—A Post-Humorous Tribute

Screened on TV last Christmas, this celebrity fundraiser for the Peter Cook Foundation features a...

The Three Musketeers - The Four Musketeers

Dick Lester's faithful two-part version of Dumas' adventure tale has truly imaginative action...

Shampoo

Hal Ashby's deceptively sunny direction of Robert Towne and Warren Beatty's sex-comedy screenplay...

Persona

Rerun of Swedish master's harrowing '60s classic

Far From Heaven

Critic-charming, visually sumptuous tribute to the work of Sirk

L'Homme Du Train

Slo-mo drama starring ageing French heartthrob

Jiyan

Topical Kurdish-American tales of pain and friendship

Elling

Spacey favourite has plenty of low-key charm

Hell Is For Heroes

Marvel strikes cinematic gold again with dark and exuberant superhero blockbuster No 3

Screwed Up

Bret Easton Ellis' cult novel filmed by former Tarantino collaborator

Fogbound

Dark secrets exposed in intense three-hander

Le Fils (The Son)

Raw, rigorous yet transcendent social realism

Equilibrium

Sci-fi tosh with Christian Bale

The Recruit

DIRECTED BY Roger Donaldson STARRING Al Pacino, Colin Farrell, Bridget Moynahan Opens March 28,...

In This World

Afghans' odyssey puts the asylum-seeker problem into human context

Evelyn

Inferior rival to Peter Mullan's The Magdalene Sisters

Personal Velocity

Three vignettes from the Miller dynasty's diamond

TV Sinners

Schrader returns with lusty temptations of small-screen chancer

The Life Of David Gale

Smart race-against-Death-Row drama

Greatest Hits

George Clooney's stylised spy drama based on the unreliable memoirs of Gong Show host Chuck Barris

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Reviewed: Respect Yourself: Stax Records And The Soul Explosion by Robert Gordon


As Robert Gordon reminds us in Respect Yourself: Stax Records And The Soul Explosion, his terrific account of the rise and fall of the great Memphis soul imprint, the Stax story is more than a record-label history. “It is an American story,” Gordon writes,”...