Film & DVD Reviews

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

An Actor's Revenge

Stunningly beautiful and utterly bizarre Japanese fable about a medieval Kabuki actor (Kazuo...

Daddy & Them

Chronically misfiring comedy written and directed on an off day by Billy Bob Thornton, who also...

The Temp

Joyously kitsch or shamefully ham-fisted, Tom Holland's Disclosure esque erotic office thriller...

The Hound Of The Baskervilles

Awful slapstick version of Conan Doyle's tale from 1978, with Peter Cook and Dudley Moore (as...

Hijack Stories

Patchy South African drama from 2000 in which an actor, landing a role as a Soweto gangster, asks...

Boudu Saved From Drowning

Jean Renoir's 1932 blueprint for Paul Mazursky's heavy-handed 1986 remake Down And Out In Beverly...

24 Hour Party People

Madchester: The Movie, in which Michael Winterbottom proves his versatility knows no bounds. In...

The Pain In Spain

A highly entertaining non-making of Terry Gilliam's Don Quixote

The Glamour Chase

Savage Hollywood satire from 1950 retains its bleak, sardonic edge

The Doors Special Edition

Oliver Stone's typically overwrought biopic of Jim Morrison has been much-mocked down the years,...

The Count Of Monte Cristo

The ultimate journeyman, Kevin Reynolds is back with his explosively soulless adaptation of Dumas'...

Angel At My Table

Jane Campion's second film (1990) tells the life story of Janet Frame, a New Zealand author who...

My Kingdom

In his final starring role, Richard Harris glowers impressively as the Irish underworld patriarch...

Monster's Ball

An immaculate, determinedly unsentimental Marc Forster film, with breathtakingly honest...

The Sum Of All Fears

As Tom Clancy's square-jawed CIA hero Jack Ryan, Ben Affleck's the only man on earth who can...

Marty

Delbert Mann's earnest 1955 slice-of-life drama about an ordinary Bronx butcher (Ernest Borgnine)...

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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...