Review; Trouble with the Curve

A pile of cliches assembled with all the creative flair of an IKEA catalogue.

Review: The Hunt

Thomas Vinterberg's drama demonstrates how a single word can destroy a life. Devastating brilliant. Brilliantly devastating.

Review: Great Expectations

Do we need another adaptation of Dickens' novel? Mike Newell's cracking young cast convince us we do.

Review: End of Watch

It's not a good cop movie, or a bad cop movie - it's a really, really good cop movie.

Review: Sighteers

Ben Wheatley's new film is Natural Born Caravanners - and suffers from all the problems that title suggests.

Rust and Bone

It’s like watching a French Free Willy. The whale never escapes. The trainer loses her legs. Everyone stays miserable. But this is strangely uplifting stuff.

James Bond Cupcakes

We celebrate Bond's 50th the only one way we know how: with some 007 cupcakes.

Skyfall review

Skyfall isn't a Bond movie. It's a movie about Bond. And that's something very special indeed.


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10 Films That Could Surprise the 2011 London Film Festival Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Friday, 21 October 2011 10:01

Every year, it’s the same. People talk about the LFF Surprise Film, pray for greatness and end up watching drivel like Brighton Rock. But this year is different. This is Sandra Hebron’s final London Film Festival, and she’ll want to go out with a bang on Sunday night.

After 2009's Capitalism: A Love Story and Rowan Joffe’s rubbish remake last year, 2011 could well be the one where we finally get a good surprise.

Here are our top London Film Festival Surprise Film predictions, starting with the most likely.

The one thing we can say for sure? At least it can’t be Brighton Rock again.

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5 Things We Learned at The Descendants LFF Press Conference Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Friday, 21 October 2011 13:24
George Clooney, The Descendants - London Film Festival press conference

After The Ides of March UK premiere on Wednesday, Alexander Payne's Hawaii-based film about a father and a husband was bound to invite yet more questions about George Clooney's desperate need to find a nice girl, settle down and become a dad.

But other issues were raised, thankfully, and the Shallene Woodley, Sideways director Alexander Payne and Clooney discussed a range of topics, from Batman and the film's tropical location to the importance of reading scripts.

Here are five things we learned from The Descendants press conference:

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Sundance London Review: Chasing Ice Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Sunday, 29 April 2012 11:56
Chasing Ice review
Director: Jeff Orlowski
Cast: James Balog

In under 80 minutes, Jeff Orlowski’s documentary Chasing Ice manages to capture something that disaster movies have been trying to for years: the colossal, beautiful and horrifying destruction of our planet. It makes The Day After Tomorrow look like Trumpton.

Using still photography and staggering video footage, he follows the gradual annihilation of glaciers around the globe due to climate change. The results are jaw-dropping, easily eclipsing any amount of Hollywood CGI. If Roland Emmerich saw it, he would probably pee his pants.


(Update: This film is so good that now even my nephew has been inspired to write a review of it. To see my writing outclassed by a seven year old, click here.)

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Woody at the BFI: Everyone Says I Love You and Sweet and Lowdown Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Saturday, 21 January 2012 08:07

BFI Woody Allen season - Sweet and Lowdown, Sean Penn 

If you've seen the opening credits for a Woody Allen film, you'll have noticed two things: the Windsor font and the music.

So, as the BFI Woody Allen season ventures into the 1990s, we look at two of the director's most musical numbers: Everyone Says I Love You and Sweet and Lowdown.

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DVD Review: Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (MST3K:TM) Print E-mail
Written by Selina Pearson   
Monday, 11 June 2012 08:09
Mystery Science Theatre 3000: The Movie - DVD
Director: Jim Mallon
Cast: Michael J Nelson, Trace Beaulieu, Kevin Murphy
Certificate: PG
Release Date: Monday 11th June
RRP: £15.99

If you look up at the sky in the evenings, you’ll see satellites buzzing by. There are people on some of them there objects. What do they do all day? Mike Nelson (Nelson) watches films. But not just any films: he's been trapped on the Satellite of Love by Dr Clayton Forrester and is forced to sit through some of the worst movies ever made. Why? It's all part of the evil scientist's devious plan to work out which film to inflict upon Earth and turn the inhabitants into gibbering amoeboid, thus enabling him to TAKE OVER THE WORLD.

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