The Boat That Rocked

A film of two halves: one spent waiting to laugh, the other not laughing.

Monsters vs Aliens

Monsters! Aliens! Monsters! Awesome.

A Monster Smash

The ultimate showdown of ultimate destiny? You bet it is!


It's a load of old hooey, but Knowing carries its concept with conviction; gripping and portentous, it's a baptism by fire for dubious cinemagoers.

I'm Brian and So's Me Wife!

Michael Sheen - Britain's most prolific fraudster. Is your identity safe?

The Damned United

Another character-driven masterpiece from Morgan and Michael. Damned good.


A fun, romantic, old-school caper. They caper here, they caper there. Sometimes, they caper so much their clothes fall off.

Lesbian Vampire Killers

Comedy sound effects and a sword shaped like a thingy? This is a textbook example of polishing a turd.

Marley and Me

Marley and Me's saccharine story is low on laughs and high on sugar. Bring a vat of tissues. And some insulin.


Zack "the visionary director of 300" Snyder's epic achievement is an awe-inspiring spectacle...

The Young Victoria

Glossy and gorgeous, Britain's longest-serving monarch makes for a winning romance. God save the Queen. And all that.

Gran Torino

Eastwood's star performance rescues this cliched script: forget Dirty Harry, this is racist Clint. And he's milking it for every last drop.


An energetic debut from a British director, Hush is a thrilling tale of cars, girls and posters that go up in toilets. Gripping stuff.


Cute and lively, but lacking Pixar's spark: this is The Truman Show for the High School Musical generation.


Which vampire would you want living next door?

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Written by Ivan Radford   
Friday, 13 March 2009 11:25
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Cast: Tom Hardy
Certificate: 18

In 1974, the ambitiously violent Michael Peterson (Hardy) robbed a post office. Then he went to prison. Behind bars, he got even worse - craving a name for himself, he filled his life with years of fame-seeking brutality. Finally, with his gay Luton boxing manager (the hilarious Matt King), he found a suitable pseudonym: Charles Bronson. 

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 March 2009 11:36
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Written by Ivan Radford   
Friday, 13 March 2009 11:22
Director: Mark Tonderai
Cast: William Ash, Christine Bottomley
Certificate: 15

A former DJ and debut director, who'd have thought that Mark Tonderai's first feature would be both gripping and tense? More to the point, who expected a tale about a guy who puts up car posters in toilets? Nakes (Ash) and Beth (Bottomley) are driving up the M1, having a bit of a barney. Then, when a truck in front of them briefly opens its doors, they catch a glimpse inside: a woman, screaming. 

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 March 2009 11:36
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Written by Ivan Radford   
Wednesday, 11 March 2009 10:31
Director: David Frankel
Cast: Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston
Certificate: PG

"Leg-humping is a virus," warns a frizzy-follicled dog trainer with all the solemnity she can muster. Owen Wilson flashes a laid-back smile. "He normally only does it to poodles." This is Marley and Me, a dog flick that's low on laughs and high on sugar. Not the good kind of sweet stuff - this is the cloggy, saccharine stuff that kills.

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 March 2009 08:40
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Written by Ivan Radford   
Friday, 06 March 2009 09:00
Director: Zack Snyder
Cast: Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Billy Crudup, Patrick Wilson, Malin Akerman, Matthew Goode
Certficate: 18 

First things first: it's not a cock-up. Not a complete cock-up, at least. In bringing Alan Moore's unfilmable graphic novel to the screen, there were always going to be glitches. But where to start with such an amazing, epic project? Watchmen's basic premise is this: it is 1985. Nixon is still in power. The USSR and America are on the brink of war. Both have nuclear weapons. The world is minutes away from Doomsday.

Last Updated on Sunday, 08 March 2009 19:50
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