Zoolander 2

Really, really, ridiculously disappointing.

The Assassin

There are martial arts movies and there are martial arts movies. The Assassin isn't either.

Batman v Superman

A bold, mature exploration of myths and epics - followed by a two-hour mess.

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Oscar Winners 2009 Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Monday, 23 February 2009 05:04

Well, we were shocked. You were shocked. Mickey Rourke was shocked. But still, the Academy went and gave the golden guy to Sean Penn for Milk - an amazing performance, but something of a stinger missile surprise. I blame the recession. Maybe they couldn't afford all those people lined up to bleep out Mickey's speech.

Otherwise, Winslet got her Winslet, Boyle got his Boyle, and Slumdog won a million awards. Well, 8. Compared to Benjamin Button's 3 - there was never really any competition from Fincher's Forrest Gump, let's admit it. The only major surprise, in an evening that included Penelope Cruz and Heath Ledger's posthumous Oscar, was that Waltz with Bashir missed out on Best Foreign Film. The most innovative and impacting Israeli movie of all time? Overlooked? What on earth could have beaten it? Departures, apparently. From Japan. No, we haven't seen it either.

For our live reaction on our minute-by-minute blog, click here.

Here's the full list of winners:

Last Updated on Monday, 02 March 2009 23:13
Confessions of a Shopaholic Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Friday, 20 February 2009 12:00
Director: P J Hogan
Cast: Isla Fisher, Hugh Dancy, Krysten Ritter, Joan Cusack, John Goodman
Certificate: PG

“If the American economy can handle being billions in debt, so can Rebecca Bloomwood,” says Graham Bloomwood (Goodman) to his daughter, Rebecca (Fisher). It may be proof that John Goodman would be a terrible dad, but really it just goes to show how inappropriate this film is. Released during a financial meltdown (to put it mildly), a movie about a girl who loves to splash her plastic all over the high street is not just bad timing - it’s retarded.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2009 23:10
Che: Part Two Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Friday, 20 February 2009 11:00
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Demian Bichir
Certificate: 15

Everyone’s favourite revolutionary is back, in part two of Soderbergh’s epic biopic. This time, Che hits Bolivia, looking to liberate people outside of his native Cuba. But will they have any of it? No. Where Part One was a success story, the triumph of the proletariat over the oligarchy, Part Two is a tale riven by failure. A two-hour jungle traipse to the death, this is a descent into the heart of darkness. And it never once apologises for it.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2009 23:09
Notorious Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Friday, 13 February 2009 12:11
Director: George Tillman Jr
Cast: Jamal Woolard, Derek Luke
Certificate: 15

Biggie Smalls, aka Christopher Wallace, aka the Notorious B.I.G, was shot down aged 24 in 1997 by unknown people for unknown reasons. With a life full of drugs, rap, sex and guns, it was only a matter of time before his life was turned into a movie. So here comes George Tillman Jr to direct it: will the mysterious murder now be solved? No.

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 February 2009 12:59
BAFTA Winners Announced Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Sunday, 08 February 2009 22:20

Danny Boyle wins Best DirectorOh, what a night! Slumdog, as expected, cleaned up in pretty much every category (7 BAFTAs in total). There were a couple of surprises, though, with the elegant I've Loved you So Long besting Waltz with Bashir to Best Foreign Film (perhaps the animation didn't quite feel British enough - Phillipe Claudel's beautiful drama was definitely more accessible). Hunger, of course, got the Carl Foreman for Best Debut, but lost out to Man on Wire in the Outstanding British Film chase - making up for the lack of a documentary category.

Everything else went according to plan, except for The Duchess picking up Best Costume (good for them), and Noel Clarke winning the public's affections as their Rising Star. And a special mention must go to Penelope Cruz, who, after missing out on a Best Actress for Volver thanks to Her Majesty Helen Mirren, got a much-deserved gong for Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Tributes to the late filmmakers of the past year, from Anthony Minghella and Harold Pinter to Charlton Heston and Paul Newman, were capped off with a posthumous Supporting Actor win for Heath Ledger. But perhaps nothing summed up the evening quite like Mickey Rourke's acceptance speech, when he thanked Aronofsky for giving him a chance after he 'fucked up' his career. Nice one, Mickey.

But what you're wondering is how many we got right in our predictions, right? 

Last Updated on Friday, 13 February 2009 11:04
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Friday, 06 February 2009 12:19
Director: David Fincher
Cast: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett
Certificate: 12A

My name is Benjamin Button. And I was born under curious circumstances. Not as curious as the day I met a 6 year old girl, when I still looked like an old man. And that day's curiosity was, in turn, surpassed by the time when I was arrested for our improper relations, conducted under the table by candlelight. But more curious still, was the day when a film about my life (from a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald) was nominated for 13 Oscars.
Last Updated on Sunday, 08 February 2009 17:07
Bolt Print E-mail
Written by Selina Pearson   
Friday, 06 February 2009 11:40
Directors: Byron Howard and Chris Williams
Cast: John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Malcolm McDowell
Certificate: PG


Do you remember The Truman Show? Bolt is The Truman Show for the High School Musical generation. Bolt (Travolta) and his ‘person’ Penny (Cyrus) are stars of a TV show where they are trying to rescue Penny’s on-screen father from Bond-esque bad guys (with cats), equipped with a motorised scooter. One girl and her dog against supervillains - a bit unfair, don't you think? Well, before being nabbed by the cat-loving criminals, Penny’s on-screen father engaged in a bit of home experimentation with his daughter’s beloved pet: Bolt has superpowers!

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 February 2009 10:59
Vicky Cristina Barcelona Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Friday, 06 February 2009 09:09
Director: Woody Allen
Cast: Rebecca Hall, Scarlet Johansson, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz
Certificate: 12A

Allen’s European tour bus stops off in Spain for his latest outing. And with Catalonian culture throbbing through its pulse, Woody veers far off his recently beaten track into an invigorating tale of passion. Meet Vicky (Hall). She’s about to be wed to straight-laced Doug, happy in the secure environment of routine and order. Meet Cristina (Johansson). She swims in the turbulent waters of emotion. Often with other men. So when the two embark on a holiday to Barça and come across sexy artist Juan Antonio (Bardem), it’s no surprise which one takes the bait.

Last Updated on Sunday, 08 February 2009 02:24
Doubt Print E-mail
Written by Laura Humphreys   
Friday, 06 February 2009 00:00
Director: John Patrick Shanley
Cast: Phillip Seymore Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Amy Adams
Certificate: 15

Priests fiddle kiddies, apparently. And Nuns know this. Nuns are eternally suspicious of said Priests and are eager to catch their perverted little mits in the communion wafer basket. But Nun-judgement is clouded by their status as second class citizens in the patriarchal Catholic Church. So can you trust the Nuns? Can you trust the priests? Is it right to act to save a child on suspicion alone? Is it wrong to favour one child over many if they are in need of your help?

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 February 2009 11:15
Bale Rant Released Online Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Wednesday, 04 February 2009 09:17

Audio of Christian Bale's on-set rant has been leaked onto the internet (thanks to TMZ.com).The tirade occured on the set of Terminator 4 back in July, after the director of photography, Shane Hurlbut, accidentally walked onto the set during a scene. The result? Well, listen to it yourself (contains explicit language):




But the anger doesn't stop there...

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 February 2009 09:36
Pacino does Lear Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Wednesday, 04 February 2009 09:00

Al Pacino is set to star in another Shakespeare play (after 2004's Merchant of Venice). This time round, it's King Lear. He's turned down the part before now, but he's got the grey whiskers for it now. Directed by Michael Radford, the helmer of Pacino's Merchant, the film will be a faithful, period-set adaptation of the bard's tragedy about a King and the inheritance that will go to his three daughters. Two are evil, one's nice, but (of course) everything gets muddled up, goes horribly wrong, and Lear goes a bit barmy. And gets naked. One the greatest plays ever penned, this should be an absolute treat. If, by treat, you mean depressingly wonderful.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 February 2009 09:56
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