Tintin 3D

He may not look the same, but this Tintin is as ex-quiff-itely fun as ever.

Bond 23: Skyfall

Casting news. Press conference reports. On set photos. Plus a video clip of Ben Whishaw saying "Moneypenny".

In Time

Omega load of nonsense, but this is a fun watch.

Tower Heist

By the halfway point, you'll wish they made Towering Inferno instead.

The Awakening

A classic haunted house tale that packs emotion and chills aplenty into 107 tense minutes.


It’s Before Sunrise. But with two blokes. In Nottingham. A superb slice of contemporary cinema.

Machine Gun Preacher

An interesting tale of philanthropy that strays too often from the straight and narrow.

Johnny English Reborn

It's lazy and obvious - but at least it's better than Quantum of Solace.

2011 BIFA Nominations

The British Indepedent Film Awards expect people to choose between Shame, Tyrannosaur and Tinker, Tailor. HOW? IT'S IMPOSSIBLE.

The Ides of March

When it comes to award-worthy class and political tension, The Ides most definitely has it.


Never has a game of spot the stiff been this fun. You'll enjoy it so much you'll have to wash your hands afterwards.

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Star Ratings

Well good


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Written by Ivan Radford   
Friday, 04 November 2011 00:56

Tom Cullen, Chris New - Weekend review

Director: Andrew Haigh
Cast: Tom Cullen, Chris New
Certificate: 18

Andrew Haigh’s sensitive romance sees two men meet in a nightclub and form a burgeoning bond that becomes intensely intimate over a period of 48 hours. Russell is a timid homosexual, who’s come out to his friends but doesn’t talk much about his love life. He’s the complete opposite to Glen, who not only shouts about naked men in leather boots in a pub, but then has a go at anyone who doesn’t like it. They’re two contrasting responses to society’s treatment of queers that mark out Haigh’s movie as both daringly different and instantly familiar.

Tom Culllen and Chris New’s chemistry is beautiful. Struggling to voice their own feelings let alone discuss wider issues, the two newcomers naturally play off each other without straying from the subtle, nuanced script. Haigh shoots events almost as a documentary, shirking overly fancy shots to snuggle up against the lovers as they negotiate their way through the awkward discoveries of a new affair. Every note rings true, from Russell’s embarrassed dissection of their first meeting, speaking into Glen’s dictaphone, to the tender, but frank, sex scenes that are withheld until later in the relationship.

It’s a simple account of a fledgling couple, made more immediate by the complete lack of music. Weekend is full of the raw mundanity of everyday life but tinged with a hopeful optimism that really moves. It’s Before Sunrise. But with two blokes. In Nottingham. A superb slice of contemporary cinema.

This review is also published over at Cine-Vue.



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