Archive for March, 2011

Christos Stergioglou (Father), Michele Valley (Mother), Aggeliki Papoulia (Older daughter), Mary Tsoni (Younger daughter), Hristos Passalis (Son). Screenplay by Giorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou. Directed by Giorgos Lanthimos. Rating: 18. Running time: 94 minutes. Dogtooth is adventurous, horrifying filmmaking. It shoves a repulsive educational experiment down our throats with a bold no-questions-asked approach, and leaves us with the possible motives untouched as to why a couple would ever […]


Kirsten Dunst (Lux), Josh Hartnett (Trip Fontaine), Kathleen Turner (Mrs. Lisbon), James Woods (Ronald Lisbon). Screenplay by Sofia Coppola. Directed by Sofia Coppola. Rating: 15. Running time: 97 minutes. Sofia Coppola’s debut film is an odd little piece; a mixture of teenage sexuality and mysterious motives set within 70s American suburbia. We watch the five […]


Sally Hawkins (Jill), Craig Roberts (Oliver), Paddy Considine (Graham), Noah Taylor (Lloyd). Screenplay by Richard Ayoade. Directed by Richard Ayoade. Rating: 15. Running time: 97 minutes. Submarine is a coming-of-age story rightly insisting that it has a unique selling point: its quirky main character. Oliver is a fifteen year old Welsh schoolboy with the type […]


Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. Rating: 12A. Running time: 87 minutes. Catfish is more horrifying as a chance documentary than most films which try to scare us. By the end I felt sick to the stomach and did not want to sleep. I couldn’t stop playing its conclusions around in my mind, trying […]


Robert De Niro (Neil McCauley), Al Pacino (Vincent Hanna), Val Kilmer (Chris Shiherlis), Jon Voight (Nate), Tom Sizemore (Michael Cheritto). Screenplay by Michael Mann. Directed by Michael Mann. Rating: 15. Running time: 170 minutes. Heat may look like a generic cops and robbers vehicle, but the names attached should be sufficient for you to refrain […]


James Stewart (L. B. Jeffries), Grace Kelly (Lisa Fremont). Screenplay by John Michael Hayes. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Rating: PG. Running time: 112 minutes. Rear Window is the simplest yet most magnificent of films; in fact, it’s magnificent partly because it’s so simple. Only once letting the camera leave its base in L. B. Jeffries’ living […]


Robert De Niro (Vito Corleone), Al Pacino (Michael Corleone), Robert Duvall (Tom Hagen), Diane Keaton (Kay Adams), Talia Shire (Connie Corleone), John Cazale (Fredo Corleone), Lee Strasberg (Hyman Roth). Screenplay by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Rating: 18. Running time: 200 minutes. There is a scene in The Godfather […]


Robert De Niro (Jimmy Conway), Ray Liotta (Henry Hill), Joe Pesci (Tommy DeVito), Lorraine Braco (Karen Hill). Screenplay by Martin Scorsese & Nicholas Pileggi. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Rating: 18. Running time: 146 minutes. I’ve reviewed GoodFellas before, but looking back at what I wrote, I’m almost ashamed at how blasé I was in my […]


Naomi Watts (Sally Channing), Anthony Hopkins (Alfie Shebritch), Antonio Banderas (Greg), Josh Brolin (Roy Channing), Freida Pinto (Dia), Gemma Jones (Helena Shebritch), Pauline Collins (Cristal). Screenplay by Woody Allen. Directed by Woody Allen. Rating: 12A. Running time: 96 minutes. Woody Allen may be a nihilist, but it seems that he has judged himself to have […]


Ruth Sheen (Shirley), Lesley Manville (Laetitia Boothe-Brain), Philip Davis (Cyril), Philip Jackson (Martin Burke). Screenplay by Mike Leigh. Directed by Mike Leigh. Rating: 15. Running time: 112 minutes. Class consciousness at its clearest, High Hopes carves out a caricature of a country which Thatcherism was making more real by the day. The focus is on […]