Archive for the ‘action’ Category

Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne / Batman), Tom Hardy (Bane), Morgan Freeman (Lucius Fox), Anne Hathaway (Selina), Marion Cotillard (Miranda), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Blake), Gary Oldman (Gordon), Michael Caine (Alfred). Screenplay by Jonathan and Christopher Nolan. Directed by Christopher Nolan. Rating: 12A. Running time: 164 minutes. One noteworthy plot-spoiler included. When we are children, countless films appear […]


Anthony Lane has a great line in his review of The Amazing Spider-Man which summarises my feelings about the film quite succinctly. He notes a wonderfully fun scene early on in which Parker hasn’t quite perfected his powers yet. In a New York subway carriage that proves to be the cause of some calamitous consequences, a girl’s top […]


This isn’t a review per se. I’ve done that before, and looking back it is strange to feel so distant from my former self of merely 18 months ago. Oddly, I think I got it completely right whilst missing the point entirely. I was right to find it furiously imaginative, and second only to Empire. […]


Ryan Gosling (Driver), Carey Mulligan (Irene), Bryan Cranston (Shannon), Albert Brooks (Bernie Rose). Screenplay by Hossein Amini. Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. Rating: 18. Running time: 100 minutes. You will no doubt be surprised to learn that what looks like an average action-packed B-movie is in fact getting some serious hype amongst critics. With the […]


Sean Connery (Robert MacDougal), Catherine Zeta Jones (Virginia Baker), Ving Rhames (Aaron Thibadeaux). Screenplay by Ronald Bass and William Broyles Jr. Directed by Jon Amiel. Rating: 12. Running time: 113 minutes. I’ve said this many times, but it remains so true and relevant that I’m going to have to say it again: any film that […]


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 […]


Angelina Jolie (Elise Clifton-Ward), Johnny Depp (Frank Tupelo). Screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie and Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. Rating: 12. Running time: 103 minutes. The Tourist is a bizarre film: it’s brought to us by the director of The Lives of Others – that stupidly good Oscar winner from the other […]