Archive for the ‘biography’ Category

Meryl Streep (Margaret Thatcher), Jim Broadbent (Denis Thatcher), Alexandra Roach (Young Margaret Thatcher). Screenplay by Abi Morgan. Directed by Phillida Lloyd. Rating: 12A. Running time: 105 minutes. When will our obsession with biopics end? They are churned out yearly and inevitably produce shoo-ins for Best Actor or Actress. Apparently it is now harder, and more […]


Brad Pitt (Billy Beane), Jonah Hill (Peter Brand), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Art Howe). Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin et al. Directed by Bennett Miller. Rating: 12. Running time: 133 minutes.  On the day I saw posters advertising New Year’s Eve – a blatantly opportunistic bullshit romcom packed with A-Listers, coming to us from the creators of Valentine’s […]


Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich), Albert Finney (Ed Masry), Aaron Eckhart (George). Screenplay by Susannah Grant. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Rating: 15. Running time: 130 minutes. Imagine for a second that cinema had existed from the beginning of time. The beginning of human time, that is, so we had a library of films stretching back past […]


Al Pacino (Benjamin ‘Lefty’ Ruggiero), Johnny Depp (Donnie Brasco), Michael Madsen (Sonny Black), Bruno Kirby (Nicky). Screenplay by Paul Attanasio. Rating: 18. Running time: 120 minutes. If I am right in thinking the term ‘one trick pony’ somehow lingers in the air of discussions about Al Pacino, it’s necessary to begin a look at Donnie […]


Naomie Harris (Jane Obinchu), Oliver Litondo (Kimani Maruge). Screenplay by Ann Peacock. Directed by Justin Chadwick. Running time: 120 minutes. Kimani Maruge’s life is quite inspiring. It’s hard to resist the tale of an eighty year old Kenyan man fighting for the right to a primary school education, succeeding, and ending up speaking at the United Nations. Not only […]


James Franco (Allen Ginsberg), David Strathairn (Ralph McIntosh). Screenplay by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. Rating: 15. Running time: 84 minutes. ‘… who let themselves be fucked in the ass by saintly motorcyclists, and screamed with joy.’ Poetry, obscenity, or both? Howl might still be provocative today, but imagining […]


Mark Wahlberg (Micky Ward), Christian Bale (Dicky Eklund), Amy Adams (Charlene Fleming), Melissa Leo (Alice Ward). Screenplay by Eric Johnson, Paul Tamasy and Scott Silver. Directed by David O. Russell. Rating: 15. Running time: 115 minutes. I feel no shame in declaring The Fighter a pleasant surprise: an albeit predictable boxing film, but also one that […]