Archive for the ‘british’ 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 […]


Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort), Alan Rickman (Severus Snape), Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore), Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange). Rating: 12A. Running time: 130 minutes. So the series comes to an end, and it was supposed to be with a bang: an epic, bloody battle […]


Sally Hawkins (Poppy), Eddie Marsan (Scott). Screenplay by Mike Leigh. Directed by Mike Leigh. Rating: 15. Running time: 118 minutes. Happy-Go-Lucky is an odd title for a film that’s quite pleasant, but also annoying and disturbing in equal measure. I never quite believed that Mike Leigh would be capable of making the feel good film this […]


Jon Finch (Richard Blaney), Barry Foster (Robert Rusk), Alec McCowen (Chief Inspector Oxford). Screenplay by Anthony Shaffer. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Rating: 18. Running time: 116 minutes. So this is how Hitchcock films would feel if censorship had never existed and he’d got his way all along. Frenzy is a very odd experience to say […]


Malcolm McDowell (Mick Travis). Screenplay by David Sherwin. Directed by Lindsay Anderson. Rating: 15. Running time: 111 minutes. Surrealist art house cinema straight off the Swinging London scene, If…. is slow, difficult, and undoubtedly a product of its infamous countercultural times. The energy of May ’68 was in the air, and director Lindsay Anderson didn’t […]


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 […]


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 […]