Films
Chi-Raq

Chi-Raq @ BFI London Film Festival

by Neil Dowden

Spike Lee’s exuberant, sassy hip-hop musical is both topical and archetypal. It transfers Aristophanes’ classical Greek comedy Lysistrata – in which the eponymous heroine persuades…



Shot! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock @ BFI London Film Festival


Rock by name, rock by nature. As Mick Rock himself states in Barnaby Clay’s fascinating documentary about the acclaimed music photographer showing in the London...

Film Review: Elephant Days


Filmed over two years, James Caddick and James Cronin’s Elephant Days takes a refreshingly alternative approach to the music documentary. As well as being a...

Film Review: Danny Says


What individual forms a link between American psychedelic rock, proto-punk and punk rock itself? The answer is Danny Fields. He may not be a household...

Biutiful


Nominated as Best Foreign Language Film in both the Oscars and BAFTAs, Mexican director Alejandro Gonzlez Irritus fourth feature is unlikely to gain him any...

The American


The American is an accomplished second movie for rock music photographer/video maker turned feature film director Anton Corbijn. With a very different subject from Control,...

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1


Few critics have been kind to the Harry Potter franchise. The early entries – cosy, Christmas-afternoon affairs – were dismissed as mere family fare, stock...

Another Year


Famed for his bleak comedy-dramas, writer/director Mike Leigh seems to have mellowed recently. Although not nearly as chirpy as the previous Happy-Go-Lucky, his latest, deceptively...

Gainsbourg: Vie Héroïque


In the late 1950s a film called La Belle Américaine caused quite a scandal in French cinemas, for the sole reason that it starred a...

Dirty Oil


cast list Neve Campbell Andrew Nikiforuk Lester Brown Mike Hudema directed by Leslie Iwerks Dirty Oil is the third film to be distributed by The...

Afghan Star


cast list Daoud Siddiqi Rafi Naabzada Hameed Sakhizada Lema Sahar Setara Hussainzada directed by Havana Marking Im going to shoot a documentary about Pop Idol,...

Leap Year


cast list Amy Adams Matthew Goode Adam Scott John Lithgow directed by Anand Tucker Leap Year is the latest in a seemingly endless stream of...

The Last Station


cast list James McAvoy Christopher Plummer Helen Mirren Paul Giamatti directed by Michael Hoffman The Last Station focuses on the tumultuous final months of Leo...

Invictus


cast list Morgan Freeman Matt Damon Tony Kgoroge Patrick Mofokeng directed by Clint Eastwood Based on the novel by John Carlin, Invictus is set in...

Edge Of Darkness


cast list Mel Gibson Ray Winstone Danny Huston Bojana Novakovic Shawn Roberts directed by Martin Campbell It cant be emphasised enough how groundbreaking and prestigious...

Breathless


cast list Yang Ik-june Kim Kot-bi Jeong Man-shik Lee Hwan Hong Seung-il Kim Sang-won Kim Seon-bin Park Byeong-eun directed by Yang Ik-june “Fucking bitch you...

A Prophet


cast list Tahar Rahim Niels Arestrup Adel Bencherif Hichem Yacoubi directed by Jacques Audiard French cinemas style and swagger has captivated and influenced American filmmakers...

Up In The Air


cast list George Clooney Vera Farmiga Anna Kendrick Jason Bateman Amy Morton directed by Jason Reitman He may only have directed three films, but Jason...

44 Inch Chest


cast list John Hurt Ray Winstone Ian McShane Tom Wilkinson directed by Malcolm Venville The Brit gangster flick has always dealt in masculinities. From Dicky...

It’s Complicated


cast list Meryl Streep Steve Martin Alec Baldwin John Krasinski directed by Nancy Meyers The romantic comedy has a bad reputation that probably has more...

The Road


cast list Viggo Mortensen Kodi Smit-McPhee Charlize Theron Robert Duval Guy Pearce directed by John Hillcoat TRAILER: The Road SOUNDTRACK: The Road OST After the...