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Award-winning actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt's first foray as feature writer-director is an assured comedy of modern mores that is by turns hilarious, smart and touching. He is aided and abetted by a talented ensemble cast, who relish the script's bounty of razor-sharp dialogue and colourful characters. Don Jon has faint echoes of more...
Audiences may require counselling sessions after two hours of twisted desire and treachery in the company of Ridley Scott's erotically charged thriller. In the film's most memorable scene - not necessarily for the right reasons - Cameron Diaz's tattooed vixen removes her underwear, mounts the bonnet of her boyfriend's convertible and more...
When Barack Obama became the first black President of the United States in 2008, a story was published in The Washington Post. It detailed the life of Eugene Allen, who had been butler to eight White House presidents over 34 years during the civil rights movement. Five years later, we are more...
The opening scene of Dom Hemingway is a bit of a shocker. Jude Law is standing nude - from the top up, we can't see below - making a long speech about the brilliance of manhood, spitting on every other word. He finishes, and a woman emerges from below his belt. more...
As misfortune stacks upon tragedy in Alfonso Cuaron's deep space survival thriller, the film's stricken heroine greets her seemingly inevitable demise with a moment of deadpan humour. "I hate space," she sighs, resigned to her terrifying fate. We hate it too by the heart-breaking conclusion of Gravity, which puts its lead more...
Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger are evidently growing accustomed to each other's company on the big screen. Having spent much of their careers as box office rivals, the muscle-bound American and Austrian action heroes finally traded verbal blows in Stallone's action-packed 2010 adventure, The Expendables. The stars reunited for the two more...
The sudden death of actor James Gandolfini in June, three days before he was due to be honoured at an Italian film festival, adds poignancy to Nicole Holofcener's wonderful romantic comedy. Gandolfini was a formidable talent, winning three Emmy awards and two Golden Globes for his signature role as a conflicted more...
Tom Hanks charts a steady course towards a deserved sixth Oscar nomination for his tour-de-force portrayal of an unlikely hero in Paul Greengrass's nerve-racking thriller. Based on the book A Captain's Duty by Richard Phillips and Stephan Talty, this expertly crafted picture dramatises the true story of an American seaman, whose more...
A garden snail feels the need, the need for slime-burning speed in David Soren's heart-warming computer-animated adventure. Following a tried and tested formula that propels the film into the winner's circle (albeit without any surprising detours), Turbo is a classic David and Goliath story enlivened with larger-than-life characters and high-octane action more...
Life begins and also falls apart at 60 in the cinematic collaborations of director Roger Michell (Notting Hill) and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi (My Beautiful Laundrette). In 2003, they sensitively explored the spiky issue of romance across the generational divide between grandmother (Anne Reid) and her grown-up daughter's hunky beau (Daniel Craig) more...
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