Film reviews

Invisible Woman a must-see

The Invisible Woman

REVIEW: The Invisible Woman should not be allowed to slip away unseen.

Leads great, shame about the script

leslie mann The Other Woman

REVIEW: The Other Woman is a female-strong, but not quite feminist, take on infidelity.

They've built a near masterpiece

Lego movie

REVIEW: Animator admits Lego movie appears a "cynical cash grab" but ends up a "celebration of creativity".

Music proves McKenzie's no muppet


REVIEW: Thanks to the lazy, self-indulgent 2011 "original" this Muppets film sequel didn't have to go far to be better.

Utopian dream turns sour


REVIEW: For all those who don't like personality testing, the essence of Divergent may cause discomfort.

Review: Noah a load of old rubbish


Oh Noah, he didn't, cries Sarah Watt after viewing Darren Aronofsky's Bible-inspired epic.

Review: Captain America a damn good movie

Captain America

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a damn good movie, and a worthy part of a remarkable franchise.

Oui, Minister

Quai d'Orsay

French satire Quai d'Orsay looks at the inner workings of the French foreign affairs ministry and there's plenty to laugh about.

Film review: The Great Beauty

the great beauty

Paulo Sorrentino's sixth feature film, The Great Beauty has already picked up the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the Golden Globe in the same category.

The Selfish Giant: Heartbreakingly real

The Selfish Giant

REVIEW: Two terrific kids steal every scene in the superlative The Selfish Giant.

Film Review: Nymphomaniac (Volume One)


Nymphomaniac is a very different film to the one the posters and the marketing campaign are suggesting.

The Captain keeps his charm

Captain America

REVIEW: There is plenty to marvel at in Captain America's latest outing.

Review: The Raid 2: Berandal

The Raid 2: Berandal

Sarah Watt finds herself begging for more after watching an action sequel with plenty of 'wow' moments.

Noah offends Christians and non-Christians alike

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To be honest, it might have been OK were it not for the rock monsters.

Review: Noah confounds audiences

Russell Crowe

Noah neither fish nor fowl, Neither action flick nor full-on arthouse experiment.

Pompeii: Tale told by an idiot


For two hours we're assaulted by a muddled morass of cliches, one-dimensional characters and perfunctory dialogue.

Review: Hannah Arendt

Hannah Arendt

"Israel seizes Nazi chief ", screams The New York Times of May 24, 1960.

Review: Wadjda


REVIEW: Directed mostly from the back of a van in Saudi Arabia, Wadjda is a universal tale of a young girl finding her voice.

Review: The Brats


Brats is a brash but barely memorable French tale about meeting one's prospective father-in-law.

Review: Generation Iron


REVIEW: Generation Iron's producers return to the Mr Olympia contest and bizarre characters behind it.

Review: 12 Years A Slave a tough watch

12 Years A Slave

12 Years a Slave is not for the faint of heart, but it is certainly a good movie, Matt Colville writes.

Rocket fails to take flight

the rocket

REVIEW: Bad luck has dogged those around Ahlo (Sitthiphon Disamoe) throughout his young life.

Not so monumental

Monuments Men

REVIEW: Sarah Watt finds George Clooney's latest movie a massive disappointment.

A rewarding look back

the Past

REVIEW: Cinephiles who fell in love with Iranian director Asghar Farhadi for his Oscar-winning festival hit A Separation will be delighted to know that the follow-up proves his undoubted talent for producing hard-hitting realism from gripping performances.

Review: 300: Rise of an Empire

300: Rise of an EMpire

It's never a good sign when you find yourself missing Gerard Butler.

Review: 3 Mile Limit

3 Mile Limit

The story of how Radio Hauraki came to be is a truly great one.

Review: The Rocket

300: The Rocket

Every year there's a couple of films that make me want to blockade the multiplex.

The Past: Tension and tremendous moments

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REVIEW: The Past, a French drama by an Iranian director, is slow-burning, but ultimately searing film concerned with actions and apologies.

Vampire Academy bites

vampire academy strap

REVIEW: This horror-comedy about a bloodsucking finishing school is no Heathers nor Mean Girls.

Review: It Boy

It Boy

French romcom It Boy turns the tables by focusing on a 40-year-old woman's fling with a man half her age.

Review: Non Stop

Non Stop - Liam Neeson

REVIEW: There is a great hole in the world where Mel Gibson used to be.

Review: Lone Survivor

Lone Survivor

REVIEW: Lone Survivor does for soldiers what Friday Night Lights did for footballers: it gives us entry into a near impenetrable world, it makes it credible.

Review: Stories we tell

Stories we tell

Canadian actress turned director Sarah Polley turns her gaze and her lens on her own family.

Review: Le Week-end

Le Weekend

They thought a weekend in Paris would be just the thing to put the spark back in their marriage.

Review: Her


Spike Jonze's latest film is one of the most touching, haunting and melancholic romantic-dramas in years.

Review: All Is Lost

All Is Lost

A few years back I was much impressed with a film called Into The Wild.

Review: Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club

A triumph of low-budget filmmaking, exquisite storytelling and an actor at the peak of his powers.

Review: Winter's Tale

A Winter's Tale

Rumour has it Martin Scorsese was interested in the book but deemed it unfilmable - he may have been right.

Review: Inside LLewlyn Davis

Inside LLewlyn Davis

Like folk music itself, this won't be everyone's cup of tea, but persevere and you'll be rewarded.

Extremely accomplished awards bait

Dallas Buyers Club

Sarah Watt finds herself mesmerised by a gaunt Matthew McConaughey.

Frankie goes to Hollywood…hell


Based on Grevioux's Darkstorm Studios graphic novel of the same name, I, Frankenstein is like its hero - a "corpse without a soul".

Triumph of the will


Generation Xers beware - this isn't the ballad of Detroit policeman Alex Murphy you remember.

Review: Are We Officially Dating?

Zac Efron

This is a disheartening lads' tale about contemporary dating but why call it "dating" if you just want to get laid?

Review: Blue is the warmest colour

 Blue is the warmest colour

Closer to 9 Songs than Baise Moi, this controversial, sexually charged French coming-of-age drama has two massive advantages in its favour.

Review: 12 Years A Slave

12 Years A Slave

REVIEW: Be enraptured and enslaved by Steve McQueen's latest film, 12 Years A Slave.

Review: Labour Day

Labour Day

REVIEW: Tense, romantic and perfectly pitched, this simple tale is high quality drama.

Review: Saving Mr Banks

Saving Mr Banks

REVIEW: This recreation of the wrangles between Walt Disney and Mary Poppins author PL Travers is a real crowd-pleasing entertainer.

Review: Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

REVIEW: Anything would be an improvement over the 2012 Nevadan-based crime against cinema that was Paranormal Activity 4.

Review: Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

REVIEW: There is no mention that Nelson Mandela saw the Long Walk To Freedom. And that strikes me as a pity.

Film Review: American Hustle

American Hustle

American Hustle is hugely entertaining, perfectly paced, and generally impressive as all hell.
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