June 29th, 2017

Review: Manhattan

★★★ Manhattan has ensconsed itself as a classic and in many ways is the quintessential Woody Allen film with its gorgeous visual style and Gershwin score. But despite being delightfully self-defeating and witty it is also emotionally and intellectually muddled.

Review: The Raid

★★★ The choreography in The Raid is among the most mind-blowingly fast-paced and intricate martial arts choreography you’ll see this side of a Jackie Chan movie, but with literally no story and almost every action movie cliché imaginable, it will appeal to existing martial arts action fans but offer little enticement to others.

AFFFF Review: The Rabbi’s Cat

★★★☆ If you imagine Tintin as an elderly Jew and Snowy as a sassy, back-talking feline, and instead of going on dangerous adventures solving crimes they sit around discussing religion and philosophy at length, you’ll have something close to The Rabbi’s Cat.

AFFFF Review: 17 Girls

★★ An inadvertently vicious indictment of teenage empowerment, 17 Girls half-heartedly tries to portray its central characters as budding feminist heroes, but undermines them with an endless stream of clichés, generalisations and one-dimensionality.

Film Review: What’s Up, Tiger Lily?

★★ A bizarre hodgepodge of broad humour, bad music and horrible voices, completely devoid of the incisive sensibility Allen would explore in his later work. History has mostly forgotten What’s Up, Tiger Lily?, and that’s probably a good thing.

Review: A Separation

★★★★★ A Separation isn’t just an important work of cinema; it’s an important work of religious-humanistic endeavour. And it’s a film that people the world over should see.

Review: Killer Elite

★★ What a sad state of affairs it is when Robert De Niro’s name on a poster is an indication to stay away.

Review: The Artist

★★★ The Artist is such an anomaly among the world’s current film output that I’m tempted to celebrate it for no other reason than it tries something a little different.

Review: Martha Marcy May Marlene

★★★★ A bleak, disquieting excursion to the dark reaches of a woman’s dissatisfaction, Martha Marcy May Marlene is a character study as boldly unrelenting as its tongue twister title.

Review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

★★★☆ Given the promise of an intelligent Cold War spy mystery, directed by one of world cinema’s most exciting talents and featuring a cast that reads like a who’s who of British acting craft, it’s hard not to feel like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy could have achieved so much more.