Ageing orchestra tale strikes the right chord.
With baby boomers starting to hit retirement age, we appear to be witnessing the birth of a new genre – not so much film noir as film gris, or 'grey film'. Typically these are multiple-strand stories about older citizens that, despite themes of...
A triumphant, spell-binding finale for the Hogwarts wizards.
And so it ends, with arguably the most thrilling, spectacular, emotionally intense and vividly realised instalment of the record-breaking franchise.Fully vindicating the producers’ decision to end the series with a double-header, Harry Potter and...
An expansive, dark start to the long goodbye for the Hogwarts wizards.
The most pressing questions raised by the seventh edition of the most successful film franchise of all time can be summarized thus: Was Warner Bros.’ decision to film J.K. Rowling’s final Harry Potter novel as a two-parter a cynical plan to...
The religious fervour is easy to dismiss, but the Hughes Bros seem more devoted to the Scripture of the Screen.
In the Hughes Brothers bizarre The Book of Eli the world is smeared in a smoky flaky dust. All bright colours have been drained away. Like The Road, the setting is the US after Armageddon. In John Hillcoat’s excellent film the mood was creepy,...
A nasty, voyeuristic call to vigilante violence
The great Mahatma Gandhi, decrying the futility of acts of revenge, once said, 'An eye for an eye and soon the whole world is blind." They are sage words that Gerard Butler should have considered before dishing out liberal doses of vigilante...

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