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When your story is projected onto a 30-foot screen, the truth has nowhere to hide. Cinema has frequently taken us beyond the veil of respectability, turning dreams into nightmares as it exposes domestic dissatisfaction, deception and even violence. The American … Continue reading
(Hands up if State of Play is amongst your finest achievements) Before Shameless, before Bill Nighy was recognised as a national institution, before John Simm (pictured above) woke up in the 70s in Life on Mars, before Polly Walker bared … Continue reading
Beauty’s a beast as Charlize Theron turns bitchiness into an art Young Adult opens with the sound of sobbing, though it certainly ain’t the boohooing of hard-faced hack Mavis Gary. It’s coming from a reality show, and it’s in front … Continue reading
No wonder she’s depressed: According to BAFTA, We Need to Talk About Kevin isn’t a patch on The Help If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times – 2011/12 was a shit hot year for British film. … Continue reading
“I find you disgusting. I find you inconsolable. I find you evasive.” A piece of precision filmmaking, remarkable in its ability to turn sex into astringent commentary, Shame is the arresting second feature from director Steve McQueen. It reveals, with … Continue reading
Greetings fellow screen slaves! It’s about that time of year where us scribblers consult the mental archives – getting ourselves all tangled up in figurative cobwebs, all in an attempt to put together some kind of listy thing, before putting … Continue reading