The Coen brothers are in harmony again

There’s a moment, nearing the latter stages of the Coen brothers’ new film, when the title character, played by Oscar Isaac, trudges through the snow towards camera. He is sheltering himself from the wind and cold, lugging a guitar and looking miserable, his shoes utterly unsuitable for the snow, and his ankles showing. To either […]

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Ender’s Game Over?

Franchises based on successful book series that can carry plentiful sequel options are hot property in Hollywood nowadays. So it’s unsurprising that Orson Scott Card’s Ender series has been picked up, and kicked off with Ender’s Game. Asa Butterfield stars as a diminutive and manipulative young boy, drafted into a training programme for prodigal strategists […]

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Psycho Killer – Qu’est-ce Que C’est?

This Halloween the Phoenix Picturehouse is putting horror back on the big screen, from genre classics to a couple of more recent features. Tonight it’s John Carpenter’s archetypal ‘slasher’ Halloween, and on Saturday a four film all-nighter. Horror cinema is nearly as longstanding as celluloid itself. From its earliest inception in films like Le Manoir […]

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Hanks Captains Tense, Intelligent Thriller

According to the man himself, Tom Hanks doesn’t do action roles any more; since his diagnosis with diabetes, we might expect some limitations on his capabilities. If he’s still comfortable acting in films like Captain Phillips though, we have not lost out on much; this thriller is tense, stressful and powerful, showing both sides of […]

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Times Of Woe Limit Time To Woo

Between masterminding Downton Abbey and writing for upcoming adventure epic Pompeii, Julian Fellowes has somehow found the time to adapt Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet for another big-screen outing. The result, directed by Carlo Carlei, is impressively realised considering the director has previously worked predominantly in his native language and on TV movies. Carlei’s Italian roots […]

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