Review: Blue Ruin

Director: Jeremy Saulnier Stars: Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves "A mysterious outsider's quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance." There are two sentences that make up the brief 'storyline' section on Blue Ruin's imdb page. That's the first of them. And it …

Why I Love… #66: The Man Who Fell To Earth

Year: 1976 Director: Nicolas Roeg Stars: David Bowie (Thomas Newton), Rip Torn (Nathan Bryce), Candy Clark (Mary-Lou), Buck Henry (Oliver Farnsworth) Bernie Casey (Peters) Genre: Science Fiction There are better Nicolas Roeg films than The Man Who Fell To Earth. Chiefly Walkabout and Don't Look Now stand out as far more cohesive, artistically satisfying pieces of work, while …

Review: Locke

Director: Stephen Knight Stars: Tom Hardy, Olivia Colman, Ruth Wilson Do you like concrete? Beards? Tom Hardy? How about the M6 southbound toward London? If the answer to all or even one of these is "yes" then you may want to make some time, approximately 85 minutes, to take in Locke, the new film from Stephen …

Up ‘n’ Under – a new wave of cinematic sci-fi?

In the last year two films have appeared that have seemed visionary, movies which feel utterly distinctive and separate from one another, but which share a strange and encouraging connective tissue. Those films are Shane Carruth's Upstream Color and Jonathan Glazer's Under The Skin. In many respects these two films are wholly different from one another. Tonally …

Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo Stars: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson Joe Johnston's Captain America: The First Avenger is a divisive entry in Marvel's recent web of superhero movies, and stands notably apart from the other, more homogenous successes. This is, largely, down to the throwback tone of its first half - a love letter …