Review: Shoplifters

Director: Hirokazu Kore-Eda Stars: Lily Franky, Kirin Kiki, Sakura Andô More commonly than not, Hirokazu Kore-Eda's cinema is about family. His recent police procedural The Third Murder merely interrupted an ongoing streak. Shoplifters - which scooped the coveted Palme d'Or at Cannes earlier this year - revives the director's ongoing inquiries. Here, however, family is a broad term, open …

Review: Dheepan

Fleeing Sri Lanka after his involvement in the atrocities of the civil war, Dheepan (Jesuthasan Antonythasan) assumes a new identity, taking up residence in a French ghetto and working as the janitor. He is not alone. With him are 26-year-old Yalini (Kalieswari Srinivasan) and 9-year-old Illayaal (Claudine Vinasithamby). Though they are complete strangers, they must …

Review: Joy

There's a scene in David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook in which Bradley Cooper's bipolar character Pat apologises to Jennifer Lawrence's Tiffany for his conversational style, explaining that he has "no filter". The same might very well be said for Russell's approach to his new film Joy - the portrait of a woman named Joy Mangano who …

Why I Love… #59: Tokyo Story

Year: 1953 Director: Yasujiro Ozu Stars: Chishu Ryu (Shukishi Hirayama), Chieko Higashiyama (Tomi Hirayama), Setsuko Hara (Noriko Hirayama), Haruko Sugimura (Shige Kaneko), So Yamamura (Koichi Hirayama), Kuniko Miyake (Fumiko Hirayama) Genre: Drama I watched Tokyo Story, initially, as a box-ticking exercise. A perennial of all-time-greatest movie lists - including Sight And Sound's feted hit parade - and …

Review: Ponyo

***originally written 18 February 2010*** Ponyo is the latest effort from the wonderful Japanese hand-drawn animation folk at Studio Ghibli and concerns a small red fish that obtains the magical powers to transform into a five year old girl, thus unwittingly triggering the apocalyptic descent of the moon. Obviously. This fish is named Ponyo by …