Review: The Laundromat

Director: Steven Soderbergh Stars: Meryl Streep, Antonio Banderas, Gary Oldman Soderbergh is one of those directors whose work ricochets with some volatility, hitting peaks and troughs sometimes within the span of the same year. Yet in spite of this erratic stream of output, its reassuring to have him around. He also keeps threatening retirement. Yet … Continue reading Review: The Laundromat

Review: Darkest Hour

Director: Joe Wright Stars: Gary Oldman, Stephen Dillane, Ben Mendelsohn It's telling that the poster for Joe Wright's Darkest Hour has been quickly reorganised so that it can boast - with a third of its acreage - that the film has been nominated for 6 Academy Awards. That space was laying in wait for those nominations, … Continue reading Review: Darkest Hour

Review: RoboCop (2014)

In the early stages of José Padilha's RoboCop reboot we are introduced to a man who has lost both of his arms. Gary Oldman's Dr Dennett Norton has fashioned for him two robotic replacements, operated via impulses from the brain. The man formerly played Spanish guitar, presumably quite well, and is tentative about playing again, fearing … Continue reading Review: RoboCop (2014)

Review: Lawless

Lawless is a bloody and violent film, one which whole-heartedly earns its 18 certificate. Set in rural Virginia circa 1931, it proposes to tell the true story of the Bondurant boys, siblings dedicated to the production and transportation of moonshine, attempting to grow rich off of prohibition’s halcyon days, yet still living in abject squalor. … Continue reading Review: Lawless

Review: The Dark Knight Rises

So, The Dark Knight Rises, then. A film that has been ‘coming soon’ since August of last year. Teaser trailers… more posters than you can shake a stick at… It all boils down to this. This film. This event. Christopher Nolan’s crowning of the most legitimate of comic-book franchises. 2008’s The Dark Knight was a … Continue reading Review: The Dark Knight Rises

Review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

***originally written 26 September 2011*** Tomas Alfredson directed Let The Right One In. That was my entry point to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Not it’s none-more-British setting, nor the none-more-British line-up of elite acting talent. No. I was attracted by the prospect of following the further development of the Swedish director’s career following one of … Continue reading Review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy