Conviction [2010]

A (true) story about perseverance if there ever was one, Conviction has “awards-bait” written all over it. That, as we know by now, it’s almost never a bad thing. Usually that plea for… Continue reading

Le Concert [2009]

Undeniably good-looking, at times funny, always loud and very (and I mean very) over-the-top. Valeri Barinov, Anna Kamenkova and Dimitry Nazarov are the standouts among the cast. Sadly, this film disappoints terribly. It’s… Continue reading

Black Swan [2010]

Darren Aronofsky outdoes himself with Black Swan, which is saying a lot, since he’s the one who gave us Requiem for a Dream and The Fountain. A mesmerizing, hardcore, in-your-face thriller that works… Continue reading

Animal Kingdom [2010]

Shocking and tastefully violent film follows emotionally detached ‘J’ (James Frecheville) as he tries to avoid the criminal path that almost his whole family has taken. Animal Kingdom is anchored by an excellent… Continue reading

Greenberg [2010]

Greenberg features some decent work from Ben Stiller. This type of material is what he should be doing. Despite this, it all feels rather pointless. There isn’t any reward for putting up with… Continue reading

Letters to Juliet [2010]

I honestly thought I would be getting something a bit classier, substantial, fulfilling. Instead, what I got was a dumbed-down, cheesy and formulaic romantic comedy. Still, it’s a little charming thanks to Amanda… Continue reading

RIP Pete Postlethwaite (1946-2011)

The A-Team [2010]

I love it when a film comes together, especially blockbusters, which tend to underperform. This is good, old-fashioned, mindless fun. An authentic thrill ride that grabs your attention from minute one and doesn’t… Continue reading

Mother and Child [2010]

Directed by Rodrigo García (son of revered writer Gabriel García Márquez) and produced by Alejandro González Iñarritu (whose influence is evident in this film), Mother and Child explores concepts of race, adoption and,… Continue reading

Shutter Island [2010]

An enviable cast, impressive cinematography, nods to Alfred Hitchcock, and an unexpected ending (at least for me, but I tend to suck at predicting twists) compose Martin Scorsese’s latest, Shutter Island. As some… Continue reading