Public Enemies

What's robbing a bank compared to owning one?" asked Bertolt Brecht, and now that the financial world once again throbs to the stifled laughter of taxpayer-enabled billionaires and bonus-addicts unable to believe their luck, maybe the time…

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

“What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” is an offbeat, middleweight charmer that is lent a measure of substance by its astute performances and observational insight. A modest effort of uninsistent qualities but many felicitous moments, this is not…

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tomas Alfredson's marvellously chill adaptation of John Le Carré's cold war thriller features a delicate performance from Gary Oldman along with a first-rate supporting cast Nimbly navigating the labyrinthine source novel by John Le…

22 July

Paul Greengrass has made a decent, well-intentioned and well acted feature for Netflix about the terror attack in Norway on 22 July 2011 and its aftermath. It was an outrage perpetrated by Anders Breivik, an extreme-right self-appointed…

Salt

Salt stars Angelina Jolie as Evelyn Salt, Liev Schreiber as Ted Winter, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Peabody and Daniel Olbrychski as Orlov. It was directed by Phillip Noyce from a screenplay by Kurt Wimmer. It was released in 2010. When a CIA…

A Star is Born

It’s the romantic epic of male sacrificial woundedness and it’s been regenerating like Doctor Who. We had it in 1976 with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, in 1954 with Judy Garland and James Masonand originally way back in 1937 with…

Bohemian Rhapsody

We don’t follow formulas,” say the members of Queen, circa 1975, but anyone hoping for this Freddie Mercury biopic to take its cue from the rock-operatic masterpiece of the title will be disappointed. Rami Malek’s excellent performance…

Gangs of Wasseypur

This one’s a gang bang. Sorry, make that a gang bang-bang; because that’s how this story explodes – with bullets, blasts and bust-ups. Throw in gallons of blood, body-counts and ‘boom-boom’, true Bihari ishtyle. It doesn’t need coal to fuel…

Dev D

Thank God for the mavericks, the non-conformists, the infidels, the les enfant terribles. They make things happen when kitsch becomes king; when creativity crumbles; when formula pervades, fungus-like. Imagine a world without rule breakers.…

Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan was named the best war film of all time in a 2009 poll of movie fans. Steven Spielberg's film is not perfect: it plays its strongest card first, the middle section is slightly uneven, and there are sallies into…