• Sun. Feb 25th, 2024

Dougie Gerrard

The Witch

A striking historical sensibility and a concern with emotions over scares-per-minute allows this 1630’s-set horror to transcend the genre. The plot turns on the classic theme of isolation: excommunicated from…

10 Cloverfield Lane

After the galaxy-spanning The Force Awakens, J.J Abrams’ new project (which he may only produce, but his fingerprints are all over it) is set almost entirely in a tiny, claustrophobic…

The Searchers – How the Western was Revolutionised

‘We will never come again to the Utah border – Oh, look, look so you never forget!’ In 1912 Zane Grey, a dentist from Ohio, invented the Old West. His…

Tarantino: director, auteur and first true child of cinema

A story, possibly apocryphal: in 1895, the Lumiere brothers caused mass panic in a Parisian cinema with their film L’arrivée d’un train en gare de La Ciotat, in which a…

Bridge of Spies

Steven Spielberg, with his old comrade Tom Hanks as his leading man, has made his best film for over a decade with this Cold War thriller. Hanks stars as James…

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs is the second biopic about the Apple founder in the four years since his death. The first (simply Jobs) went unloved by critics and unwatched by fans, despite…

The Martian

After the languorous Exodus; Gods and Kings, and the misguided Alien prequel, Prometheus, The Martian is a triumphant return to form for Ridley Scott. It is as surprising as it…

The Gunman

Sean Penn plays Jim Terrier, an ex-killer seeking redemption, in this generic, lifeless action misfire. The Gunman is directed by Pierre Morel, who helmed Taken, and the entire exercise feels…