Frozen

  With one of their previous animated features, Tangled, Disney successfully overcame the challenges of animating an abundance of hair realistically. Never ones to rest on their laurels, in Frozen they have boldly taken on another of the animator’s foes; Ice. Right from the opening frames, it is like an animation masterclass. This material that … Continue reading

Elysium

  Plot In 2154, Earth has become too overpopulated and over polluted resulting in the wealthy relocating to a luxurious satellite community hanging in the sky above Earth. While the citizen below live in poverty, Max (Matt Damon), who has been exposed to a fatal amount of radiation has just five days to get to Elysium … Continue reading

The World’s End

        Plot Perpetual man-child Gary King (Simon Pegg) orchestrates a reunion with his old school friends in an attempt to complete the legendary bar-crawl ‘The Golden Mile’ that they first attempted on their last day of school. Upon returning to their home town of Newton Haven they find that the residents have … Continue reading

The Lonely Wife (Charulata)

    Released in 1964, Satyajit Ray’s, arguably of one of India’s most influential filmmakers, tale of longing and loneliness is widely regarded as one of his finest films. Set in the  confines of late nineteenth century, Ray takes a look back through India’s history to the time the country is seeking its independence from … Continue reading

The Place Beyond The Pines

Plot: Fairground stunt rider Luke (Ryan Gosling), after discovering he has a young son becomes determined to provide for him. He begins robbing banks as a means of providing for his newly discovered family leading him into the path of up and coming officer (Bradley Cooper).   Review: With Ryan Gosling’s recent announcement that he … Continue reading

Stoker

Comparisons have already been made between Korean director Park Chan Wook’s (Oldboy) work and the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock, none more apparent that with his first English language Feature Stoker. With clear parallels between Hitch’s 1943 classic Shadow of a Doubt (both featuring an eerily charismatic Uncle Charlie who is not all he seems), … Continue reading

Rust and Bone

Judging from Jaques Audiard’s previous films, A Prophet and  The Beat My Heart Skipped, it would be unwise to go into Rust and Bone expecting lighter fare.  Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts), a bullish street fighter moves himself and his son from Belgium into his estranged sister’s garage in France hoping to make something of himself as a street … Continue reading

Les Miserables

Plot Adapted from Victor Hugo’s iconic novel, Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), a prisoner, breaks his parole and his attempts to make a new life for himself in post-Revolution France. Pursued by  the relentless law officer  Javert (Russell Crowe) he tries to hide his past life from his adopted daughter Cosette (Amanda Seyfried). The various host … Continue reading

Quartet

  Plot The arrival of the renowned singer Jean Horton (Maggie Smith) at a retirement home for ageing opera singers disrupts the life of her ex-husband (Tom Cortenay) who is also a resident. Along with their friends, they attempt convince her to reprise one of their past performances for a fund-raising concert in celebration of … Continue reading

Silver Linings Playbook

Plot After a stint in a mental institution Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) is determined to get his life together reunite with his wife with the mild problem of a restraining order. He meets the equally damaged Tiffany ( Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence), a young widow and the two form a connection through their mutual … Continue reading