Monthly Archives July 2014

Two Days, One Night

Two Days, One Night - Marion Cotillard,Dardenne, posterDirector: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

Writers: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

Cast: Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Olivier Gourmet

Cert: 15

Running time: 95mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: Belgian duo the Dardennes brothers deliver another low-key but riveting and compassionate account of life in the modern world. Marion Cotillard is typically mesmeric as a woman fighting for her factory job after a bout of depression sees her targeted for redundancy. A film of real warmth and humanity, pathos and humour, never striking a false note.

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The full verdict: Living, breathing, Palme D’or winning proof that all that is required to make a good film is a good story, with minimal fuss the Dardennes have established themselves as two of the most vital filmmakers currently working.

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Finding Vivian Maier

Finding Vivian Maier - posterDirectors: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel

Writers: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel

Cert: 12A

Running Time: 84mins

Year: 2014


 

The lowdown: Debut directors Charlie Siskel (producer of Bowling For Columbine, Religulous) and John Maloof offer up this tantalising tale of a private and austere nanny, now posthumously recognized as an acclaimed street photographer whose work is exhibited internationally. Their fascinating documentary is an excellent place to start searching for the truth surrounding the secretive shutterbug.

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The full verdict: It’s almost inconceivable in these days of self-promotion and social media showboating that someone with obvious talent would conceal it from the world...

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I Am Divine

I Am Divine - posterDirector: Jeffrey Schwarz

Writers: Cast: Divine, John Waters, Frances Milstead, Mink Stole, Holly Woodlawn

Cert: 15

Running time: 90mins

Year: 2013


The lowdown: Funny, engrossing and poignant documentary account of Harris Glen Milstead, who stormed the world as Divine – “the most beautiful woman in the world”. Most famous and infamous for eating dog-do on camera for Pink Flamingos, director Jeffrey Schwarz reveals Milstead as a true professional with a Herculean work-ethic, a shy personality whose alter-ego was an inspiration to outsiders everywhere. Trash glamour never looked so good.

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The full verdict: The life path of anyone who describes eating dog excrement as “the best and worst thing that ever happened to me” will not follow a well-trodden trail.

And Divine, drag queen extraor...

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Transformers: Age of Extinction

Transformers - Age of Extinction - posterDirector: Michael Bay

Writer: Ehren Kruger

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Titus Welliver

Cert: 12A

Running Time: 165mins

Year: 2014

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The lowdown: Michael Bay and his metal minions return to give eardrums and brain cells another battering in the fourth instalment of the action figure-inspired ode to excess. A haemorrhoid-busting running time boasts extra-terrestrial bounty hunters, fire-breathing Dinobots, photorealistic Autobots, an enthusiastically ineffectual Mark Wahlberg and pretty, pouty Nicole Peltz. There should be something for everyone but with any spark of humanity extinguished this is an empty, mean-spirited mess, fit only for the scrap heap.

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The verdict: 65 million years ago, alien ‘Creators’ arrived on earth, annihilating most i...

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - posterDirector: Matt Reeves

Writers: Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver

Cast: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Toby Kebbell, Keri Russell, Kodi Smit-McPhee

Cert: 12A

Running time: 130mins

Year: 2014

The lowdown: Cloverfield director Matt Reeves takes director duties for this eagerly anticipated follow-up to Rupert Wyatt’s surprise 2011 hit. Set ten years after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, “simian flu” has devastated humankind while apes have grown stronger and smarter. In San Francisco where it all started, an uneasy truce is observed between the apes in the Redwood forests and the human survivors huddled in the city ruins...

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