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The Duke of Burgundy (2014)

Making love. . . work The "Duke of Burgundy"(Hamearis lucina) is a butterfly found in England, and the lesbian couple in Strickland's sophisticated new film, again making learned use of a disreputable genre (1970's continental soft core…

Cinderella (2015)

Courage and kindness, I think we can all agree, are valuable attributes. But do we need to be reminded of this obvious truism every few minutes? Disney’s new adaptation of Cinderella certainly believes so, sparing no tangential opportunity…

2015 – Year of the Spy

It seems that 2015 is shaping up to be a vintage year for spy capers at the cinema.  It's hardly half way through February and already we've had the ubiquitous Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow appear in the lacklustre Mortdecai which,…

13 Minutes (2015)

It’s been a tough old time for Oliver Hirschbiegel in recent years. His last film, the dreadful Diana (2013) saw everyone wade into the slaughter. It was a far cry from the international acclaim that greeted Downfall, his 2004 account of…

Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

Ever since the film adaptation of E.L. James’ phenomenon was announced, two vocal camps have been chomping at the bit to get sight of it. On one side sit the fanatics, laying into any decision that doesn’t align with their reading of the…

The Club (2015)

After concluding his Pinochet trilogy with No, Chilean director Pablo Larraín has moved onto a new target. Disarming humour and a gentle build up pave the way for a devastating critique of the Catholic Church. The Club might not have the…

Woman in Gold (2015)

Screening at the Berlin Film Festival in a city that wears the scars of World War II in every rebuilt street and solemn memorial comes Woman in Gold, a reminder that there’s some way to go yet to recover from that terrible period. A glossy…

Mr. Holmes (2015)

He scorns the deerstalker, shuns the pipe and tuts his way through inaccurate cinematic depictions. 93 year old Sherlock Holmes is not a man at ease with the legend grown up around him. Frail of body and mind, he also desperately wants to…