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Swiss Army Man (2016)

When this premiered during last year's Sundance Film Festival, it quickly become known as the film with Daniel Radcliffe as a farting corpse. However, this offbeat comedy-drama by a pair of music video directors known as the Daniels (Daniel…

Paterson (2016)

Hailing from Paterson, New Jersey and also sharing its name, Paterson (Adam Driver) works as a bus driver whose daily schedule and route extends beyond his job. If you think this doesn’t sound particularly exciting, then you’d be right.…

Up For Love

Sometimes all you want from a film - and no more so than from one which claims to be a romantic comedy - is something which lets you switch off from the world and forget your troubles for a short while. The new French film Up For Love…

1 Million Years B.C. (1966)

This is the way it was! (Not) A million years ago, Ray Harryhausen’s stop-motion animated dinosaurs roamed the Earth. They were masters of all they surveyed: Titans, Arabians, Argonauts, cavemen, you name it. But, in 1993, a meteor called…

Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words

Hollywood is and always has been, a hypocritical place. From it’s earliest days the all powerful studio bosses put out an image of their stars as wholesome, clean living, family people, who’s sole purpose was to bring entertainment and fun…

Psychomania (1973)

Objectively speaking, Psychomania isn't exactly what you would call a good film. The acting is varied, the premise is amusing and slightly ridiculous, and it centres on a biker gang who I spent years telling people weren't even half as…

The Commitments (1991)

The strange thing about The Commitments, for me, is that I wasn't sure if I had seen it. I remembered snippets, certain highlights, but kept convincing myself that I had somehow not sat through the entire movie. And then it turns out that I…

Green Room (2016)

Jeremy Saulnier's Blue Ruin (2013) begins in media res, advancing with the tension of stretching a coiled slinky into garrotting wire, and ceasing on a moment of violence that snaps the instrument back into a thick, tangled wad. In most…

Friend Request (2016)

When Laura (Alycia Debnam-Carey) accepts a friend request on Facebook from fellow student Marina (Liesl Ahlers) she doesn't know what she's letting herself in for. Marina, you see, has no other friends. I don't mean this as an exaggeration.…

Only Yesterday (1991)

Great films are transportive - they cultivate a sense of time and place that feels lived-in and specific, and use elements of production design, costume and sound to tell a story separate from the plot. In Only Yesterday, the place is…