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albert brooks

EIFF 2016: Finding Dory (2016)

Let me cut to the chase here. I liked Finding Nemo, almost as much as most people. It was gorgeous, it had lots of fun characters, and the gags were good. Finding Dory is even better. Yes, I said it. Some will disagree, and they might…

A Most Violent Year (2014)

A star-making year A Most Violent Year has been described as an offshoot of the Godfather pictures, but it's also first cousin to James Gray's The Yards with a dash of Sidney Lumet; ultimately it transcends this tradition in its own way.…

Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)

An anthology movie based on that classic TV show (and my personal favourite TV show of all time), Twilight Zone: The Movie may, like many anthology movies, not hit a home run with every segment, but it does a better job than most, and is…

Broadcast News (1987)

I didn’t catch Broadcast News on its theatrical release, but I remember noticing the movie poster, dominated by a smiling William Hurt. It was remarkably high-resolution; a very pleasant picture. I caught the movie on TV in the early 90s,…

This Is 40 (2012)

If you're going along to see This Is 40 after seeing adverts declaring that it's "the sort-of sequel to Knocked Up" then you may be in for a bit of a disappointment. Let me clarify something immediately. This Is 40 is not a comedy. There…

This Is 40 (2012)

Early midlife crisis: a family comedy "In Apatowland, the lunch-room loner always winds up with the homecoming queen," Robert Wilonsky wrote in the Voice about the American writer-director-comedy czar's 2007 hit Knocked Up. Well, that…

Drive (2011)

2011 was Ryan Gosling’s year, and Drive was his crowning achievement. Or so the polls would have us believe. Nicholas Winding Refn’s movie, about a nameless driver who gets mixed up a dodgy robbery, topped virtually every end-of-year…

Drive (2011)

Drive came out months ago, so the world needs another review as badly as Meryl Streep needs another Oscar. And there’s not a lot to say about it: it’s been consecrated as one of the finest movies of 2011 in many Top Ten lists, and I’ll just…

Drive (2011)

At the wheel  Drive, directed by Nicola Winding Refn, which showed at many festivals before opening including Cannes and Toronto, is a violent LA thriller that's too nasty to recommend to the faint of heart. An eye gouged out. An arm slit…