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The Big Short (2016)

If the era of banker bashing is over, no one told Adam McKay. He has made a tremendous film out of a tremendous book, even if his target is a sitting duck. Of all the books on the global financial crisis, Michael Lewis’ The Big Short…

Knight of Cups (2015)

For two decades Terrence Malick was the disappeared genius, a secretive artist hidden out of sight. After two astonishing films in the 70’s, his long overdue return with The Thin Red Line in 1998 proved worth the wait. Since then, he’s…

Out Of The Furnace (2013)

There's an okay script here, decent enough direction from Scott Cooper, and some great performances from all of the main cast members, but Out Of The Furnace just can't do enough to make it feel like anything other than a gender-flipped…

American Hustle (2013)

David O. Russell is a very good director, and a very good writer. So it's a shame to watch American Hustle and get the impression that he's not happy with himself. This is, of course, just awfully presumptuous of me, but I couldn't help…

American Hustle (2013)

David O. Russell's patchy Abscam comedy satirises the Seventies  American Hustle: the title promises a classic, definitive statement of the nation's most typical forms of duplicity. The movie interweaves FBI entrapment of corrupt…

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

I should probably start this review with a confession. I am a huge fan of all things 'superhero', in particular, Batman. From 1989 when I was 7 years old and introduced to Bruce Wayne, then played by the fantastic Michael Keaton, I have…