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Mark Strong

Boyle-ing Point

With the release of Trance (reviewed here) on shiny disc in the UK this week, I decided that now was as good a time as any to look back over the filmography of one of my favourite directors. In fact, I made him an honorary Scotsman after…

Welcome to the Punch (2013)

A police thriller with a subplot in corruption is nothing new; if anything, it is becoming an almost stale trend. So, the initial vibe of this feature is that of déjà vu. However, the inclusion of some extra chases, guns and fight scenes -…

Welcome to the Punch (2013)

Welcome to the Punch starts off with brio: Masked motorcycling villains escaping a bank heist with no small amount of panache in London's Canary Wharf (a place which must seem far more exotic to those who haven't had to spend much time…

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Kathryn Bigelow has become quite the crowd pleaser in recent years and it's good to see her becoming so successful after years of being relatively unknown to most people apart from those (like me) who loved Point Break and Near Dark.…

John Carter (2012)

In 1912, the creator of Tarzan, Edgar Rice Burroughs, conceived a fantasy world within the surface of Mars, which he called Barsoom. Following the adventures of a man from Earth travelling through this Martian world, Burroughs' series of…

Black Gold (2011)

Black Gold is a tale of two houses in conflict over oil and ideology, at the brink of the oil boom in the early 20th century. The emirate of Hobeika is headed by the Emir Nesib (played by Antonio Banderas) who views the exploitation of oil…

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

Based on the novel by John Le Carre, which was adapted years ago into a TV mini-series starring Sir Alec Guinness, and featuring a top notch cast of fine British actors firing on all cylinders one thing is clear from the very start - Tinker…

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

Warning: this review contains spoilers! John le Carré knows a thing or two about spying. Between 1960 - 1964 the acclaimed author worked as an intelligence officer for MI6 (following two years service at MI5), having his career swiftly…