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Pixels (2015)

In animated 80s video game form, the entire plot of Pixels plays out over the end credits. It serves as both handy summary and blunt demonstration that the previous two hours were largely redundant. This is high-concept cinema that fumbles…

The Lobster (2015)

If you could turn into any animal, what would you choose? An academic question where we come from, in Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos’ universe it’s a practical matter requiring careful consideration. In his surreal dystopian romantic…

The Zero Theorem (2014)

It should be a requirement that in all screenings of Terry Gilliam's movies, the film in question should be shown two or three times in succession. Brazil, Twelve Monkeys, and now The Zero Theorem: all beg an immediate re-watch to try and…

Blade Runner (1982)

Some years ago, a sadistic freak whose name has mercifully escaped my memory bared his degenerate soul in a prison interview about a killing spree. “I wish,” he mused, “the whole world had one big throat and I could put my hands around it…

The Zero Theorem (2013)

Director Terry Gilliam brings us another visual feast set in the future and thankfully goes back to his roots. Featuring a multitude of great actors, The Zero Theorem has the fantastic Christoph Waltz at its centre as eccentric recluse…

Under the Skin (2013)

Scarlett Johansson is Laura, a predatory alien in human form travelling around Scotland, her victims are lonely men who succumb to her beauty. The film opens with a completely black screen; slowly a dot appears and gets bigger and bigger.…

Robot and Frank (2012)

On the surface, Jake Schreier's first feature, Robot and Frank is another sweet, warm tale of an elderly man reliving his glory years through the acquaintance of one younger and seemingly his opposite. It's also very much like other ageing…

Prometheus (2012)

Great works of art happen by accident. No one probably predicted Alien was going to be a masterpiece and a classic science fiction movie. Given the film production’s tortuous history of script rewrites and studio meddling, its quality is…