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DVD review: Thérèse Desqueyroux

September 7th, 2013 No comments

Audrey Tautou stars as the title character in Claude Miller’s adaptation of François Mauriac’s novel of bourgeois entrapment. In 1920s Bordeaux, Thérèse is a free-spirited young woman who knows she must marry stolid Bernard (Gilles Lellouche) and thus unite their land-owning families

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DVD & Blu-ray review: Bernie, For retail & rental (Universal)

August 24th, 2013 No comments

Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine are superbly funny in Richard Linklater’s Texan true-crime docu-comedy about a misanthropic widow (MacLaine) and the prim funeral director (Black) who becomes her inseparable companion.        

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DVD & Blu-ray review: Bernie, For retail & rental (Universal)

DVD & Blu-ray review: A Hijacking, For retail & rental (Arrow)

August 24th, 2013 No comments

Borrowing one writer and two actors from the Danish television drama Borgen, A Hijacking is a mercilessly taut depiction of what happens when a gang of Somali pirates commandeers a Danish cargo ship, and how the bosses react in the shipping company’s swanky headquarters.        

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DVD: Blancanieves

August 10th, 2013 No comments

Forget last year’s two live-action film versions of Snow White .

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DVD & Blu-ray review: Spring Breakers (18)

August 10th, 2013 No comments

“I’m starting to think this is the most spiritual place I’ve ever been,” maintains Selena Gomez’s vacant Faith about her spring break in the Sunshine State. Harmony Korine is clearly trying to channel Sissy Spacek’s Holly from Badlands, but fails. As does this voyeuristic film

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DVD & Blu-ray review: The Sweeney (15)

January 19th, 2013 No comments

Forget the excellent John Thaw series. In Nick Love’s joyless take on Flying Squad hard-nuts Ray Winstone and Plan B play Regan and Carter, boozing, corrupt coppers who are being investigated by internal affairs (Steven Mackintosh) for their diabolical tactics: “There’s even talk of baseball bats”.

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DVD & Blu-ray review: The Sweeney (15)