Sep 142017
FILM REVIEW: The Limehouse Golem (15)

The Limehouse Golem (15) – OUT NOW Dir: Juan Carlos Medina Starring: Bill Nighy, Olivia Cooke, Douglas Booth Run time: 109 mins approx. In cinema and television history there have been countless interpretations of the Jack the Ripper killings but now The Limehouse Golem has put another Victorian serial killer, albeit a fictional one, in […]

Jul 122015
FILM REVIEW: 'Uncanny' (EIFF 2015)

The extent to which an emergent artificial intelligence might resemble a human being has driven the narrative of countless science fiction films, with mankind’s fate often hinging on just how ‘human’ such an entity turns out to be.  Matthew Leutwyler’s Uncanny (which received its UK premiere at last month’s Edinburgh International Film Festival) is also […]

Jun 262015
FILM REVIEW:  'Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD' (EIFF 2015)

On paper, a film which is almost two hours of talking heads (with occasional photographic accompaniment) doesn’t sound like the most appealing prospect.  But when you’ve as colourful a parade of characters as the past and present writers and artists at 2000AD magazine, just letting them tell their story makes for compelling viewing.  Director Paul […]

Jun 242015
FILM REVIEW:  'Maggie' (EIFF 2015)

Back in 1997, James Mangold’s understated crime thriller Cop Land gained a great deal of critical notice due to the performance of its leading man.  Nothing unusual there, except that the leading man in question was Sylvester Stallone, an actor who had spent most of the previous two decades making a name for himself in […]