Monthly Archives: January 2015

Starred Up (2013) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

Starred Up (2013) Directed by David Mackenzie. With Jack O’ Connell, Ben Mendelsohn and Rupert Friend. Such is the unforgiving intensity of David Mackenzie’s prison based film, Starred Up, that you’re partly glad when it’s over. That’s not usually considered … Continue reading

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What Lies Beneath (2000) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

What Lies Beneath (2000) Directed by Robert Zemeckis. With Harrison Ford, Michelle Pfeiffer, James Remar and Miranda Otto. Working from a screenplay by Clark Gregg – now best known as Agent Phil Coulson in the Marvel film and television franchise … Continue reading

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) Directed by Steven Spielberg. With Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Bob Balaban, Melinda Dillon, Cary Guffey and François Truffaut. Not only is Close Encounters a beautifully made film, it also represents another key stage in … Continue reading

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Veronika Decides to Die (2009) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

Veronika Decides to Die (2009) Directed by Emily Young. With Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jonathan Tucker, David Thewlis and Melissa Leo. On paper, Emily Young’s film about a woman who decides she’s fed up of her life and tries to kill … Continue reading

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A.W.O.L.: Absent Without Leave (1990) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

A.W.O.L.: Absent Without Leave (1990) Directed by Sheldon Lettich. With Jean-Claude Van Damme, Harrison Page, Deborah Rennard, Brian Thompson and Lisa Pelikan. The career of Jean-Claude Van Damme is littered with no-brain action films, dedicated foremost to showcasing his eye-catching … Continue reading

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300: Rise of an Empire (2014) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

300: Rise of an Empire (2014) Directed by Noam Murro. With Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey. Although still on screen-writing duties, Zack Snyder vacates the director’s chair for this sequel to his 2006 hit film, 300. In steps Israeli … Continue reading

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The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Directed by Jonathan Demme. With Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn and Ted Levine. Film and television are often guilty of tonally sanitising subject matter dealing with murder. Think of TV shows like Castle … Continue reading

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Klute (1971) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

Klute (1971) Directed by Alan J. Pakula • Written by Andy Lewis, David Lewis. With Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Charles Cioffi and Roy Scheider. With the help of an eerie score by Michael Small, a scuzzy-looking vision of early 1970’s New York … Continue reading

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Muppets Most Wanted (2014) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

Muppets Most Wanted (2014) Directed by James Bobin. With Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey. Steve Whitmire and Eric Jacobson. Following the critical acclaim of the last Muppets film, writer/director James Bobin returns to oversee another adventure with Kermit and … Continue reading

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Frank (2014) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

Frank (2014) Directed by Lenny Abrahamson. With Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Anyone who’s ever been in a band, pained over writing a song or spent a decent amount of time around struggling musicians, is likely to identify … Continue reading

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