Angus Batey

Angus Batey

The least fans of Gnarls Barkley singer and former US Voice judge CeeLo Green have the right to expect from ‘Heart Blanche’ – its very title implying both a cleansing…

Hip-hop icons are about image as well as music. Think Run-DMC and their unlaced Adidas; 2Pac’s bandana; Pharrell Williams in his Vivienne Westwood hat. This new film from veteran hip-hop…

After a less-than-stellar debut in America (where it entered the box-office chart behind Ant-Man and was mauled by almost every reviewer), the prevailing narrative around Pixels has turned into a…

In 2013, artist Doug Aitken took dozens of musicians, writers and artists – including Patti Smith, Cat Power and Beck – for a coast-to-coast train ride across America, stopping off…

It’s hard to know what to make of Anna Odell’s stylish, complicated and discomfiting second film. In it, the Swedish artist – who faked a suicide attempt for her first…

An optician stares into the eyes of the men who killed his brother and drank his blood: astonishingly, this is a documentary. While Joshua Oppenheimer was making the Bafta-winning The…

There is something refreshingly old-fashioned about this low-budget British horror. First-time director Russell England and writer/actor Paul Raschid wisely avoid Blair Witch-style found-footage detours, social media meta-narratives (see this year’s…

Writer-director Guy Myhill’s first feature is a tale from similar margins as Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant or Ken Loach’s Kes. Goob – played with ease by newcomer Liam Walpole…

Fans of Gone Girl have another chance to see Rosamund Pike playing an icily cool American who suffers violent abuse and has secrets to hide. But, like its central character,…

Fans of the writer-director Vítor Gonçalves have learned to be patient. The 64-year-old’s 1986 debut, A Girl In Summer, was hailed as a landmark of Portuguese cinema, but this is…

Twenty-seven-year-old writer-director Gerard Barrett won acclaim for his first feature, the 2012 Irish Times Best Film Award winner, Pilgrim Hill. This follow-up, shot over 18 days in a dark, rain-swept…

Rather than basing The Face Of An Angel on the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher, the trials of the two students accused of the killing and the global…

Forward-thinking but still like an old-fashioned hip-hop album, ‘Breakfast Of Champions’ retains the magpie ear for unusual and musically rich samples that characterises DJ Yoda’s excellent ‘How To Cut And…

Maidan, the latest film from documentary maker Sergei Loznitsa, is by turns inspiring and depressing, clear-headed and confusing – but then so were the months of protest in Kiev’s Maidan…

This haunting film from writer-director-actor David Zellner and his brother Nathan is based on the real-life mystery of Japanese woman Takako Konishi. In 2001, Konishi was found dead in Minnesota,…

It’s been 20 years since he first appeared alongside Wallace and Gromit in A Close Shave, but Shaun The Sheep hasn’t aged a bit. In this typically charming, gently satirical…

As with 2014’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, you’d have to be the most obsessive of Marvel completists to own the eight comics featuring Japanese superhero team Big Hero 6. And,…

After starring as a hapless folk musician in last year’s Inside Llewyn Davis, Oscar Isaac is starting 2015 in stellar form. Compelling in Ex Machina, he is magnificent here, and…

From Interstellar or Transcendence to the lovelorn smartphone in Her, artificial intelligence was cinema’s hot new theme in 2014. But novelist and screenwriter Alex Garland (The Beach, 28 Days Later)…

A Texan with an indomitable sense of right and wrong, Chris Kyle joined the Navy Seals after terrorists bombed American embassies in the 1990s. Kyle killed over 160 people during four…

In February, Disclosure released a remix of their ‘F For You’ single featuring Mary J Blige on vocals. Guy and Howard Lawrence had a powerful effect on the New York…

There are several ways to tell the story of a classic album, but for their take on Nas’ ‘Illmatic’, first-time filmmaker One9 and his writing collaborator, former Vibe magazine staffer…

At first, Woody Allen’s 46th film as director comes off like an Agatha Christie-style mystery. But it gradually and eccentrically morphs from upper-crust intrigue among its art-deco French Riviera setting…

London five-piece Duologue take a while to get going on their second album. The first two tracks, ‘Memex’ and ‘Correctress’ – perhaps in thrall to their tongue-twisted titles – spend…

This entertaining crime caper adapted from Elmore Leonard’s novel ‘The Switch’ may seem familiar. The basic premise – bungling criminals kidnap a millionaire’s wife, only to find he doesn’t want…