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A Most Violent Year – Film Review

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…

Ex Machina – Film Review

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)…

Inherent Vice – Film Review

Renowned for their denseness and complexity, reclusive American author Thomas Pynchon’s novels have long been dismissed as unfilmable. And with good reason: frankly, you’d have more luck adapting a banana…

Testament of Youth – Film Review

This adaptation of Vera Brittain’s bestselling 1933 World War I memoir of the same name has plenty to recommend it. Emerging Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, who starred in Oscar-nominated Danish…

American Sniper – Film Review

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…

Wild – Film Review

Cheryl Strayed is a daily heroin user and possible sex addict whose spiral of self-destruction following her mother’s death ruins her marriage. Jobless, friendless and devastated by divorce, she embarks…

Unbroken

Directed by Angelina Jolie and based on a best-selling book by Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken tells the genuinely incredible true survival story of former Olympic athlete Louis Zamperini. After his fighter…

Dumb and Dumber To – Film Review

"Did you have a C-section - or were you able to give birth au snatcherel?" That's actually one of the smartest jokes in this relentlessly crass comedy sequel, which reunites…

Enemy – Film Review

Adam Bell is stuck in a rut. The bearded history professor played by Jake Gyllenhaal in Enemy gives the same lecture about totalitarianism every day, at the University Of Greater…

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

The title of this final instalment is not misleading: Peter Jackson is closing the door on his trilogy of Hobbit films with 144 minutes of non-stop, bloodthirsty warfare, and his…

Penguins of Madagascar – Film Review

Let's be honest, Madagascar probably isn't your favourite computer-animated film series - not while Toy Story still has legs and there's a Finding Nemo sequel on its way. But DreamWorks…

Paddington – Film Review

Paddington Bear's first ever big screen adventure arrives in the midst of an unlikely controversy. The British Board of Film Classification initially cited "mild sex references" as part of the…