• The Grand Budapest Hotel

    I thought this movie has been incredibly over-rated and became simply silly, drawn-out self-indulgence. That said, Ralph Fiennes was marvellous in the part he was given. Altogether overblown and scrabbling for popularity by the bit playing by famous faces.

  • The State Within - Disc 1

    Grippingl fast-moving political thriller - and clever!! A must-see.

  • The Ides of March

    This movie has everything going for it - great acting, great story and great direction. Ryan Gosling, after "Fracture" and "Ides of March" is certainly the next best thing.

  • Hanna

    I'm surprised that Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana loaned their talents to this dog of a movie. The director and editor didn't even remotely do their job. Appalling.

  • Black Dahlia

    This is simply a sensationalist piece of sick violence trying to look like "art". Badly conceived, badly made trash.

  • To Catch A Thief

    This movie is classic 50s Hitch----. elegant, glamorous, thrilling and, next to Rear Window, one of the best. Grace Kelly is luminous and seductive and Cary Grant just divine. The dialogue is witty and the scenery spectacular. What more could a fan want?

  • My House in Umbria

    Whislt Maggie Smith is always watchable, her performance could not overcome an inherently silly story. Great actors - Giancarlo Giannini, Ronnie Barker, Timothy Spall - are utterly wasted in this chook-lit story. Nevertheless, one point for showing us always beautiful Umbria and Maggie's clothes were stunning.

  • Moonstruck

    If you haven't seen this movie before, do take it out for the delicious moments in it. For those who saw it on first release, the second viewing still offers those few moments but the rest, sadly, falls away. It has dated badly and the charm is not enough to take the weight.

  • Alfie

    This movie just might work for some if you haven't seen the original Alfie starring Michael Caine. The contrivance of talking direct to camera worked well in the original but failed in the remake. The attempts to update the story - setting it in New York, Alfie's come-uppance - just didn't work. Interesting to watch the special features which revealed that the producer and director seemed to know they'd made a mess of it but tried to justify their efforts - unsuccessfully. Or is it all because the Alfie plot is really irrelevant today, that he was a character only of his time?

  • Being Julia

    Tremendous the first time round at the movies and was anxious to revisit Annette Bening's wonderful performance (surely drawing on Bette Davis' "All About Eve"). Bening was engaging on a second viewing but because the plot relies so very much on NOT knowing the ending, the storyline fell away. But highly recommended for first time viewers. Production values were excellent. It's a real romp.

  • Cracker - Disc 1 - The Mad Woman in the Attic

    Cracker demonstrates just how good TV can be: script, actors, plot - the lot. Jimmy McGovern is simply tops.

  • Million Dollar Baby

    An extraordinarily sensitive movie about people involved in a brutal sport. Always interested in Clint Eastwood movies, but in this one he's excelled himself. Highly recommended.

  • Collateral

    I'm convinced that the only reason this film was made was to demonstrate that Tom Cruise can look pretty with grey hair and is thereby guaranteed a future in films as he ages. But he still can't act, the film has no redeeming features being an exercise in spurious violence and pseudo-intellectual blah. Poor Foxx should never have taken the part. Plain awful.

  • Cold Mountain

    No doubt the book upon which this movie is based explored the horror and stupidity of war in a clever, well-thought way. I don't doubt that in other hands the movie could have replicated this. The appalling acting by Nicole Kidman (not aided by her carefully coifed hair at the most harrowing times - and does the director really believe she could convince us that she was an erudite young woman, competent in three languages including Latin? Give me a break!!) and the over-acting by Renee what's-her-name reduced two wonderful characters to cardboard cut-outs and shows these stars were chosen for name only. The redeeming feature of this dreadful movie is the cinematography - just stunning.

  • Vera Drake

    This is what might be called a "worthy" film in that it addresses the dreadful problem women faced before legal abortion. It's a topic that still needs to be aired given the strong anti-abortion factions in the US and Australian governments. Extremely well acted, the film is nevertheless spoiled by the cardboard cut-out characters. The director's call for Imelda Staunton's weeping face full screen for almost half the picture was over-kill. A less sentimental approach by Mike Leigh would have worked much better.

  • The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

    This movie just might work for some if you haven't seen the original Alfie starring Michael Caine. The contrivance of talking direct to camera worked well in the original but failed in the remake. The attempts to update the story - setting it in New York, Alfie's come-uppance - just didn't work. Interesting to watch the special features which revealed that the producer and director seemed to know they'd made a mess of it but tried to justify their efforts - unsuccessfully. Or is it all because the Alfie plot is really irrelevant today, that he was a character only of his time?

  • House of Flying Daggers

    This movie was so gorgeous to look at I didn't really care whether there was a plot or not. Each frame was a work of art. Mind you, the sexy long-haired male leads are worth a look too !!

  • Love Among the Ruins

    This film is a travesty, demeaning both tremendous actors. Maybe they needed the money but it had absolutely no redeeming features, a total embarrassment to watch those two great actors sink to this level. They did their best but the director/writer/producer should be shot.

  • The Deer Hunter

    I saw The Deerhunter when it was originally released and time has not dulled nor made redundant its message. To see it again brought back the horrors of the Vietnam war, and a timely reminder of the lengths to which governments will go to deceive the people (cf the Iraq war). This is one of the best anti-war movies ever made.

  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    The Coen brothers are at their peak with this hilarious take on Homers Odyssey. But it would have been as nothing without the stupendous soundtrack. I've never been a fan of bluegrass and country but this bunch of extraordinarily appropriate songs took my breath away. Bought the soundtrack, know it off by heart. Simply a stunner.

  • HIDDEN Before and After

    This is a sad story, poorly scripted and directed, about an alleged murder. Despite heavyweight stars - Meryl Streep and Liam Neeson - the thin plot, the irredeemable stupidity of the father (Neeson) and the son, this film doesn't elicit the empathy it obviously means to and which would make it work for some. Very disappointing.

  • Three Days of the Condor

    A bit dated now but of its genre a goodie. The young Robert Redford is gorgeous and the story line, though obvious, keeps interest alive.

  • 15 Minutes

    Classic de Niro, gory and intense. He's so good to watch. Ghastly crims and messy ending. Not top notch.