A Ghibli masterpiece

The best we saw

So, we begin the year after Three Colours: Red and Pulp Fiction and we end, well, just before we can catch Leviathan or Inherent Vice. Always more to see, more to review, more to list! May we get ano...
Getting ringside

Grappling with the truth

The gorgeously composed gloom sets in early in Foxcatcher and never really lets up. The film dramatizes the star-crossed convergence of fraternal Olympic wrestling champions Mark and Dave Schultz (Ch...
Only in dreams

What dreams may come

Was it only a dream? Six-year-old Sam (Noah Wiseman) wakes up in the middle of the night and scurries to his mother’s bed. He was having a nightmare, but so was Amelia (Essie Davis), or so it s...
Presumably trying to avoid dysentery out on the trail

Hardship on the homestead

We all know Tommy Lee Jones’ face from his dozens of memorable roles in blockbusters and Oscar favourites alike (No Country For Old Men, The Fugitive, and to a lesser extent Men In Black). His ...
The Shooting

The weirder west

Both are westerns, a highly cinematic genre, but their stories unfold far from even the most makeshift signs of civilization, in deserts of burnt gold, blood orange, aged mustard and glistening amber...
Kind of a boring game, this time around

Mocking us

The thing about splitting the end of a trilogy into two movies—the modern, assuredly money-making trend in adapting novels into cinematic franchises—is that movie one is always the less-satisfying pa...