Category: UK

Anna Karenina [2012] ★★★

Granted that screen and tv adaptations of Leo Tolstoy’s most popular novel are nothing new, the last being a 2000 British version. And granted that the peak is still the 1935 movie starring Greta Garbo and Fredric March. But even the most faithful fans must allow that director Joe […]

Skyfall [2012] ★★★½

There’s only one reason why “Skyfall” is the hippest, highest-octane Bond film in ages, and his name is Daniel Craig. Way before “Casino Royale” was released, the internet buzz killers were already ragging on him for being blond and blue-eyed and too short  for Bond duty. Not only did […]

Shame [2011] ★★★

“Shame” is a disturbing but vivid portrait of a sex addict that will push you out of your comfort zone into uncharted territory. Director Steve McQueen, who previously worked with Michael Fassbender in the equally good “Hunger” creates a palpable sense of unease from start to finish. But […]

Hysteria [2012]

Part of me doesn’t even want to tell you that “Hysteria” is a movie about the invention of the electric vibrator. My guess is, you’ll laugh and stop reading. Not so fast. There’s a promising premise on the boil here, and screenwriting team Stephen Dyer and Jonah Lisa Dyer make sure […]

Bel Ami [2012]

Robert Pattinson’s acting is the equivalent of Justin Bieber’s singing abilities. They both stink. Is there even a life after “Twilight” for the dude? Kristen Stewart made a decent case in “The Runaways”. Now Pattinson, her vamp lover, tries his luck in this period piece, based on Guy De […]

The Deep Blue Sea [2012]

Rachel Weisz teams up with director Terence Davies in “The Deep Blue Sea”, a sad and heartbreaking tale of love gone beautifully right and amazingly wrong. Davies masterfully adapted the film, based on the play by Terence Rattigan, with an incredible eye for details. It’s a simple story for […]

Albert Nobbs [2011] ★★★

Glenn Close’s performance in Albert Nobbs” seems almost too good to be true, but that’s what makes it so effective. She first played the role of Albert Nobbs on stage some thirty years ago. Since then, she has dreamed of bringing the story to the screen, and has […]

My Week With Marilyn [2011]

Imagine spending a week with Marilyn Monroe in London during the 50’s. That’s precisely what we do in this delicious film, based  on the published diary of Colin Clark. Clark, played with just the right touch  by Eddie Redmayne, had the chance to work with Sir Laurence Olivier as a […]

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy [2011]

Sorry haters. I don’t care how much you think director Tomas Alfredson (“Let The Right One In”) is working you over with this Cold War tale about a double agent inside MI6 selling out to the Russians. In adapting John Le Carré spy novel, Alfredson stays respectful but not […]