Cinema Review Archive: B

B for Boy (London Film Festival 2013)

Moving drama about parenthood and class struggles in Nigeria from first-time director Chika Anadu...

Baader Meinhof Complex, The

Once again German cinema examines its country's recent past: The Baader Meinhof Complex is the story of the notorious Red Army Faction from the late 60s to 1977. Review by Gary Couzens.


Concluding the trilogy that started with Amores Perros, Alejandro González Iñárritu goes global, with sumptuously photographed vistas of Morocco, Japan and Mexico. Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett head up a fine ensemble cast in four separate - but intriguingly connected - stories. Review by Roger Keen.

Baby Boy

Gary Couzens has reviewed the theatrical release of Baby Boy, a stylish but overlong comedy-drama th...


This isn't Bridesmaids!

Bad Boys II

Jon Robertson drew the short straw and set off to the cinema to review Bad Boys II. A masterpiece or a mangled mess? See inside and find out...

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans, The

Nicolas Cage plays a bent cop in a whole heap of trouble in Werner Herzog's latest. But is it any go...

Bad News Bears

The director of School Of Rock and the writers of Bad Santa collaborate on a remake of the 1976 Walter Matthau comedy. Billy Bob Thornton steps into Matthau's shoes as a drunken former baseball star who is hired to coach a kids' little league team. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Bad Santa

Gary Couzens has reviewed Bad Santa, an anti-seasonal comedy with something to offend everyone.And very funny it is too. Bad Santa went on release in the UK and Ireland on 5 November.


Andy Hall has reviewed the theatrical release of Bandits. Released on Nov 30th, Barry Levinson's comedy is not without its flaws, but is still an entertaining piece of cinema with some excellent performances.


Gary Couzens has reviewed Bandslam, an engaging high-school comedy in UK cinemas now.

Banger Sisters, The

Kevin OReilly has reviewed the theatrical release of The Banger Sisters, a comedy starring Goldie Hawn as an ageing rock groupie who visits her former best friend, Susan Sarandon, now a wealthy suburbanite who doesn't want to be reminded of her past.

Bangkok Dangerous

Nicolas Cage is a lone assassin on his final job in Bangkok. But things start to get messy when he mixes business and pleasure...

Barbarian Invasions, The

Gary Couzens has reviewed The Barbarian Invasions, Denys Arcand's comedy, Oscar nominated for Best Foreign-Language Film and Best Original Screenplay. The Barbarian Invasions opened on 23 February at selected cinemas in the UK.

Basic Instinct 2

Fourteen years after she seduced and destroyed Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone is up to her old tricks again, this time in London, where she's set her sights on criminal psychologist David Morrissey. Charlotte Rampling and David Thewlis also star. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Batman Begins

Warner Bros revives its dormant Batman franchise, handing over the reins to British director Christopher Nolan (Memento) for a darker, more serious-minded take on the superhero. Christian Bale plays the Dark Knight and the impressive supporting cast includes Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman and Katie Holmes. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Battle in Heaven

Antonio Pasolini reviews director Carlos Reygadas's follow-up to JAPÓN, a film cast entirely with non-professionals and a striking visual style that is on limited release now.

Battle Royale

Mark Boydell has reviewed the theatrical release of Battle Royale, the controversial Japanese film about 41 teenagers trapped on an island and forced to kill each other off in order to have a chance to survive.


Can Liam Neeson and Rihanna save Battleship from sinking without trace? ...

Be Cool

John Travolta returns as Chili Palmer, the Miami loanshark turned Hollywood producer from Get Shorty. This time he's getting mixed up in the music industry, romancing Uma Thurman and running into dodgier characters than ever, including The Rock, Harvey Keitel and Cedric the Entertainer. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Beautiful Mind, A

Alexander Larman has reviewed the theatrical release of A Beautiful Mind. A solidly well made and enjoyable biopic, with a surprisingly daring twist in the middle, the film still suffers from the usual cliches of the genre, and has a love it or hate it performance from Russell Crowe at its centre


The third movie from the Broken Lizard comedy troupe is a very lowbrow farce about a group of Americans who travel to Oktoberfest, the German beer festival, to compete in an international drinking competition. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

Before Midnight

Is this happily ever after for Jesse and Celine?...

Before Night Falls

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the theatrical release of Before Night Falls. A flawed yet engrossing look at tortured and persucuted Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas, featuring an Oscar nominated performance from Javier Bardem.

Before Sunset

In 1995's Before Sunrise, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy found romance in Vienna. Now they reunite in Paris, older and less starry-eyed but the chemistry is still there. Richard Linklater once again directs. Review by Kevin O'Reilly.

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