Cinema Review Archive

Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, The

TDF newcomer Marion Koob has reviewed the final installment in Peter Jackson's fantasy opus.

Grandmaster, The

Wong Kar-wai's gorgeous martial arts biopic of Ip Man finally gets a UK release.

The Battered Bastards of Baseball

Packed with unlikely heroes, corporate villains, and lovable misfits, this spirited documentary recounts the story of the Portland Mavericks, America’s only independent baseball team from 1973 to 1977.

The Homesman

Tommy Lee Jones gives us another take on the western with 'The Homesman' ...


Paddington is a rarity: a CGI talking animal that's also charming....

Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Birdman and the Dark Knight of the soul.

Housebound (Leeds International Film Festival)

A horror comedy shown at the Leeds Film Festival.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

Lauren catches up with Katniss Everdeen's Adventures in Panem...

The Drop

A fitting farewell to James Gandolfini.


Geoff delves into Christopher Nolan's ambitious new space saga....

Testament of Youth (Leeds International Film Festival)

A lyrical adaptation of Vera Brittain's memoirs.

The Taking (Leeds International Film Festival)

It's not so Happy in this Valley as a psychotic loanshark terrorises Todmorden.


Jake Gyllenhaal turns in a stellar performance as a socipathic cameraman in this darkly satirical lo...

Say When

Keira Knightley fails to launch in Lynn Shelton's comedy about staying young forever...


TDF newcomer Nick Freeman takes a look at this delightful true encounter between an LGBT rights group and the miners.

Whiplash (London Film Festival 2014)

Blood on the drum tracks......

Fury (London Film Festival 2014)

War is evil, gruesome, and actually rather dull......

The Skeleton Twins

A suicidal brother and a suicidal sister are brought together again after 10 years of disconnection.

Little Death, The (London Film Festival 2014)

Several couples aim to improve their sex lives in the controversial but very funny The Little Death....

Eden (London Film Festival 2014)

Mia Hansen-Løve's superbly sonic drama charts the rise and fall of a DJ lost in his own loop....

Mule, The (London Film Festival 2014)

First arrest a man. Producing the evidence is number two, in more ways than one......

Hungry Hearts (London Film Festival 2014)

Adam Driver and Alba Rohrwacher star in a New York romance that unexpectedly enters the horror genre...

Dearest (London Film Festival 2014)

Peter Chan's latest tells two hugely engrossing sides to a child abduction incident in China....