Monthly Archives: August 2014


A Man Most Wanted – 8

2014-08-13T19:49:16+00:00August 13th, 2014|Reviews|

A totally engrossing spy thriller from John LeCarre's novel put us right back in the world of Homeland, The Honorable Wpoman and Chinatown, all of which we watched on home TV last week. Washed-out cinematography put us in the grey underworld of Hamburg, and Philip Seymour Hoffman dominated the screen like a beached whale. The [...]

Begin Again – 7

2014-08-02T18:34:22+00:00August 2nd, 2014|Reviews|

There are worse ways to spend a Thursday afternoon than watching Keira Knightley morph from nice-looking to irresistible - it's in the eyes (not the teeth) - and listening to decent music - more like Once than Kinky Boots - although I can't say the same for the Mark Ruffalo character. The story itself ranged [...]

Get On Up – 5

2014-08-01T15:51:35+00:00August 1st, 2014|Reviews|

A mess of a movie, somewhat salvaged by an extraordinary performance by Chadwick Boseman. A bunch of disconnected scenes add up, dramatically, to nothing. The scenes of James Brown's youth, weakly reminiscent of the much better Ray, explain little, although one is rather surprised that as a youth he had no rhythm and couldn't carry [...]