Employing intimate hand-held camerawork and largely improvised dialogue, Drake Doremus’ 2011 Sundance winner is truthful, authentic and impressively naturalistic, benefiting hugely from two outstanding central performances that ring true with every beat.
An argument could be made that it’s like watching ninety minutes of awkward small talk. But while slightly meandering at times, Like Crazy is a beautifully observed and often poignant look at young love.
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In some ways Man Of Steel is near-perfect, but in others it feels like a missed opportunity. The grounded, thoughtful material hinted at in the initial trailers is interesting, but it’s devalued by too much slam-bang action.
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Given how indefensibly bad Danny Cannon and Sly Stallone’s 1995 Judge Dredd was, all anyone had to do to provide a better version was to turn up. Admirably going a few steps further, though, Dredd does more than just turn up. Literally blowing the memory of Stallone’s rightly-maligned clanger-vehicle away, director Pete Travis and screenwriter Alex Garland understand the exact level on which the movie needs to work, getting the tone, look and approach just right.
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From Richard Prior leaping off a building on skis in Superman III to the potential-wasting disappointment of Spider-Man 3, no comic book movie series has ever delivered a worthy third instalment. Until now, that is. Despite having to live up to an insurmountable amount of expectation after raising the bar so high with his brilliant Batman Begins and instant-classic follow-up The Dark Knight, filmmaker Christopher Nolan (who was initially hesitant about returning for a third) has pulled it off. Though…