Strong ideas about the uses, abuses and limits of artificial intelligence get an intelligent work-out in the low-budget British sci-fi movie, which makes the most of a highly restrictive budget.
Caity Lotz (The Pact) makes an impression as the intelligent, feeling cyborg, although her impressive physical agility is seldom matched by her acting skills. One can't escape the feeling, however, that an actor such as Melissa George (Triangle) could have made so much more of the role.
Toby Stevens plays…
A very different film from the one I remembered, from all those years ago: less nostalgic, with more contemporary references and a slightly random structure. It seems to be both a celebration of the modern city's continuing vibrancy, and a valedictory reflection on what has been lost - the palatial whorehouses, the rowdy outdoor restaurants, the seedy boarding houses stuffed with eccentric residents.
The eye-catching set-pieces have stood the test of time: the fading subterranean frescoes, the ecclesiastical fashion show,…
Superior, low-key, grown-up science fiction that prioritises ideas and emotion over futuristic set-dressing. Time travel plot is spoiler-bait. Good performances by Joseph Gordon Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt and the ever-wonderful Jeff Daniels. Writer/director Rian Johnson borrows from other sci-fi movies, but makes their ideas and images his own.
An absurdly over-praised, trite and manipulative love story featuring a manic depressive (Bradley Cooper) and a young grieving widow (Jennifer Lawrence). There are some cute scenes involving dancing.
Like Paul Haggis's Crash before it, this is one of those films which, in years to come, will be cited as an embarrassing, over-hyped anomaly on the Oscar roll of honour. Jennifer Lawrence did not deserve her Best Actress gong, and the nominations for her, Cooper, Robert de Niro and Jacki Weaver…