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  • The Bride of Frankenstein

    The Bride of Frankenstein

    ★★★½

    This has to be one of the first traditional Hollywood sequels, right? Certainly for something populist such as Universal monsters. It’s a lot of fun, building on Whale’s first while working to develop the monster as a character engaging with his humanity, but it doesn’t quite have the atmosphere of the original and given the title, the Bride barely shows up considering.

    It contained more pathos than I expected, though, and it once again holds plenty of stylistic touches and iconic moments which have resonated through cinema across the ages.

  • Rebecca

    Rebecca

    ★★★

    Honestly, this is probably in terms of visual style and faithful adaptation the best you’re ever going to see Rebecca conveyed on screen (including the Hitchcock version), and the casting is pitch perfect, but... I just didn’t feel much of anything throughout. There’s something about how interior du Maurier’s story is that makes Rebecca nigh on impossible to convey the raw, obsessive power of on screen.

    Not even Ben Wheatley can really grapple the Gothic melodrama out of this, and that’s where Hitch’s version edges it. That film has the operatic darkness that this modern, beautiful, elegiac version doesn’t, despite how well everyone involved does.

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  • Amy

    Amy

    ★★★★½

    You probably already have an opinion on Amy Winehouse. I know I did. Fuelled by the tabloids and the endless interviews and footage of her gigs and appearances. You probably know how her story ends. Amy, the latest painstaking documentary piece from Asif Kapadia--following the critically acclaimed Senna--assumes that knowledge yet also projects a timeline, a chronology, from the birth of an edgy North London Jewish jazz singer to the decline of a global music icon. It's a story you…

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    ★★★★★

    For many years, Wes Anderson has been celebrated as an offbeat American auteur, with a narrative and visual style all his own - a colourful, melancholic whimsy riven with a biting, black comedic undercurrent. At times it's worked well, others it misses the mark, but with The Grand Budapest Hotel he has created something truly wonderful. Inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig, Anderson's film is light, fun, thoughtful, cheeky, rude, farcical and emotional all in one rip roaring stew,…