Retrospective Reviews

The Sky Is Still Falling: ‘Donnie Darko’ at 20 – Review - Richard Kelly's debut feature 'Donnie Darko', starring Jake Gyllenhaal in a star-making turn, holds a lasting impact and relevance 20 years on from its release. Sophie Butcher reviews.
Gone with the Wind 80th Anniversary Review - 80 years on from receiving a wide theatrical release at accessible prices, Victor Fleming's 'Gone with the Wind' is equally stunning and controversial. Katie Doyle reviews the film starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable.
Chaplin’s ‘The Kid’ – 100 Year Anniversary Review - Charlie Chaplin's seminal feature 'The Kid' was released 100 years ago in 1921, and remains a "gently thought-stirring 53 minutes of cinema" according to Joseph Wade in this review.
Across the Universe (2007) Review - 50 years since The Beatles released their last album and subsequently split up for good, "audacious" 2007 tribute musical 'Across the Universe' continues to be relevant. Angel Lloyd reviews.
Breathless (1960) Review - Director Jean-Luc Godard changed cinema forever with his debut feature film 'Breathless' (1960), and after 60 years it remains a must-watch for cineastes. Christopher Connor reviews.
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) Review - Wes Anderson's third feature film 'The Royal Tenenbaums', starring Gene Hackman, Ben Stiller and Gwyneth Paltrow, 'sits alongside the director's very best'. Christopher Connor reviews.
Edward Scissorhands (1990) Review - Thirty years on from the release of Tim Burton's iconic 'Edward Scissorhands', does it remain the fresh serving of alternative entertainment it once was, or is it a relic of a laughable by-gone era? Katie Doyle reviews.
Rushmore (1998) Review - Rushmore (1998), the sophomore feature of director Wes Anderson, starring Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray, remains important to the director's filmography. Review by Christopher Connor.



Moonrise Kingdom (2012) Review - Wes Anderson is close to his best for his work on 2012 ensemble coming-of-age hit 'Moonrise Kingdom', starring Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand and more. Christopher Connor reviews.
‘Trainspotting’ at 25 – Review - 'Trainspotting' (1996) at 25 - Mark Carnochan's review of Danny Boyle's "small film from the small country that became one of the most famous films of all time", starring Ewan McGregor.
Fantastic Mr Fox (2009) Review - Roald Dahl's "Fantastic Mr. Fox" is adapted via stop-motion animation for the screen by Wes Anderson, in this ensemble film led by George Clooney and Meryl Streep. Christopher Connor reviews.
King Kong vs Godzilla (1962) Review - The original battle of legendary kaiju King Kong and Godzilla was in 1962 Japanese film 'King Kong vs Godzilla', from Ishirō Honda. Scott Z Walkinshaw reviews.
‘Hannibal’ at 20 – Review - Lacking two of the three magic ingredients of 'The Silence of the Lambs', Ridley Scott's 'Hannibal' (2001), starring Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore and Gary Oldman offers only surface-level thrills. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Muppet Treasure Island (1996) – 25th Anniversary Review - 25 years on from its release, 'Muppet Treasure Island', starring Tim Curry, remains a high bar to which all subsequent Muppets movies have aimed to reach. Katie Doyle reviews.
‘The Silence of the Lambs’ at 30 – Review - 30 years on from the release of the indelible Hannibal tale, 'The Silence of the Lambs' (1991), Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster remain just as riveting in Jonathan Demme's classic. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) Review - 2011 rom-com 'Crazy, Stupid, Love.' starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore and Emma Stone "executes the complexity of love in such a beautiful and rewarding manner". Beth Sawdon reviews.
Carnival of Souls (1962) Review - Why has Carnival of Souls not become a household name like the other hallmarks of 60s horror? Scott Z. Walkinshaw explains in this review of Herk Harvey's sole feature.
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) Review - While not as beloved as some of Wes Anderson's biggest films, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is still a unique and enjoyable entry into the filmmaker's catalogue. Christopher Connor reviews.
‘The Wedding Planner’ at 20 – Review - How does turn of the century rom-com 'The Wedding Planner' hold up at 20? Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey star, Libby Briggs reviews.
Casablanca (1942) Review - Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, Golden Era Hollywood romance 'Casablanca' is one of the most recognisable films of all time. Joseph Wade offers his retrospective review.
The Sky Is Still Falling: ‘Donnie Darko’ at 20 – Review - Richard Kelly's debut feature 'Donnie Darko', starring Jake Gyllenhaal in a star-making turn, holds a lasting impact and relevance 20 years on from its release. Sophie Butcher reviews.
Gone with the Wind 80th Anniversary Review - 80 years on from receiving a wide theatrical release at accessible prices, Victor Fleming's 'Gone with the Wind' is equally stunning and controversial. Katie Doyle reviews the film starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable.
Chaplin’s ‘The Kid’ – 100 Year Anniversary Review - Charlie Chaplin's seminal feature 'The Kid' was released 100 years ago in 1921, and remains a "gently thought-stirring 53 minutes of cinema" according to Joseph Wade in this review.
Across the Universe (2007) Review - 50 years since The Beatles released their last album and subsequently split up for good, "audacious" 2007 tribute musical 'Across the Universe' continues to be relevant. Angel Lloyd reviews.
Breathless (1960) Review - Director Jean-Luc Godard changed cinema forever with his debut feature film 'Breathless' (1960), and after 60 years it remains a must-watch for cineastes. Christopher Connor reviews.
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) Review - Wes Anderson's third feature film 'The Royal Tenenbaums', starring Gene Hackman, Ben Stiller and Gwyneth Paltrow, 'sits alongside the director's very best'. Christopher Connor reviews.
Edward Scissorhands (1990) Review - Thirty years on from the release of Tim Burton's iconic 'Edward Scissorhands', does it remain the fresh serving of alternative entertainment it once was, or is it a relic of a laughable by-gone era? Katie Doyle reviews.
Rushmore (1998) Review - Rushmore (1998), the sophomore feature of director Wes Anderson, starring Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray, remains important to the director's filmography. Review by Christopher Connor.
Bottle Rocket (1996) Review - Owen Wilson is co-writer and star (alongside brother Luke Wilson) for Wes Anderson's feature directorial debut 'Bottle Rocket' (1996), a film that shows hints of the director's famously idiosyncratic authorial style. Review by Christopher Connor.
The American President (1995) Review - Rob Reiner directs a script from 'The Trial of the Chicago 7' filmmaker Aaron Sorkin in this rom-com turned political drama celebrating its 25th anniversary, 'The American President'. Michael Douglas stars. Christopher Connor reviews.
To Die For (1995) Review - Nicole Kidman and Joaquin Phoenix star in 1995 Gus Van Sant film 'To Die For', the tale of a woman who will go so far as to orchestrate murder to get ahead in her journalism career. Beth Sawdon reviews.
Get Out (2017) Review - 2017 horror mega-hit 'Get Out', from screenwriter-director Jordan Peele and starring Daniel Kaluuya, "is an exceptional display of exemplary directing, scoring and writing". Darcy Rae reviews.
The Exorcist (1973) Retrospective Review - Arguably the most famous and influential horror of all time, William Friedkin's 'The Exorcist' (1973) starring Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair and Jason Miller, reviewed by Katie Doyle.
Young Frankenstein (1974) Review - Following hot on the heels of his smash hit 'Blazing Saddles', Mel Brooks sends up the horror genre with a spoof for the ages, 'Young Frankenstein' (1974). Retrospective film review by Christopher Connor.
Zombieland (2009) Review - "a great team of characters who forge a distinct and enjoyable chemistry" in Ruben Fleischer's 2009 zombie hit 'Zombieland', starring Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone. Libby Briggs reviews.
The Untouchables (1987) Review - Brian De Palma’s impeccably acted prohibition Noir, 'The Untouchables' (1987) stands the test of time as an at times moving crime thriller. Christopher Connor reviews.
Se7en (1995) Review - The 25th anniversary of the release of David Fincher thriller 'Se7en' (1995) starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman brings into question its quality. Sophia Mae Patfield reviews.
Easy A (2010) Review - Can you believe that it has been 10 years since the release of 'Easy A'? Emma Stone, Stanley Tucci, Amanda Bynes and more star in Will Gluck's version of "The Scarlet Letter", reviewed by Martha Lane.
Memories of Murder (2003) Review - 'Memories of Murder' (2003), from 'Parasite' director Bong Joon-ho, has been re-released in 2020. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews what is one of South Korea's greatest ever films.
Barry Lyndon (1975) Review - Despite often being overlooked in the canon of great Stanley Kubrick films, 1975 period drama/historical epic 'Barry Lyndon' is a must-watch for anyone interested in the form. Christopher Connor reviews.
The Darjeeling Limited (2007) Review - By the time of his fifth feature, Wes Anderson had found his feet as an auteur, 'The Darjeeling Limited' (2007) becoming one of his best ever according to Sophia Mae Patfield.
Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962) Review - Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962), from screenwriter-director Agnès Varda, the only female film director of the French New Wave, is filmed with love rather than contempt according to Eve O'Dea in this review.
Mulan (1998) Review - Released in the midst of the Disney Animation renaissance period, 'Mulan' (1998) remains an entry with visual flair and top voice acting performances despite dated aspects. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
About Schmidt (2002) Review - Positioned between 'Election' and 'Sideways', 2002's 'About Schmidt' makes for a peculiar entry into Alexander Payne's work, but is anchored by a phenomenal Jack Nicholson lead performance.
Oldboy (2003) Review - Chan-wook Park breakout directorial hit 'Oldboy' (2003), starring Min-sik Choi in a remarkable leading role, "is an ultra-violent, challenging film". Full movie review by Andy English here.
Daughters of Darkness (1971) Review - Harry Kümel directed, internationally flavoured horror 'Daughters of Darkness' (1971) is a cryptic horror with plenty to offer visually and a notable performance from Delphine Seyrig. Eve O'Dea reviews.
Election (1999) Review - Alexander Payne finds his feet with lacerating high school & political satire 'Election' (1999), a film led by superb performances from Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick. Review by Christopher Connor.
Citizen Ruth (1996) Review - 'Citizen Ruth' (1996), the feature debut of 'Sideways' and 'Nebraska' screenwriter-director Alexander Payne, starring Laura Dern as a pregnant drug addict, reviewed here by Christopher Connor.
Heaven Knows What (2014) Review - 2014 Safdie Brothers film 'Heaven Knows What' is a typically ultra-realist expression of cinema from one of the form's most revolutionary new partnerships. Leoni Horton reviews.
The Old Dark House (1932) Review - From visionary director James Whale comes the classic Universal Horror movie 'The Old Dark House' starring Boris Karloff and a film-stealing performance from Ernest Thesiger. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Grand Hotel (1932) Review - A jewel of the pre-code era, 1932 Best Picture Oscar winner 'Grand Hotel' starring Greta Garbo, John Barrymore and other famous faces is perhaps unfairly misremembered. Eve O'Dea looks to set the record straight in this review.
Time Bandits (1981) Review - Terry Gilliam’s time travelling romp, 'Time Bandits' (1981), remains an example of his unique blend of humour and darkness. The first of Gilliam's Trilogy of Imagination reviewed by Christopher Connor.
A Matter of Life and Death (1946) Review - Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's 1946 romantic drama, 'A Matter of Life and Death', "is a towering metaphysical masterpiece" of cinema. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Caliber 9 (1972) Review - 'You Have to Accept It': Fate and Power in Fernando di Leo's Milano calibro 9 (Calibre 9, 1972). Review by Paul A J Lewis.
Down Among the Big Boys (1993) Review - Billy Connolly stars in Scottish gangster film 'Down Among the Big Boys' from 1993. Mark Carnochan reviews.
Little Voice (1998) Review - "Nostalgic, funny, cinematic and deep, Little Voice is a terrifically well performed and well constructed piece of British cinematic history". Joseph Wade reviews Mark Herman's adaptation starring Caine, McGregor, Blethyn and Horrocks.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008) Review - Mark Herman's memorable 2008 holocaust drama 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas' is a movie with a "hard-hitting and emotional narrative", "a deserved classic for future cinephiles". Bethen Blackabee reviews.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) Review - After success with 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz', Edgar Wright took to North America with his off-kilter adaptation 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World' (2010). Christopher Connor looks back in this retrospective review.
Comfort and Joy (1984) Review - Two rival ice cream gangs and the radio presenter stuck in the middle of it all. That's the premise for Bill Forsyth's 1984 comedy 'Comfort and Joy', a landmark of Scottish cinema according to Mark Carnochan.
The World’s End (2013) Review - The Cornetto Trilogy came to an end with 'The World's End' (2013), with Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright offering perhaps their most underrated film. Christopher Connor reviews.
The Full Monty (1997) Review - A BAFTA and Oscar winner, 'The Full Monty' is "not just a northern comedy about men who take their clothes off". Robert Carlyle and Mark Addy star in Peter Cattaneo's South Yorkshire classic. Annice White reviews.
Blood Junkies (1993) Review - Once thought lost to an underhanded "distributor", the story of how Scottish cult horror movie 'Blood Junkies' (1993) found a release is probably even more interesting than the film. Mark Carnochan reviews.
Billy Elliot (2000) Review - "It’s been twenty years since Billy Elliot burst onto cinema screens, and its portrait of the North East remains just as moving and inspiring today." Angel Lloyd reviews 'Billy Elliot' (2000).
A Field in England (2013) Review - Ben Wheatley's 'A Field In England' (2013) is a film "like nothing else" from "one of the most distinctive, original and prolific British filmmakers working today" according to Sam Sewell-Peterson in this review.
Hot Fuzz (2007) Review - The midpoint of The Cornetto Trilogy, 'Hot Fuzz', finds Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost firing on all cylinders. Christopher Connor reviews.
Sweet Sixteen (2002) Review - Ken Loach and Paul Laverty film 'Sweet Sixteen' (2002), telling the tale of a non-educated delinquent in small-town Scotland, packs a tremendously heavy punch. Mark Cornachan reviews.
Adult Life Skills (2016) Review - 'Adult Life Skills' (2016) starring Jodie Whittaker has "a certain dressed-down appeal" that indicates writer-director Rachel Tunnard "could be one to watch". Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews this film about tackling grief and growing up in your 20s.
Good Time (2017) Review - 2017 Safdie Brothers release 'Good Time' starring Robert Pattinson "is a relentless barrage of anxiety and violence", a thriller shot in 35mm with an "unsettling, naturalistic aesthetic". Leoni Horton reviews.
Shaun of the Dead (2004) Review - In watching 'Shaun of the Dead' - one of the best loved British comedies of the contemporary era - it's easy to see why the Cornetto Trilogy has proven so popular, and why Wright, Pegg and Frost have had exciting careers. Christopher Connor reviews.
Goodfellas (1990) Review - 'Goodfellas' at 30 – Martin Scorsese’s Mob epic starring Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci remains both one of his greatest achievements and one of the best films of a storied genre. Christopher Connor reviews.
Whisky Galore! (1949) Review - 'The Ladykillers' director Alexander Mackendrick makes his directorial debut with cult Scottish film 'Whisky Galore!', a film about an island's love for Whisky that doesn't quite stand the test of time. Mark Carnochan reviews.
The Elephant Man (1980) Review - David Lynch film 'The Elephant Man' (1980), starring John Hurt and Anthony Hopkins, "maintains its poignant sting" some 40 years later. Angel Lloyd reviews.
The Battle of the Sexes (1960) Review - Peter Sellers stars in Charles Crichton's almost perfect 1960 comedy 'The Battle of the Sexes', set in Scotland's capital city Edinburgh. Mark Cornachan reviews.
Brassed Off (1996) Review - A cultural phenomenon in the 1990s, Mark Herman's 'Brassed Off' (1994) starring Pete Postlethwaite, Ewan McGregor and a range of recognisable British talent, is a remarkable piece of cinema. Joseph Wade reviews.
My Summer of Love (2004) Review - The English language debut of auteur Pawel Pawlikowski, 2004's 'My Summer of Love' starring a young Emily Blunt, "feels like a look back into the spring of a great career". Joseph Wade reviews.
The Selfish Giant (2013) Review - An "amalgamation of 'Oliver Twist' and 'Standy By Me'" that presents "an almost folkloric package" of childhood through poverty. Clio Barnard's 'The Selfish Giant' (2013) reviewed by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
The Arbor (2010) Documentary Review - Clio Barnard's feature debut, documentary 'The Arbor' (2010), tells the truth of impoverished Great Britain through the tragedy of Andrea Dunbar and her family's posthumous devastation. Joseph Wade reviews.
Rita, Sue and Bob Too (1987) Review - Tagged as "Thatcher's Britain with her knickers down", Alan Clarke's film adaptation of Andrea Dunbar's famous stage play, 'Rita, Sue and Bob Too' (1987) is a Yorkshire classic. Annice White reviews.
Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) Review - "Environmentalism, war and peace, pride and corruption, coming of age and redemption" - Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's animation 'Howl's Moving Castle' (2004) reviewed by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
My Neighbours the Yamadas (1999) Review - Studio Ghibli's first fully computer-animated feature, from lesser known Ghibli director Isao Takahata, is a unique though very different animated vision from Hayao Miyazaki's. Sam Sewell-Peterson's review.
Arrietty (2010) Review - Studio Ghibli’s 'Arrietty' ('The Secret World of Arrietty' in the USA) is a film that captivates you from the first minute to the last. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews Ghibli's animated adaptation of "The Borrowers".
Studio Ghibli Porco Rosso Porco Rosso (1992) Review - 'Expect an unexpectedly satirical edge' to Hayao Miyazaki's 'Porco Rosso' (1992), a strange diversion from the usual Studio Ghibli output. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
The Railway Children (1970) Review - The Railway Children may have its issues according to Annice White, but it still makes for an enjoyable nostalgia-filled afternoon. Full movie review here.
Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989) Review - Studio Ghibli anime feature 'Kiki's Delivery Service', written and directed by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, is "beautiful to look at", "a hugely relatable coming-of-age film". Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Kes Movie Screengrab Kestrel Kes (1969) Review - "Kes (1969) is one of the premiere British films ever made. A bold, critical, moving masterpiece from one of the true masters of the form." Joseph Wade's review of Ken Loach film 'Kes'.
The Host (2006) Review - Bong Joon-ho feature 'The Host' is not only "a smart and entertaining thriller, but a tender family drama and a rip-roaring comedy." Sam Sewell-Peterson's review.
Billy Madison (1995) Retrospective Review - Does Adam Sandler's 'Billy Madison' (1995) stand up to modern day audiences in 2020? Jacob Davis reviews the film that launched the Sand-Man's career 25 years ago.
Spring Breakers (2012) Review - "A fascinating movie", Harmony Korine's 'Spring Breakers' (2012) starring James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez is more than what you might expect. Full review here.
Tokyo Godfathers (2003) Review - 'Tokyo Godfathers' (2003), from visionary Anime director Satoshi Kon, is an unlikely Japanese Christmas film with progressive messages and a real heart. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews...
Cameron Diaz Holiday Movie The Holiday (2006) Review - It has become one of the Christmas holiday season's most recognisable staples since its release in 2006, but does Nancy Meyers' 'The Holiday', starring Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Jack Black still hold up? Francesca Militello reviews.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) Review - National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989), from screenwriter John Hughes and starring Chevy Chase, is "highly entertaining farce" according to Bradley Weir in his review.
2011 Iranian A Separation Film A Separation (2011) Review - Asghar Farhadi's 'A Separation' (2011) is the "film that stands out above all else" from the 2010s, according to Bradley Weir's review of the Oscar-nominated movie.
The Shining (1980) Retrospective Review - "Humans are scarier than ghosts" and Stanley Kubrick's precise vision for Stephen King's 'The Shining', released in 1980, explores that. Sam Sewell-Peterson offers a retrospective review of the horror classic.
The Cell Movie Review The Cell (2000) Review - "if you like really weird things that go all-in on the weirdness, 'The Cell' (2000) is worth a watch" according to Jacob Davis in his review of the Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn and Vincent D'Onofrio starring film.
Gillian Armstrong Little Women Little Women (1994) Retrospective Review - Gillian Armstrong's 'Little Women' (1994) starring Winona Ryder is one to "watch during the lazy nights of Christmas and New Year’s Day, underneath a throw with a hot chocolate: man or woman, brothers or sisters" according to Katie Doyle.
Dragonworld (1994) Review - "Fortunately, Dragonworld is incredibly entertaining because it’s so stupid" are the words of Jacob Davis in his review of the 1994 picture from writer-director Ted Nicolaou.
The Cook the Thief His Wife and Her Lover The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989) Snapshot Review - Peter Greenaway directed Michael Gambon and Helen Mirren in 'The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover' (1989), a "dark and disturbing" movie according to reviewer Jacob Davis.
Demolition Man Movie Review Demolition Man (1993) Snapshot Review - Imagine a film about a defrosted Sylvester Stallone, a nightmarish sexual simulator and Wesley Snipes saying "what's your boggle". You don't have to imagine it any more, because it exists and it is absolutely worth your time. 
Selena Gomez Another Cinderella Story Another Cinderella Story (2008) Review - "I hope she was paid a pile of cash for this pile of trash." Jacob Davis reviews 'Another Cinderella Story' starring Selena Gomez and Jane Lynch.
Help 1965 Beatles Film Review Help! (1965) Retrospective Review - The Beatles' 2nd movie, 'Help!' (1965), is a gem of British surrealist comedy with a problematic backdrop that can't go unseen in the contemporary landscape. Katie Doyle reviews.
A Hard Day's Night Beatles Movie Review A Hard Day’s Night (1964) Retrospective Review - "With the likes of 'A Hard Day’s Night', their music and joie de vivre of their early days will never die." Katie Doyle's review of 'A Hard Day's Night' starring The Beatles.
James Cameron Aliens 1986 Aliens (1986) Retrospective Review - In his retrospective review of James Cameron's 'Aliens' (1986), Lucas Hill-Paul describes the famous sequel as "a landmark in action-horror". Read the full piece here.
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003) Snapshot Review - "More The Temple of Doom than The Last Crusade", Jan de Bont's 'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider' follow up 'The Cradle of Life' starring Angelina Jolie is 8/24 according to Craig Sheldon.
Angelina Jolie Lara Croft Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) Snapshot Review - In watching 2001 video game adaptation 'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider' starring Angelina Jolie, "you might just find yourself unearthing some fun" according to Craig Sheldon in his review.
Ridley Scott Alien 40th Anniversary Alien (1979) Retrospective Review - Ridley Scott's 'Alien' (1979) pairs "genuine, spine-tingling horror and thematic resonance" to create a classic of horror and sci-fi. Lucas Hill-Paul reviews...
Kurt Russell The Thing The Thing (1982) Review - John Carpenter’s The Thing is a suspense-riddled, snow-covered sci-fi horror and Kurt Russell is the fiery cherry on top of a perfectly-iced paranoia cake.
1999 Cruel Intentions Film Cruel Intentions (1999) 20th Anniversary Review - Doesn’t time fly when you’re playing duplicitous sex games? It’s hard to believe that 20 years have gone by since Cruel Intentions' seductive step-siblings Kathryn and Sebastian writhed onto cinema screens.
When Harry Met Sally (1989) Retrospective Review - On its 30th Anniversary, Katie Doyle takes a retrospective look at just why When Harry Met Sally has been dubbed the greatest rom-com of all time.
Ghostbusters (1984) Snapshot Review - Ivan Reitman’s 80s classic Ghostbusters proves that deadpan humor (and nuclear-powered blasters) is the best defence against the dead, as Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson rid New York of paranormal pests.
Submarine (2010) Snapshot Review - Richard Ayoade's 'Submarine' is "like a song by The Smiths wrapped in the sort of self-aware cinematic tropes that paint a picture of teenage nothingness as if it is most special and unique in its intricacies." From Joseph Wade.
The Lost Boys Movie Poster The Lost Boys (1987) Snapshot Review - The Lost Boys brought vampire narratives back into focus for the MTV-era with a peroxide mullet-sporting villain at the helm.
Commando (1985) – Snapshot Review - Arnold Schwarzenegger takes up one of his most iconic roles as khaki-clad, tree carrying wonder John Matrix, on a mission to retrieve his kidnapped daughter, and help Bennett let off some steam.
The Terminator (1984) Snapshot Review - A film famously made as a result of high-temperature hallucinations, James Cameron created a nerve-twisting nightmare world of surrealist violence and bionic monstrosity.
Working Girl Melanie Griffiths Working Girl (1988) Snapshot Review - 'Working Girl' proves that a simple plot can be transformed with a star-studded cast, and reminds us that rom-coms can be a backdrop to an empowering female narrative.
mike bassett england manager 2001 review Mike Bassett: England Manager (2001) Review - 2001 football Mockumentary 'Mike Bassett: England Manager' starring Ricky Tomlinson has some "deliciously witty writing" and is "the perfect cure to World Cup years, be it tears of joy or disappointment", according to Katie Doyle's review.
Overboard (1987) Snapshot Review - A film that entirely encapsulates its title, 'Overboard' holds a cast of the decade’s cherished regulars whose performances are sure to smack a smile on the sternest of faces – if they can overlook the whole slave labour kidnapping sub-plot.
1987 Cameron Crowe Elisabeth Shue Movie Review Adventures In Babysitting (1987) Snapshot Review - A stood-up babysitter gets more than she bargained for when her efforts to retrieve her stranded bestie at the bus station are hilariously sabotaged at every turn. Elizabeth Shue stars in 'Adventures in Babysitting', as reviewed by Elizabeth Howlett.
Kickboxer (1989) Snapshot Review - Lower your plotline standards, avoid looking for any connections and don’t take it too seriously, because watching 'Kickboxer' (1989) is like having a cheap and dirty one-night stand.
Jaws 1975 Snapshot Review Jaws (1975) Snapshot Review - As more blood clouds the water, Brody must keep a clear head while keeping Quint and Hooper from bashing each other’s in, and avoid the rows of razor sharp teeth waiting for him under the waves.
Evil Dead Review Image The Evil Dead (1981) Retrospective Review - Sam Raimi's 'Evil Dead' (1981) is the "heart and charm" of horror filmmaking according to Katie Doyle in her retrospective review of the horror classic, available here.
The Simpsons Movie (2007) Flash Review - Nearly 10 years removed from 'The Simpsons Movie' (2007), James Cullen looks back on the film with this flash review.
1984 Movie 1984 (1984) Review - '1984', Michael Radford's adaptation of George Orwell's famous novel, "is an important film because of its ageless quality" according to Katie Doyle in her review.
Spirit of ’45 (2013) Review - Ken Loach's documentary on the development of social standards and the National Health Service in the UK, 'Spirit of '45', has been reviewed by Katie Doyle.
Singin’ in the Rain (1952) Review - Take a look back at one of Hollywood's most classical musicals, 'Singin' in the Rain', starring Gene Kelly and the recently deceased Debbie Reynolds, in Francesca Militello's review.
The Killing of America (1981) Review - Banned from release or distribution in the United States in 1981, the Schrader brothers documentary 'The Killing of America' proposed that America and violence were wed. Joseph Wade has a review, here.
The Young Victoria (2009) Review - 'The Young Victoria' (2009) starring Emily Blunt as Queen Victoria in a historical drama about her early years as the monarch of the UK, has been reviewed by Francesca Militello.
A Woman’s Vengeance (1948) Review - 'A Woman's Vengeance' (1948) has been reviewed by Katie Doyle. See where this "stylish melodrama full of huge characters" ranks on our 24 point scale.
Budo – The Art of Killling (1979) Review - 'Budo - The Art of Killing' (1979) has been reviewed by Catherine Giggal. Read about where it ranks on our 24 point scale, here.
Dumb & Dumber (1994) Flash Review - Catherine Giggal looks back to 1994's legendary slapstick movie 'Dumb & Dumber', starring Jim Carrey & Jeff Daniels, in this special flash review.
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) Review - 'Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines' is the latest Terminator film to be reviewed in Jack Gooding's complete coverage of the franchise, here.
Take the Lead (2006) Review - 'Take the Lead' (2006) starring Antonio Banderas has been reviewed by Michelle Kohnen here.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) Review - 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues' (2013) has been reviewed by Joseph Wade on site, here.
Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) Review - 'Terminator 2: Judgement Day' has been reviewed by Jack Gooding in his second look at 'The Terminator' franchise in as many weeks.
The Terminator (1984) Review - Jack Gooding has analysed 'The Terminator' (1984) in this special review of the classic Schwarzenegger movie.
Cloverfield (2008) Review - Jack Gooding has reviewed 'Cloverfield' (2008), a modern day monster movie that could be linked the enigmatic '10 Cloverfield Lane' that is set to be released next month.
Signs (2002) Review - Jack Gooding has reviewed the often mocked M. Night Shyamalan alien invasion movie 'Signs' (2002). See where it ranks on our 24 point scale, here.
Joyeux Noël (2005) Review - Francesca Militello gives an insight into the Christmas truce film 'Joyeux Noël' (2005). Take a look at her article and see where the film ranks on our 24 point scale, here.
So Bad It’s Good: ‘Jingle All the Way’ (1996) - Arnold Schwarzenegger's Christmas Classic 'Jingle All the Way' (1996) is this week's special Holidays selection for Jack Gooding's 'Too Bad It's Good' series. Read it here.
Bad Santa (2003) Review - Jack Gooding has reviewed the 'alternative Christmas film' 'Bad Santa (2003) starring Billy Bob Thornton. See where it ranks on our 24 point scale, here.
Le Mans (1971) Review - 'Le Mans' (1971), starring Steve McQueen, has been reviewed by Jack Gooding, here.
Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) Review - Tricia Lowney reviews Thierry Guetta and Banksy's documentary 'Exit Through the Gift Shop' about subversive street art. See where it falls on our 24 point scale, here.
The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997) Flashback Review - Tricia Lowney has reviewed 'The Man Who Knew Too Little' starring Bill Murray and more. See the film's rank on our 24 point scale, here.
Jaws, 40 years later… Is It Safe To Go Back in the Water Yet? - Jack Gooding has revisited Steven Spielberg's blockbuster hit 'Jaws', 40 years after its initial release, in an aim to discover whether the film still holds up. See where he ranked it on our 24 point scale, here.
Das Boot (1981) Review - In this week's review Francesca Militello takes a look at a classic of German cinema: 'Das Boot' (1981) directed by Wolfgang Petersen.
Hannah Arendt (2012) Review - This week Francesca Militello has reviewed Margarethe Von Trotta’s biopic "Hannah Arendt", starring Barbara Sukowa in the leading role.
Empire Records (1995) Flash Review - Joseph Wade has published a flash review of the 1995 Allan Moyle picture "Empire Records" starring Renee Zellweger, Liv Tyler and a few more familiar faces. Read it here.
Midnight In Paris (2011) Flash Review - Read about where Woody Allen's most financially successful film of all time, "Midnight In Paris", ranked on our 24 point scale courtesy of Joseph Wade's review available here.
The Resident (2011) Flash Review - Antti Jokinen's "The Resident" (2011) had a great cast including Hillary Swank, Christopher Lee, Lee Pace and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, but it sucked. Read where it ranked on our 24 point scale courtesy of Joseph Wade's flash review, here.
Go (1999) Flash Review - Joseph Wade has continued his journey through Doug Liman's early directorial career with a review of 1999's "Go" starring Katie Holmes and Timothy Olyphant, here.
Swingers (1996) Flash Review - We have a flash review of the first feature length Jon Favreau scripted movie, Swingers (1996) available to read. See what Joseph Wade thought of the movie directed by Doug Liman and starring Vince Vaughn and Heather Graham, here.
Starter For 10 (2006) Flash Review - Check out Joseph Wade's review of Tom Vaughan's "Starter For 10" starring James McAvoy, Dominic Cooper and a young Benedict Cumberbatch, here.