Documentary offering a career retrospective of writer/director Larry Cohen. And an utterly splendid thing it is too; Cohen is engaging and forthright, and a blend of clips, archive footage, and interviews underlines Cohen’s significance to genre. Well worth your time.
A handyman believes he’s on a mission from God to kill Osama Bin Laden. Shrill semi-improvised comedy based on a true story, with Nicolas Cage turning in an unrestrained performance. Inevitably, a couple of good moments, but there’s a lot of shouting to sit through.
The rise and fall of mob informant Henry Hill. Peerless, confident, cine-literate story of a generation of Mafia-related life, which stands also as a lesson in popular music, Italian cookery, and the storytelling possibilities of cinema. Magical from first frame to last.
Based on real life events in Afghanistan, this anti war movie is at times funny, but a misjudged last third weakens the overall package. The ensemble cast is excellent, but in trying to be too earnest, it loses its bite somewhat.
Drama based on the ill-fated 1996 Hall/Fischer Everest expedition. Generally solid, respectful and well-acted mountaineering epic, slightly undone by over-use of CG and by some awkward directorial choices which rob the movie of tension.
Young Bill Shakespeare tries to make his fortune as a playwright, only to be involved in a Spanish plot. Splendid Pythonesque romp from the Horrible Histories/Yonderland team, ticking off all the Elizabethan gags in the folio.
Immaculately produced biopic of conscientious objector Desmond T. Doss who saved 75 people during WW2. An incredible tale that falters as a film as you never really connect with any of the one dimensional characters. Earnest, yes, but disappointing. 😐