Alan Rickman's second time behind the camera after 'The Winter Guest' sees him opt for a sly wigs and powder costume drama amongst the flowers of Versaille.
In this high-concept teen movie, Mae Whitman is Bianca, an apparently smart high school girl who just happens to have two "hot babes" as best friends. She is oblivious to her status as designated ugly fat friend (the Duff in question) until this fact is helpfully pointed out by her hottie jock neighbour, Wesley (played by Robbie Amell).
The first act While We're Young, the new movie from Noah Baumbach, rings so true, it was like having my head stuck in a bell tower with a group of over enthusiastic campanologists.
A quote from Ibsen's 'The Master Builder' opens writer-director Noah Baumbach's sharp and funny take on ageing, ambition and success.
Today marks the release of the next chapter in the Divergent franchise. I have no shame admitting I'm a fan of Veronica Roth's trilogy. Sure, it's aimed at a slightly younger demographic, but the unusual concept and exciting plot twists make the books real page-turners.
'Suite Francaise', based on Irene Nemirovsky's best selling novel explores a legacy that still haunts France - denunciations, collaboration and forbidden love during the German occupation.
Released within a few weeks of that other S and M bonanza, 50 Shades of Grey, this is light years ahead of the slick competition... The best film of the first quarter of 2015.
'Appropriate Behaviour', Desiree Akhavan's clever feature debut peppers the screen with wit, farce and melodrama. 'Still Alice' sees Julianne Moore give an effortless and stunning performance devoid of sentimentality.
'Catch Me Daddy', the UK directorial feature debut from Daniel & Matthew Wolfe with honour killing as it's theme is ambitious, stunning and gripping cinema. Kornel Mundruczo's 'White God' is a unique, bizarre, audacious and extraordinary tale of a canine uprising on the streets of Budapest.
Where does fear come from? If we accept the psychoanalytic stance of a 'continual return of the repressed', ghosts and demons offer a way to battle un...
I'd be amazed if this didn't feature heavily in the next Razzie awards. The scene in the finale where a key character's wings unfurl is one of the most laughable I've witnessed in a major film over the past 12 months.
Occasionally, beyond the ad campaigns, the merchandise and the arrogant multiplex, there is almost always something decent lurking quietly in the shadows. It is in these shadows (although, I may occasionally burst into Cineworld) that I have compiled my annual top ten list of the best films of the year. The contenders are based on quality, substance and ingenuity.
I like thrillers that take their time and avoid the obvious cliches. Fast cutting and overly stylistic lighting can detract from the finished movie. Above all I like a cracking tale well told.
The studios' argument is that this creates a better viewing experience by letting the story 'breathe'. Of course. Because audiences just love to watch stories that don't end. We all go to the movies thinking, I really hope this story will have an unsatisfying ending cynically concocted to milk me of my ticket money for the next movie.
The acting is absolutely superb with a stunning central performance from the internet's favourite actor, Benedict Cumberbatch, whose portrayal of the tragic hero is full of depth.
The time is some time in the not-too-distant future; the place, some generic American state. But really it doesn't matter when or where this movie is set, Interstellar is a filmic no man's land.