Audiard's low-key direction and refusal to choose gloss over substance ensure this unflinching drama never strays into soap-opera territory.
Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, Cloud Atlas is a sprawling epic, historical, science fiction film that covers six distinct time periods from early settlers in the United States to a post-apocalyptic savage land after the 'fall of humanity' and it's quite unlike almost any other film around.
Mama, directed by debutante Andres Muschietti is based on his short film and boasts a truly impressive cast of actors, including Oscar-nominated Jessica Chastain.
If you are anything like the actors I live with however, you'll just get drunk and play a massive game of Hollywood top trumps!
When BS Johnson first approached a literary agent with his debut novel Travelling People he received an outright rejection. The agent described the novel as 'pretentious and unsaleable,' according to Philip Tew, co-editor of a new compendium of Johnson's diverse output, Well Done God! Selected Prose and Drama of BS Johnson.
One of the things that Silver Linings Playbook does is it is a bit like trying to get your children to eat vegetables; sneaking broccoli into cupcakes; it is funny and it is entertaining, but at the same time it holds up a mirror to the fact that mental illness is something we refuse to explore.
The internet quickly became awash with the news that a Hollywood A-Lister was in fact fallible, humourless even. How could someone we all know so well, turn out to be so different? But, this is nothing new. Actors may be rich and famous, but they are still like the rest of us, utterly flawed and hopeless individuals who are simply stumbling their way through life.
Bizarre, dream-like, wonderful and truly surreal with cinematic references to Bunuel, Cocteau and Goddard amongst others.
Quite why Renner and Arterton agreed to participate in such a meritless monstrosity, only they could say, but the usually reliable leads are poor. It may not necessarily be their fault; both young actors are talented, but they are not magicians.
There is so much wrong with A Good Day to Die Hard that it is hard to know where to begin, but the majority of the blame rests with Hitman screenwriter Skip Woods.
As the Los Angeles Times admitted "the Baftas have mushroomed in significance and star power in recent years as a semi accurate predictor of Oscar success and a red carpet draw for A -list American [and British] talent". With the likes of George Clooney, Ben Affleck (both mega multi talents as well as stars), Daniel Day-Lewis and many others, it was quite an evening.
After the film's BAFTA and SAG awards, there should be no need to convince you that this is a film worth checking out, Bond fan or not.
Ginger & Rosa received a mixed reception on its theatrical release last year. The DVD is out this week and I must admit to being pleasantly surprised.
It appears that the film companies, and the cinemas for that matter have no idea just how extortionate these prices are (or maybe they do.) It feels like they don't realise that most people can't afford the prices they are charging in order to go to the cinema, therefore more and more people are turning to a 'life of crime' in order to obtain films to get some release from the hardships of day to day life.
So, the Pontiff has decided to jack in his papal vestments. What is next for Mr Ratzinger? Clearly, the pull of Hollywood is too much for him to resist. I can see his rugged old features in a maverick cop role.
At 09:00 Tuesday 12 February the international press sit down in the Berlinale Palast to view Closed Curtain, the Iranian director Jafar Panahi's eagerly anticipated Competition entry in the 63rd Berlin Film Festival.