Sergei Loznitsa's parable of man's moral place and the search for human good in the catastrophe of war was well received at Cannes 2012 and contrasts with Andrey Zvyagintsev's 2011 tale of the corrupting power of money and class resentment in Putin's modern day Moscow.
Independent cinema simply has a lot more heart and honesty than many of the big productions can hope for. Three movies into this year's programme and I can honestly say that thus far I have not been disappointed.
Don Jon is a Tony Manero for the dot.com generation, and while his moves tend to be more X-rated than Travolta's 70s and 80s alter ego, I can imagine JGL is going to cause a little night fever around the UK on whatever evening you see it.
Movies in the cinema are absorbed fully without any distraction (OK, save the occasional rustle of sweet wrappers) and without any alternative opportunities to view.
She may balk at the idea - as may her creator - but Bridget Jones should be the poster girl for a web-savvy generation that becomes the spine for a new consumerism.
Soho Cigarette is Jonathan Fairbairn's debut feature film as writer/director. Shot on a small budget through crowd funded contributions, it follows D - a self-assured young Italian male - in and around the streets of Soho.
A low budget indie is chilling and uncomfortable viewing and oozes real horror, an emotionally rewarding coming-of-age movie on the banks of the Mississippi delights and a tongue-in-cheek surreal ballet of violence heralds the fastest gun in the South.
rashed is a documentary that needs to be seen, that needs to enter the mainstream. It's an eco-warning, a not just inconvenient but downright harrowing set of truths about recycling and how we're (still) trashing the planet.
With web series going mainstream and hype around Netflix's successes at a high, the timing of Raindance's WebFest this year couldn't be better for new filmmakers trying to break into the online industry.
Sexed up and ready to go, Cyrus swings from one wrecking ball to another. I am overcome by a wave of deja-vu. She is certainly not the first Disney child star desperately wanting to prove she is an adult.
It's always challenging when you're stepping into the role of someone who isn't you. It's Woody Allen, so you worry - you have to get over your insecurities about what you're doing.
But there was something about animated food that was just even more extra delicious looking - probably based on the fact I could never eat or recreate what I was watching on screen. Animated food looks perfect.
The Blueblack Hussar is a story of Adam Ant, but it's not the story of Adam Ant. Jack Bond's music documentary picks up the tale in early 2011 as the punk-turned-global pop sensation was embarking on his first new album and tour since the mid-'90s.
Fresh from showing their graphic arts collections at London's GraphicJunction, talented Harry Potter designer team MinaLima pause to reflect on their association with the phenomenally successful films, the challenges facing today's graphic designer and collective memory.
German filmmaker Marc Wiese throws a light on North Korea's labour camp system in the feature documentary, Camp 14: Total Control Zone.
It is 40 years since the Wicker Man first bore its indelible image of a giant burning human-shaped casket onto the retinas of cinema-goers. Now, in a new restoration and a new cut - classed emphatically as the 'final cut' - the film will once again be released theatrically.