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  207. Faith Connections
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  288. Non-stop
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  290. Out of the Furnace
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  296. A Winter’s Tale/ A New York Winter’s Tale
  297. Wolf Creek 2
  298. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlinale 2014
  299. SIGNIS Statement: Kreuzweg (Stations of the Cross)
  300. SIGNIS Statement: Calvary
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  304. Blue is the Warmest Colour/ La Vie d’Adele - Chapitres 1 et 2
  305. 12 Years a Slave
  306. 47 Ronin
  307. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
  308. Are We Officially Dating?/ That Awkward Moment
  309. Drinking Buddies
  310. Free Birds
  311. La Grande Bellezza/ The Great Beauty
  312. Her
  313. Inside Llewyn Davis
  314. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
  315. Lone Survivor
  316. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
  317. Saving Mr Banks
  318. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  319. Short Term 12
  320. The Wind Rises/ Kaze Tachinu
  321. The Wolf of Wall Street
  322. 20 Feet from Stardom
  323. Apres Mai/ After May
  324. American Hustle
  325. August: Osage County
  326. Blackfish
  327. Backyard Ashes
  328. The Book Thief
  329. Carrie
  330. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
  331. Delivery Man
  332. Fill the Void
  333. Filth
  334. Frozen
  335. The Gilded Cage/ La Cage Doree
  336. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  337. Homefront
  338. How I Live Now
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  343. Si Parla Italiano: Lygon Street
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  350. Captain Phillips
  351. Closed Circuit
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  354. Enough Said
  355. Escape Plan
  356. The Fifth Estate
  357. Fruitvale Station
  358. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  359. Insidious Chapter 2
  360. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
  361. Kill Your Darlings
  362. Machete Kills
  363. Magic Magic
  364. Mary Meets Mohammad
  365. Mr Pip
  366. SIGNIS Statement: "Philomena"
  367. SIGNIS Film Reviews: November/December 2013
  368. Mystery Road
  369. Patrick
  370. The Spectacular Now
  371. Thor: the Dark World
  372. Walesa - Man of Hope
  373. 2 Guns
  374. About Time
  375. The Act of Killing
  376. The Butler
  377. Diana
  378. The East
  379. Fallout
  380. The Family
  381. Gravity
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  383. The Human Cargo/ La Nave Dolce
  384. I Am a Girl
  385. In Bob We Trust
  386. I’m So Excited
  387. The Interval/ L’Intervallo
  388. Lasseter’s Bones
  389. Paranoia
  390. Parker
  391. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
  392. Planes
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  395. Renoir
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  412. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
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  421. V/H/S/2
  422. We’re the Millers
  423. What Maisie Knew
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  425. The World’s End
  426. You’re Next
  427. SIGNIS Film Reviews: July/August 2013
  428. 100 Bloody Acres
  429. After Earth
  430. The Audience
  431. Behind the Candelabra
  432. Beyond the Hills
  433. The Blind Detective
  434. The Bling Ring
  435. Cloudburst
  436. The Conjuring
  437. Despicable Me 2
  438. Epic
  439. Errors of the Human Body
  440. Everybody Has a Plan/ Todos Tenemos un Plan
  441. Furious 6/ The Fast and the Furious 6
  442. A Gun in Each Hand
  443. Happiness Never Comes Alone/Le bonheur n’arrive jamais a seul
  444. The Heat
  445. The Internship
  446. In the House/ Dans La Maison
  447. Lady in Paris/ Une Estonienne a Paris
  448. The Lone Ranger
  449. Man of Steel
  450. Metro
  451. Monsters University
  452. Now You See Me
  453. One Mile Above/ Kora
  454. Only God Forgives
  455. Pacific Rim
  456. Le Prenom/ What’s in a Name
  457. Reality
  458. Satellite Boy
  459. This is the End
  460. The Way, Way Back
  461. The Wolverine
  462. Still Mine
  463. To the Wonder
  464. World War Z
  465. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet
  466. The Big Wedding
  467. Broken
  468. The Call
  469. Camille Redouble/ Camille Rewinds
  470. Dead Man Down
  471. Evil Dead
  472. The Great Gatsby
  473. The Hangover Part III
  474. Jagten/ The Hunt
  475. Mud
  476. The Reluctant Fundamentalist
  477. Scary Movie 5
  478. Snitch
  479. Spring Breakers
  480. Star Trek Into Darkness
  481. Adventures in Zambezia
  482. Antiviral
  483. Chasing Ice
  484. Cheerful Weather for the Wedding
  485. The Company You Keep
  486. Drift
  487. Vic and Flo Meet a Bear
  488. Side Effects
  489. Promised Land
  490. Prince Avalanche
  491. Parde (Closed Curtain)
  492. Paradies
  493. Nobody’s Daughter Haewon
  494. Night Train to Lisbon
  495. The Necessary Death of Charley Countryman
  496. La religieuse (The Nun)
  497. Maladies
  498. Lovelace
  499. The Look of Love
  500. A Long and Happy Life
  501. In the Name of...
  502. Harmony Lessons
  503. The Grandmaster
  504. Gloria
  505. Gold
  506. Frances Ha
  507. An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker
  508. Elle s’en va (On Her Way)
  509. Dark Blood
  510. The Croods
  511. Camille Claudel 1915
  512. Before Midnight
  513. Escape from Planet Earth
  514. First Position
  515. Haute Cuisine/ Les Saveurs de Palais
  516. Identity Thief
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  520. Olympus Has Fallen
  521. The Other Son/ Le Fils de L’Autre
  522. The Place Beyond the Pines
  523. Rust and Bone
  524. Le Skylab
  525. Sleepwalk with Me
  526. Song for Marion
  527. Therese Desqueyroux
  528. Trance
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  530. 21 and Over
  531. Blinder
  532. Broken City
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  534. Goddess
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  536. Hansel and Gretel: Witchhunters
  537. Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai
  538. The Host
  539. Hyde Park on Hudson
  540. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
  541. In the Fog
  542. Jack the Giant Slayer
  543. Mama
  544. The Paperboy
  545. Performance/ A Late Quartet
  546. Return to Nim’s Island
  547. Underground: the Julian Assange Story
  548. SIGNIS Film Reviews: February 2013
  549. Zero Dark Thirty
  550. Anna Karenina
  551. Compliance
  552. Django Unchained
  553. Flight
  554. Gangster Squad
  555. The Impossible
  556. The Guilt Trip
  557. Last Dance
  558. Life of Pi
  559. Lincoln
  560. Parental Guidance
  561. Rise of the Guardians
  562. Save Your Legs
  563. The Silver Linings Playbook
  564. Wreck-it Ralph
  565. This is 40
  566. 2 Days in New York
  567. 360
  568. Alex Cross
  569. All the Way Through Evening
  570. American Mary
  571. The Angel’s Share
  572. Argo
  573. Bachelorette
  574. Back to 1942
  575. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  576. Breaking Dawn, Part 2
  577. Dangerous Liaisons
  578. Dead Europe
  579. The Do-Deca Pentathlon
  580. Dredd
  581. End of Watch
  582. Fun Size
  583. God Bless America
  584. Hail
  585. Here Comes the Boom
  586. Hitchcock
  587. The Hobbit, an unexpected journey
  588. Jack Reacher
  589. The Intouchables/ Les Intouchables/ Untouchables
  590. I Wish
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  592. Lawless
  593. Les Miserables
  594. Liberal Arts
  595. Lockout
  596. Love is All You Need
  597. Lore
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  600. Mental
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  602. A Monster in Paris
  603. Paris - Manhattan
  604. The Odd Life of Timothy Green
  605. People Like US
  606. Pitch Perfect
  607. Paranormal Activity 4
  608. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  609. SIGNIS Film Reviews: December 2012
  610. Quartet
  611. The Raven
  612. Robot & Frank
  613. Ruby Sparks
  614. The Sessions
  615. Seven Psychopaths
  616. Sinister
  617. Skyfall
  618. Savages
  619. Sound of My Voice
  620. Taken 2
  621. To Rome with Love
  622. Trouble with the Curve
  623. Tu seras mon fils/ You Will Be My Son
  624. The Words
  625. Wuthering Heights
  626. Wunderkinder
  627. "Aristides de Sousa Mendes": The Angel of Bordeaux
  628. On the Road
  629. Looper
  630. Damsels in Distress
  631. Holy Motors
  632. Arbitrage
  633. SIGNIS Film Reviews: September 2012
  634. Lore
  635. Chinese Take-away/ Un cuento chino
  636. Bait
  637. Hotel Transylvania
  638. The Watch
  639. Resident Evil: Retribution
  640. Barrymore
  641. Being Venice
  642. The Bourne Legacy
  643. Bully
  644. The Expendables 2
  645. Hope Springs
  646. Kath and Kimderella
  647. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
  648. Monsieur Lazhar
  649. Moonrise Kingdom
  650. Total Recall
  651. Your Sister’s Sister
  652. SIGNIS Film Reviews: July/August 2012
  653. SIGNIS Film Reviews: June 2012
  654. SIGNIS Film Reviews: May 2012
  655. Beauty/ Skoonheid
  656. The Sapphires
  657. Hysteria
  658. And if we all lived together/ Et si on vivait tous ensemble
  659. The Door
  660. Not Suitable for Children
  661. In Darkness
  662. Magic Mike
  663. The Dark Knight Rises
  664. The King is Dead!
  665. You Instead
  666. The Amazing Spiderman
  667. Where do we go now?
  668. The Three Stooges
  669. I Am Eleven
  670. Polisse
  671. Ted
  672. Ice Age: Continental Drift
  673. Snow White and the Huntsman
  674. Take This Waltz
  675. That’s My Boy
  676. Rock of Ages
  677. Comme un chef/ The Chef
  678. Brave
  679. Marley
  680. The Cabin in the Woods
  681. The Innkeepers
  682. Margaret
  683. What to Expect When You’re Expecting
  684. Elena
  685. Prometheus
  686. Anton Chekhov’s The Duel
  687. Friends with Kids
  688. Get the Gringo
  689. Game Change
  690. Declaration of War/ La guerre est declaree
  691. Men in Black 3
  692. Empire of Silver
  693. Silent Souls/ Ovsyenki
  694. The Dictator
  695. Swerve
  696. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  697. Careless Love
  698. Dark Shadows
  699. La Delicatesse/ Delicacy
  700. Iron Sky
  701. Trishna
  702. W./E
  703. 21 Jump Street
  704. Act of Valor
  705. Amour de Jeunesse/ Goodbye, First Love
  706. The Avengers
  707. Battleship
  708. Cafe de Flore
  709. The Deep Blue Sea
  710. Dr Seuss’ The Lorax
  711. The Footnote
  712. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
  713. Hotel Lux
  714. The Hunger Games
  715. Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy
  716. Kongen av Bastoy? King of Devil’s Island
  717. Kid with a Bike/ Le Gamin au Velo
  718. The Lady
  719. Le Havre
  720. The Lucky One
  721. Mirror, Mirror
  722. Les Neiges de Kilimandjaro/ The Snows of Kilimanjaro
  723. Pirates: Band of Misfits!
  724. The Raid
  725. Rebellion/ L’Ordre et La Morale
  726. The Rum Diary
  727. Romantics Anonymous/ Les Emotifs Anonymes
  728. Safe
  729. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  730. The Sorcerer and the White Snake
  731. La Source des femmes/ The Source
  732. Spud
  733. This Must be the Place
  734. Tomboy
  735. The Woman in Black
  736. Wish You Were Here
  737. La Femme de Vieme/ The Woman in the Fifth
  738. The Five-Year Engagement
  739. La Fille du Puisatier/ The Well Digger’s Daughter
  740. The Wrath of the Titans
  741. SIGNIS Film Reviews: March 2012
  742. Any Questions for Ben?
  743. 50/50
  744. The Artist
  745. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  746. Buck
  747. Carnage
  748. Chronicle
  749. Contraband
  750. A Dangerous Method
  751. The Devil Inside
  752. Gone
  753. Headhunters/ Hodejegerne
  754. Project X
  755. John Carter
  756. One for the Money
  757. Safe House
  758. This Means War
  759. Tyrannosaur
  760. 1911
  761. 30 Minutes or Less
  762. Apollo 18
  763. A Better Life
  764. Everything Must Go
  765. A Few Best Men
  766. Flypaper
  767. The Grey
  768. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
  769. J. Edgar
  770. Killer Elite
  771. Like Crazy
  772. Man on a Ledge
  773. My Week with Marilyn
  774. Retreat
  775. Shame
  776. Trespass
  777. The Vow
  778. A Moi Seule/ Coming Home
  779. Aujourd’hui/ Today
  780. Barbara
  781. Bel Ami
  782. Captive
  783. Cesare deve morire/ Caesar Must Die
  784. Cherry
  785. Dictado/ Dictation/ Childish Games
  786. Dollhouse
  787. Don 2: Don Must Die
  788. L’Enfant d’ en haut/ Sister
  789. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  790. Flowers of War
  791. Flying Swords of Dragon Gate
  792. Gnade/ Mercy
  793. Haywire
  794. In the Land of Blood and Honey
  795. Jayne Mansfield’s Car
  796. Keep the Lights on
  797. Just the Wind/ Csalk a Szel
  798. La Mer a L’Aube/ Calm at Sea
  799. Meteora
  800. My Brother the Devil
  801. Postcards from the Zoo
  802. Rebelle/ War Witch
  803. A Royal Affair
  804. Shadow Dancer
  805. Tabu
  806. La Vierge, Les Coptes et Moi...
  807. Was Bleibt/ Home for the Weekend
  808. White Deer Plain
  809. Wilaya
  810. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlin 2012 Special Edition
  811. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2012
  812. Too Big to Fail
  813. The Descendants
  814. Arietty
  815. Autoluminiscent
  816. Hugo
  817. The Muppets
  818. Young Adult
  819. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  820. The Adventures of Tintin
  821. Waste Land
  822. Happy Feet Two
  823. We Bought a Zoo
  824. Dolphin Tale
  825. Albert Nobbs
  826. Courageous
  827. New Year’s Eve
  828. Restless
  829. The Tall Man
  830. The Skin I Live In
  831. Tower Heist
  832. We Need to Talk About Kevin
  833. Another Earth
  834. The Iron Lady
  835. Jack and Jill
  836. Melancholia
  837. Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol
  838. The Orator/ O Le Tulafale
  839. The Yellow Sea/ Hwanghae
  840. Yes Madam, Sir
  841. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October/November 2011
  842. Breaking Dawn Part I
  843. Attack the Block
  844. The Debt
  845. Habemus Papam (We Have a Pope)
  846. The Ides of March
  847. Immortals
  848. I Don’t Know How She Does It
  849. The Inbetweeners
  850. Moneyball
  851. Puss in Boots
  852. Toomelah
  853. Machine Gun Preacher
  854. Ages of Love (Manuele d’ Am3re)
  855. Arthur Christmas
  856. Shark Night 3D
  857. L’Amour Fou
  858. Country Strong
  859. Oakie’s Outback Adventure
  860. Surviving Georgia
  861. Cedar Rapids
  862. Our Idiot Brother
  863. In Time
  864. The Cup
  865. Don’t be Afraid of the Dark
  866. Contagion
  867. What’s Your Number?
  868. The Three Musketeers
  869. Midnight in Paris
  870. Higher Ground
  871. The Thing
  872. Project Nim
  873. Footloose
  874. Take Shelter
  875. Crazy, Stupid, Love.
  876. The Whistleblower
  877. Monte Carlo
  878. Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World
  879. Submarine
  880. The Eye of the Storm
  881. Fire in Babylon
  882. Tabloid
  883. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  884. Red State
  885. Real Steel
  886. Johnny English Reborn
  887. The Hunter
  888. Fright Night
  889. Abduction
  890. 13 Assassins
  891. Guilty Pleasures
  892. Client 9: the Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
  893. Colombiana
  894. Zookeeper
  895. Final Destination 5
  896. The Change-Up
  897. Face to Face
  898. Win Win
  899. The Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  900. Horrible Bosses
  901. Hobo with a Shotgun
  902. The Help
  903. Conan the Barbarian
  904. Chalet Girl
  905. Beastly
  906. Priest
  907. The Woman
  908. The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
  909. Friends with Benefits
  910. Secuestrados (Kidnapped)
  911. Jane Eyre
  912. Big Mamma’s Boy
  913. Cowboys & Aliens
  914. Green Lantern
  915. Senna
  916. Tucker and Dale vs Evil
  917. The Illusionist
  918. The Conspirator
  919. Love Crime
  920. Captain America, the First Avenger
  921. Precious Life
  922. Bad Teacher
  923. The Eagle
  924. Five Days of August/ Five Days of War
  925. Mars Needs Moms
  926. Stake Land
  927. Beautiful Lies (De Vrais Mensonges)
  928. Meek’s Cutoff
  929. Cars 2
  930. The Last Circus (La Balada Triste de la Trompeta)
  931. Kung Fu Panda 2
  932. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  933. Larry Crowne
  934. The Trip
  935. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  936. Special Treatment (Sans Queue ni Tete)
  937. Mr Popper’s Penguins
  938. Mozart’s Sister
  939. Love and Other Impossible Pursuits/ The Other Woman
  940. All Good Things
  941. Crazy on the Outside
  942. The Tree of Life
  943. SIGNIS Film Reviews: May/June 2011
  944. Faith, Fraud + Minimum Wage
  945. Super 8
  946. Blame
  947. Bridesmaids
  948. Little White Lies
  949. Here I Am
  950. X Men: First Class
  951. The Tunnel
  952. Babies
  953. The Hangover Part II
  954. Carlos
  955. Oceans
  956. Angele et Tony
  957. Soul Surfer
  958. Julia’s Eyes
  959. Mrs Carey’s Concert
  960. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  961. SIGNIS Statement: Oranges and Sunshine
  962. Burke and Hare
  963. Water for Elephants
  964. Hanna
  965. Source Code
  966. Hoodwinked Too: The Battle Between Hood and Evil
  967. Fast Five/ The Fast and the Furious 5
  968. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
  969. Your Highness
  970. Thor
  971. Something Borrowed
  972. Snowtown
  973. Scream 4
  974. Rio
  975. La Rafle/ The Round Up
  976. Le Quattro Volte
  977. Paul
  978. Oranges and Sunshine
  979. Murundak
  980. Main Street
  981. Mad Bastards
  982. The Lost Bladesman
  983. Insidious
  984. Incendies
  985. The Human Resources Manager
  986. Get Low
  987. Catfish
  988. Arthur
  989. SIGNIS Film Reviews: March/April 2011
  990. Hop
  991. Sucker Punch
  992. Potiche
  993. Goethe!
  994. The Day I Wasn’t Born (Das lied in mir)
  995. Limitless
  996. Haevnen (In a Better World)
  997. A Heartbeat Away
  998. The Lincoln Lawyer
  999. The Reef
  1000. Red Riding Hood
  1001. The Company Men
  1002. Battle Los Angeles
  1003. Just Go With It
  1004. Howl
  1005. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  1006. Almanya - Willkommen in Deutschland
  1007. Ausente (Absent)
  1008. Cave of Forgotten Dreams
  1009. Come Rain, Come Shine
  1010. Coriolanus
  1011. Dance Town
  1012. The Devil’s Double
  1013. Les Femmes du 6eme Etage (Women of the 6th Floor/ Service Entrance)
  1014. The Forgiveness of Blood
  1015. The Future
  1016. Griff the Invisible
  1017. The Guard
  1018. If Not Us, Who (Wer Wenn Nicht Wir)
  1019. Invisible (Lo Roim Alaich)
  1020. Late Bloomers
  1021. Margin Call
  1022. Mein Bester Feind (My Best Enemy)
  1023. Un Mondo Misterioso (A Mysterious World)
  1024. Nader and Simin: a Separation
  1025. Odem (Lipstikka)
  1026. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlinale 2011 Special Edition
  1027. Our Grand Despair
  1028. Pina
  1029. El Premio (The Prize)
  1030. Romeos
  1031. Schlafkrankheit (Sleeping Sickness)
  1032. Swans
  1033. Tambien la lluvia (Even the Rain)
  1034. Tropa de Elite 2 (Elite Squad 2 - The Enemy Within)
  1035. True Grit
  1036. Unknown
  1037. Utopians
  1038. Vampire
  1039. V Subottu (Innocent Saturday)
  1040. Wind and Fog
  1041. Yelling to the Sky
  1042. The Rite
  1043. La Tete en Friche (My Afternoons with Margueritte)
  1044. Rango
  1045. SIGNIS Statement: The Rite
  1046. The Way Back
  1047. Wasted on the Young
  1048. Secretariat
  1049. Season of the Witch
  1050. No Strings Attached
  1051. Never Let Me Go
  1052. Nenette
  1053. A LIttle Bit of Heaven
  1054. Inside Job
  1055. I Am Number Four
  1056. Hall Pass
  1057. Gnomeo and Juliet
  1058. Conviction
  1059. Big Momma. Like Father Like Son
  1060. The Adjustment Bureau
  1061. Rabbit Hole
  1062. Hereafter
  1063. SIGNIS Statement: Brighton Rock
  1064. Barney’s Version
  1065. The Green Hornet
  1066. The Next Three Days
  1067. Ramona and Beezus
  1068. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2011
  1069. The Mechanic
  1070. How Do You Know
  1071. The Romantics
  1072. 127 Hours
  1073. Black Swan
  1074. The Fighter
  1075. Burlesque
  1076. The Dilemma
  1077. Takers
  1078. Stone
  1079. Arctic Blast
  1080. Out Of The Silence
  1081. Helen
  1082. Morning Glory
  1083. Yogi Bear
  1084. Korkoro
  1085. Unstoppable
  1086. Tangled
  1087. The Tourist
  1088. Sarah’s Key (Elle s’appelle Sarah)
  1089. Gulliver’s Travels
  1090. Little Fockers
  1091. Love and Other Drugs
  1092. SIGNIS Film Reviews: December 2010
  1093. The King’s Speech
  1094. Heartbreaker (L’Arnacoeur)
  1095. Somewhere
  1096. Desert Flower
  1097. Tron: Legacy
  1098. Megamind
  1099. The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  1100. Devil
  1101. Rare Exports - A Christmas Tale
  1102. The Last Exorcism
  1103. Due Date
  1104. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October/November 2010
  1105. SIGNIS Film Reviews: September 2010
  1106. Beneath Hill 60
  1107. Monsters
  1108. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I
  1109. Machete
  1110. Sisters of War
  1111. Wild Target
  1112. Skyline
  1113. The American
  1114. Winter’s Bone
  1115. The Loved Ones
  1116. Paranormal Activity 2
  1117. Saw 3D (Saw VII)
  1118. The Social Network
  1119. Gainsbourg
  1120. Detective Dee and the Phantom Flame
  1121. You Don’t Know Jack
  1122. Life as We Know It
  1123. Made in Dagenham
  1124. Red
  1125. Let Me In
  1126. The Town
  1127. Resident Evil: Afterlife
  1128. Copacabana
  1129. La Danse
  1130. The Human Centipede (First Sequence)
  1131. The Clinic
  1132. Eat Pray Love
  1133. Buried
  1134. Legend of the Guardians. The Owls of Ga’hoole
  1135. Dinner for Schmucks
  1136. The Least of These
  1137. The City of Your Final Destination
  1138. Sagan
  1139. Summer Coda
  1140. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  1141. Cats and Dogs: the Revenge of Kitty Galore
  1142. I’m Still Here
  1143. The Other Guys
  1144. The Last Airbender
  1145. Easy A
  1146. Tomorrow When the War Began
  1147. Despicable Me
  1148. Letters to Father Jakob (Postia poppi Jaakobille)
  1149. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
  1150. Salt
  1151. The Girl Who Played with Fire
  1152. Piranha 3D
  1153. Vampires Suck
  1154. Matching Jack
  1155. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Summer 2010
  1156. Cairo Time
  1157. Peepli [Live]
  1158. The Expendables
  1159. Second Hand Wedding
  1160. Splice
  1161. Step Up 3D
  1162. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  1163. The Special Relationship
  1164. South Solitary
  1165. Killers
  1166. Leaving (Partir)
  1167. Inception
  1168. Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue
  1169. Boy
  1170. The Waiting City
  1171. Knight and Day
  1172. L’Herisson (Hegehog)
  1173. The Runaways
  1174. Predators
  1175. The Karate Kid
  1176. Eclipse (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse)
  1177. Toy Story 3
  1178. New York, I Love You
  1179. The A-Team
  1180. Get Him to the Greek
  1181. Accidents Happen
  1182. L’Affaire Farewell
  1183. Animal Kingdom
  1184. City Island
  1185. Le Concert
  1186. I Love You Too
  1187. The Kings of Mykonos
  1188. Letters to Juliet
  1189. Mademoiselle Chambon
  1190. Mother and Child
  1191. Shrek Forever After
  1192. Valhalla Rising
  1193. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2010 Special Edition
  1194. Abel
  1195. Les Amours Immaginaires
  1196. Another Year
  1197. Aurora
  1198. Biutiful
  1199. Blue Valentine
  1200. Burnt by the Sun 2: The Exodus
  1201. Carancho
  1202. Chonqing Blues (Rizhao Chongqing)
  1203. Copie Certifie (Certified Copy)
  1204. Des Hommes et des Dieux (Of Gods and Men)
  1205. Fair Game
  1206. Hahaha
  1207. L’homme qui crie (A Screaming Man)
  1208. Hors-la-loi (Outside the Law)
  1209. The Housemaid
  1210. Kaboom
  1211. Life, Above All
  1212. Lung Boonmee Rachuak Chat (Uncle Boonmee who can Recall Past Lives)
  1213. Marti, Dupa Craciun (Tuesday after Christmas)
  1214. My Joy
  1215. La Nostra Vita
  1216. SIGNIS Statement: "Des hommes et des dieux" (Of Gods and Men)
  1217. Octubre
  1218. Outrage
  1219. Poetry
  1220. La Princesse de Montpensier
  1221. Robin Hood
  1222. Rebecca H. (Return to the Dogs)
  1223. Route Irish
  1224. Simon Werner e Disparu... (Lights Out)
  1225. The Strange Case of Angelica
  1226. Szerid Teremtes - A Frankenstein Terv (Tender Son - the Frankenstein Project
  1227. Tamara Drewe
  1228. Tournee (On Tour)
  1229. The Tree
  1230. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
  1231. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
  1232. SIGNIS Film Reviews: April/May 2010
  1233. Brooklyn’s Finest
  1234. Tooth Fairy
  1235. Sex and the City 2
  1236. The Losers
  1237. Rec 2
  1238. Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time
  1239. Gentlemen Broncos
  1240. Cop Out
  1242. Hot Tub Time Machine
  1243. A Room and a Half
  1244. Psych 9
  1245. A Nightmare on Elm Street
  1246. Furry Vengeance
  1247. Four Lions
  1248. The Backup PLan
  1249. Iron Man 2
  1250. Revanche
  1251. The Last Song
  1252. The Disappearance of Alice Creed
  1253. SIGNIS Statement: Agora
  1254. SIGNIS Statement: The Calling
  1255. The Joneses
  1256. Dogtooth
  1257. Centurion
  1258. It’s a Wonderful Afterlife
  1259. Cherrybomb
  1260. Date Night
  1261. Io Sono L’Amore (I Am Love)
  1262. Pazar (The Market - a Tale of Trade)
  1263. City of Life and Death
  1264. Cemetery Junction
  1265. Ghost (The Ghost Writer)
  1266. Dear John
  1267. Repo Men
  1268. Crying with Laughter
  1269. Boogie Woogie
  1270. Donne-moi La Main (Give Me Your Hand)
  1271. Shelter
  1272. The Infidel
  1273. Whip It
  1274. I Know You Know
  1275. SIGNIS Statement: Lourdes
  1276. SIGNIS Statement: No Greater Love
  1277. Shank
  1278. How to Train Your Dragon
  1279. Clash of the Titans
  1280. Remember Me
  1281. Kick Ass
  1282. Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang
  1283. The Blind Side
  1284. I Love You, Phillip Morris
  1285. The Bounty Hunter
  1286. My Last Five Girlfriends
  1287. The Spy Next Door
  1288. Sons of Cuba
  1289. Salvage
  1290. The Scouting Book for Boys
  1291. House of the Devil
  1292. Green Zone
  1293. Hachi: a Dog’s Tale
  1294. Shutter Island
  1295. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  1296. The Kreutzer Sonata
  1297. The Father of My Children (Le Pere de Mes Enfants)
  1298. Chloe
  1299. Battle for Terra
  1300. The Wolfman
  1301. Oorlogswinter (Winter in Wartime)
  1302. Valentine’s Day
  1303. Solomon Kane
  1304. Powder Blue
  1305. The Crazies
  1306. Case 39
  1307. Anonyma
  1308. Alice in Wonderland
  1309. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: the Lightning Thief
  1310. Ondine
  1311. Micmacs
  1312. Legion
  1313. Leap Year
  1314. From Paris with Love
  1315. Extraordinary Measures
  1316. Everybody’s Fine
  1317. Crazy Heart
  1318. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlin 2010 Special Edition
  1319. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January/February 2010
  1320. L’Arbre et La Foret (Family Tree)
  1321. L’Autre Dumas (The Other Dumas)
  1322. Bal (Honey)
  1323. David Wants to Fly
  1324. Exit Through the Gift Shop
  1325. En Familie (A Family)
  1326. Father of Invention
  1327. Die Fremde (When You Leave)
  1328. Greenberg
  1329. Jud Suss: Rise and Fall
  1330. The Kids are All Right
  1331. The Killer Inside Me
  1332. Mine Vaganti (Loose Cannons)
  1333. My Name is Khan
  1334. Na Putu (On the Path)
  1335. Otouto (About Her Brother)
  1336. Please Give
  1337. Red Hill
  1338. Shahada (Faith)
  1339. Son of Babylon
  1340. Submarino
  1341. When I Want to Whistle, I Whistle
  1342. A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop
  1343. Invictus
  1344. The Book of Eli
  1345. Astro Boy
  1346. Youth in Revolt
  1347. Up in the Air
  1348. Tony
  1349. A Single Man
  1350. Romeo and Juliet (Indonesia)
  1351. Holy Water
  1352. Exam
  1353. It’s Complicated
  1354. 44 Inch Chest
  1355. Nine
  1356. St Trinians: the Legend of Fritton’s Gold
  1357. Ninja Assassin
  1358. Daybreakers
  1359. Armored
  1360. Edge of Darkness
  1361. Motherhood
  1362. Brothers
  1363. Breathless
  1364. Bran Nue Dae
  1365. All About Steve
  1366. The Princess and the Frog
  1367. Talentime
  1368. Troubled Water (De Usynlige)
  1369. Extract
  1370. Shrink
  1371. Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
  1372. Diamant 13
  1373. Old Dogs
  1374. Did You Hear about the Morgans?
  1375. Mao’s Last Dancer
  1376. Sherlock Holmes
  1377. The Lovely Bones
  1378. Prime Mover
  1379. The Brothers Bloom
  1380. Avatar
  1381. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October/November/December 2009
  1382. The Other Man
  1383. Post Grad
  1384. Unmade Beds
  1385. Where the Wild Things Are
  1386. Planet 51
  1387. Only When I Dance
  1388. Nowhere Boy
  1389. The Merry Gentleman
  1390. Me and Orson Welles
  1391. The Girlfriend Experience
  1392. Le Premier Jour du Reste de ta vie (The First Day of the Rest of Your Life)
  1393. The Descent: Part 2
  1394. Cracks
  1395. The Box
  1396. Nativity!
  1397. Paranormal Activity
  1398. Law Abiding Citizen
  1399. Bunny and the Bull
  1400. Machan
  1401. The Boys are Back
  1402. New Moon (The Twilight Saga: New Moon)
  1403. Glorious 39
  1404. A Serious Man
  1405. Examined Life
  1406. Un Barrage Contre le Pacifique (The Sea Wall)
  1407. Harry Brown
  1408. Amelia
  1409. 2012
  1410. The Fourth Kind
  1411. An Education
  1412. A Christmas Carol
  1413. The Men Who Stare at Goats
  1414. The Cove
  1415. The Horseman
  1416. Jennifer’s Body
  1417. Fantastic Mr Fox
  1418. Saw VI
  1419. Coffin Rock
  1420. Dead Man Running
  1421. Stone Bros.
  1422. Disgrace
  1423. My Year without Sex
  1424. This Is It
  1425. Blessed
  1426. Cirque du Freak: the Vampire’s Assistant
  1427. Cedar Boys
  1428. Beautiful Kate
  1429. 9
  1430. Pontypool
  1431. Couples Retreat
  1432. Halloween II
  1433. Ong Bak: the Beginning
  1434. Zombieland
  1435. Capitalism: A Love Story
  1436. The Informant!
  1437. Pandorum
  1438. My Life in Ruins (Driving Aphrodite)
  1439. Surrogates
  1440. The Invention of Lying
  1441. Whiteout
  1442. Sorority Row
  1443. The Soloist
  1444. Management
  1445. Julie & Julia
  1446. Jack Said
  1447. Gamer
  1448. The Firm
  1449. Fame
  1450. Dorian Gray
  1451. The Crimson Wing
  1452. Creation
  1453. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  1454. Blind Dating
  1455. Away We Go
  1456. Adventureland
  1457. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Summer 2009
  1458. District 9
  1459. (500) Days of Summer
  1460. The Red Baron
  1461. Sztuczki (Tricks)
  1462. Shorts
  1463. Funny People
  1464. The Time Traveler’s Wife
  1465. A Perfect Getaway
  1466. I Love You, Beth Cooper
  1467. The Final Destination
  1468. Dance Flick
  1469. Bandslam
  1470. Aliens in the Attic
  1471. Orphan
  1472. Adam
  1473. GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra
  1474. Home
  1475. The Ugly Truth
  1476. G-Force
  1477. The Taking of Pelham 123
  1478. Land of the Lost
  1479. Crossing Over
  1480. Mad, Sad and Bad
  1481. Coco Avant Chanel (Coco Before Chanel)
  1482. The Limits of Control
  1483. The Hurt Locker
  1484. Villa Amalia
  1485. Antichrist: An Essay/Review
  1486. The Proposal
  1487. Just Another Love Story
  1488. Charles Dickens’ England
  1489. Soul at Peace (Pokoj v Dusi)
  1490. Bist (Twenty)
  1491. Un Age a la Mer (Angel at Sea)
  1492. Tutta Colpa di Giuda
  1493. Swinki (Piggies)
  1494. Goodbye, Solo
  1495. Moon
  1496. Martyrs
  1497. The Informers
  1498. Lake Tahoe
  1499. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  1500. Frozen River
  1501. Cold Souls
  1502. Bruno
  1503. Red Mist
  1504. Public Enemies
  1505. Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
  1506. Shirin
  1507. Blood: the Last Vampire
  1508. My Sister’s Keeper
  1509. Sunshine Cleaning
  1510. Rudo y Cursi
  1511. Sin Nombre
  1512. Year One
  1513. The Last Thakur
  1514. The Last House on the Left
  1515. Doghouse
  1516. Everlasting Moments (Maria Larsson’s Everlasting Moments)
  1517. Telstar
  1518. Gigantic
  1519. Red Cliff
  1520. Helen
  1521. The Hangover
  1522. O’Horten
  1523. The Children of the Silk Road (The Children of Huang Shi/ Escape from Huang Shi)
  1524. Sex Drive
  1525. Terminator Salvation
  1526. Tormented
  1527. Sugar
  1528. Pour Elle (Anything for Her)
  1529. Max Manus
  1530. Last Chance Harvey
  1531. The Hide
  1532. Awaydays
  1533. Angels & Demons
  1534. Fighting
  1535. Drag Me to Hell
  1536. Night at the Museum: Battle for the Smithsonian
  1537. Endgame
  1538. Obsessed
  1539. Viva
  1540. French Film
  1541. Das Weisse Band (The White Ribbon)
  1542. Visage
  1543. Vincere
  1544. Vengeance
  1545. Up
  1546. The Tsar
  1547. The Time that Remains
  1548. Thirst: Ceci est mon Sang
  1549. Tales from the Golden Age
  1550. Taking Woodstock
  1551. The Silent Army
  1552. Samson & Delilah
  1553. Un Prophete
  1554. Precious
  1555. Police, Adjective
  1556. Nobody Knows About Persian Cats
  1557. My Neighbour, My Killer
  1558. Mother
  1559. Map of the Sounds of Tokyo
  1560. Manila
  1561. Looking for Eric
  1562. Jaffa
  1563. Kinatay
  1564. Irene
  1565. Inglourious Basterds
  1566. Independencia
  1567. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
  1568. La Fille du RER (The Girl on the Train)
  1569. Fish Tank
  1570. Eyes Wide Open
  1571. Enter the Void
  1572. Demain des L’Aube
  1573. Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
  1574. Chun Fen Chen Zui De Ye Wan (Spring Fever)
  1575. Cendres et Sang (Ashes and Blood)
  1576. Bright Star
  1577. L’Armee du Crime
  1578. A L’Origine
  1579. Los Abrazos Rotos
  1580. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2009 Special Edition
  1581. SIGNIS Statement: Angels and Demons
  1582. Good
  1583. Coraline
  1584. Star Trek
  1585. Wolverine: X Men Origins
  1586. SIGNIS Film Reviews: April 2009
  1587. Is Anybody There?
  1588. Momma’s Man
  1589. Shifty
  1590. Seraphine
  1591. Villa Jasmin
  1592. Snow (Snijeg)
  1593. Four Nights with Anna
  1594. Fermat’s Room (La habitacion de Fermat)
  1595. Wrong Rosary
  1596. Tear This Heart Out (Arrancame la vida)
  1597. Skin
  1598. Si Puo Fare (We Can Do It/ It Can Be Done)
  1599. Scratch (Rysa)
  1600. Hannah Montana: the Movie
  1601. Blue Eyelids (Parpados Azules)
  1602. Crank: High Voltage
  1603. The Empty Nest
  1604. The Market - a tale of Trade
  1605. Rain
  1606. The Necessities of Life (Ce qu’il faut pour vivre)
  1607. State of Play
  1608. Observe and Report
  1609. Outlander
  1610. Hassan and Morkos
  1611. Departures (Okuribito)
  1612. Dansen (Dancers)
  1613. Blind Sunflowers (Los Girasoles Ciegos)
  1614. 35 Rhums (35 Shots of Rum)
  1615. In the Loop
  1616. Not Easily Broken
  1617. Five Minutes of Heaven
  1618. Let the Right One In
  1619. I Love You, Man
  1620. Fifty Dead Men Walking
  1621. Dragonball: Evolution
  1622. 17 Again
  1623. Fast and Furious
  1624. Tony Manero
  1625. Race to Witch Mountain
  1626. SIGNIS Film Reviews: March 2009
  1627. SIGNIS Statement: Religulous
  1628. Cherry Blossoms (Kirschebluten/Hanami)
  1629. Monsters Vs Aliens
  1630. The Boat that Rocked
  1631. I Can’t Think Straight
  1632. The World Unseen
  1633. Religulous
  1634. The Uninvited
  1635. Little Ashes
  1636. The Haunting in Connecticut
  1637. Knowing
  1638. The Life Before Her Eyes
  1639. Traitor
  1640. Genova
  1641. The Damned United
  1642. Duplicity
  1643. Diminished Capacity
  1644. Paul Blart: Mall Cop
  1645. Lesbian Vampire Killers
  1646. The Age of Stupid
  1647. Flash of Genius
  1648. Bronson
  1649. Hush
  1650. The Great Debaters
  1651. The Young Victoria
  1652. Wendy and Lucy
  1653. Watchmen
  1654. Reverb
  1655. A Short Stay in Switzerland
  1656. Flammen & Citronen (Flame & Citron)
  1657. The Burning Plain
  1658. American Teen
  1659. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlin 2009 Special Edition
  1660. Yarwng (Roots)
  1661. The Crew
  1662. He’s Just Not That Into You
  1663. Push
  1664. Confessions of a Shopaholic
  1665. SIGNIS Film Reviews: February 2009
  1666. The International
  1667. New in Town
  1668. The Unborn
  1669. Franklyn
  1670. Cadillac Records
  1671. Hotel for Dogs
  1672. Friday the 13th
  1673. Gran Torino
  1674. All About Elly (Darbareye Elly)
  1675. Alle Anderen (Everyone Else)
  1676. An American in New York
  1677. Ander
  1678. Beast Stalker
  1679. The Bone Man (Der Knochenmann)
  1680. Burrowing (Man Tanker Sitt)
  1681. Cheri
  1682. The Countess
  1683. Deutschland 09
  1684. Eden a L’Ouest (Eden is West)
  1685. End of Love
  1686. The Fish Child (El Nino Pez)
  1687. Forever Enthralled
  1688. Gigante
  1689. Happy Tears
  1690. John Rabe
  1691. Just Walking (Solo Quiero Caminar)
  1692. Katalin Varga
  1693. Letters to the President
  1694. London River
  1695. Mammoth
  1696. The Messenger
  1697. Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustuda)
  1698. My One and Only
  1699. Pedro
  1700. The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
  1701. Rage
  1702. Ricky
  1703. Ruckenwind (Light Gradient)
  1704. Storm
  1705. Tatarak (Sweet Rush)
  1706. Welcome
  1707. Winterstilte (Winter Silence)
  1708. Notorious
  1709. The Pink Panther 2
  1710. The Spirit
  1711. The Square
  1712. Bottle Shock
  1713. Bolt
  1714. JCVD
  1715. Cronoscrimines (Time Crimes)
  1716. Valkyrie
  1717. Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist
  1718. Henry Poole is Here
  1719. The Broken
  1720. Battle in Seattle
  1721. Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans
  1722. Tokyo Sonata
  1723. The Punisher: War Zone
  1724. Who Killed Nancy?
  1725. My Bloody Valentine 3D
  1726. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2009
  1727. My Mom’s New Boyfriend
  1728. Lucky Miles
  1729. Marley and Me
  1730. Gabriel
  1731. Bride Wars
  1732. Monkey PUzzle
  1733. Doubt
  1734. Frost/Nixon
  1735. Defiance
  1736. Revolutionary Road
  1737. Roman de Gare
  1738. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2
  1739. Seven Pounds
  1740. Transsiberian
  1741. Garbage Warrior
  1742. Yes Man
  1743. The Grocer’s Son
  1744. Slumdog Millionaire
  1745. The Reader
  1746. Far North
  1747. Bedtime Stories
  1748. Beverley Hills Chihuahua
  1749. Newcastle
  1750. Fugitive Pieces
  1751. Gonzo, the Life and Times of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
  1752. The Wrestler
  1753. A Bunch of Amateurs
  1754. Twilight
  1755. The Tale of Despereaux
  1756. Milk
  1757. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  1758. Australia
  1759. SIGNIS Film Reviews: December 2008
  1760. The Church in Transition: Doubt
  1761. Faintheart
  1762. Dean Spanley
  1763. Trade
  1764. The Stone of Destiny
  1765. Nordwand (North Face)
  1766. Love and Honour
  1767. Inkheart
  1768. The Day the Earth Stood Still
  1769. Choke
  1770. Madagascar Escape 2 Africa
  1771. My Best Friend’s Girl
  1772. The Secret Life of Bees
  1773. Quarantine
  1774. Summer
  1775. Julia
  1776. Four Christmases
  1777. Il Vento Va il Suo Giro (The Wind Blows Around)
  1778. Un Poco de Chocolade (A Little Bit of Chocolate)
  1779. Transporter 3
  1780. The Girl in the Park
  1781. Les Lignes du Sang (Rivals)
  1782. Bonneville
  1783. The Children
  1784. The Express
  1785. Lakeview Terrace
  1786. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October-November 2008
  1787. Body of Lies
  1788. The Oxford Murders
  1789. Flawless
  1790. Dialogue avec mon Jardinier (Conversations with My Gardener)
  1791. The Warlords
  1792. Easy Virtue
  1793. Fine, Totally Fine
  1794. Max Payne
  1795. Pride and Glory
  1796. Zach and Miri Make a Porno
  1797. Choking Man
  1798. The Baader Meinhof Complex
  1799. Scar 3D
  1800. W
  1801. Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
  1802. Quantum of Solace
  1803. High School Musical 3: Senior Year
  1804. Incendiary
  1805. Of Time and the City
  1806. Le Ring
  1807. A nyomozo (The Investigation)
  1808. Rumba
  1809. Saw V
  1810. Un Coeur Simple (A Simple Heart)
  1811. Non Pensarci (Don’t Think About It)
  1812. Eagle Eye
  1813. Igor
  1814. The Rocker
  1815. Free Jimmy
  1816. Young @ Heart
  1817. La Zona
  1818. Rachel Getting Married
  1819. Bigga than Ben
  1820. Vinyan
  1821. Nights in Rodanthe
  1822. City of Ember
  1823. Mirrors
  1824. Brideshead Revisited
  1825. Mutant Chronicles
  1826. The House Bunny
  1827. Fly Me to the Moon 3D
  1828. SIGNIS Statement: Brideshead Revisited and its Catholicism
  1829. SIGNIS Film Reviews: September 2008
  1830. Tropic Thunder
  1831. 88 Minutes
  1832. How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
  1833. Good Dick
  1834. Die Welle (The Wave)
  1835. Rocknrolla
  1836. Redbelt
  1837. Righteous Kill
  1838. The Foot Fist Way
  1839. Death Race
  1840. Bangkok Dangerous
  1841. Appaloosa
  1842. The Women
  1843. Taken
  1844. Eden Lake
  1845. Babylon AD
  1846. Live!
  1847. Burn After Reading
  1848. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
  1849. Disaster Movie
  1850. Myrin (Jar City)
  1851. Partition
  1852. The Strangers
  1853. Step-Brothers
  1854. SIGNIS Film reviews: August 2008
  1855. Puffball
  1856. Times and Winds (Bes Vakit)
  1857. The Wackness
  1858. Wild Child
  1859. Shoot on Sight
  1860. Daylight Robbery
  1861. El Cantante
  1862. Somers Town
  1863. You Don’t Mess with the Zohan
  1864. Get Smart
  1865. Ben X
  1866. College Road Trip
  1867. Hellboy II: the Golden Army
  1868. Man from Plains
  1869. Three and Out
  1870. Vexille
  1871. Angel
  1872. The Clone Wars
  1873. Miss Pettigrew Lives a Day
  1874. The Karamazovs
  1875. SIGNIS Statement: The X-Files: I Want to Believe
  1876. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
  1877. CJ7
  1878. Make it Happen
  1879. Tropa de Elite (Elite Squad)
  1880. Renard et L’Enfant (The Fox and the Child)
  1881. The Love Guru
  1882. Cidade dos Homens (City of Men)
  1883. The X Files: I Want to Believe
  1884. Married Life
  1885. Cass
  1886. Blindsight
  1887. Paris
  1888. Before the Rains
  1889. Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging
  1890. Elle s’appelle Sabine (Her Name is Sabine)
  1891. Buddha Collapsed out of Shame
  1892. The Dark Knight
  1893. Baby Mama
  1894. Meet Dave
  1895. WALL.E
  1896. Donkey Punch
  1897. SIGNIS Film Reviews: July 2008
  1898. Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D
  1899. Mamma Mia
  1900. The Forbidden Kingdom
  1901. SIGNIS Film Reviews: June 2008
  1902. La Romance d’Astree et Celadon
  1903. Mad Detective
  1904. Mes Amis, Mes Amours
  1905. Kung Fu Panda
  1906. In Memory of My Father
  1907. Adulthood
  1908. El Bano del Papa (The Pope’s Toilet)
  1909. My Winnipeg
  1910. Les Femmes de l’Ombre (Female Agents)
  1911. Prince Caspian
  1912. Hancock
  1913. Wanted
  1914. Cassandra’s Dream
  1915. The Ruins
  1916. The Edge of Love
  1917. The Waiting Room
  1918. In Search of a Midnight Kiss
  1919. The Happening
  1920. The Incredible Hulk
  1921. Hors de Prix (Priceless)
  1922. Teeth
  1923. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2008 Special Edition
  1924. The Escapist
  1925. Kamikaze Girls
  1926. Persepolis
  1927. Mongol
  1928. Ostrov (The Island)
  1929. Taxi to the Darkside
  1930. Balls of Fury
  1931. Mad Money
  1932. Anamorph
  1933. Filth: the Mary Whitehouse Story
  1934. Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
  1935. Sarkar Raj
  1936. Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanomo
  1937. Caramel
  1938. Prom Night
  1939. Superhero Movie
  1940. Chemical Wedding
  1941. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  1942. Sex and the City
  1943. Timber Falls
  1944. 24 City
  1945. Adoration
  1946. A Festa da Menina Morta (Dead Girl’s Feast)
  1947. Afterschool
  1948. Los Bastardos
  1949. Blindness
  1950. The Chaser
  1951. Che
  1952. Un Conte de Noel
  1953. Delta
  1954. Il Divo
  1955. Entre les Murs (The Class)
  1956. The Exchange (formerly Changeling)
  1957. La Frontiere de l’Aube (The Dawn Shore)
  1958. Gomorrah
  1959. The Good, the Bad and the Weird
  1960. Hunger
  1961. Johnny Mad Dog
  1962. Leonera (Lion’s Den)
  1963. Linha de Passe
  1964. Milh Hadha Al-Bahr (Salt of this Sea)
  1965. La Mujer sin Cabeza
  1966. My Magic
  1967. Ocean Flame
  1968. Versailles
  1969. De Ofrivilliga (Involuntary)
  1970. Palermo Shooting
  1971. Sanguepazzo (Wild Blood)
  1972. Serbis
  1973. Le Silence de Lorna (Lorna’s Silence)
  1974. Soi Cowboy
  1975. Surveillance
  1976. Synecdoche, New York
  1977. Tokyo!
  1978. UC Maymun (The Three Monkeys)
  1979. Ting Chi (Parking)
  1980. Tulpan
  1981. Two Lovers
  1982. Vicki Cristina Barcelona
  1983. La Vie Moderne
  1984. Waltz with Bashir
  1985. What Just Happened?
  1986. Wolke 9 (Cloud 9)
  1987. Bienvenue chez les Ch’its (Welcome to the Sticks)
  1988. The Black Balloon
  1989. Charlie Bartlett
  1990. Shutter
  1991. Tovarisch, I Am Not Dead
  1992. La Question Humaine (Heartbeat Detector)
  1993. Cashback
  1994. XXY
  1995. Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?
  1996. Honeydripper
  1997. Un Secret
  1998. The Air I Breathe
  1999. SIGNIS Films Reviews: April 2008
  2000. The Eye
  2001. Speed Racer
  2002. What Happens in Vegas
  2003. Stop-Loss
  2004. [Rec.]
  2005. Iron Man
  2006. Manufacturing Landscapes
  2007. Made of Honour
  2008. Doomsday
  2009. In Bruges
  2010. Pathology
  2011. Street Kings
  2012. One Missed Call
  2013. P2
  2014. My Enemy’s Enemy
  2015. Nim’s Island
  2016. 21
  2017. Leatherheads
  2018. Flashbacks of a Fool
  2019. Deception
  2020. Fool’s Gold
  2021. Gone Baby Gone
  2022. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  2023. The Mourning Forest
  2024. Boarding Gate
  2025. Death Defying Acts
  2026. Ballast
  2027. The Visitor
  2028. Smart People
  2029. The Mist
  2030. The King of California
  2031. Funny Games U.S.
  2032. Son of Rambow
  2033. Awake
  2034. How She Move
  2035. My Brother is an Only Child
  2036. Drillbit Taylor
  2037. First Sunday
  2038. The Go Master
  2039. Run, Fatboy, Run
  2040. The 11th Hour
  2041. Meet the Spartans
  2042. Lars and the Real Girl
  2043. The Spiderwick Chronicles
  2044. Step Up 2: The Streets
  2045. The Orphanage (El Orfanato)
  2046. Love in the Time of Cholera
  2047. Dr Seuss’s Horton Hears a Who
  2048. SIGNIS Film Reviews: March 2008
  2049. L’heure Zero (Towards Zero)
  2050. Avril
  2051. Sous Les Bombes (Under the Bombs)
  2052. Children of Glory
  2053. Out of the Blue
  2054. Miss Austen Regrets
  2055. Assembly
  2056. The Cottage
  2057. Beaufort
  2058. 10,000 BC
  2059. Vantage Point
  2060. Four Minutes (Vier Minuten)
  2061. La Grain et le mulet (The Secret of the Grain)
  2062. George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead
  2063. Garage
  2064. Fade to Black
  2065. The Accidental Husband
  2066. The Baker
  2067. The Bank Job
  2068. The Bucket List
  2069. Mang Shan (Blind Mountain)
  2070. Mister Lonely
  2071. Rambo
  2072. Semi-Pro
  2073. Untraceable
  2074. Waz
  2075. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlin 2008 Special Edition
  2076. Tirador (Slingshot)
  2077. 3 Zan (3 Women)
  2078. Tatil Katibi (Summer Book)
  2079. Standard Operating Procedure
  2080. Sleep Dealer
  2081. Restless
  2082. The Other Boleyn Girl
  2083. Night and Day (Bam Gua Nat)
  2084. Man Jeuk (Sparrow)
  2085. Lemon Tree
  2086. Lady Jane
  2087. Katyn
  2088. Kabei - Our Mother
  2089. Jesus Christus Erloser (Jesus Christ Saviour)
  2090. Jerusalema
  2091. Il y a longtemps que je t’aime (I Have Loved You for So Long)
  2092. Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger
  2093. Happy-Go-Lucky
  2094. Fireflies in the Garden
  2095. Feuerherz (Heart of Fire)
  2096. Elegy
  2097. Dream Boy
  2098. Derek
  2099. Corroboree
  2100. Caos Calmo (Quiet Chaos)
  2101. Boy A
  2102. Be Kind Rewind
  2103. Balikbayan Box
  2104. Black Water
  2105. Jumper
  2106. SIGNIS Film Reviews: February 2008
  2107. There Will Be Blood
  2108. Juno
  2109. Definitely, Maybe
  2110. The Forest of Death
  2111. The Professor and his Beloved Equation
  2112. The Water Horse
  2113. Time to Die
  2114. The Matrimony
  2115. Penelope
  2116. Anche Libero va bene (Across the Ridge)
  2117. Le Scaphandre et Le Papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)
  2118. Margot at the Wedding
  2119. Things We Lost in the Fire
  2120. Over Her Dead Body
  2121. Italianetz (The Italian)
  2122. Cloverfield
  2123. Battle for Haditha
  2124. The Savages
  2125. Desaccord Parfait (Twice on a Lifetime)
  2126. Ensemble, C’est Tout (Hunting and Gathering)
  2127. Clubland
  2128. The Final Winter
  2129. Footy Legends
  2130. The Good Night
  2131. Kokoda
  2132. Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  2133. September
  2134. Asterix at the Olympic Games
  2135. St Trinians
  2136. Walk Hard: the Dewey Cox Story
  2137. Underdog
  2138. Charlie Wilson’s War
  2139. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2008
  2140. Alien versus Predator: Requiem
  2141. Dan in Real Life
  2142. PS I Love You
  2143. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
  2144. Romulus, My Father
  2145. Rogue
  2146. National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  2147. I Am Legend
  2148. Closing the Ring
  2149. The Man in the Chair
  2150. The Game Plan
  2151. The Bet
  2152. 27 Dresses
  2153. As It Is In Heaven
  2154. Arctic Tale
  2155. Youth without Youth
  2156. Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium
  2157. Weirdsville
  2158. My Kid Could Paint That
  2159. Infinite Justice
  2160. Chromophobia
  2161. Anna M
  2162. Bella
  2163. The Bee Movie
  2164. He Was a Quiet Man
  2165. SIGNIS Statement: The Golden Compass
  2166. 30 Days of Night
  2167. Brick Lane
  2168. Enchanted
  2169. A Very British Gangster
  2170. Code Name: The Cleaner
  2171. I’m Not There
  2172. SIGNIS Film Reviews: November 2007
  2173. Pret-moi la main (I Do)
  2174. Talk to Me
  2175. Rescue Dawn
  2176. Shrooms
  2177. Fred Claus
  2178. Hitman
  2179. This Christmas
  2180. August Rush
  2181. You Kill Me
  2182. Stellet Licht
  2183. Silk
  2184. Into the Wild
  2185. The Lookout
  2186. Good Luck Chuck
  2187. Beowulf
  2188. I Served the King of England
  2189. The Jane Austen Book Club
  2190. Redacted
  2191. The Magic Flute
  2192. American Gangster
  2193. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  2194. Lions for Lambs
  2195. SIGNIS Statement: Elizabeth - The Golden Age
  2196. Once
  2197. Black Sheep
  2198. Nancy Drew
  2199. Mr Brooks
  2200. The Last Legion
  2201. Resident Evil: Extinction
  2202. The Invasion
  2203. Razzle Dazzle
  2204. Interview
  2205. Stardust
  2206. Rendition
  2207. Ratatouille
  2208. The Nines
  2209. In the Valley of Elah
  2210. The Hunting Party
  2211. Eastern Promises
  2212. The Dark is Rising
  2213. The Darjeeling Limited
  2214. Daddy Day Camp
  2215. Blame it on Fidel
  2216. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October 2007
  2217. Rocket Science
  2218. Shoot ’em Up
  2219. Mr Woodcock
  2220. Across the Universe
  2221. Halloween
  2222. Sleuth
  2223. Death at a Funeral
  2224. Syndromes and a Century
  2225. Lust, Caution
  2226. It’s a Free World
  2227. War
  2228. The Nanny Diaries
  2229. And When Did You Last See Your Father
  2230. Control
  2231. Dnevnoy Dozor (Day Watch)
  2232. Feast of Love
  2233. The Heartbreak Kid
  2234. Hot Rod
  2235. I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
  2236. The Kingdom
  2237. The Brave One
  2238. Die Falscher (The Counterfeiters)
  2239. In Memoria di Me
  2240. Takva
  2241. Superbad
  2242. Le Serpent
  2243. Michael Clayton
  2244. Irina Palm
  2245. Georgia Rule
  2246. The Ex (Fast Track)
  2247. SIGNIS Films Reviews: August/September 2007
  2248. Atonement
  2249. 3:10 to Yuma
  2250. No Reservations
  2251. Death Sentence
  2252. 1408
  2253. December Boys
  2254. 2 Days in Paris
  2255. Year of the Dog
  2256. Buy it Now
  2257. Quelques Jours en Septembre
  2258. Hallam Foe
  2259. We are all Christs (Wszyscy Jestesmy Chrystusami)
  2260. Sugarhouse
  2261. Waitress
  2262. Seraphim Falls
  2263. Lady Chatterley
  2264. Knocked Up
  2265. Evening
  2266. Eagle vs Shark
  2267. 12.08, East of Bucharest
  2268. The Bourne Ultimatum
  2269. Sparkle
  2270. Bratz the Movie
  2271. Ecoute le temps
  2272. Mee Shee: the Water Giant
  2273. Marigold
  2274. Copying Beethoven
  2275. Surf’s Up
  2276. Rush Hour 3
  2277. License to Wed
  2278. Happily N’Ever After
  2279. Wind Chill
  2280. SIGNIS Film Reviews: June-July 2007
  2281. Tales from Earthsea
  2282. Gandhi my Father
  2283. Evan Almighty
  2284. The Hoax
  2285. I Have Never Forgotten You: the Life and Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal
  2286. Transformers
  2287. In the Land of Women
  2288. The Walker
  2289. The Simpsons Movie
  2290. Disturbia
  2291. Daratt
  2292. Macbeth
  2293. The Priestess
  2294. The Lark Farm
  2295. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  2296. Hairspray
  2297. A Story of People in War and Peace
  2298. Screamers
  2299. SIGNIS Statement: Sinner
  2300. The War on Democracy
  2301. Die Hard 4.0
  2302. Dead Silence
  2303. The Flying Scotsman
  2304. Hostel 2
  2305. Sketches of Frank Gehry
  2306. Shrek the Third
  2307. Grow Your Own
  2308. Ne le dis a personne (Tell No One)
  2309. Lucky You
  2310. Captivity
  2311. PTU
  2312. The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
  2313. Water
  2314. Vacancy
  2315. Are We Done Yet?
  2316. Frankie
  2317. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2007 Special Edition
  2318. SIGNIS Film Reviews: May 2007
  2319. SIGNIS Film Reviews: April 2007
  2320. The Wild Blue Yonder
  2321. Messages
  2322. Black Gold
  2323. Nuovomondo (Golden Door)
  2324. Turistas (Paradise Lost)
  2325. Je Suis Pas La Pour Etre Aime (Not Here to be Loved)
  2326. The Tiger’s Tail
  2327. Oceans 13
  2328. Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World’s End
  2329. The Chumscrubber
  2330. The City of Violence
  2331. The Hitcher
  2332. We Own the Night
  2333. Naissance des Pieuvres (Water Lilies)
  2334. Une Vielle Maitresse (An Old Mistress)
  2335. Triangle
  2336. Terror’s Advocate
  2337. Tehilim
  2338. La Soledad
  2339. Sicko
  2340. Secret Sunshine
  2341. Savage Grace
  2342. Paranoid Park
  2343. No Country for Old Men
  2344. My Blueberry Nights
  2345. Munruyangabo
  2346. A Mighty Heart
  2347. The Man from London
  2348. Import/Export
  2349. Go Go Tales
  2350. The Flight of the Red Balloon (Le Voyage de Ballon Rouge)
  2351. Death Proof
  2352. Les Chansons d’Amour (Love Songs)
  2353. Chacun Son Cinema
  2354. Centochiodi (A Hundred Nails)
  2355. Breath (Soom)
  2356. Boxes
  2357. The Banishment
  2358. The Band’s Visit
  2359. Auf der Anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven)
  2360. Apres Lui
  2361. Alexandra
  2362. L’Age des Tenebres (The Age of Ignorance)
  2363. 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days
  2364. Lovewrecked
  2365. Conversations with Other Women
  2366. Like Minds
  2367. Mon Meilleur Ami (My Best Friend)
  2368. Dans Paris
  2369. 28 Weeks Later
  2370. Black Snake Moan
  2371. Spiderman 3
  2372. La Noche de los Girasoles (The Night of the Sunflowers)
  2373. Goya’s Ghosts
  2374. Beyond the Gates of Splendor
  2375. End of the Spear
  2376. Goodbye Bafana
  2377. The Breed
  2378. This is England
  2379. The Painted Veil
  2380. The Last Mimzy
  2381. Next
  2382. Reno 911!: Miami
  2383. Straightheads
  2384. Away from Her
  2385. Scott Walker: 30 Century Man
  2386. The Puffy Chair
  2387. Fracture
  2388. Fur: an Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus
  2389. The Jesus Project
  2390. Half Nelson
  2391. The Pathfinder: An Untold Legend
  2392. The Reaping
  2393. Reign over me
  2394. Son of Man
  2395. Perfect Stranger
  2396. Edmond
  2397. La Mome (La Vie en Rose)
  2398. Unknown
  2399. Shooter
  2400. Provoked (Provoked: a True Story)
  2401. Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others)
  2402. One Night with the King
  2403. Wild Hogs
  2404. The Bridge to Terabithia
  2405. SIGNIS Film Reviews: February/March 2007
  2406. Meet the Robinsons
  2407. Sunshine
  2408. Blades of Glory
  2409. The Messengers
  2410. The Namesake
  2411. Curse of the Golden Flower
  2412. Stomp the Yard
  2413. Stay (Sleeping Dogs)
  2414. Mr Bean’s Holiday
  2415. The Hills Have Eyes II
  2416. Factory Girl
  2417. Deliver Us from Evil: SIGNIS Statement
  2418. Catch a Fire
  2419. L’Amico di famiglia (The Family Friend)
  2420. The Last Sineater
  2421. Catch and Release
  2422. Amazing Grace
  2423. TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  2424. I Want Candy
  2425. The Ultimate Gift
  2426. Premonition
  2427. Sherrybaby
  2428. Facing the Giants
  2429. Breach
  2430. Zodiac
  2431. Sheitan
  2432. The Astronaut Farmer
  2433. Outlaw
  2434. After the Wedding (Efter Brylluppet)
  2435. Norbit
  2436. Becoming Jane
  2437. The Good German
  2438. Gone
  2439. Kardia
  2440. Music and Lyrics
  2441. 300
  2442. Bamako
  2443. Hot Fuzz
  2444. Eklavya: the Royal Guard
  2445. Middletown
  2446. A Guide to Recognising Your Saints
  2447. Alpha Dog
  2448. Material Girls
  2449. Inland Empire
  2450. Fauteuils d’Orchestre (Orchestra Seats)
  2451. The Number 23
  2452. Because I Said So
  2453. School for Scoundrels
  2454. Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur et les Minimoys)
  2455. Blood and Chocolate
  2456. Goal 2! Living the Dream
  2457. Hannibal Rising
  2458. Epic Movie
  2459. The Reef
  2460. The Good Shepherd
  2461. Ghost Rider
  2462. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2007
  2463. Dreamgirls
  2464. Notes on a Scandal
  2465. Letters from Iwo Jima
  2466. Kenny
  2467. Welcome to Dongmakgol
  2468. The Last King of Scotland
  2469. For Your Consideration
  2470. Irresistible
  2471. Little Red Flowers
  2472. The Illusionist
  2473. Freedom Writers
  2474. Smokin’ Aces
  2475. Ghosts
  2476. Venus
  2477. Flyboys
  2478. Ils (Them)
  2479. Suburban Mayhem
  2480. Gridiron Gang
  2481. Miss Potter
  2482. The Return
  2483. Zwartboek (Black Book)
  2484. Charlotte’s Web
  2485. Flicka
  2486. Boytown
  2487. The Fountain
  2488. Bobby
  2489. 3 Needles
  2490. Last Train to Freo
  2491. Scoop
  2492. La Doublure (The Valet)
  2493. SIGNIS Film Reviews: December 2006
  2494. Flags of our Fathers
  2495. Night at the Museum
  2496. Rocky Balboa
  2497. Perfume: the Story of a Murderer
  2498. Zoom
  2499. Kabul Express
  2500. It’s a Boy/Girl Thing
  2501. Employee of the Month
  2502. "The Nativity Story" Seen from the Philippines
  2503. Running With Scissors
  2504. Blood Diamond
  2505. Unaccompanied Minors (Grounded)
  2506. Eragon
  2507. Deja Vu
  2508. Black Christmas
  2509. SIGNIS Film Reviews: November 2006
  2510. A Prairie Home Companion
  2511. The Pursuit of Happyness
  2512. Apocalypto
  2513. The Holiday
  2514. Frostbiten (Frostbite)
  2515. London to Brighton
  2516. Die Grosse Stille (Into Great Silence)
  2517. Happy Feet
  2518. Jackass Number Two
  2519. Deck the Halls
  2520. The Covenant
  2521. Suburban Mayhem
  2522. Zemastan (It’s Winter)
  2523. Pan’s Labyrinth
  2524. Shortbus
  2525. Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny
  2526. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
  2527. Flushed Away
  2528. Stranger Than Fiction
  2529. Big Nothing
  2530. All the Invisible Children
  2531. Antikorper (Antibodies)
  2532. Twelve and Holding
  2533. The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D
  2534. Breaking and Entering
  2535. Heroes and Villains
  2536. Special (RX) Specioprin Hydrochloride
  2537. Casino Royale
  2538. Puritan
  2539. The Host (Gue-Mool)
  2540. The Prestige
  2541. Waist Deep
  2542. Little Children
  2543. The Nativity Story
  2544. Earthlings (Ugly Bags of Mostly Water)
  2545. All the King’s Men
  2546. The Last Kiss
  2547. Saw III
  2548. Mischief Night
  2549. Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
  2550. Sixty Six
  2551. The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael
  2552. Gypo
  2553. La Tourneuse de Pages (The Page Turner)
  2554. Peaceful Warrior
  2555. Driving Lessons
  2556. Wordplay
  2557. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October 2006
  2558. Idlewild
  2559. The Grudge 2
  2560. Stick It
  2561. New Police Story
  2562. Step Up
  2563. Infamous
  2564. The History Boys
  2565. Tais Toi (Shut Up)
  2566. Starter for Ten
  2567. Open Season
  2568. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
  2569. The Aryan Couple
  2570. Scenes of a Sexual Nature
  2571. A Good Year
  2572. The Guardian
  2573. SIGNIS Film Reviews: September 2006
  2574. Quinceanera (Echo Park LA)
  2575. Man Push Cart
  2576. Accepted
  2577. The Departed
  2578. Johanna
  2579. Life and Lyrics
  2580. Nina’s Heavenly Delights
  2581. Hoodwinked
  2582. DOA: Dead or Alive
  2583. A Guide to Recognising Your Saints
  2584. Kekexili (Mountain Patrol)
  2585. Click
  2586. Dirty Sanchez - the Movie
  2587. Keane
  2588. The U.S. vs. John Lennon
  2589. Hollywoodland
  2590. Clerks II
  2591. An Inconvenient Truth
  2592. Talladega Nights: the Ballad of Ricky Bobby
  2593. Snow Cake
  2594. Little Miss Sunshine
  2595. The Wicker Man
  2596. The Devil Wears Prada
  2597. SIGNIS Film Reviews: August 2006
  2598. World Trade Center
  2599. The Black Dahlia
  2600. Children of Men
  2601. The Queen
  2602. The Sentinel
  2603. Crank
  2604. This Film is not yet Rated
  2605. The Benchwarmers
  2606. Over the Hedge
  2607. Severance
  2608. Adrift
  2609. Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing and Charm School
  2610. You, Me and Dupree
  2611. Right at Your Door
  2612. Snakes on a Plane
  2613. Akeelah and the Bee
  2614. Harsh Times
  2615. A Scanner Darkly
  2616. John Tucker Must Die
  2617. Tideland
  2618. Monster House
  2619. Garfield 2: A Tale of Two Kitties
  2620. The Death of Mr Lazarescu
  2621. Bee Season
  2622. Angel-A
  2623. Ellie Parker
  2624. C.S.A. The Confederate States of America
  2625. Warrior-King
  2626. Alpha Male
  2627. Wilderness
  2628. The Night Listener
  2629. Lady in the Water
  2630. Nacho Libre
  2631. Tarfaya
  2632. Paper Clips
  2633. 11:14
  2634. Cars
  2635. Stay Alive
  2636. The Break-Up
  2637. My Super Ex-Girlfriend
  2638. The Notorious Bettie Page
  2639. Trust the Man
  2640. Miami Vice
  2641. Who Killed the Electric Car?
  2642. Omkara
  2643. The Ant Bully
  2644. SIGNIS Film Reviews: June/July 2006
  2645. Ultraviolet
  2646. The Thief Lord
  2647. District 13 (Banlieue 13)
  2648. Fearless
  2649. Half Light
  2650. Hard Candy
  2651. Imagine You and Me
  2652. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
  2653. Dumplings
  2654. Curious George
  2655. 36 Quai des Orfevres
  2656. Aquamarine
  2657. The Lake House
  2658. Thank You for Smoking
  2659. Superman Returns
  2660. Vers le Sud (Heading South)
  2661. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  2662. Stormbreaker
  2663. An Unfinished Life
  2664. Love + Hate
  2665. Ju On 2 (The Grudge 2)
  2666. Secuestro Express
  2667. El Lobo (The Wolf)
  2668. Little Manhattan
  2669. Poseidon
  2670. Friends with Money
  2671. X Men 3: The Last Stand
  2672. Forty Shades of Blue
  2673. Just My Luck
  2674. The Cave of the Yellow Dog
  2675. Reeker
  2676. Pretty Persuasion
  2677. King Kong
  2678. Ask the Dust
  2679. Wah Wah
  2680. Voces Innocentes (Innocent Voices)
  2681. RV
  2682. Best Wishes! (Czech Republic)
  2683. SIGNIS Statement: The Omen
  2684. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2006 Special Edition
  2685. 2:37
  2686. Babel
  2687. The Caiman
  2688. Cronica de una Fuga
  2689. Fast Food Nation
  2690. Flanders
  2691. Climates
  2692. Indigènes
  2693. Jindabyne
  2694. Lights in the Dusk
  2695. Marie Antoinette
  2696. Paris je t’aime
  2697. Red Road
  2698. Southland Tales
  2699. Volver
  2700. Summer Palace
  2701. Ten Canoes
  2702. El Violin
  2703. The Wind that Shakes the Barley
  2704. Z Odzysku (Retrieval)
  2705. Shooting Dogs

SIGNIS Film reviews - December 2015

December 9th, 2015.
Find here film reviews written by Peter Malone.

  • 5 TO 7
  • CROW’S EGGS, The
  • MAN UP

-* 5 TO 7

US, 2014, 95 minutes, Colour.
Anton Yelchin, Berenice Marlohe, Lambert Wilson, Olivia Thirlby, Glenn Close, Frank Langella, Erich Stoltz, Jocelyn De Boer.
Directed by Victor Levin.

“I love you” may seem the same, exactly the same, as the French phrase “Je t’aime”. This film reminds us they are not exactly the same at all, the cultural differences between the English language and the French language coming to the fore, but American moral stances compared with French moral stances, as we have often heard from the French, have quite a number of differences.

Perhaps this is not the best introduction to a film review of 5 to 7. But this reviewer liked it very much indeed, surprisingly so.

The phrase “5 to 7” is used by the French to indicate a time in the afternoon, between work hours and whatever is to take place in the evening, when affairs can be arranged and lived out. All Americans might have affairs, but this more explicit approach by the French, and the alleged rules by which the French have their 5 to 7 soirées, differs from the Americans and their more explicit moral stances.

Brian Bloom is a young would-be author, from a wealthy background, getting lots of rejection slips which he pastes on his wall, who encounters a Frenchwoman as they both have a cigarette in an afternoon break from work. He is immediately attracted. And so is the audience. She is Arielle (the name of The Little Mermaid as Brian notes) and is played by French actress Berenice Marlohe who was a strikingly memorable Bond girl in Skyfall who had quite an unhappy end. While she has the potential for an unhappy ending here, she is a woman who has an extraordinary smile, more than fulfilling the cliche saying that her smile would light up a room – and beyond. Fortunately for us all, and for Brian, she smiles a lot during this film.

He is 23. She is 34. And she is married and has two young children. But, in the alleged French manner, so attracted is she by Brian, that she suggests a 5 to 7 arrangement, which he eagerly accepts. They meet frequently, enjoying each other’s company, going to art galleries, she blindfolding him to test his palette for red and white wines (he mistakes a white for a red) and then tests her for beer and Guinness (and she mistakes a Guinness for ordinary beer).

And her husband, Valerey (Lambert Wilson)? He also has a 5 to 7 arrangement with a young American editor, Jane (Olivia Thirlby). Personal relationships and social relationships are all carried out with the best of all possible good manners, Brian is invited to a meal at home by Valerey. And Brian takes Arielle’s children out and teaches them some elements of baseball.

Of course, the question is, how can such arrangements continue – if they are purely sexual arrangements, they could go on forever until one or other tires. But, if genuine love enters in, with a mixture of possessiveness and single fidelity, what could happen?

Which is what happens between Brian and Arielle. Again, civilised manners, except when Valerey momentarily strikes Brian. Brian declares his absolute love – but what of Arielle? The best thing for a reviewer to say is: go to see the film to find out and check how this ending fits with romantic sensitivities and moral sensibilities. Suffice to say that the film’s story goes on little longer than might have been expected, which gives a little more depth to the experience of all concerned.

An extra bonus for the audience is the presence of Glenn Close and Franklin Langella as Brian’s parents, he continually complaining about something, especially the price of parking and taxis in New York City, and also about his son’s relationship with a married woman. Glenn Close reminds us of what a good and significant actress she is.

The good memories from this film certainly last beyond 5 to 7.


UK, 2015, 85 minutes, Colour.
Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale, Rob Riggle, Eddie Izzard, Joanna Lumley, Robert Bathurst, Sanjeev Bhasker, Meera Syal.
Voices of: Robin Williams, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Michael Pailin, Terry Jones.
Directed by Terry Jones.

The Monte Python Flying Circus was extraordinarily popular in the 1970s and the 1980s, with their television series as well as films like Jabberwocky, The Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life. They were always very talented with short sketches, and their films really included a succession of sketches. This is the case with Absolutely Anything, based on the script by Terry Jones but not produced when he wrote it, now resurrected and the opportunity for some Python humour as well as the reuniting of the team to provide eccentric voices.

Audiences stumbling into the film and not aware of Python humour may be puzzled. The fans may not think it is one of the greatest but, nevertheless, there is quite some enjoyment.

The basic plot is one of those “what-if?” stories where a character is given unlimited powers to effect anything they desire. All they have to do is formulate their wish and wave their hand – and there it is. The character who receives this power is Neil (Simon Pegg), a high school teacher (with an impossibly unruly class and a head teacher who puts down) who lives by himself, is infatuated by the television producer upstairs, Catherine (Kate Beckinsale), who quite likes him but… nothing special.

In the meantime we go into the realm of Terry Gilliam animation, into a world beyond the stars, to be introduced by some rather farcical hideous-looking characters, an interplanetary Council who have the power to test out a human to see whether they want Earth or not. And the joke is that these ugly looking creatures, who mistakenly all have girls names, are voiced by the Python team. The President of the Council is, needless to say, John Cleese with his dominating and vigorous voice. Eric Idle pops up now and then as does Terry Jones – though not always easy to pick Michael Pailin.

We go into space now and again but most of the action focuses on Neil who is a hapless individual but rather enjoys having the power to achieve anything he wishes. Like Dudley Moore in Bedazzled, granted many wishes, he makes some inept choices, especially when he wants a better image and sexual prowess for himself. But, by and large, there are some amusing variations on the wish-fulfilment thing, getting rid of his class by an explosion but able to restore them so that they all are absolutely delighted when they have to read a whole chapter of Dickens quietly.

There is also his friend Ray, Sanjeev Bhaskar, who has an infatuation with one of the teachers – but is alarmed when Neil wishes her to worship Ray and she starts a sect, with touches of the Hari Krishna. There is also the American Grant, Rob Riggle, who is absolutely obsessed with Catherine, making life a misery, but tricking Neil into giving him the powers with, of course, dastardly results.

But, there in the foreground is Neil’s pet dog, Dennis. He is voiced by Robin Williams in one of his last roles, always amusing, a touch of the frenetic as well as sardonic quips – although it is Dennis who is wise enough to think out a solution to the whole problem.

While the film does not give its audience anything it absolutely wants, it does give 90 minutes or so amusement.


US, 2015, 122 minutes, Colour.
Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie Pitt, Melanie Laurent, Nils Arrestup, Melvil Poupard, Richard Bohringer.
Directed by Angelina Jolie Pitt.

One of the experiences while watching this film is to find a word that would pinpoint its impact. One of the word choices was “languid” or, to be more precise, “very languid”, or “tres, tres, the languid”. It is one of those films judged by those who are addicted to action pace: “slow”.

The film is set in France, although it was filmed in Malta, standing in for France – beautiful countryside, the roads, the mountains, the bay, the sea, the cliffs, the village and the villa… At the opening, audiences introduced to the central couple, Vanessa and Roland, driving through this beautiful scenery, going to the luxury villa, settling into their apartment. But, all is not well. Roland gets out his typewriter, tries to write but has a writer’s block. Vanessa seems particularly listless.

Over two hours, we share the experience with the couple, something of a novella prolonged into the two-hour film.

Days go by, she staying at home, reading a book she doesn’t like, doing some sunbaking, wearing her wide-brimmed hat, sometimes going for a walk, and not particularly responsive when Roland comes home each evening. He spends his time in the bar, trying to write, still blocked. He drinks.

There are two agreeable characters at the bar, Michel the manager, Nils Arrestup, whose wife is dead, whose memory he cherishes, who listens to Roland, and tries to give him advice, especially about his drinking. And there is Patrice, the old owner of the bar who sits, watches, eats, plays chess with Michel.

Then a young couple on their honeymoon take the next apartment, Melanie Laurent and Melville Poupard. They are friendly – but do not know that there is a peep hole from one apartment to the other, discovered by Vanessa, watching through it a great deal, and with the audience, sharing prurient curiosity. Eventually Roland discovers it and he and his wife share a great deal of gazing at the life of the other couple, especially the more intimate parts of their life, their talk, nudity, the sexual relationship.

And all the time and there are quick edited glimpses of some kind of traumatic experience that Vanessa has had – and which the audience may well suspect almost from the beginning.

Roland is exasperated with his wife, sometimes trying hard to build the lost love, sometimes just giving. And she often gives up as well. They share some experiences with the couple next door, sailing, playing cards, going shopping.

Ultimately, there is some tension leading to a final confrontation and truth-telling, especially Roland speaking bluntly to Vanessa. Whether this is what she needs in her depression could be discussed but, ultimately, there is some effect, even hope.

Speaking of prurient curiosity, this is inevitable with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt as the stars, the producers, and Angelina Jolie (several times in the credits referred to as Angelina Jolie Pitt, and even in the final credits as Mrs Jolie Pitt) writing and directing. And the niggling question: does this reflect their real-life relationship? It must be said that Angelina Jolie, quiet voice, listless, depressed, is the exact opposite of Lara Croft and some of her more vigorous characters. So, a drama that probably owes more to French cinema of the 1950s and 60s and to the existential portrait of characters, lost and found, of Italian Michelangelo Antonioni.

Languid as we watch it – but much of it stays in the memory.


India, 2014, 91 minutes, Colour.
Directed by M. Manikandan.

The Crows Eggs is a Tamil film from the city of Chennai (formerly Madras). Films from the industries on India’s west coast, from Kolkotta and Chennai, tend to be dramas and comedies without the colourful romantic song and dance of Bollywood, from Mumbai and the east coast.

Many were surprised when Slumdog Millionaire won the Oscar for Best Film in 2008. Before and since there have been many slumdog films and this is one of them, something like Slumdog Pizza. Blog reports from India indicate that the Indian population really warms to this film.

The focus of the story is a family in the slums, father is in jail, mother works and tries to raise money to pay a lawyer to help get her husband out of jail (without any results). Her mother-in-law lives at home, sitting and getting older, giving advice to the two young boys who have to go out to collect coal, especially that falling from the trains as they pass, to get money for the family rather than go to school. There are quite a number of children with similar lives in these slums.

The boys, generally smiling, even when the younger one has problems, as in the opening of the film, with wetting his bed mat. The go out to play, give rice to the local crows and climb up to the nest so that they can drink the yolk from the crows’ eggs. They nickname themselves as Crow’s Egg.

Their lives are fairly routine, but, on the whole, they seem to enjoy them, not having had the opportunity to live better in any way. Until their playground is taken over, a building is put up and it turns out to be a Pizza Parlour. They have no idea what pizza is but they are attracted by the multi-coloured flyer, even persuading their grandmother to try to reproduce it.

They spend a lot of the film collecting the coal, helped by a friend who guides them to a government store and they gradually build up the money, only to be rejected at the Pizza Spot for being dirty urchins. Their next goal is to buy clothes so that they can be respectable as they try to get pizza.

In case this is too schmaltzy (which, in many ways, it is), there is a subplot about financial wheeler dealings to buy property, to put up buildings, to line the pockets of officials…

It comes to a head when the manager of the Pizza Spot actually punches the older boy – and it has been filmed on a mobile phone, leading to TV exposition, TV panels, discussions about the wealthy and the poor, politicians getting in on the act, locals trying to extort money from the Pizza boss, and, without spoiling the ending, no surprise when they get a free pizza (and then turn up their noses at it).

A family film, more attuned to family audiences and younger audiences than Slumdog Millionaire, audiences identifying with the boys who, for most of the film, seem to have as their goal, money, money, money – but, of course, they discover their generosity at the end.


US, 2015, 106 minutes, Colour.
Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Segel, Anna Chlumsky, Joan Cusack, Mickey Sumner, Mamie Gummer, Ron Stevenson.
Directed by James Pondsolt.

The End of the Tour is something of a specialist film, a film for lovers of literary fiction, especially American fiction. it is basically a two-hander, several days of conversation between the novelist, David Foster Wallace, and a Rolling Stones reporter, David Lipsky, who accompanied him on part of his tour to promote his book, Infinite Jest, published in 1996. It is based on the reporter’s memoir, Although of Course You End up Becoming Yourself.

It does not matter if the audience has not heard of David Foster Wallace. They will have quite an impression of him by the end of the film. It does begin somewhat grimly, with the news in 2008 that he had killed himself. The reporter, David Lipski, is shocked to discover the news and prepares a eulogy of the novelist which he delivers in New York City.

Then the film goes into flashback.

Jesse Eisenberg, who is almost always the same in every film (well, always the same) whether he be Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network or David Lipski – always a little hunch-shouldered and forward-stooping, nervous manner in speaking, always on the edge even when he is relaxed. But this suits him here, a reporter tired of writing about Boy Bands, and proposing to its editor that there is a story in the success of David Foster Wallace and his thousand page novel.

For those familiar with Jason Segel’s career, almost always in comedies, including Knocked up and similar comedies, Gulliver’s Travels and The Muppets, his performance here as Wallace will be a complete surprise – except that he does remind us that earlier in his career, it would be Jeff Daniels as Wallace. some commentators have said that he captures Wallace’s manner very well, a tall and rather lumbering man, always wearing a bandanna, chunks of hair emerging from each side of it, in old clothes (Joan Cusack’s chauffeur in Minneapolis exclaiming rhetorically as he goes to radio interview, “you’re not wearing that”). And, he doesn’t mind McDonald’s and other takeaway food…

David Lipski goes to Bloomington to do the interview, recorded but Wallace has a few reservations, especially about the privacy of his parents. What follows is a great deal of conversation, relishing of words and delivery, interactions between the two men, Wallace speaking at a book signing, on radio, with a friend from university days (Mickey Sumner) and enthusiastic fan (Mamie Gummer).

There is a great deal of self-revelation from the two men, the reporter nosing out details for his story, but, somewhat envious of the writer, who does not take himself too seriously with his fame, who has a certain charm, despite living alone with his large dogs, friendly with students in his creative writing course, able to reflect on the themes of his work, especially the theme of loneliness and a future prospect for marriage and having children.

Direction is by James Ponsoldt whose work includes specialist films, Smashed and The Spectacular Now.

Words, words, words, – those who enjoy conversation will not be sick of words but will relish the conversations.


US, 2015, 103 minutes, Colour.
Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Michael Shannon, Steve Carell, Josh Charles, Luke Grimes, Kelly Deadmon, Dennis Boutsikaris, William Sadler.
Directed by Peter Sollett.

The title is intriguing but not really helpful until we have seen the film. It seems to relate to the two central characters, Laurel (Julianne Moore) and Stacie (Ellen Page) and their relationship, and issues of civil equality. But, then, at the meeting of the Ocean County Council, underneath the plaques with the names of the councillors was the title, Freeholders. Ultimately, there is a civil liberties and legislation clash between citizens and Council.

The film has several genres in the plot development.

Freeheld opens as a police investigation drama with touches of the thriller, the career of Laurel, who had been in the Ocean County, New Jersey, police force for over 20 years, working with her partner, Dane (Michael Shannon). We see them in action, in raids, courageous. And we see the authorities congratulating the pair but the Chief looking only at the man, bypassing the woman. We are also shown Laurel doing her research work at home, coming up with leads and the follow through which involves her being dragged along the street holding onto a car, then a bad cop/good cop method where she is able to elicit the information needed. Laurel and Dane get on very well together, he having a crush on her.

After work, Laurel goes to a local gay club. She notices a young woman, Stacie, and joins in conversation, dancing, and they go home together, developing their relationship and, after a year, with Stacie doing garage work (being shown able to change a wheel more quickly than the expert at the garage) and the couple deciding to buy a house and renovate it. It is at this juncture that Dane discovers the truth, is momentarily shocked, but disappointed that she had not confided in him as he had confided personal matters to her.

Michael Shannon is very effective as Dane, portraying a good guy when, as so frequently in films, he can be extraordinarily sinister (as in 99 Homes, made at this time).

Freeheld then develops the theme of gay relationships, friendship, love, intimacy.

But then there is a transition when Laurel complains of a sore nerve and is urged to go to the doctor. She has lung cancer, quite advanced. In 2014, Julianne Moore gave her Oscar-winning performance as Alice, a 50-year-old succumbing to Alzheimer’s disease, Still Alice. Here she puts her deepest self into the performance, audiences convinced that she is terminally ill, going through the chemotherapy, accepting the limitations on her lifetime, being helped by the, at first, unbelieving Stacie.

It is here that the film becomes political. Laurel has decided, according to New Jersey legislation of 2005, to leave her pension to Stacey so that she can pay the mortgage on their house and live there. The local council, five male members, the Freeholders, hear the petition presented personally by Laurel and reject it. They offer different reasons, principles about the same-sex relationships, the possibility that this would lead to legislation on same-sex marriage, religious principles and their invoking that this is what the majority of citizens, older, of Ocean County believe in.

A campaigner, Steven Goldstein, suddenly erupts into the film. He is played vividly by Steve Carell, reminding people that he is middle-aged, middle-class, white, Jewish and gay. One of his lines is to remind people that his protests, rounding up followers, placards, slogans, shouting and singing, are “political theatre”. He takes up the cause of Laurel and Stacie even though Laurel will not endorse his campaign for same-sex marriage. What she is after – and she makes two speeches to the council, one when she is very sick – is gender equality.

There are two main approaches to awareness about social issues, campaigns and principles: some take the crusading path, as do the protesters in this film; others take the education path, telling stories, inviting people to step into the shoes of people whose causes are being promoted. This is what Freeheld does. With the expert performances, the modes of storytelling, audiences are invited to step into Laurel’s shoes and walk with her, as a person, in her career, in her sexual orientation, in her partnership, in her illness, in her fight for the issue of her pension going to her partner.

The advantage of this kind of storytelling is that it gives some possible compassion for people whether an audience agrees with them or not.


US, 2015, 100 minutes, Colour.
Directed by Davis Guggenheim.

If ever a bullet did not achieve what the shooter intended it to do, it was that which the Taliban and fired into the head of the young student, Malala Yousafzai. The intention of the shooter was to kill Malala to make an example of her because she advocated education for girls.

Despite expectations to the contrary, when Malala was flown to Britain for surgery and for recovery, recover she did. And, although Malala is only 18 now, the rest is history.

This documentary, from director, Davis Guggenheim, who won the Academy Award for his Al Gore film, An Inconvenient Truth, presents a portrait of Malala as something of a jigsaw or patchwork quilt. His material is not presented in conventional chronological order. Rather, we are introduced to Malala, some information about her work as a young student in Pakistan, but then a focus on her recuperation, her becoming something of a public figure, her campaign for education for girls.

Interspersed throughout the film are animation pieces, a device used to move quickly over events and perspectives by offering sketched images of Malala herself as well has of the countryside and other backgrounds. Some have found this a bit disconcerting or not appropriate to such a serious subject. However, it does allow for a change of mood, a shift in perspectives, a way of getting the audience to reflect on what they are seeing and what it means.

With the emphasis on the title, it is clear that Malala’s father is quite a significant presence in her life. He often accompanies her. He is an educationalist with strong ideas, obviously a major influence on his daughter. By contrast, her mother is quiet and stays in the background. One of her siblings, her younger brother, offers some cheeky and playful comments about his sister. Malala herself is often playful.

One of the significant aspects of the film is Malala, after her recovery, pursuing her education, but also travelling widely to a variety of countries, especially in Africa, again to encourage girls to go to school and receive an education. She is a strong teenage missionary for female education.

It is only towards the end of the film that it focuses on Malala in Pakistan, the threats to education, her being shot, the immediate impact, strikingly visual, her being saved and brought back to health, and her appearance in headlines throughout the world.

It was thought that she would receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013, but this did not happen. She was pleasantly stoic about all of this. But, in 2014, she did win and, at the end of the film, we see her making her acceptance speech and her exhortations about education.

Malala has become a significant figure already – and it will be very interesting over the coming years to see how she manages her celebrity and how she continues her education campaign.


US, 2015, 89 minutes, Colour.
Voices of: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Keegan-Michael Key, Asher Blinkoff, Fran Drescher, Molly Shannon, Megan Mullaly, Nick Offerman, Rob Riggle, Dana Carvey, Mel Brooks.
Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky.

A couple of years ago, audiences were surprised to find that there had been some kind of truce between vampires and humans, especially with the opening of Hotel Transylvania welcoming human guests. Not only that, the patriarch of the vampire family, Drac, was consenting to the marriage between his daughter, Mavis, and human with a touch of the hippie, Johnny.

And this is where this sequel takes up, the preparations for the wedding and the wedding itself, the vampires and the variety of monsters at the Hotel Transylvania hosting the humans from California and everybody having an enjoyable time. Then a year passes, Mavis is pregnant, then she gives birth – and the big question, is Dennis (called Dennisovich by his adoring vampire grandfather) a human or a vampire. While he has a mop of reddish hair, he doesn’t have any fangs. Nevertheless, he grows up happy, at home with vampires and monsters, comfortable with his human grandparents, an ordinary boy although everybody quibbles about the word “normal”.

Mavis and Johnny go to California for a holiday where she is overwhelmed by the Slurpee choices in a mini-mart and shows her prowess at bike riding on skateboarding centres. She really enjoys living in the human world. In the meantime, Drac and other monsters decide to take Dennisovich on a holiday, to a summer camp for him to prove himself a vampire, able to fly… It doesn’t turn out as hoped for and Mavis and Johnny, unable to get a flight, rely on Mavis’s bat-power to get home before the camp-goers.

There is a big climax for Dennis’s birthday, especially with the arrival of his great-grandfather (voiced inimitably by Mel Brooks), a fight of good monsters against bad monsters and revelation about Dennis…

The voice cast is very entertaining with Adam Sandler reprising Drac, Selena Gomez is Mavis, Andy Samberg as Johnny, and comic voices like those of Steve Buscemi, David Spade and Kevin James as a very benign Frankenstein monster who is accommodating for the tourists to take selfies with him. In small roles are Fran Drescher, Megan Mullaly, Molly Shannon.

It is all very brightly lit, vivid animation, action, and quite a lot of humour, both visual and verbal, with reference to vampire traditions and movies – an easily enjoyable film.


US, 2015, 137 minutes, Colour.
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutchison, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Elizabeth Banks, Mahershalaher Ali, Jena Malone, Jeffrey Wright, Natalie Dormer, Elden Henson, Wes Chatham, Sarita Chowdhury, Patina Miller, Michelle Forbes, Rob Knepper.
Directed by Francis Lawrence.

Three years ago, audiences who had not read the series of books, The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, were introduced to strong heroin, Katniss Everdene. She lived in an oppressed sector of the dictatorship and became the tribute to the annual futuristic fight-to-the-death games, akin to the gladiatorial combats of ancient Rome, with an effete society, decked out in outlandish costumes, watching or following the breathless television commentary. The president was a tyrant, President Snow.

Then, two years ago, most of us were in the know, watching the developments of Katniss and her friend and survivor, Peeta, and the manipulations of the President and his entourage.

It was last year that we were taken into the rebellion, introduced to a new potential president, President Coin, and the mobilisation of forces to topple President Snow.

And here we are, now, witnessing the uprising, the manipulation of Peeta, the plans of President Coin, the commando raid into the capital and the final confrontations.

Jennifer Lawrence quickly established herself in the imagination of filmgoers as Katniss Everdene and then won an Oscar for Best Actress in The Silver Linings Playbook (2012). We cannot imagine anyone else as this strong character and strong leader.

And most of the cast have continued throughout the film including Josh Hutchison as Peeta, Liam Hemsworth as Gail, Donald Sutherland as President Snow, Woody Harrelson as the adviser, Haymitch, and Elizabeth Banks as the fashion adviser, Effie Trinket. Julianne Moore had been introduced as President Coin as had Philip Seymour Hoffman has adviser, Plutarch. They both continue their roles with Philip Seymour Hoffman having filmed a number of scenes before his untimely death.

So, what is there to say about this final chapter of the saga? The characters continue, although there are complications with the mind-influencing of Peeta, the greater prominence of Gail and his relationship with Katniss and his involvement in the revolt, ambiguities about the role of President Coin, the buildup to the confrontation with President Snow, a long and special effects filled commando sequence as the rebels enter the capital, go through sewers and underground and seem to lose.

The battle sequences are strongly filmed and a certain amount of savagery in the resolution of hostilities – but, not quite what we anticipated, the series comes to an end in an atmosphere of peace and domestic hope.


US, 2015, 121 minutes, Colour.
Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Ben Whishaw, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Brendan Gleeson, Frank Dillane, Charlotte Riley, Jordi Molla, Donald Sumpter, Jamie Sives.
Directed by Ron Howard.

This film opens with deep underwater photography with a voice-over, that of novelist Herman Melville, who reflects on the impact of the sea and who arrives in Nantucket to get background for his novel, Moby Dick.

But the main story is that of the voyage of the SX in 1821, a whaling ship on expedition to the southern Atlantic and then into the Pacific Ocean. this story takes place in flashbacks as Melville interviews the last living survivor from the voyage who was a young lad, his first voyage, experiencing life on board, fierce storms, the confrontation of the giant white whale, the capsising of the SX and surviving on C for over three months.

Ben Wishaw plays Melville and Brendan Gleeson the man, now an embittered alcoholic, keeping the secrets of the voyage, even from his loving wife, but who was persuaded to reminisce and recount what happened.

The main action takes place in the 1820s, focusing on Bowen chase, Chris Hemsworth, newly married, his wife expecting a child, rather look down on by the shipowners and merchants of Nantucket as a land man, but who gets the appointment to be first made on the’s SX, under the command of an establishment captain, George pollard (Benjamin Walker). Their commission is to bring back as many barrels of whale all oil as possible, the oil used for lighting the lamps of the city streets.

With the difference in background in temperament, there are clashes between captain and first mate, brought to a head in a decision about confronting a vast storm. The storm sequence, coming early, helps audience appreciate the difficulties and dangers of sailing ships on the oceans.

The film also gives us a close-up on the tracking of the whales, the men in rowboat getting close, sailing amid the whales, finding the right moment to throw the harpoons, letting the rope go as far as possible before the whale is exhausted, the bringing of the whale blubber on board and its being cut up as well as the barrelling of the Orwell oil – with the young sailor being lowered into the belly of the whale to facilitate collecting the ordeal.oil.

This all takes place in the South Atlantic, the ship then rounding Cape Horn and putting into Chile import where they hear news of a giant white whale which has destroyed a Spanish ship. They going pursuit and this leads to the confrontation with the extraordinary whale, the foundation for Moby Dick, an image of nature versus humans and not vice versa. As with the novel, the great whale is an instrument of destruction, even pursuing the sailors after the sinking of the boat.

This is a film for audiences who appreciate going back into the 19th century and sharing these dangerous experiences. This is also a film for audiences, especially those inspired by Greenpeace, who have campaigned in recent decades against the exploitation of Wales, some of the barbarity in the harpooning and dissection of the whales, as well as the exploitation of the whales as a resource – with an ironic remark at the end as the old man mentions to Melville that he has heard that someone has struggled in Pennsylvania, something which he could not believe so extraordinary did it seem!

Direction of the film is by Ron Howard who for over 30 years has directed an extraordinary range of different genre films, from space in Apollo 13, a western in The Missing, and, to mention in passing only, two of the Dan Brown film adaptation, but winning an Oscar for A Beautiful mind Mind.


International co-production, 2014, 103 minutes, Colour.
Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer.

The Look of Silence is a companion film to the director’s The Act of Killing. Joshua Oppenheimer’s earlier film took audiences by surprise, sometimes making them aghast at the stories of the massacre of communists by the military in 1965. What was horrifying in that film was the actual footage of some of the killers remembering what they had done, no compunction, re-enacting the killings on screen.

The Look of Silence is, in some ways, easier to watch than the previous film though no less confronting.

Oppenheimer filmed in Indonesia, especially in 2003 and in 2012 in various locations, collecting a great deal of material which has been edited into the two films (the new film having some American television footage and reporting of the time).

This film uses the device of having a central character, Adi, born after the massacres, a son as a consolation for his parents saddened by the arrest and murder of an older son, Ramli. We see Adi with his wife and children, his little boy going to school listening to a teacher with an anti-Communist tirade, with his father contradicting the point of view of the teacher.

Adi is an optometrist, travelling round, testing the eyes of his clients, using a red frame (which features in a sinister way on the poster for the film) for the different lenses, helping people to see more clearly. This is obviously an image for the film and its perspective and message.

This time Addy interviews several of the killers. They are no less callous than those who re-enacted the massacres in the former film. Here, they speak to killers who were proud of what they did, have no hesitation in describing the killings, take Addy to the Snake River where they disposed of the bodies, one of them even having a sketchbook of drawings of what they did. Adi later goes to visit the family who are shocked at the news, and his showing television footage about their father, about the sketchbook. As can be imagined, the first reaction is to deny the past, but Adi has evidence.

Another person interviewed is his uncle who was a guard for the prisoners who eventually makes excuses for what he did, that he was not in charge. Gradually, with the help of someone present at the time but who escaped, the true story about Ramli and his arrest, escape, re-arrest and torture and death is revealed.

There is a further interview with a man and his daughter, the daughter having to admit what her father had done – including tossing a head amongst a group to frighten the Chinese.

As with The Act of Killing, there is an exposé of this year of living dangerously in Indonesia, the role of the military, the role of the government, the number of people involved in arrests, torturing and killings of a barbaric kind, and, while the past is past…, yet.


US, 2015, 107 minutes, Colour.
Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Alex Boeyfried, Alan Arkin, Marisa Tomei, Olivia Wilde, Jake Lacey, June Squibb, Jon Tenny.
Directed by Jessie Nelson.

Sometimes, it is hard to – not all the Coopers love each other, at least on the surface.

This is a film for northern hemisphere Christmas release, full of family celebrations, but in winter, with many snowed in at airports and unable to travel, Christmas decorations everywhere, plenty of Santa Clauses, preparations of the family meals – and all the trimmings, but which, of course, do not go to plan.

One of the difficulties of the film is that it has almost too many characters, each demanding a percentage of the screen time, time that is not always there for their stories to develop. In fact, the film seems a collection of short stories mixed in together. Some of them get our attention more fully than others. Older audiences will be following the story of the grandparents and their gradual falling out of love with each other; younger audiences may identify with the tentative teenager, pimples and all, and his struggles with his first kisses.

As can be seen, the Cooper Family is fairly dysfunctional.

The film spends a lot of time introducing us to each of the characters and setting up particular stories. Some of them have comic elements. Some of them are romantic. Some of them dramatise hardships, divorce and job losses. Some of them have the touch of tragedy.

And the whole story is narrated by the family dog, Rage, whose story this is as well, voiced prominently by Steve Martin.

Diane Keaton, who is one of the producers of the film, has what might be called the villain’s role. She is the matriarch who is prone to smother with her love and care, something which she does not always see, something she always defends – and, we hope, that she will see the light by the end of the film, especially because her husband, a genial John Goodman, really loves her and experiences a growing disappointment in her alienation, criticism, proud declarations of her role as mother.

This is somewhat complicated by their daughter, Olivia Wilde, a playwright who is having an affair with a local doctor and feels pressure to make a good impression on her mother, not wanting her mother to give her “that look”. This character is better developed than others, sitting in the bar at the airport, not wanting to go home immediately, chatting with a soldier (Jake Lacey) who turns out to be something of her opposite, Republican, literal Christian, a good man who experiences her ups and downs of moods but eventually agrees to go home pretending to be her boyfriend. He is the catalyst for some of the changes.

In the meantime, her brother (Ed Helms) is separated, has lost his job as a photographer, goes through a failed interview, relates to his three children, a little girl who is not backward in being forward, a sympathetic young son who wants to help his awkward teenage brother (the one who gets involved in kissing). Their aunt, Marisa Tomei, is lonely, is arrested for shoplifting, and spends most of her part of the film involved in amateur counselling of a police officer, Anthony Mackie, whom she accuses of being a robot in his behaviour. His is one of the interesting characters, especially in his response to Marisa Tomei.

Then there is the great-grandfather, played nicely by Alan Arkin, who befriends a lonely waitress, Amanda Seyfried, and invites her to the Christmas dinner. And June Squibb is on hand as the friendly family aunt with touches of dementia.

Some have attacked the film as too formulaic – and, probably, it is. But that doesn’t mean that many audiences will not enjoy the formula, interested in some characters more than others, but watching how it will all turn out and whether there would be some change of heart and some Christmas cheer.


UK, 2015, 88 minutes, Colour.
Lake Bell, Simon Pegg, Rory Kinnear, Olivia Williams, Ophelia Lovibond, Henry Lloyd- Hughes, Sharon Horgan, Stephen Campbell Moore, Ken Stott, Harriet Walter.
Directed by Ben Palmer.

Man Up as a title does not do justice to this comedy, with serious undertones. It is an amusing film with an appeal for both men and women in middle age, whether undergoing their crisis, or anticipating one, or just interested how men and women tick at this age.

It is something of a comedy of errors. Lake Bell is particularly good as Nancy, and with a British accent, a 34-year-old who has been for some years getting over a broken relationship, has a career as a journalist, something we don’t see much of, and is being urged on, especially by her married sister, to date and to make some romantic connections. We first see her invited to an engagement party, backing out, having room service at the hotel, being hounded to go down and being pushed to meet someone with whom she has no rapport.

Next day, on the train, she meets a rather prissy young career woman, Jessica (Olivia Lovibond) who is reading a bestseller on relationships, giving Nancy a little lecture, and leaving the book for Nancy to pick up. Jessica has planned to meet on a blind date a man under the clock at Waterloo Station. As Nancy hurries to give back the book (while Jessica is buying another one), Jack (Simon Pegg), who has been waiting, mistakes Nancy for Jessica. And the cautious Nancy throws caution to the winds and goes on a date with Jack, he incessantly talking, taking her to a bar, their having drinks, going to a bowling alley and exercising rivalry, going to another bar when Nancy meets Sean (Rory Kinnear in a somewhat over the top comic performance) who has had a crush on Nancy and causes her to reveal the truth before she was ready.

Some more rivalry and an encounter with Jack’s ex-wife and her boyfriend – with Nancy deciding to play up her connection with Jack, much to the amazement of his ex-wife, and with some slapstick consequences.

In the meantime, Nancy should have been at her parents’ 40th wedding anniversary to give the speech. Eventually she does get there, but so does Jack, relying on the good offices of Sean (which he should not have), and things get more or less sorted out to everyone’s satisfaction (except Sean’s).

There is quite an amount of witty and entertaining dialogue, audiences probably enjoying the farcical situations and the mixups, and probably pleased to see romance winning out for this middle-aged couple.


US, 2015, 110 minutes, Colour.
Ben Mendelsohn, Ryan Reynolds, Sienna Miller, Analeigh Upton.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.

Mississippi Grind offers audiences an American road trip – but with quite a difference. It opens with the ravaged face of Ben Mendelsohn as Gerry, sitting and contemplating in his car. It looks very existential with angst, and it is. But Gerry is contemplating his fortunes and misfortunes in gambling, eventually going in to a familiar casino situation and trying his luck.

Inside the place, there is a cheerful character, Curtis, played pleasingly and effectively by Ryan Reynolds, who clicks with Gerry and they finish a night on the town. Actually, Gerry is a not very successful real estate agent, separated from his wife and daughter, living a rather miserable life, so it is not difficult for him to agree to go with Curtis on a trip from Iowa to New Orleans with a plan to visit his ex-wife and daughter on the way and (misguidedly) achieve reconciliation.

We see a whole range of characters, especially Curtis, his girlfriend and the girls who work on a Mississippi riverboat. Curtis has many charming but fickle moments, brought to a head in New Orleans when he goes to a bar, listens to the ageing singer who turns out to be his mother. Gerry has no success at all with his wife, even trying to steal some of her savings from her.

The two gamblers fall in and out of the luck, but Curtis has an easy going way about him and is able to succeed on the rebound while Gerry is an all-or-nothing risk taker. He perseveres in the ending is (probably temporarily) beat.

The film was written and directed by the team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, responsible for such films as Half Nelson, the sports film, Sugar, It’s Kind of a Funny Story. Their shrewd understanding of characters, of the impulse to gamble and its consequences, are well served by the performance of Ben Mendelsohn, long a top stalwart of the Australian film industry, venturing sometimes overseas but, in more recent years, making his mark in American films, Killing Them Softly, Exodus: Gods and Kings, A Place Among the Pines. This is one of his best performances and well worth seeing.


US, 2015, 101 minutes, Colour.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie, Jillian Bell, Lizzie Kaplan, Michael Shannon, Ilana Glazer, Aaron Hill, Tracy Morgan.
Directed by Jonathan Levine.

Might be best to start this review by indicating that it is a variation on the classic It’s a Wonderful Life, though American style of living has vastly and openly altered in many areas from that of small towns in upstate New York in the 1940s. This reference is to indicate that there are some redeeming features in The Night Before, despite initial suspicions to the contrary.

This is one of those raucous, crass, drug-filled American comedies that are so popular in recent years, especially with people like Seth Rogen in the cast. But, if you are not responding to this kind of comedy, and you have the patience, there is some resolution part of the way through and right at the end. The thing is with these crass comedies is that they have their cake and eat it as well: they enjoy indulging in all the raucous aspects of the screenplay, have no holds barred on the coarse and explicit language, and have no problems in their central characters reliance on drugs and hallucinating trips. But the audience which enjoys all this may have quite some difficulties with the ending where there is redemption all-round, confessions of wrongdoing, giving up drugs, wanting genuine romance, extolling marriage and babies, put off by the highly moralising message at the end.

It is the night before Christmas, and nobody is really asleep. We have seen three friends in 2003 consoling one of them, Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) on the death of his parents in a car crash. One of the friends is Isaac (Seth Rogen) and the other Chris (Anthony Mackie). They have a great desire by 2008 to go to the Christmas Eve Nutcracker Ball but cannot find where it is held. Come to 2015. Ethan has no job and is supplying as an elf carrying the entrees at a Christmas social. Isaac is married to Betsy (Jillian Bell) and they are expecting. Chris has become a champion sportsmen – though relying on steroids. They are still friends but this is to be their last traditional night before celebration.

Whatever the providence, Ethan finds and takes three tickets to the Nutcracker Ball and goes to find his friends. For some reason, Betsy gives a Christmas present to Isaac of some top drugs – which sets him up for the night, on a vivid trip which includes going to midnight mass, getting sick in the aisle, to claiming that the Jews did not crucify Jesus, (a reminder that Christianity is far more tolerant about religious jokes than some other religions we might think of). Chris wants to buy drugs for a white sportsmen (Chris is African American) and they set off to meet the dealer who supplied them when they are in high school. This is Mr Green who turns out to be Michael Shannon, supplying all the drugs, but also giving them a pipe to smoke which projects them into the future, some grim pictures of what they might be, which helps them eventually to change their ways. Michael Shannon is generally an unsettling screen presence and is so here – until we realise who he is and what he is doing (It’s a Wonderful Life), confirmed, as was Clarence, in getting his wings.

A lot of the time is spent in stupid shenanigans, Chris and the sexual encounter with a tough girl who steals his stash and whom he chases through the city; Isaac and his hallucinations; and Ethan wanting to find Diana (Lizzie Kaplan) in order to propose to her - which he does while singing with Miley Cyrus (and James Franco turning up for the Ball). He later has to do a more genuine proposal.

There is also an interlude where they go to dinner at Chris’s mother’s house – she has a shrine to her champion son, wanting him to go to church, but giving them the leftovers from the meal to take to the homeless down the street.

For those devoted to this kind of raucous comedy, no problems. For those not devoted to this kind of raucous comedy, probably best to let it pass. But, if for some reason those unfavourable are watching, there is reconciliation, confession, and firm purposes of amendment by the end of the film – and everyone sitting happily around the Christmas table.


Germany, 2014, 98 minutes, Colour.
Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf.
Directed by Christian Petzold.

It is not often that a film review starts with a recommendation for audience to see it because of the final scene, but this is the case with Phoenix. This final scene is most effective: song, Speak Low, its melody has been heard throughout the film – a song by Kurt Weill and Ogden Nash for the musical, One Touch of Venus, a Pygmalion story of a statue coming to life – and now sung by Nelly, the central character, her husband Johnny playing the piano, and a glimpse of a tattoo which makes all the difference. It is an ending which does not spell out its consequences, leaving it for the audience to respond and to decide.

With a title like Phoenix, it would seem that this is a film about a character rising from ashes to a new life. And that is correct. It is the dramatic story of Nelly, a Jewish woman arrested in Berlin in 1944, interned in the camp at Auschwitz, thought to have died, but returning to Berlin at the end of the war.

Phoenix has been directed by Christian Petzold, director of a number of very successful German dramas, many of which starred Nina Hoss (Barbara, a story about East Germany, Yella, Jerichow). Nina Hoss one a Best Actress award at the Berlin film Festival, 2012, for Barbara and her performance as Nelly is as good and as powerful.

At the opening of the film, Nelly’s face is in bandages as she travels by train from Poland to Germany in the company of a friend, Lene (Nina Kunzendorf). She goes for an operation for facial reconstruction, wanting her old face as much as possible instead of a new one. But, her face is sufficiently different as she goes to seek out her husband who works in a Berlin club. He does not recognise her. This is very sad for her as she still loves him.

Her husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld) is a handsome type, with some charm. However, he decides to transform Nelly into his wife, overtones of Pygmalion. There are many scenes where Nelly has to write, walk, be transformed with clothes and make up into Johnny’s wife because he thinks she is dead, but if she is alive, she and he can claim her money.

The audience knows the truth while Johnny does not, so there is a tension in Nelly’s love, her following the directions that Johnny gives her, but her wanting to know whether he actually had betrayed her to the Nazis or not.

The film gradually builds its tension, the focus on Nelly and her anguish and love, the focus on Johnny and his ambitions, the sadness of Nelly’s friend Lene and her despair after the war, and the drama of Nelly’s train ride and alleged arrival from the East – and that final, powerful scene.


Vanuatu, Australia, 2015, 100 minutes, Colour.
Directed by Martin Butler, Bentley Dean.

This is a story from Vanuatu, a story from the Yakel tribe, set in 1987, a story of a doomed romance.

The film is a co-production between Vanauatu and Australia, people of the island performing, Australians writing and directing after their experience in being with the tribes people.

Many audiences will be thinking of Romeo and Juliet as they watch this film, star-crossed lovers.

The film opens with a focus on two young girls, Selin, a sprightly young girl and her sister Wawa who is at the verge of her initiation into adulthood and, therefore, an arranged marriage. However, she is in love with another member of the tribe, a Hunter, Dain, who has been away from the tribe but has now returned. The couple elope, going away from the tribe to the rim of an active volcano in the centre of their island. Selin follows them and they declare that they will not return.

This leads to a state of warfare between the two tribes, Wawa having been promised to a man from a neighbouring tribe, continually antagonistic towards Yakel.

Following the Romeo and Juliet lead, the young couple are found dead, which leads to a cessation of hostilities, grief for those who have died, a challenge to the traditions of arranged marriages – with a final songs celebrating this transition to greater freedom for love amongst the people.

The Yakel tribe are proud that they have their customs, that they have resisted colonialism, that they have resisted Christianity, that they have resisted the lure of money, that they have kept to their old customs.

Actors and others involved in the film had not seen a film before this production and travelled overseas to be feted at the Venice film Festival, an extraordinary change of life that they had been used to. There is simplicity about the performances, and authentic feel about the people, and some spectacular photography, which means that a wide audience will enjoy the story, its romance and tragedy.


US, 2015, 120 minutes, Colour.
Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Topher Grace, Dennis Quaid, Elisabeth Mossa Bruce Greenwood, Stacy Keach, John Benjamin Hickey, David Lyons, Dermot Mulroney, Rachael Blake, Andrew McFarlane, Noni Hazelhurst, Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Philip Quast, Steve Bastoni, Nicholas Hope.
Directed by James Vanderbilt.

Truth is a very broad title from any film, let alone one about journalism, especially investigative journalism. director, James Vanderbilt, as written screenplay adapted from the 2005 memoir by Mary Mapes, Truth and Duty: The Press, the President and the Privilege of Power. Mary Mapes was an award-winning television producer, latterly working with television celebrity host, then Rather, and the attempted 60 Minutes program on George W.Bush and his being eased into the National Guard instead of action in Vietnam.

Mary Mapes wrote the book explaining the process of researching and compiling the program, or the producers being subject to a cbs internal investigation and Mapes being fired from her job – and has not worked in television production since. obviously, the film is from her point of view, her explanations and justifications of the behaviour and procedures, the felt prejudices at the time of the 2004 presidential election, the behaviour of CBS network.

Investigative journalism has become very significant in recent decades. With such an appetite for news, radio, television, the press, online, there is also a public desire to go behind the headlines, often sensationalised, often the personal opinion of the journalist with the byline. The Social Media, with easy access for people to offer opinions, blacken reputations, foment conspiracy theories, there is certainly a need for investigation.

Information came in to Mary Mapes about George bushes cracked Bushes military service. She gathered together a crack team and is authorised by CBS to research the program. phone calls were made, documents received, attempts were made to verify the truth of the documents, checks were made on opinions of military personnel… Some were persuaded to be filmed for the 60 Minutes Program.in the immediate aftermath, there were denials, criticisms of the lack of verification of the documents, even to questions about the use of typefaces and particular on typewriters in the 1970s. Of the networks created controversy and the investigator to particular to many lengths to try to verify the truth – unfortunately, not successfully.

This inside look at the methods and processes of such journalism is fascinating in the investigations on current media, whether it be of corruption in racing industries, low wages and exploitation of overseas workers or the royal commission can still into institutional sexual abuse. It is certainly a cautionary tale.

What makes it powerful, whether one agrees with the attitudes of the characters and their conclusions are not, is the presence of Cate Blanchett as Mary Mapes. A commentator noted that the powerhouse performance, one of the best (actually most of Cate Blanchett’s performances are best) almost this film to succeed. We are all on her side but appreciate the strengths and flaws, the intensity of the work, the powers of persuasiveness in person and on the phone, admiration for Dan Rather, the glimpses of life, the son and supportive husband.

Robert Redford is always a reassuring presence (despite his age and dyed hair) as Rather, a well journalist who had, in some ways, to fall on his sword. the supporting cast is particularly strong, especially Tofu Grace as at the 30th tracking down leads, with Dennis Quaid and Elisabeth Moss. Stacy Keach is military source who supplies the documents which have to be examined. And then we might notice that Noni Hazelhurst plays his wife, and there are quite a number of Australian actors are present in the film, Andrew McFarlane as Mary Mapes lawyer, Nicholas Hope as a handwriting expert, Rachael Blake and David Lyons as CBS executives. Then, at the end, we are informed that it was all filmed in New South Wales, with a few New York scenes. Indeed, the director of photography, Mandy Walker, the editor Richard Francis-Bruce, and others in the technical credits are also Australian.

The film is an interesting picture of the significance of investigative journalism and the need to try to get everything right – or else.


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