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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 - March 2016

Melbourne, March, 17th, 2016 (Peter Malone). After the Oscars (though reviews of Son of Saul , Steve Jobs and Trumbo), quite a variety of genre films, with Maggie Smith and The Lady in the Van contrasting with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies or 10 Cloverfield Lane. Hail Caesar contrasts with Grimsby and Ride Along 2 or Zoolandeer. Serious films are The Finest Hours and Concussion. Australia contributes the updating of Ibsen’s The Wild Duck as The Daughter and, should it be mentioned?, Gods of Egypt.

  • CHOICE, The

US, 2016, 103 minutes, Colour.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, John Gallagher Jr.
Directed by Dan Trachtenberg.

Cloverfield was one of those hand-held camera thrillers with handheld camerawork and found footage, pseudo-documentary, about violent threats to communities and fightback.

The only connection with this film is the reference to that title and its director, Matt Reeves, who is one of the producers of this film (as is Drew Goddard, writer of The Martian and Damien Chazelle, director of Whiplash).

In terms of photography and style, this is a more straightforward piece – although, there is some hand-held camera work in the final, very busy and active, part of the film.

It also should be said that this is more a terror film rather than a horror film (though there are touches of horror in that final part).

Most of the film is a claustrophobic drama with only three characters. We see Michelle, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, packing up, driving away, ignoring her boyfriends pleas on her car phone. At this stage during the credits, we are rather lulled until there is a sudden, quite a sudden shock and the film story changes. (There are a couple more of those sudden shocks.)

Michelle finds herself in a subterranean cell, well stocked by Howard who has built it as protection against the alien invasion. He is a big, jovial man, played by John Goodman. Michelle is a bit wary about him, needless to say, wanting to get out, and we, the audience, do have suspicions as to whether there really is an alien invasion – although, some evidence is gradually revealed.

Also in the underground bunker is a local young man, Emmett, played by John Gallagher Jr. He and Michelle share their stories, wondering about Howard, but gradually forming a little community, perhaps the only survivors of the invasion.

But, all is not always well, Michelle making some discoveries, Emmett concerned, and Howard, big and bombastic, genial, but…

And all this works up to a climax and confrontation between the three, probably not quite as expected, but making the film more engrossing after life in the bunker. And, then, there is that finale with the spacecraft and alien monsters. Which, by this stage, has become credible enough.

Will the aliens take over? Will Michelle, whom Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley from the Alien series would be very proud of, elude pursuit and survive? Are there any other survivors? The success of this film may well indicate that the story could continue.


US, 2016, 144 minutes, Colour.
James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, David Denman.
Directed by Michael Bay.

One of the great benefits of the film director having a solid reputation is that many audiences will want to see his film without even checking whether it is well reviewed or not. One of the disadvantages of the film director having a particular kind of reputation, especially one that critics continually denounce, is that any film he makes will be tarred with this disreputable brush.

Which serves as an introduction to films made by American director, Michael Bay. He was more acceptable in the 1990s with his comic action police shows, Bad Boys and his apocalyptic Armageddon. But, with his attempt to recreate the atmosphere of Pearl Harbour, he became a victim of critics ire and condemnation, which flowed over a bit into audience reaction. But, then he made the Transformer films, loud, full of action, appealing to the multiplex audience, thus bringing a great division into responses to his films.

Well, 13 hours is a Michael Bay film. In fact, the episodes in which it is based might be called Michael Bay situations, the upheaval in Libya in 2011, after the Arab Spring and the death of Colonel Gaddafi, the civil unrest, the different militias and their objectives, and the place of the United States, especially an ambassador who was interested in some kind of reconciliation but who was killed in action – which had some repercussions for the career of Hillary Clinton and criticisms of her as Secretary of State at this period.

Which does mean that there are some intrinsic elements of interest here, the re-creation of Libya and of Benghazi, the presence of the CIA, especially their security experts, the role of the ambassador and his choices which exposed him to potential violence and ultimately made him a victim of this violence, the ideologies of the militias and their going and violent action.

Michael Bay can really craft an action film and that is what he has done here. He builds up the audience understanding of the situation, introducing a central character, played unexpectedly by John Krasinski who would seem more at home in more domestic and romantic roles, joining the security team in Benghazi, gradually becoming involved in the tensions, in the city, in the compound where the ambassador stayed and was interviewed by the media, in the CIA base, which was protected by some secrecy.

While there is some characterisation, introduction to the members of the team with their different attitudes clashes, their ability to work together, their having to cope with difficult circumstances and some blackouts in information, as well as phone calls home with some domestic background, the bulk of the film, quite long, is in the action concerning saving the ambassador, coping with his death, venturing out into the city, appealing for help from neighbouring countries including Malta, but having to use wits to fight and to survive, finally being besieged in the CIA base.

The film will naturally appeal to action fans, and there is plenty of action. For audiences who may not be action fans but who may have wondered about how this situation could arise in Benghazi at the time, the film fills in the background, highlights the characters, and enables the audience to appreciate how difficult and uncertain it is in Middle Eastern and North African countries, especially when American presuppositions are brought in, and lessons have to be learnt about local culture, local loyalties, local politics.

13 hours has the benefit of having dramatic action but also providing political action background to actual events of 2011.


US, 2016, 111 minutes, Colour.
Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, Maggie Grace, Alexandra Daddario, Tom Wilkinson, Tom Welling.
Directed by Ross Katz.

The easiest way to review The Choice is to note that it is based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks. For those who enjoys Sparks’ novels and the film adaptations, there is no need of review, The Choice will be on the list of must-see films. On the other hand, critics are very harsh on the film adaptations, dismissing them as predictable, sentimental, trite. But, so much entertainment could be described in that way – but does not necessarily stop many being entertained.

There have been 11 adaptations of Sparks’ novels in the last 16 years, one a year since 2012. The first was Message in a Bottle, with Kevin Costner and Paul Newman. The adaptation which has received more praise than the others is The Notebook. Lately, we have had The Longest Ride, with the Rodeo background, The Best of Me, Safe Haven.

Most of Sparks’ stories are set along the North Carolina coast and this is the case with The Choice. Sparkes relishes the beauty of the scenery and the film makers have gone along with it this time, making The Choice a rather pretty picture, the water, the inlets, and at sunset, the golden light shimmering on the water.

As the film opens, Travis (Benjamin Walker) is confiding to the audience that choices and decision-making are important, and that he has a very important decision to make, arriving at the hospital with a bunch of flowers, talking to the doctor and… We go into flashback.

Travis is something of a tough type, with a rather sardonic sense of humour, living by himself in a comfortable house on the water, hosting parties, and listening to loud music – which does not ingratiate himself with his new neighbour, medical student, Gabby (Australia’s Teresa Palmer). And she blames his dog for impregnating her dog – and dogs will feature in the film as well as some puppies.

She goes to the vet and low and behold, Travis is in a veterinary partnership with his father (Tom Wilkinson). Travis will say that Gabby bothers him – but he likes being bothered by her. Initially, she is bothered in the expected way but, somehow or other we know that this is going to end in romance. Complication, Travis has an on-again off-again girlfriend and Gabby is about to be engaged to the local doctor.

Gabby comes from a very wealthy family and she decides to go back home, thinking that she must be engaged – although telling the truth to the dcotor.

The Choice is very much in favour of commitment, marriage and family. And the years go by.

It would not be a romance if there were not some suffering in the film – and, in a predictable way, it happens, causing Travis to think, to make decisions…

After the tears, joy and smiles, and that is a Nicholas Sparks’ story. Until the next one.


US, 2015, 123 minutes, Colour.
Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Morse, Arills Howard, Mike O’Malley, Eddie Marsan, Hill Harper, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Stephen Moyer, Richard T.Jones, Paul Reiser, Luke Wilson.
Directed by Peter Landesman.

Concussion seems a title straight to the point – but the question remains as to what exactly is its point. For someone seeking an action film, it might indicate plenty of fights and head-butting. Head-butting is the case – but it is in the sport so beloved to Americans, their football, the hard-playing tackles, leaps, clashing of helmets, the hitting of heads, the repercussions for brains.

This is a fact-based film, the story of strongly-qualified coroner, Bennet Olumu, originally from Nigeria, working in Pittsburgh. He has way with the people he examines in an autopsy, speaking to them, trying to elicit something of their story, the background of how they died. The nurses assisting are sympathetic. The supervisor is certainly not. But he has the support of the medico in charge (Albert Brooks).

Bennet is played by Will Smith, a strong and serious role, Smith affecting an African English accent quite effectively – skilled, confident in his qualifications, a strong ego, and serious about his craft and eager to investigate mysterious illness. This comes in the form of a player whom the audience has already seen (David Morse), receiving tributes, in action in his long sports career, a popular player, but his life collapsing around him, alienated from his family, isolated and ultimately killing himself. Bennet wants to know why this happened to such a popular man.

This begins an investigation into the suicides of several players after their descent into some kind of depressed and mentally disturbed existence. It leads Bennet to investigate concussion and the repercussions on the brain, detailed and thorough investigations, criticism from his supervisor, support from the medico, paying for the research himself, eventually taking it to a respected doctor (Eddie Marsan) who accepts his finding as scientific and is prepared to be seen as a co-author of the published results.

We are also introduced to a sports doctor, played by Alec Baldwin, enthusiastic in his encouragement of the players but, after hearing the results of Bennet’s investigations, begins to question his own past action, the action of the NFL and teams up with Bennet, pointedly being asked by the NFL to present Bennet’s case when they refused to listen to Bennet himself.

Alongside this is a personal story, and Bennet being humanised as his supervisor suggests. The parish priest asks Bennett to take in a young woman from Kenya who is trained as a nurse and needs accommodation. He is not used to sharing anything much with others but warms to her and, gradually, she being interested in his work, love develops between them, Bennet even going to a site in Pittsburgh where he will build a house for them. The nurse is played by Gugu Mbatha Raw who was seen very effectively in the film about Britain and slavery, Belle.

Bennet is subject to increasing criticism, scepticism about his findings, being accused of fraud and, has as been mentioned, even refused permission to speak to the authorities.

As might be expected, there is something of happy ending but, not before humiliation and suffering, with authorities ultimately accepting his findings, acting on recommendations to protect players against damning concussions with their dire consequences.

One of those “inspiring” films which are also quite enjoyable.


Australia, 2015, 95 minutes, Colour.
Geoffrey Rush, Odessa Young, Ewen Leslie, Miranda Otto, Paul Schneider, Sam Neill, Anna Torv, Nicholas Hope.
Directed by Simon Stone.

The Daughter seems a rather generic title, especially when one discovers that it is an adaptation of Norwegian Henrik Ibsen’s play, The Wild Duck. (There had been another Australian version of The Wild Duck in the 1980s, set in Tasmania, with Jeremy Irons and Liv Ullman in the central roles.)

Ibsen’s play has been adapted by theatre director, Simon Stone (who contributed a story to the omnibus film, Tim Winton’s The Turning). He has certainly made the transfer credible, locating the contemporary story in southern New South Wales, in mountainous timber country, with a logging industry that is collapsing, filmed around Tumbarumba and Tumut. The film has visually impressive photography.

Stone has the advantage of an expert cast. In the background, though not dominating, is the patriarch of the family, who has inherited the logging company and has to face loss of contracts, workers losing their jobs, and the repercussions for the town. He is Henry, played by Geoffrey Rush. Henry has been married, his wife has died and his son, who was born in the United States, has returned there after doing his schooling in Australia. Henry intends to marry again, a younger woman who has worked in his house. And the son, Christian (Paul Schneider), returns to Australia for his father’s wedding.

Obviously, some potential for conflict, social and personal.

The film focuses more on another family, that of Oliver, who has been working on the mill, went to school with Christian, and his wife, Charlotte. They have a teenage daughter, Hedvig. Oliver and Charlotte are played by Ewen Leslie and Miranda Otto, and the daughter is played by Odessa Young, who also made an impression as a teenager in the title role in Looking for Grace. Also in the picture is Oliver’s father, growing older and seemingly with the touch of Alzheimer’s, a former partner with Henry, but living on the farm, Walter, played by Sam Neill.

While there is quite some focus on the daughter, her tending the wild duck that had been shot by Henry but not killed and is now in the care of her grandfather, Walter, who has a collection of wounded animals, she is the pivotal point of the plot and the long keeping of secrets. She is seen at school, sexually curious with a young fellow student who then has to move from the town because of the unemployment situation. She then becomes a victim of the secrets.

One of the main thrusts of Ibsen’s drama is the nature of secrets and whether they should be kept secret or, if they revealed, consequences can be disastrous. And that is certainly the case in The Daughter, with Christian at the centre of the secrets, tense with his father, relying on his bond with Oliver, some wariness of Charlotte, concern for Hedvig.

The performances are very good, the atmosphere of the town created admirably, the interactions of the characters involving – which means a great challenge to the audience concerning the secrets, and the importance of their being kept and the consequences of their being revealed.


US, 2016, 108 minutes, Colour.
Ryan Reynolds, Ed Skrein, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Leslie Uggams, Brianna Hildebrand, Gina Carano.
Directed by Tim Miller.

The worldwide success of Deadpool seems quite extraordinary. Within a week it had broken many records in the United States and, very quickly afterwards, made an impact right around the world.

While it is a film version of Marvel Comics, it is quite different from the usual presentation of superheroes, the mighty saviours of the world. Deadpool himself does have some extraordinary powers but they were not necessarily of his wanting – his transformation is something akin to that of Peter Palmer into Spiderman, and his costume is not dissimilar. But, in personality, definitely different!

The thing is that , Deadpool is really a spoof. Deadpool is actually Wade Wilson, who had a career, a tough career, in righting wrongs around the world, mercenary style. Not that we know this from the beginning. Rather, the film makers have decided to write a screenplay which is something of a jigsaw puzzle: initially showing us Deadpool in vigorous action, then going back to Wade’s story, and a bit of to and frowing between these two periods.

What emerges is that Wade is diagnosed with a terminal illness and, rather than imposing on his loving wife, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) their vigorous courtship we have also been privy to, accepts an invitation to undergo some kind of surgery which might save his life. However, a villain that we have already seen confronting Deadpool, ensures that Wade is so transformed that he becomes hideous, including an desperate fire fight, gets himself a costume which will conceal his burnt face, and off he goes on a quest, especially seeking the villain, Francis (Ed Skrein), especially when he takes Vanessa as a hostage.

This means there is a lot of tongue-in-cheek action as well as very straightforward stoushes, sometimes involving his friends, especially two mutants from the well-known school from the Ex-Men films and some jokes about Hugh Jackman and Wolverine, one a mutant that resembles a Frankenstein monster in some ways and another is a teenager, who waits to go into action until she has finished tweeting, who becomes a speeding ball of fire.

But, what makes the difference, is the repartee in the dialogue, smart, jokey, quite a number of film references even to Ryan Reynolds commenting on his own acting abilities…

And this seems to have captured the imagination and emotional response of audiences in 2016, probably indicating that along with the very serious, big-budget action shows that are to come, there will be a lot more humour, deadpan humour and spoof – which the trailer of Suicide Squad seems to indicate is another in this trend this year.


US, 2016, 117 minutes, Colour.
Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Eric Bana, Holliday Grainger, John Ortiz.
Directed by Craig Gillespie.

The Finest Hours is a US and action adventure at sea, based on a true story.

In 1952, off the Massachusetts coast, a tanker was buffeted by waves and broke in half. There were other disasters at sea on the night. Someone on the coast, during the storm and lightning, saw the outline of the tanker and communicated with the local coastguard. The commander, not a local and so resented because of his accent and manner, ordered out a small boat to search for the stricken vessel. For many, it seemed something of a death sentence – nevertheless, the mission was successful.

The film starts rather slowly, establishing the character of Bernie Webber, a young coastguard officer, hesitant, a believer in regulations, and shy and awkward with girls. He has made an appointment to meet a young woman that he has been talking for some time on the phone. He is encouraged by his friend, Gus, and the two men meet girls and go to a dance. The girl, Miriam, is much less hesitant than Bernie and proposes to him – but he is troubled, willing, needing to ask his commanding officer.

Then the storm breaks and Bernie is put in charge of a small but competent boat, his friend, Richie, also somewhat critical of him, volunteers to go as do two other men. The difficulty is getting across the sand and rock bar of the harbour without running aground.

In the meantime we are treated to the powerful special effects for mountainous seas, vast waves, ocean turmoil and the breaking of the tanker. At two stages, the captain of each boat says to his men, “brace yourselves” – but that is something the audience has been doing in their seats for the previous 30 minutes so impacting in the effects.

In the meantime, Miriam is concerned, confronts the officer in charge, challenges his orders. Ultimately, she has to wait like everyone else on the docks, living in hope.

Because we know that the rescue was ultimately successful, the suspense is not in what will happen but how what will happen, the difficulties of Bernie in the small boat, the stalling the engine, the loss of the compass, and a sudden finding of the stricken tanker.

And, on the tanker, some of the men want to lower the lifeboats and escape, but the engineer in charge, Ray, tries to convince them that the lifeboats will be smashed to pieces very quickly. He uses his ingenuity and the loyalty of the crew to work on the engine, to continue maintaining the pumps, to construct a tiller for safe steering and the idea of reversing the tanker onto a reef so that it can be steady in case of rescue.

The film is well done, the rescue plot dominating the personal drama, so some audiences may find the film not to their taste, perhaps to documentary-like. Chris Pine, who has been the new Captain Kirk in the two recent Star Trek adventures, shows himself capable as Bernie. Casey Affleck has a strong role as Ray. Eric Bana is the commander and Holliday Grainger is Miriam.

A worthy drama and a tribute to the heroic efforts of those men in 1952.


Australia/US, 2016, 127 minutes, Colour.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gerard Butler, Brenton Thwaites, Rufus Sewel, Geoffrey Rush, Elodi Yung, Bryan Brown, Rachael Blake, Courtney Eaton, Chadwick Boseman, Felix Williamson, Robyn Nevin, Bruce Spence, Tiriel Mora.
Directed by Alex Proyas.

Big, blooming, brash, blustering. Somebody remarked that this is really popcorn fantasy for the multiplex audience. And why not?

If you are a serious student of ancient Egypt, give this one a miss, you might get confused as to the history of the gods. Or, perhaps you might just put it on hold, waiting for a time for relaxation and an alternate view of what those gods were up to in pre-history times.

Back in the 50s when CinemaScope was introduced, this kind of film was very popular, even a big budget one like The Egyptian. Then, in the 1960s and 70s, there were adventure films, fantasies about Sinbad and other heroes, taking us back into our fantasy past, conflicts and loves, with special effects by the expert, Ray Harryhausen. One of the peaks of this kind of film was the 1980s, Clash of the Titans, even starring Laurence Olivier and Maggie Smith.

In more recent times, the Titans have come back with both a Clash and a Wrath. There have been several Hercules films and another about the gods, The Immortals. So, there is a tradition for this kind of entertainment, this time brash, big-budget, an enormous range of special effects and, through CGI, a seeming cast of millions. The director is Australian Alex Proyas and most of the film was made at Fox Studios in Sydney, with additional work in Canada. Proyas is best known for his science fiction film, Dark City, 1998.

We might remember the names from study or the movies, Osiris, Set, Horus, Ra. They are all here.

Back in those days, it seems that the gods lived amongst mortals, mortals being ordinary height and the gods much taller, which takes a little getting used to. At the opening, the benign King Osiris (Bryan Brown polishing up his Aussie accent to make it sound a little more British) is about to crown his rather irresponsible son, Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, a solid import from Game of Thrones) in the presence of those CGI millions. Who should arrive but the bad God-Ruler, Set, (Gerard Butler remembered from 300, having decided to keep his Scottish accent and all). Seemingly friendly, he is up to no good and soon he takes over, kills his brother, exiles his nephew, subjugates all the mortals who become the equivalent of the Hebrews in later times, building pyramids and monuments in slavery.

But the story is told by a human in his old age, Bek. Young, he is played by Brenton Thwaites, an enthusiastic young mortal, in love with Zaya (Courtney Eaton) who teams up with Horus, the god not above exploiting the human, the human with a sense of adventure, especially when his loved one is killed and is on a journey to the afterlife and he has a quest to save her before she reaches the final gate.

Also on hand, later, is the grandfather God, Ra, played unexpectedly by Geoffrey Rush who has an extraordinary apotheosis scene towards the end.

This means that there are all kinds of adventures, battles, betrayals, deaths, and, of course, a huge and lengthy confrontation between Horus and Set, especially involving an enormous tower which puts, heightwise, the tower of Babel into insignificance.

This is the kind of film that used to be described as Saturday matinee material, all kinds of adventures and cliffhangers, not a great deal put into depth of characterisation. Rather, here are the heroes and villains, here are the situations, here are the battles – and good will triumph over evil.


UK, 2016, 83 minutes, Colour.
Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Rebel Wilson, Isla Fisher, Ian McShane, Penelope Cruz, Tamsin Egerton, Ricky Tomlinson, Johnny Vegas, Scott Adkins, Gabourey Sidibe.
Directed by Louis Letterier.

An initial word is necessary for audiences contemplating going to see Grimsby. For those with high sensitivity and fastidious sensibility, probably best to give it a miss.

On the other hand, for those with a more robust sense of humour and a tolerance towards the crass, it is often very funny, as might be expected of a film with Sacha Baron Cohen. His initial career was in satiric comedy, creating the television character, Ali G, venturing into the movies as well. Ali G was intrusive, funny, controversial – with more than a touch of vulgarity. Then Baron Cohen won over audiences with his very funny satire, and the visit to Tajikistan, Borat. Bruno, his intrusive adventures and interviews in the United States, was less successful, but he made something of a comeback with The Dictator. He also appeared a number of films including Sweeney Todd and Les Miserables.

This film is much the same except… The setting is in the Northern British town, working town, Grimsby, where Baron Cohen plays Nobby Butcher, an awkward-looking (thanks to imitating Noel Gallagher), pot-bellied father of nine children, often with movie names like Django Unchained. (A lot of funny movie references, jokes about Daniel Radcliffe and Harry Potter and Aids, and satire on Donald Trump).He has a girlfriend, Dawn, played by Rebel Wilson. We are introduced to him in the pub, with fireworks in unseemly places, raucous laughter and pub friends like Ricky Tomlinson and Johnny Vegas. While fingers are poked at the citizens of Grimsby, and an acknowledgement that they often are called scum, he has real affection for them, the foibles and way of life. And the support of football teams and Britain in World Cups.

But, he has a deep yearning to find his younger brother, Sebastian, from whom he was separated when they became orphans and only one was adopted. There are photos, there are many flashbacks of the boys playing together and their separation, Nobby sacrificing himself for Sebastian. With this family emphasis, the characters and situations are made more humane than is usual in the film. It has also been scripted rather than relying on a lot of improvisation.

It is also a spy film. We soon discover that Sebastien is one of the arch-agents in pursuing criminals and getting information, lots of action chases. It would seem that this is the reason for the director, Louis Letterier (Transporter films and other action shows) to be brought in and provide a lot of adrenaline-action.

Of course, the two brothers meet, Nobby ruining his brother’s mission and getting him targeted as a rogue spy, hiding out in Grimsby, and going to pursue leads in Africa and, finally, a World Cup climax in Chile to save the world at a World Cup match.

Baron Cohen’s wife, Isla Fisher, plays the contact at MI6 and Ian McShane in chain is the boss. On the other hand, Penelope Cruz is a villain (a surprise to see her here, although she was in Zoolander 2).

There are a lot of visual gags, but audiences may be wondering with all the verbal and visual jokes about masculine identity, sniggering jokes of the schoolboy kind, each one daring the audience to laugh and then moving on to yet another, more explicit, joke. People will be talking about the elephant sequence – absolutely crass, absolutely preposterous, yet given the humane aspects of the characterisations, more acceptable than it might have been!

There is plenty going on in the brief running time, a lot of corny jokes, misunderstandings, misinterpretations, but the action moving on quickly to the next episode and joke.

Mark Strong as Sebastian deserves great commendation for his playing everything straight and getting himself into all kinds of uncomfortable situations that he is never had to face in any other of his films.


US, 2016, 106 minutes, Colour.
Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Frances Mc Dormand, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Veronica Osorio, Heather Goldenhersh, Allison Pill, Max Baker, Fisher Stevens, John Bluthal, David Krumholz, Clancy Brown, Christopher Lambert, Jack Huston. Narrated by Michael Gambon.
Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen.

The Coen Brothers have had over 30 years success in making films, great critical success, audience fans, Oscars and awards from festivals including Cannes.

Perhaps, over all these years, they have had a special secret Bucket List of all the movie genres they would like to work in. And their output has been quite varied. With Hail, Caesar, they seem to be putting into practice all those wishes. And successfully, both as hommage as well as spoof.

The title. At the beginning of the film, Hollywood, 1951, is a Roman epic called Hail, Caesar. This gives them the opportunity to have ranks and ranks of marching Roman legions, slaves in captivity, and a star for the leader of the legions, Autolychus, George Clooney – adept at speaking some hammy lines, hammy performance as well is getting himself abducted by an alleged study group, naming themselves The Future, actually a Communist cell, giving Clooney lectures on politics and economics, on dialectic, with, of all people, the thinker, Herbert Marcuse, present in the group for discussions. (For Australian audiences and audiences of The Vicar of Dibley, John Bluthal plays Marcuse). Shades of the anti-Communist feeling of the time.

In fact, the focus of the film, is the manager of Capital Studios, Eddie Mannix, played very seriously with touches of irony by Josh Brolin. He is a fixer, on the phone to New York, getting reports from all the film locations, from the directors in the studios, handling temperaments, PR, arranged marriages, stars going into rehabilitation for drying out, dealing with the gossip columnists (in this case, two terrible twins both played very effectively and tartly by Tilda Swinton).

The opening is very surprising for a Coen Brothers, a close-up of a crucifix, extreme close-up of Jesus on the cross, followed by a confessional sequence (later to be repeated more seriously). Eddie is a Catholic (although there is a long history of Jewish heads of studios). He is also ecumenical for Hail, Caesar, because of the sequences with Jesus, the subtitle of Hail, Caesar is a Tale of the Christ (straight out of Ben Hur). In fact, Jesus comes out very well from the film, a reprisal of the Nazareth and cup of water sequence from Ben Hur as well as a final crucifixion scene with Autolychus coming to the cross and making a long speech, more heartfelt after his abduction and reprimands from Eddie, which could have fitted into any Crucifixion story – although, tension is broken right at the end when Clooney forgets his keyword, “faith”. (There are also memories of The Robe and a small homage to The Life of Brian in Roman pronunciations.)

There are lots and lots of other things in the film, Alden Ehrenreich standing out as a cowboy in a B-budget Western where he can do somersaults on his horse, get caught on a tree branch and shoot his enemies and get back on his horse. he is an expert at the lassoo, even with a string of spaghetti, and is seen singing in a romantic western scene. He is very funny when he is transferred, orders of New York, to go into a drawing-room drama where his cowboy gait and his terrible accent need the exasperated but charming attention of the director, played by Ralph Fiennes.

We also go into the editing room for a cameo by Mrs Coen, Frances Mc Dormand, smoking heavily and then her scarf getting caught in the projector and her almost choking!

There is a musical with a reminder of On the Town and South Pacific, sailors ensemble dance led by the singing and dancing Channing Tatum – his character is revealed to have a much more complex side, to do with Clooney’s abduction. There is Scarlett Johansson doing an Esther Williams in a swimming sequence – exuding innocence until she opens her tough mouth.

Many, many things to enjoy about the film, narrated by Michael Gambon, some fine casting and performances (and a question for trivial pursuit in the scene where Josh Brolin talks with the director played by Christophe Lambert, what they have in common is that they were both married Diane and Lane!).

The Coen brothers have done it again, and enjoyably.


US, 2016, 110 Minutes, Colour.
Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann, Damon Wayans Jr, Anders Holm, Nicholas Braun, Jake Lacy, Jason Mantzoukas, Allison Brie.
Directed By Christian Ditter.

This is a film which has a definite target audience, younger women in their 20s and 30s – though other women in the audience may well enjoy it, remembering their younger days as well as observing the behaviour of younger women and their dealing with relationships, commitment, marriage and family, as well as the freedom of being single.

While the director is male, the screenplay is definitely from a female perspective. Some of the men are sympathetic – but not all of them and not always.

This is one of those films which start off fairly raucously, audiences invited to enjoy the freedom, dating, drinking, sexual encounters – and, as the film goes on, settling down, developing issues of love and commitment, and some moralising by the end. This reviewer has often referred to this kind of filmmaking as the ‘Judd Apatow syndrome’ – and this is brought to awareness in the fact that one of the women at the centre of the film is Leslie Mann, Judd Apatow’s wife.

However, the story is that of Alice, played by Dakota Johnson after her adventures in Fifty Shades of Grey. We see her chance encounter with Josh in her college days, their four years together, and her feeling that life was narrowing in on her and that she needs some kind of time away from him. She has a job in a legal office where she encounters a very unlikely paralegal, Rebel Wilson. Rebel Wilson gives the same performance over and over, the wild one, the offhand remarks, the straight talk, the seeming good-time girl, but audiences do enjoy her screen presence.

She is Robin and takes Alice out on the town, introducing her to the barman who has a very free and easy attitude towards life and sex, Tom (Anders Holm). Alice is attracted, takes a risk, but she finds Tom too free. Tom, in the meantime, is interested in the gawky young woman, Lucy (Alison Brie) who spends time in the bar working on her computer. While she is not one of the main single characters, she does eventually find a good relationship with George (Jason Mantzoukas).

The third woman coping with how to be single is the older woman, Leslie Mann, Alice’s sister, who is a doctor who works in obstetrics, delivering babies, not wanting a baby of her own because of her dedication to her career but, in a key sequence, minding a little baby, tries valiantly to resist its cuteness (and the director certainly gets a great deal of cuteness from the baby’s face, smile and expressions) but succumbs. She wants to be pregnant but takes the IDF path. She is not interested in relationships but a man at Alice’s office, Ken (Jake Lacy) is attracted to her and not just for a one night stand, but devoted to her and, eventually, to the baby.

There are some amusing moments, some very raucous moments, some very bad judgements about relationships moments, but the film will probably appeal to that target audience while others will look on, probably more benignly than not.


UK, 2015, 104 minutes, Colour.
Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Jim Broadbent, George Fenton, Deborah Findlay, Roger Allam, Frances de la Tour, Dominic Cooper, James Corden, David Calder, Sam Spruell, Stephen Campbell Moore.
Directed by Nicholas Hytner.

The Lady in the Van began its life as a memoir by Alan Bennett, the celebrated playwright. He published the memoir and then adapted it to a theatre piece in the early 2000’s. It seemed a perfect theatrical piece for Maggie Smith is the subject, the lady in the van, Miss Shepherd.
A decade later, he has amplified the memoir and the play, opening out the story, being able to film in the street, have a real van, bring in the neighbours and their life in the street, expand the story of Miss Shepherd, with scenes in the countryside, Miss Shepherd visiting her brother, Bennett visiting his mother, shops, the hospital, the church.

Miss Shepherd was an eccentric character, rather curmudgeonly in her attitudes and behaviour, travelling around in the van and settling in a street in Camden Town, finally moving into the driveway of Alan Bennett’s house, setting up a residence, able to get a pension, and living her eccentric life. She was roughly dressed, was not very good on hygiene, toilet going, washing, and she and her van smelt.

The film opens enigmatically with Miss Shepherd driving her van, hitting something or someone, blood on her broken windscreen and her driving away from the scene. Later, we see her returning to the scene and kneeling and praying on the road. It is only at the end of the film that there is an explanation of what happened and who was responsible. Nevertheless, she had a lifetime of guilt, avoiding the police, relying on prayer, confession.

The film is also a study of the playwright, Alan Bennett. By the 1970s he had a strong reputation and is seen going to the National Theatre and presenting his monologues. Bennett has the interesting device of creating two selves, his inner self usually sitting at the typewriter creating the story and the memoir, then his outer self who has to deal with Miss Shepherd and the dialogue between the two, the criticisms about his behaviour, his attitudes towards Miss Shepherd. At the end, there is a scene of filming with Alex Jennings as Bennett, an excellent portrayal in both his personas, and the real Alan Bennett coming to watch.

At the time of the making of the film, Maggie Smith was 80, a career of over 55 years on stage and screen, the end of her period as the Dowager, the opposite kind of character yet dominating, in Downton Abbey. She is a commanding screen presence with a commanding character, a character who will remain a long time with the audience.

The director is Nicholas Hytner, director over many years at the National Theatre and director of stage and screen versions of Bennett’s The History Boys. There are some incidental pleasures throughout the film as a number of character actors from the British stage have some moment re-cameos, including James Cordrn, Dominic Cooper, Jim Broadbent, Stephen Campbell Moore, Roger Allum, Frances de la Tour.

This is very much a film of words as well as of images and action, a film that challenges compassion for the homeless, not underestimating the harshness of the character of this homeless woman. We see her as a pianist when she was young, remember her time in the convent, her memories of being a stretcher bearer in the war, and, of course, the repercussions of the accident – and the telling scene when she goes to confession and the priest tells her that she had confessed this so many times but that forgiveness was not like a bus ticket, it did not expire.
The film ends with some touches of surrealism: a scene of filming in the Street where actual Alan Bennett comes to watch and then Miss Shepherd dying and, after death, encountering a new friend, the man killed in the accident – and she has a visual ascension into heaven, with a realisation that God certainly has compassion on characters like Miss Shepherd.


UK, 2016, 107 minutes, Colour.
Lilly James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Sally Phillips, Charles Dance, Lena Headey.
Directed by Burr Steers.

Well, the title tells all. The film is based on graphic novel by Seth Graham Smith – who gets equal credit for book origin with Jane Austen.
We know that if a butterfly flaps its wings in the Amazon, there could be quite some chaos halfway around the world. It is not known what the repercussions were of so many thousands of Jane Austen devotees suddenly raising their eyebrows as they heard of this particular and challenging title. It could have been more than quite chaotic.

Many novels are adapted, as well as the plays of Shakespeare for instance, to contemporary settings. With Jane Austen, it happened in the 1990s with a contemporary American high school version of Emma, Clueless, which received enthusiastic reviews. This time, Jane Austen’s period, the setting, characters and manners are all retained, costumes and decor getting particular emphasis. Of course, it is the contemporary zombie conventions that enthusiasts will be upset about.

We know where we are quite early in the film when Darcy (Sam Riley) is introduced as a colonel, a zombie hunter, and we are giving a lesson on British history, especially British colonialism which is suffering the backlash of imperial attitudes by the seeds of the living dead transported back to the mother country. The main specification about the zombies that they have to eat the brains of the living to be transformed! At a game of the whist in a country mansion, a zombie is revealed – with Darcy coming quickly to the attack with his blade.

Move to the Bennett family, with Charles Dance as the mild-mannered Mr Bennett, Sally Phillips as the mother whose goal is to have her daughters married, the attractive Jane (Bella Heathcote) and the older daughter, with a touch of the cynical, Elizabeth (Lilly James of the Downton Abbey, Cinderella). While they go about their domestic chores, well-mannered in the style of the times, they actually are expert in martial arts for combating zombies and, in a number of scenes, demonstrate their prowess.

There are also the Bingleys, with whom most of us are familiar, Douglas Booth as Mr Bingley, attracted to Jane, inviting her to the Bingley household – and even though she is armed with a blade from her house, she is attacked by zombies on her horse journey and thought to be infected. Lizzie assures everyone that she is not. Mr Darcy turns up and the two begin their battle between pride and prejudice.

One character from the novel who gets more emphasis in this film is Mr Wickham (Jack Huston). He is a soldier, has an antipathy towards Mr Darcy, having grown up in the household, is involved in the war against the zombies, is initially attracted to Lizzie (and she to him) but, as in the novel, he makes his departure with Lydia.
Actually, he has a far more significant role in the zombie stories than we might be initially led to believe, going into the Inbetween section of London where there is a revolt by the zombies and a fierce attempt to break out, with Lizzie and Darcy putting aside the usual dislike and realise, of course, that it is love not hatred that bonds them together, making a narrow escape before a kind of apocalyptic conclusion.

Stuff and nonsense one could say – but, in fact, it is a version of Pride and Prejudice, and one might read some social and political commentary in the presence of the zombies in Britain at the beginning of the 19th century.


US, 2016, 102 minutes, Colour.
Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter, Benjamin Bratt, Olivia Munn Ken Jeong, Bruce McGill.
Directed by Tim Story.

Ride Along was one of those many comedies, which targeted African-American audience in the US and which was so successful there that distributors decided it should get a run beyond the US and rely on the popularity of the stars.

This worked well enough, especially with Ice Cube and his long music and rap history as well as his films (and his story being dramatised in the 2015 Oscar-nominated Straight Outta Compton). Then there was the issue of Kevin Hart, a very popular stand-up comedian in the US, small, cheeky, with a motormouth, and making his way in films, sometimes successfully as in The Wedding Ringer and sometimes more than irritatingly in the remake of About Last Night.

Hart also made some impression with various interventions in the 2016 Oscar broadcast with the focus on the absence of black actors in the nominations for 2015. He can be very funny – and not.

His casting in Ride Along was shrewd, he was Ben, the potential brother-in-law of Ice Cube, James, who was a detective, with Hart wanting to be a detective, being allowed to ride along, and causing a fair amount of mayhem before the criminals were captured – with some unexpected help from him.

A formula – and repeated here quite successfully, a pleasure for those enjoyed the first one and a puzzle for those who wondered why a sequel was necessary! The context of this film is that Ben is about to get married to James’s sister, preparations well underway, though there are some comic episodes about the organisation of wedding. When a case comes up in Miami, and James is to go over from Atlanta, at first unwilling, he then decides that it would be a lesson to Ben about his unsuitability - he has already sabotaged a case at home with his over-eagerness - that a detective he is not.

In Miami, there is an overtly respectable gangster, Benjamin Bratt, who is involved in all kinds of crime, especially drug importation, who is considered a leading personality of Miami, but has a whole range of henchmen who kill at his whim. There is also a computer expert (who has a weakness for online sex sites) who finds out whole lot of information about the gangster and is therefore at risk. He is played by the comedian Ken Jeong (quite a presence in such films as The Hangover).

The odd couple detectives also team up with a very serious Miami detective, Maya (Olivia Munn). And thus begins a series of comic adventures, dangers, party crashing, shootouts, showdowns on docks, and James tying up Ben so that he will not be involved in the showdown and will be safe for his wedding. Of course, that is not to be, and Ben is certainly in on the final action, helping to save the day.

And a happy wedding, and, again of course, the stern James having Maya as his Plus 1 at the ceremony.

There is no real reason not to have a Ride Along 3.


US, 2016, 107 minutes, Colour.
Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton, Peter Firth, Cliff Curtis.
Directed by Kevin Reynolds.

There is an unusual film phenomenon at the opening of 2016. Two films, Scripture-based, but imaginative interpretations of gospel events.

Since 2000, have been many religious films, success attributed to Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. there have been quite a number of Jesus films: The Miracle Maker, Mary mother of Jesus, Jesus, The Gospel of John, the South African Son Of Man. It seems that there is an appetite in a wide range of audiences for Biblical films (more recently Noah and Exodus: Gods and Kings).The two films further 2016 are The Young Messiah, a film about Jesus at the age of seven, and Risen, a perspective on the death and resurrection of Jesus from the point of view of a Roman Tribune. This is the kind of story that was developed in the 1953 film, The Robe, and used in the current comedy about Hollywood film-making, Hail, Caesar!.

In an age where the title might suggest zombies in the living dead, is interesting to see that the title is for the risen Jesus. This is a worthy film, in some ways a Roman spectacle but, ultimately, a film about faith.

Technically, the film is very well made, using Morocco settings, re-creation of Jerusalem, Pilate’s residence, Calvary, the disciples in the upper room, as well as the Judaean desert, the sea of Galilee and the mountains. The director is Kevin Reynolds who, in the past, directed such blockbusters as Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves and Waterworld. The film is technically well-crafted.

But, for many viewers, the key question is: how is the resurrection of Jesus treated? Basically, the answer is with reverence and some awe.

The audience is giving the setting of troubles in Judaea at the time of Jesus. There is an opening battle sequence, quite vivid in its action, where the Roman soldiers are confronting the Zealots, the Romans being bombarded by heavy rocks but capitalising on military strategies, using their shields for protection and advancing on the Zealots, defeating them and taking Barabbas. The commander is Claviuis, played very seriously by Joseph Fiennes.

Then we are given the background of Pilate, his concern about beating the Zealots, his remarking to Clavius that he has had trouble, allowing the chief priests to take a prisoner, Yeshua, and crucifying him. Pilate has been troubled and thinks that Yeshua has had a death wish, wanting to sacrifice himself. Pilate and then sends Clavius to Calvary to oversee the breaking of the legs of the thieves and of Yeshua but he authorises the piercing of the issue aside with a lance, despite the Centurion’s professing faith in Yeshua. Mary and the others are glimpsed at the foot of the cross.

This means that the Gospel events are being looked at from the point of view of the Romans. This is particularly the case when Joseph of Arimathea brings a message from Pilate with permission to take the body of Jesus, Clavius inspecting the tomb before the huge stone is rolled over it and Roman seals put on the stone. (The other bodies are seen being thrown into lime pits.)

The film makes much of the incompetent soldiers, drinking on guard, wanting a night off, experiencing something strange and then reporting back to Caiaphas with the invention of the story of the stealing of Jesus’ body. Pilate is insistent to Clavius (and Caiaphas even more insistent) that the body be found and any rumours of Yeshua Risen are quashed.

Which means that the audience goes behind the familiar scenes, with Clavius and his assistant searching for all the recently buried bodies (a desecration that the people abhor) and then interviewing various disciples of Yeshua, including a cheery Bartholomew, an old blind lady, and a very serious Mary Magdalene, identified professionally by a number of the soldiers.

But, one of those interviewed is prepared, Judas-like, to betray the disciples and leads the Romans to the upper room, Clavius entering at the time of Thomas’s encounter with Yeshua and astonished at seeing him.

From this point on, the film changes gear, Clavius rather overwhelmed by what seemed impossible, his leaving his post, travelling north and encountering Peter and the other apostles, sharing their experience with them at the Lake of Galilee, even talking to Yeshua about his search for meaning, and then an ascension scene, not a levitation, but Yeshua speaking the familiar words and walking into the sunrise.

By this stage, the focus is on faith, the encounter with Yeshua and the consequences.

As has been said, the film is well crafted technically, is written with serious intent, performed seriously, with Peter Firth as Pilate and a very sympathetic Cliff Curtis (the New Zealand Maori actor) as Yeshua.

The film will be sympathetically received by believing audiences, by Christians of all denominations, and with some interest in interpreting the Gospels from the Roman perspective by those who do not share faith.


Hungary, 2015, 107 minutes, Colour.
Geza Rohrig.
Directed by Laszlo Nemes.

Son of Saul is demanding viewing. This is a Hungarian film, set in Auschwitz 1944, life in the concentration camps, Jewish prisoners, questions of survival but also questions of human values and Jewish traditions.

The film won many awards, in Cannes 2015, Golden Globe award for Best Foreign Language Film and then the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

A number of audiences found the film to gruelling to watch, some having to leave the cinema because they found it. However, over the decades, Holocaust stories and concentration camps stories have been continual reminders that the memory must not be lost.

Saul and many of the other men in the camp are considered as sonderkommanders, indispensable for work, especially in preparing those who are to go into the gas chambers (being cajoled by voices coming through speakers saying that they would be given soup) but who are being asked to strip, leave their clothes and their valuables behind and then being locked into the chambers. The men have to collect the clothes, classify them, examine possessions, even to the gold in teeth.

But, these sonderkommanders are also dispensable, ready to be executed after they have served their time in working.

With the focus on Saul, the film is able to bring some humanity into this inhumane situation. Saul finds a young man who has not finished dying, is moved by his plight, sees him as something of a son-figure and treating him with some reverence, wanting to find a Rabbi to provide some kind of closing ritual for this man’s life, concealing him from the authorities while he tries to fulfil the rituals.

This is difficult as he enlists the help of the Jewish doctor who conducts autopsies, has to avoid the criticisms of some of the other prisoners and sonderkommanders, the audience becoming more involved in the character of Saul and this humane quest.

The visual style of the film is quite stark, sometimes not clear, simply immersing its audience in this dark and confused and confusing world.

The film builds up its tension, especially when the prisoners have planned an escape, involving Saul in making contact with a source for explosives that they would use to create a diversion so that they may make a run. And Saul finds a Rabbi whom he brings to the body of the young man.

But, this is a sombre story and the plotline would not necessarily go as the escapees have planned, not for Saul, not for the body of the boy, not for the role of the Rabbi, not to the escapees – which, after harrowing action, means that audiences will leave the theatre, feeling that they have been put through harrowing experiences, the vision of the boy in the woods as they escape, the oncoming German soldiers, sombre experiences, and an acknowledgement that in inhumanity there is humanity – but, as the concentration camps showed, humanity does not always conquer.


US, 2015, 122 minutes, Colour.
Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlabarg, Katherine Waterston, Perla Haneyi-Jardine, Sarah’s Snook, John Ortiz, Adam Shapiro.
Directed by Danny Boyle.

This is a portrait of Steve Jobs rather than a biography. It would be very helpful for appreciating this film to know some details about Jobs, his life, his work on computers, his Apple company, his rise, his fall, his making a comeback. The previous film, Jobs, stirring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs supplied a great deal of personal and professional background.

This film has been directed by Danny Boyle who began his career in British television with some Inspector Morse mysteries, achieved a reputation with such films as Shallow Grave and Transporting, working in a variety of genres, including science fiction, and won an Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire.

And, the film has been written by Alvin Sorkin, again, a man with a significant reputation with such television series as The West Wing and scripting films like The American President, The Social Network and Moneyball.

For this portrait, Sorkin has chosen three launches which were significant in Jobs’ career, during the 1980s and 1990s. There are quite a number of flashbacks illustrating something of the background but the audience needs some knowledge to anchor this in. They show Jobs in triumphant mode as well as under a great deal of stress, finally making a comeback.

Jobs was not particularly likeable man and Michael Fassbender, Oscar nominated performance, communicates this particularly well, hyper energetic, intense, a controller, intolerant of anyone who did not measure up to his standards, which meant abandoning friends and colleagues, dismissing them as failures in his eyes. He was also poor in more personal relationships, living under the cloud of being adopted and seemingly rejected, unwilling to acknowledge his daughter and her mother. He did have some moments of redemption, based on whims rather than convictions, often too late.

The film gives great deal of attention to preparations for the launches, a great deal of razzamatazz, precision with lights and audiovisuals. But, each episode shows his changing relationships with key characters.

These are impressively performed. Seth Rogen is surprising in a more serious role in bringing his typical screen persona to the character, the computer whizz, Steve Wozniak, but, at each stage, with the differing relationship, trying to persuade Jobs to acknowledge his past workers, his frustration and feelings of a betrayal of trust more and more evident.

Jeff Daniels appears as John Sculley who was recruited from Pepsi-Cola to manage the Apple company, had to dismiss Jobs, moved into retirement but appears at each launch. The continuing discussion is about Jobs’ need for a father-figure in his life.

Another worker is Andy Herzfeld, played by Michael Stuhlbard, not liked by Jobs, nor liking him, but, having followed Jobs’ orders so long, so highly demanding, breaks with him and gives financial support to Jobs’ daughter to enrol at Harvard.

And, all the time, there is Jobs’ assistant, Joanna Hoffman, who exhibits the patience of a saint, always loyal to Jobs, not only fulfilling all his commands but diplomatically smoothing over so many situations, especially towards his daughter and her mother, going through thick and thin, the only person who could seem to love him. This is an excellent performance by Kate Winslet.

Once again, it should be stressed that this is not a biography of Steve Jobs although audiences can learn a great deal about his life. Rather, it is a significant portrait, illuminating one of the key personalities in communications in the 20th century.


The title might seem a mysterious name – except for those who are film buffs or who are film students. Trumbo is the name of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, a significant figure in Hollywood in the 1940s, socialist leaning and joining the Communist Party during World War II, when the USSR and the US were allies. But, with the end of the war, the coming down of the Iron Curtain and militant patriotism taking hold of the American public as well as of the American Congress, it was “Un-American” to have been a member of the Communist Party. Trumbo became a victim of the investigations and hearings, and was blacklisted for over a decade.

Playwright Lillian Hellman called this period “Scoundrel Times”. In retrospect, from 1947 throughout most of the 1950s, a number of people in public office, including Vice-President and later, President, Richard Nixon, participated in hearings, including investigations about the Hollywood film industry, pressurising people to profess their loyalties and to name names. Perhaps the actors and directors featured in Trumbo have become part of Hollywood history and the impact of their patriotic statements does not make such an impact today, but there was a divide and many reputations were lost and a great number of actors, writers, producers and directors were not able to work for many years.

This background is made clear in this film. As is the ultra-Conservative and patriotic stances of some of the Hollywood personnel. Here, one of the main upholders of the right is John Wayne. But one of the principal crusaders is the gossip columnist, Hedda Hopper, powerful with her widely read columns, played intensely with destruction aforethought by Helen Mirren. There are clips from a number of actors, especially those denouncing, with images of Ronald Reagan, Robert Taylor, Sam Wood. Others, like Gregory Peck and Lucille Ball overheard in radio clips supporting the alleged communists, or like Humphrey Bogart and his wife, Lauren Bacall, seen in many demonstration scenes. Some were pressurised like Edward G. Robinson.

But, the focus of this film is Dalton Trumbo, play convincingly, sympathetically but not underestimating his ego and his demanding nature, by Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston. It is very interesting to see Cranston breaking from his TV series to this kind of serious performance, Oscar-nominated. The support of his family and a variety of sequences are convincing because of the presence of Diane Lane as his long-suffering wife and Elle Fanning as his oldest daughter.

The span of the film is 1947 to 1960 with a postscript to 1970 and an award from the Writers Guild of America. Futher information is given in the final credits with a number of photos and radio and TV excerpts.

Early in the film, Trumbo is the leader of a group of writers and directors who had affiliations with the Communist Party who band together to try to deal with the hearings by Congress, preserve the values of the First Amendment, risk being held on contempt and jailed – which does happen to a number of them, known as The Hollywood Ten. Trumbo spent a year in jail in Kentucky, ironically sharing prison time with J.Parnell Thomas, his principal interrogator who was found guilty of tax fraud and jailed. One of the main interrogators in the early 1950s was Senator Joe McCarthy – but the film shows him only briefly.

The latter part of the film shows how Trumbo survived professionally and financially, albeit undercover, by writing screenplays like Roman Holiday for which he won Oscar, though it was attributed to Ian McClellan Hunter (Alan Tudyk) a close friend. He then worked for the King Bros (only two of the three present here, played by John Goodman and Stephen Root) writing small budget quickie movies or being a script doctor on many screenplays, involving a number of his friends in similar kind of work, including Arlen Hird (Louis C.K.). One of the projects dear to his heart, The Brave One, then won him another Oscar although under the name, Robert Rich.

Trumbo, unlike others, lived to see his vindication, supported by Kirk Douglas in getting him to write Spartacus and, especially, director, Otto Preminger, not only getting him to write Exodus but deciding to put Trumbo’s name on the script and publicising this in a press conference, something which Kirk Douglas followed with Spartacus.

The anti-Communist fervour of the period offers a lesson in the effect of extremist political and social stances, victimisation of people, so many innocent, and the dangers of any kind fanaticism – something featured in the 2015-2016 campaigns for US presidential nominations, especially the campaign of Donald Trump.


US, 2016, 102 minutes, Colour.
Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Penelope Cruz, Will Ferrell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Justin Theroux, Kristin Wiig, Milla Jovovich, Olivia Munn, Christine Taylor, Susan Sarandon, Billy Zane, Justin Bieber, Kiefer Sutherland, Jerry Stiller, John Malkovich, Cyrus Arnold, Anna Wintour, Lenny Kravitz, Naomi Campbell, Sting, Kate Moss, Lewis Hamilton, Susan Boyle, Tommy Hilfiger, Matt Lauer.
Directed by Ben Stiller.

A lot of people found Zoolander very funny in 2001 – and a number did not, thinking that it was a rather silly spoof. It is surprising to find that it is 15 years between the original and the sequel, which a number of people have found very funny in 2016 and a number have not, thinking it was a rather silly spoof.

This review comes down more in favour of funny than silly, though it certainly is very silly at times.

Ben Stiller and his friend Owen Wilson created the characters, Zoolander and Hansel, male models. Derek Zoolander was a dumb character famous for his facial poses, especially Blue Steel, which Ben Stiller capitalises on here. In the past, the couple got into quite a number of tangles, especially through their dastardly and jealous competitor, Mugatu, Will Ferrell.

Now, in In 2016, Derek is living in the vast and snowbound North New Jersey, morning his dead wife and the son who has disappeared, while Hansel seems exiled with his harem (something of a United Nations group) in the vast dunes of Malibu. Although their foe, Mugatu, is in prison, he has the models in his sights and has a scheme to abduct Zoolander’s son from his Italian boarding school. In the meantime, a number of models are being found murdered, faces contorted by Blue Steel poses – the film being introduced amusingly by Justin Bieber being chased through the streets of Rome and his death mask as Blue Steel. Enter the Interpol fashion police force in the person Penelope Cruz who teams up with pair when they arrive in Rome.

What follows is a mixture of police drama and chases, stupid activities by the models, the transformation of Zoolander’s son who becomes something of a target because he is believed to be the fountain of life.

If you are able to accept this kind of nonsense, and that is the nature of the film, there is much to amuse. and, in the meantime, an overload of guest stars provide entertaining cameos – with Billy Zane and Kiefer Sutherland playing more significant roles, and especially one at Rome airport with the paparazzi greeting Susan Boyle, the surprise performance by Benedict Cumberbatch, with actors wandering in and out like Willie Nelson or John Malkovich, and sports personalities like Lewis Hamilton and fashion personalities like Anna Wintour becoming involved.

It certainly won’t remain in the memory but, for its time on screen, there is quite an amount of amusement.


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