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  298. SIGNIS Statement: Kreuzweg (Stations of the Cross)
  299. SIGNIS Statement: Calvary
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  306. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
  307. Are We Officially Dating?/ That Awkward Moment
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  310. La Grande Bellezza/ The Great Beauty
  311. Her
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  313. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
  314. Lone Survivor
  315. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
  316. Saving Mr Banks
  317. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  318. Short Term 12
  319. The Wind Rises/ Kaze Tachinu
  320. The Wolf of Wall Street
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  324. August: Osage County
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  328. Carrie
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  335. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  336. Homefront
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  359. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
  360. Kill Your Darlings
  361. Machete Kills
  362. Magic Magic
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  364. Mr Pip
  365. SIGNIS Statement: "Philomena"
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  368. Patrick
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  373. About Time
  374. The Act of Killing
  375. The Butler
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  377. The East
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  382. The Human Cargo/ La Nave Dolce
  383. I Am a Girl
  384. In Bob We Trust
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  386. The Interval/ L’Intervallo
  387. Lasseter’s Bones
  388. Paranoia
  389. Parker
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  391. Planes
  392. Prisoners
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  425. You’re Next
  426. SIGNIS Film Reviews: July/August 2013
  427. 100 Bloody Acres
  428. After Earth
  429. The Audience
  430. Behind the Candelabra
  431. Beyond the Hills
  432. The Blind Detective
  433. The Bling Ring
  434. Cloudburst
  435. The Conjuring
  436. Despicable Me 2
  437. Epic
  438. Errors of the Human Body
  439. Everybody Has a Plan/ Todos Tenemos un Plan
  440. Furious 6/ The Fast and the Furious 6
  441. A Gun in Each Hand
  442. Happiness Never Comes Alone/Le bonheur n’arrive jamais a seul
  443. The Heat
  444. The Internship
  445. In the House/ Dans La Maison
  446. Lady in Paris/ Une Estonienne a Paris
  447. The Lone Ranger
  448. Man of Steel
  449. Metro
  450. Monsters University
  451. Now You See Me
  452. One Mile Above/ Kora
  453. Only God Forgives
  454. Pacific Rim
  455. Le Prenom/ What’s in a Name
  456. Reality
  457. Satellite Boy
  458. This is the End
  459. The Way, Way Back
  460. The Wolverine
  461. Still Mine
  462. To the Wonder
  463. World War Z
  464. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet
  465. The Big Wedding
  466. Broken
  467. The Call
  468. Camille Redouble/ Camille Rewinds
  469. Dead Man Down
  470. Evil Dead
  471. The Great Gatsby
  472. The Hangover Part III
  473. Jagten/ The Hunt
  474. Mud
  475. The Reluctant Fundamentalist
  476. Scary Movie 5
  477. Snitch
  478. Spring Breakers
  479. Star Trek Into Darkness
  480. Adventures in Zambezia
  481. Antiviral
  482. Chasing Ice
  483. Cheerful Weather for the Wedding
  484. The Company You Keep
  485. Drift
  486. Vic and Flo Meet a Bear
  487. Side Effects
  488. Promised Land
  489. Prince Avalanche
  490. Parde (Closed Curtain)
  491. Paradies
  492. Nobody’s Daughter Haewon
  493. Night Train to Lisbon
  494. The Necessary Death of Charley Countryman
  495. La religieuse (The Nun)
  496. Maladies
  497. Lovelace
  498. The Look of Love
  499. A Long and Happy Life
  500. In the Name of...
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  503. Gloria
  504. Gold
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  507. Elle s’en va (On Her Way)
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  511. Before Midnight
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  513. First Position
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  521. The Place Beyond the Pines
  522. Rust and Bone
  523. Le Skylab
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  526. Therese Desqueyroux
  527. Trance
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  535. Hansel and Gretel: Witchhunters
  536. Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai
  537. The Host
  538. Hyde Park on Hudson
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  540. In the Fog
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  542. Mama
  543. The Paperboy
  544. Performance/ A Late Quartet
  545. Return to Nim’s Island
  546. Underground: the Julian Assange Story
  547. SIGNIS Film Reviews: February 2013
  548. Zero Dark Thirty
  549. Anna Karenina
  550. Compliance
  551. Django Unchained
  552. Flight
  553. Gangster Squad
  554. The Impossible
  555. The Guilt Trip
  556. Last Dance
  557. Life of Pi
  558. Lincoln
  559. Parental Guidance
  560. Rise of the Guardians
  561. Save Your Legs
  562. The Silver Linings Playbook
  563. Wreck-it Ralph
  564. This is 40
  565. 2 Days in New York
  566. 360
  567. Alex Cross
  568. All the Way Through Evening
  569. American Mary
  570. The Angel’s Share
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  573. Back to 1942
  574. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  575. Breaking Dawn, Part 2
  576. Dangerous Liaisons
  577. Dead Europe
  578. The Do-Deca Pentathlon
  579. Dredd
  580. End of Watch
  581. Fun Size
  582. God Bless America
  583. Hail
  584. Here Comes the Boom
  585. Hitchcock
  586. The Hobbit, an unexpected journey
  587. Jack Reacher
  588. The Intouchables/ Les Intouchables/ Untouchables
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  593. Liberal Arts
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  607. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  608. SIGNIS Film Reviews: December 2012
  609. Quartet
  610. The Raven
  611. Robot & Frank
  612. Ruby Sparks
  613. The Sessions
  614. Seven Psychopaths
  615. Sinister
  616. Skyfall
  617. Savages
  618. Sound of My Voice
  619. Taken 2
  620. To Rome with Love
  621. Trouble with the Curve
  622. Tu seras mon fils/ You Will Be My Son
  623. The Words
  624. Wuthering Heights
  625. Wunderkinder
  626. "Aristides de Sousa Mendes": The Angel of Bordeaux
  627. On the Road
  628. Looper
  629. Damsels in Distress
  630. Holy Motors
  631. Arbitrage
  632. SIGNIS Film Reviews: September 2012
  633. Lore
  634. Chinese Take-away/ Un cuento chino
  635. Bait
  636. Hotel Transylvania
  637. The Watch
  638. Resident Evil: Retribution
  639. Barrymore
  640. Being Venice
  641. The Bourne Legacy
  642. Bully
  643. The Expendables 2
  644. Hope Springs
  645. Kath and Kimderella
  646. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
  647. Monsieur Lazhar
  648. Moonrise Kingdom
  649. Total Recall
  650. Your Sister’s Sister
  651. SIGNIS Film Reviews: July/August 2012
  652. SIGNIS Film Reviews: June 2012
  653. SIGNIS Film Reviews: May 2012
  654. Beauty/ Skoonheid
  655. The Sapphires
  656. Hysteria
  657. And if we all lived together/ Et si on vivait tous ensemble
  658. The Door
  659. Not Suitable for Children
  660. In Darkness
  661. Magic Mike
  662. The Dark Knight Rises
  663. The King is Dead!
  664. You Instead
  665. The Amazing Spiderman
  666. Where do we go now?
  667. The Three Stooges
  668. I Am Eleven
  669. Polisse
  670. Ted
  671. Ice Age: Continental Drift
  672. Snow White and the Huntsman
  673. Take This Waltz
  674. That’s My Boy
  675. Rock of Ages
  676. Comme un chef/ The Chef
  677. Brave
  678. Marley
  679. The Cabin in the Woods
  680. The Innkeepers
  681. Margaret
  682. What to Expect When You’re Expecting
  683. Elena
  684. Prometheus
  685. Anton Chekhov’s The Duel
  686. Friends with Kids
  687. Get the Gringo
  688. Game Change
  689. Declaration of War/ La guerre est declaree
  690. Men in Black 3
  691. Empire of Silver
  692. Silent Souls/ Ovsyenki
  693. The Dictator
  694. Swerve
  695. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  696. Careless Love
  697. Dark Shadows
  698. La Delicatesse/ Delicacy
  699. Iron Sky
  700. Trishna
  701. W./E
  702. 21 Jump Street
  703. Act of Valor
  704. Amour de Jeunesse/ Goodbye, First Love
  705. The Avengers
  706. Battleship
  707. Cafe de Flore
  708. The Deep Blue Sea
  709. Dr Seuss’ The Lorax
  710. The Footnote
  711. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
  712. Hotel Lux
  713. The Hunger Games
  714. Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy
  715. Kongen av Bastoy? King of Devil’s Island
  716. Kid with a Bike/ Le Gamin au Velo
  717. The Lady
  718. Le Havre
  719. The Lucky One
  720. Mirror, Mirror
  721. Les Neiges de Kilimandjaro/ The Snows of Kilimanjaro
  722. Pirates: Band of Misfits!
  723. The Raid
  724. Rebellion/ L’Ordre et La Morale
  725. The Rum Diary
  726. Romantics Anonymous/ Les Emotifs Anonymes
  727. Safe
  728. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  729. The Sorcerer and the White Snake
  730. La Source des femmes/ The Source
  731. Spud
  732. This Must be the Place
  733. Tomboy
  734. The Woman in Black
  735. Wish You Were Here
  736. La Femme de Vieme/ The Woman in the Fifth
  737. The Five-Year Engagement
  738. La Fille du Puisatier/ The Well Digger’s Daughter
  739. The Wrath of the Titans
  740. SIGNIS Film Reviews: March 2012
  741. Any Questions for Ben?
  742. 50/50
  743. The Artist
  744. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  745. Buck
  746. Carnage
  747. Chronicle
  748. Contraband
  749. A Dangerous Method
  750. The Devil Inside
  751. Gone
  752. Headhunters/ Hodejegerne
  753. Project X
  754. John Carter
  755. One for the Money
  756. Safe House
  757. This Means War
  758. Tyrannosaur
  759. 1911
  760. 30 Minutes or Less
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  764. A Few Best Men
  765. Flypaper
  766. The Grey
  767. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
  768. J. Edgar
  769. Killer Elite
  770. Like Crazy
  771. Man on a Ledge
  772. My Week with Marilyn
  773. Retreat
  774. Shame
  775. Trespass
  776. The Vow
  777. A Moi Seule/ Coming Home
  778. Aujourd’hui/ Today
  779. Barbara
  780. Bel Ami
  781. Captive
  782. Cesare deve morire/ Caesar Must Die
  783. Cherry
  784. Dictado/ Dictation/ Childish Games
  785. Dollhouse
  786. Don 2: Don Must Die
  787. L’Enfant d’ en haut/ Sister
  788. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  789. Flowers of War
  790. Flying Swords of Dragon Gate
  791. Gnade/ Mercy
  792. Haywire
  793. In the Land of Blood and Honey
  794. Jayne Mansfield’s Car
  795. Keep the Lights on
  796. Just the Wind/ Csalk a Szel
  797. La Mer a L’Aube/ Calm at Sea
  798. Meteora
  799. My Brother the Devil
  800. Postcards from the Zoo
  801. Rebelle/ War Witch
  802. A Royal Affair
  803. Shadow Dancer
  804. Tabu
  805. La Vierge, Les Coptes et Moi...
  806. Was Bleibt/ Home for the Weekend
  807. White Deer Plain
  808. Wilaya
  809. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlin 2012 Special Edition
  810. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2012
  811. Too Big to Fail
  812. The Descendants
  813. Arietty
  814. Autoluminiscent
  815. Hugo
  816. The Muppets
  817. Young Adult
  818. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  819. The Adventures of Tintin
  820. Waste Land
  821. Happy Feet Two
  822. We Bought a Zoo
  823. Dolphin Tale
  824. Albert Nobbs
  825. Courageous
  826. New Year’s Eve
  827. Restless
  828. The Tall Man
  829. The Skin I Live In
  830. Tower Heist
  831. We Need to Talk About Kevin
  832. Another Earth
  833. The Iron Lady
  834. Jack and Jill
  835. Melancholia
  836. Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol
  837. The Orator/ O Le Tulafale
  838. The Yellow Sea/ Hwanghae
  839. Yes Madam, Sir
  840. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October/November 2011
  841. Breaking Dawn Part I
  842. Attack the Block
  843. The Debt
  844. Habemus Papam (We Have a Pope)
  845. The Ides of March
  846. Immortals
  847. I Don’t Know How She Does It
  848. The Inbetweeners
  849. Moneyball
  850. Puss in Boots
  851. Toomelah
  852. Machine Gun Preacher
  853. Ages of Love (Manuele d’ Am3re)
  854. Arthur Christmas
  855. Shark Night 3D
  856. L’Amour Fou
  857. Country Strong
  858. Oakie’s Outback Adventure
  859. Surviving Georgia
  860. Cedar Rapids
  861. Our Idiot Brother
  862. In Time
  863. The Cup
  864. Don’t be Afraid of the Dark
  865. Contagion
  866. What’s Your Number?
  867. The Three Musketeers
  868. Midnight in Paris
  869. Higher Ground
  870. The Thing
  871. Project Nim
  872. Footloose
  873. Take Shelter
  874. Crazy, Stupid, Love.
  875. The Whistleblower
  876. Monte Carlo
  877. Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World
  878. Submarine
  879. The Eye of the Storm
  880. Fire in Babylon
  881. Tabloid
  882. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  883. Red State
  884. Real Steel
  885. Johnny English Reborn
  886. The Hunter
  887. Fright Night
  888. Abduction
  889. 13 Assassins
  890. Guilty Pleasures
  891. Client 9: the Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
  892. Colombiana
  893. Zookeeper
  894. Final Destination 5
  895. The Change-Up
  896. Face to Face
  897. Win Win
  898. The Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  899. Horrible Bosses
  900. Hobo with a Shotgun
  901. The Help
  902. Conan the Barbarian
  903. Chalet Girl
  904. Beastly
  905. Priest
  906. The Woman
  907. The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
  908. Friends with Benefits
  909. Secuestrados (Kidnapped)
  910. Jane Eyre
  911. Big Mamma’s Boy
  912. Cowboys & Aliens
  913. Green Lantern
  914. Senna
  915. Tucker and Dale vs Evil
  916. The Illusionist
  917. The Conspirator
  918. Love Crime
  919. Captain America, the First Avenger
  920. Precious Life
  921. Bad Teacher
  922. The Eagle
  923. Five Days of August/ Five Days of War
  924. Mars Needs Moms
  925. Stake Land
  926. Beautiful Lies (De Vrais Mensonges)
  927. Meek’s Cutoff
  928. Cars 2
  929. The Last Circus (La Balada Triste de la Trompeta)
  930. Kung Fu Panda 2
  931. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  932. Larry Crowne
  933. The Trip
  934. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  935. Special Treatment (Sans Queue ni Tete)
  936. Mr Popper’s Penguins
  937. Mozart’s Sister
  938. Love and Other Impossible Pursuits/ The Other Woman
  939. All Good Things
  940. Crazy on the Outside
  941. The Tree of Life
  942. SIGNIS Film Reviews: May/June 2011
  943. Faith, Fraud + Minimum Wage
  944. Super 8
  945. Blame
  946. Bridesmaids
  947. Little White Lies
  948. Here I Am
  949. X Men: First Class
  950. The Tunnel
  951. Babies
  952. The Hangover Part II
  953. Carlos
  954. Oceans
  955. Angele et Tony
  956. Soul Surfer
  957. Julia’s Eyes
  958. Mrs Carey’s Concert
  959. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  960. SIGNIS Statement: Oranges and Sunshine
  961. Burke and Hare
  962. Water for Elephants
  963. Hanna
  964. Source Code
  965. Hoodwinked Too: The Battle Between Hood and Evil
  966. Fast Five/ The Fast and the Furious 5
  967. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
  968. Your Highness
  969. Thor
  970. Something Borrowed
  971. Snowtown
  972. Scream 4
  973. Rio
  974. La Rafle/ The Round Up
  975. Le Quattro Volte
  976. Paul
  977. Oranges and Sunshine
  978. Murundak
  979. Main Street
  980. Mad Bastards
  981. The Lost Bladesman
  982. Insidious
  983. Incendies
  984. The Human Resources Manager
  985. Get Low
  986. Catfish
  987. Arthur
  988. SIGNIS Film Reviews: March/April 2011
  989. Hop
  990. Sucker Punch
  991. Potiche
  992. Goethe!
  993. The Day I Wasn’t Born (Das lied in mir)
  994. Limitless
  995. Haevnen (In a Better World)
  996. A Heartbeat Away
  997. The Lincoln Lawyer
  998. The Reef
  999. Red Riding Hood
  1000. The Company Men
  1001. Battle Los Angeles
  1002. Just Go With It
  1003. Howl
  1004. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  1005. Almanya - Willkommen in Deutschland
  1006. Ausente (Absent)
  1007. Cave of Forgotten Dreams
  1008. Come Rain, Come Shine
  1009. Coriolanus
  1010. Dance Town
  1011. The Devil’s Double
  1012. Les Femmes du 6eme Etage (Women of the 6th Floor/ Service Entrance)
  1013. The Forgiveness of Blood
  1014. The Future
  1015. Griff the Invisible
  1016. The Guard
  1017. If Not Us, Who (Wer Wenn Nicht Wir)
  1018. Invisible (Lo Roim Alaich)
  1019. Late Bloomers
  1020. Margin Call
  1021. Mein Bester Feind (My Best Enemy)
  1022. Un Mondo Misterioso (A Mysterious World)
  1023. Nader and Simin: a Separation
  1024. Odem (Lipstikka)
  1025. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlinale 2011 Special Edition
  1026. Our Grand Despair
  1027. Pina
  1028. El Premio (The Prize)
  1029. Romeos
  1030. Schlafkrankheit (Sleeping Sickness)
  1031. Swans
  1032. Tambien la lluvia (Even the Rain)
  1033. Tropa de Elite 2 (Elite Squad 2 - The Enemy Within)
  1034. True Grit
  1035. Unknown
  1036. Utopians
  1037. Vampire
  1038. V Subottu (Innocent Saturday)
  1039. Wind and Fog
  1040. Yelling to the Sky
  1041. The Rite
  1042. La Tete en Friche (My Afternoons with Margueritte)
  1043. Rango
  1044. SIGNIS Statement: The Rite
  1045. The Way Back
  1046. Wasted on the Young
  1047. Secretariat
  1048. Season of the Witch
  1049. No Strings Attached
  1050. Never Let Me Go
  1051. Nenette
  1052. A LIttle Bit of Heaven
  1053. Inside Job
  1054. I Am Number Four
  1055. Hall Pass
  1056. Gnomeo and Juliet
  1057. Conviction
  1058. Big Momma. Like Father Like Son
  1059. The Adjustment Bureau
  1060. Rabbit Hole
  1061. Hereafter
  1062. SIGNIS Statement: Brighton Rock
  1063. Barney’s Version
  1064. The Green Hornet
  1065. The Next Three Days
  1066. Ramona and Beezus
  1067. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2011
  1068. The Mechanic
  1069. How Do You Know
  1070. The Romantics
  1071. 127 Hours
  1072. Black Swan
  1073. The Fighter
  1074. Burlesque
  1075. The Dilemma
  1076. Takers
  1077. Stone
  1078. Arctic Blast
  1079. Out Of The Silence
  1080. Helen
  1081. Morning Glory
  1082. Yogi Bear
  1083. Korkoro
  1084. Unstoppable
  1085. Tangled
  1086. The Tourist
  1087. Sarah’s Key (Elle s’appelle Sarah)
  1088. Gulliver’s Travels
  1089. Little Fockers
  1090. Love and Other Drugs
  1091. SIGNIS Film Reviews: December 2010
  1092. The King’s Speech
  1093. Heartbreaker (L’Arnacoeur)
  1094. Somewhere
  1095. Desert Flower
  1096. Tron: Legacy
  1097. Megamind
  1098. The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  1099. Devil
  1100. Rare Exports - A Christmas Tale
  1101. The Last Exorcism
  1102. Due Date
  1103. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October/November 2010
  1104. SIGNIS Film Reviews: September 2010
  1105. Beneath Hill 60
  1106. Monsters
  1107. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I
  1108. Machete
  1109. Sisters of War
  1110. Wild Target
  1111. Skyline
  1112. The American
  1113. Winter’s Bone
  1114. The Loved Ones
  1115. Paranormal Activity 2
  1116. Saw 3D (Saw VII)
  1117. The Social Network
  1118. Gainsbourg
  1119. Detective Dee and the Phantom Flame
  1120. You Don’t Know Jack
  1121. Life as We Know It
  1122. Made in Dagenham
  1123. Red
  1124. Let Me In
  1125. The Town
  1126. Resident Evil: Afterlife
  1127. Copacabana
  1128. La Danse
  1129. The Human Centipede (First Sequence)
  1130. The Clinic
  1131. Eat Pray Love
  1132. Buried
  1133. Legend of the Guardians. The Owls of Ga’hoole
  1134. Dinner for Schmucks
  1135. The Least of These
  1136. The City of Your Final Destination
  1137. Sagan
  1138. Summer Coda
  1139. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  1140. Cats and Dogs: the Revenge of Kitty Galore
  1141. I’m Still Here
  1142. The Other Guys
  1143. The Last Airbender
  1144. Easy A
  1145. Tomorrow When the War Began
  1146. Despicable Me
  1147. Letters to Father Jakob (Postia poppi Jaakobille)
  1148. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
  1149. Salt
  1150. The Girl Who Played with Fire
  1151. Piranha 3D
  1152. Vampires Suck
  1153. Matching Jack
  1154. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Summer 2010
  1155. Cairo Time
  1156. Peepli [Live]
  1157. The Expendables
  1158. Second Hand Wedding
  1159. Splice
  1160. Step Up 3D
  1161. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  1162. The Special Relationship
  1163. South Solitary
  1164. Killers
  1165. Leaving (Partir)
  1166. Inception
  1167. Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue
  1168. Boy
  1169. The Waiting City
  1170. Knight and Day
  1171. L’Herisson (Hegehog)
  1172. The Runaways
  1173. Predators
  1174. The Karate Kid
  1175. Eclipse (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse)
  1176. Toy Story 3
  1177. New York, I Love You
  1178. The A-Team
  1179. Get Him to the Greek
  1180. Accidents Happen
  1181. L’Affaire Farewell
  1182. Animal Kingdom
  1183. City Island
  1184. Le Concert
  1185. I Love You Too
  1186. The Kings of Mykonos
  1187. Letters to Juliet
  1188. Mademoiselle Chambon
  1189. Mother and Child
  1190. Shrek Forever After
  1191. Valhalla Rising
  1192. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2010 Special Edition
  1193. Abel
  1194. Les Amours Immaginaires
  1195. Another Year
  1196. Aurora
  1197. Biutiful
  1198. Blue Valentine
  1199. Burnt by the Sun 2: The Exodus
  1200. Carancho
  1201. Chonqing Blues (Rizhao Chongqing)
  1202. Copie Certifie (Certified Copy)
  1203. Des Hommes et des Dieux (Of Gods and Men)
  1204. Fair Game
  1205. Hahaha
  1206. L’homme qui crie (A Screaming Man)
  1207. Hors-la-loi (Outside the Law)
  1208. The Housemaid
  1209. Kaboom
  1210. Life, Above All
  1211. Lung Boonmee Rachuak Chat (Uncle Boonmee who can Recall Past Lives)
  1212. Marti, Dupa Craciun (Tuesday after Christmas)
  1213. My Joy
  1214. La Nostra Vita
  1215. SIGNIS Statement: "Des hommes et des dieux" (Of Gods and Men)
  1216. Octubre
  1217. Outrage
  1218. Poetry
  1219. La Princesse de Montpensier
  1220. Robin Hood
  1221. Rebecca H. (Return to the Dogs)
  1222. Route Irish
  1223. Simon Werner e Disparu... (Lights Out)
  1224. The Strange Case of Angelica
  1225. Szerid Teremtes - A Frankenstein Terv (Tender Son - the Frankenstein Project
  1226. Tamara Drewe
  1227. Tournee (On Tour)
  1228. The Tree
  1229. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
  1230. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
  1231. SIGNIS Film Reviews: April/May 2010
  1232. Brooklyn’s Finest
  1233. Tooth Fairy
  1234. Sex and the City 2
  1235. The Losers
  1236. Rec 2
  1237. Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time
  1238. Gentlemen Broncos
  1239. Cop Out
  1241. Hot Tub Time Machine
  1242. A Room and a Half
  1243. Psych 9
  1244. A Nightmare on Elm Street
  1245. Furry Vengeance
  1246. Four Lions
  1247. The Backup PLan
  1248. Iron Man 2
  1249. Revanche
  1250. The Last Song
  1251. The Disappearance of Alice Creed
  1252. SIGNIS Statement: Agora
  1253. SIGNIS Statement: The Calling
  1254. The Joneses
  1255. Dogtooth
  1256. Centurion
  1257. It’s a Wonderful Afterlife
  1258. Cherrybomb
  1259. Date Night
  1260. Io Sono L’Amore (I Am Love)
  1261. Pazar (The Market - a Tale of Trade)
  1262. City of Life and Death
  1263. Cemetery Junction
  1264. Ghost (The Ghost Writer)
  1265. Dear John
  1266. Repo Men
  1267. Crying with Laughter
  1268. Boogie Woogie
  1269. Donne-moi La Main (Give Me Your Hand)
  1270. Shelter
  1271. The Infidel
  1272. Whip It
  1273. I Know You Know
  1274. SIGNIS Statement: Lourdes
  1275. SIGNIS Statement: No Greater Love
  1276. Shank
  1277. How to Train Your Dragon
  1278. Clash of the Titans
  1279. Remember Me
  1280. Kick Ass
  1281. Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang
  1282. The Blind Side
  1283. I Love You, Phillip Morris
  1284. The Bounty Hunter
  1285. My Last Five Girlfriends
  1286. The Spy Next Door
  1287. Sons of Cuba
  1288. Salvage
  1289. The Scouting Book for Boys
  1290. House of the Devil
  1291. Green Zone
  1292. Hachi: a Dog’s Tale
  1293. Shutter Island
  1294. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  1295. The Kreutzer Sonata
  1296. The Father of My Children (Le Pere de Mes Enfants)
  1297. Chloe
  1298. Battle for Terra
  1299. The Wolfman
  1300. Oorlogswinter (Winter in Wartime)
  1301. Valentine’s Day
  1302. Solomon Kane
  1303. Powder Blue
  1304. The Crazies
  1305. Case 39
  1306. Anonyma
  1307. Alice in Wonderland
  1308. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: the Lightning Thief
  1309. Ondine
  1310. Micmacs
  1311. Legion
  1312. Leap Year
  1313. From Paris with Love
  1314. Extraordinary Measures
  1315. Everybody’s Fine
  1316. Crazy Heart
  1317. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlin 2010 Special Edition
  1318. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January/February 2010
  1319. L’Arbre et La Foret (Family Tree)
  1320. L’Autre Dumas (The Other Dumas)
  1321. Bal (Honey)
  1322. David Wants to Fly
  1323. Exit Through the Gift Shop
  1324. En Familie (A Family)
  1325. Father of Invention
  1326. Die Fremde (When You Leave)
  1327. Greenberg
  1328. Jud Suss: Rise and Fall
  1329. The Kids are All Right
  1330. The Killer Inside Me
  1331. Mine Vaganti (Loose Cannons)
  1332. My Name is Khan
  1333. Na Putu (On the Path)
  1334. Otouto (About Her Brother)
  1335. Please Give
  1336. Red Hill
  1337. Shahada (Faith)
  1338. Son of Babylon
  1339. Submarino
  1340. When I Want to Whistle, I Whistle
  1341. A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop
  1342. Invictus
  1343. The Book of Eli
  1344. Astro Boy
  1345. Youth in Revolt
  1346. Up in the Air
  1347. Tony
  1348. A Single Man
  1349. Romeo and Juliet (Indonesia)
  1350. Holy Water
  1351. Exam
  1352. It’s Complicated
  1353. 44 Inch Chest
  1354. Nine
  1355. St Trinians: the Legend of Fritton’s Gold
  1356. Ninja Assassin
  1357. Daybreakers
  1358. Armored
  1359. Edge of Darkness
  1360. Motherhood
  1361. Brothers
  1362. Breathless
  1363. Bran Nue Dae
  1364. All About Steve
  1365. The Princess and the Frog
  1366. Talentime
  1367. Troubled Water (De Usynlige)
  1368. Extract
  1369. Shrink
  1370. Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
  1371. Diamant 13
  1372. Old Dogs
  1373. Did You Hear about the Morgans?
  1374. Mao’s Last Dancer
  1375. Sherlock Holmes
  1376. The Lovely Bones
  1377. Prime Mover
  1378. The Brothers Bloom
  1379. Avatar
  1380. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October/November/December 2009
  1381. The Other Man
  1382. Post Grad
  1383. Unmade Beds
  1384. Where the Wild Things Are
  1385. Planet 51
  1386. Only When I Dance
  1387. Nowhere Boy
  1388. The Merry Gentleman
  1389. Me and Orson Welles
  1390. The Girlfriend Experience
  1391. Le Premier Jour du Reste de ta vie (The First Day of the Rest of Your Life)
  1392. The Descent: Part 2
  1393. Cracks
  1394. The Box
  1395. Nativity!
  1396. Paranormal Activity
  1397. Law Abiding Citizen
  1398. Bunny and the Bull
  1399. Machan
  1400. The Boys are Back
  1401. New Moon (The Twilight Saga: New Moon)
  1402. Glorious 39
  1403. A Serious Man
  1404. Examined Life
  1405. Un Barrage Contre le Pacifique (The Sea Wall)
  1406. Harry Brown
  1407. Amelia
  1408. 2012
  1409. The Fourth Kind
  1410. An Education
  1411. A Christmas Carol
  1412. The Men Who Stare at Goats
  1413. The Cove
  1414. The Horseman
  1415. Jennifer’s Body
  1416. Fantastic Mr Fox
  1417. Saw VI
  1418. Coffin Rock
  1419. Dead Man Running
  1420. Stone Bros.
  1421. Disgrace
  1422. My Year without Sex
  1423. This Is It
  1424. Blessed
  1425. Cirque du Freak: the Vampire’s Assistant
  1426. Cedar Boys
  1427. Beautiful Kate
  1428. 9
  1429. Pontypool
  1430. Couples Retreat
  1431. Halloween II
  1432. Ong Bak: the Beginning
  1433. Zombieland
  1434. Capitalism: A Love Story
  1435. The Informant!
  1436. Pandorum
  1437. My Life in Ruins (Driving Aphrodite)
  1438. Surrogates
  1439. The Invention of Lying
  1440. Whiteout
  1441. Sorority Row
  1442. The Soloist
  1443. Management
  1444. Julie & Julia
  1445. Jack Said
  1446. Gamer
  1447. The Firm
  1448. Fame
  1449. Dorian Gray
  1450. The Crimson Wing
  1451. Creation
  1452. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  1453. Blind Dating
  1454. Away We Go
  1455. Adventureland
  1456. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Summer 2009
  1457. District 9
  1458. (500) Days of Summer
  1459. The Red Baron
  1460. Sztuczki (Tricks)
  1461. Shorts
  1462. Funny People
  1463. The Time Traveler’s Wife
  1464. A Perfect Getaway
  1465. I Love You, Beth Cooper
  1466. The Final Destination
  1467. Dance Flick
  1468. Bandslam
  1469. Aliens in the Attic
  1470. Orphan
  1471. Adam
  1472. GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra
  1473. Home
  1474. The Ugly Truth
  1475. G-Force
  1476. The Taking of Pelham 123
  1477. Land of the Lost
  1478. Crossing Over
  1479. Mad, Sad and Bad
  1480. Coco Avant Chanel (Coco Before Chanel)
  1481. The Limits of Control
  1482. The Hurt Locker
  1483. Villa Amalia
  1484. Antichrist: An Essay/Review
  1485. The Proposal
  1486. Just Another Love Story
  1487. Charles Dickens’ England
  1488. Soul at Peace (Pokoj v Dusi)
  1489. Bist (Twenty)
  1490. Un Age a la Mer (Angel at Sea)
  1491. Tutta Colpa di Giuda
  1492. Swinki (Piggies)
  1493. Goodbye, Solo
  1494. Moon
  1495. Martyrs
  1496. The Informers
  1497. Lake Tahoe
  1498. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  1499. Frozen River
  1500. Cold Souls
  1501. Bruno
  1502. Red Mist
  1503. Public Enemies
  1504. Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
  1505. Shirin
  1506. Blood: the Last Vampire
  1507. My Sister’s Keeper
  1508. Sunshine Cleaning
  1509. Rudo y Cursi
  1510. Sin Nombre
  1511. Year One
  1512. The Last Thakur
  1513. The Last House on the Left
  1514. Doghouse
  1515. Everlasting Moments (Maria Larsson’s Everlasting Moments)
  1516. Telstar
  1517. Gigantic
  1518. Red Cliff
  1519. Helen
  1520. The Hangover
  1521. O’Horten
  1522. The Children of the Silk Road (The Children of Huang Shi/ Escape from Huang Shi)
  1523. Sex Drive
  1524. Terminator Salvation
  1525. Tormented
  1526. Sugar
  1527. Pour Elle (Anything for Her)
  1528. Max Manus
  1529. Last Chance Harvey
  1530. The Hide
  1531. Awaydays
  1532. Angels & Demons
  1533. Fighting
  1534. Drag Me to Hell
  1535. Night at the Museum: Battle for the Smithsonian
  1536. Endgame
  1537. Obsessed
  1538. Viva
  1539. French Film
  1540. Das Weisse Band (The White Ribbon)
  1541. Visage
  1542. Vincere
  1543. Vengeance
  1544. Up
  1545. The Tsar
  1546. The Time that Remains
  1547. Thirst: Ceci est mon Sang
  1548. Tales from the Golden Age
  1549. Taking Woodstock
  1550. The Silent Army
  1551. Samson & Delilah
  1552. Un Prophete
  1553. Precious
  1554. Police, Adjective
  1555. Nobody Knows About Persian Cats
  1556. My Neighbour, My Killer
  1557. Mother
  1558. Map of the Sounds of Tokyo
  1559. Manila
  1560. Looking for Eric
  1561. Jaffa
  1562. Kinatay
  1563. Irene
  1564. Inglourious Basterds
  1565. Independencia
  1566. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
  1567. La Fille du RER (The Girl on the Train)
  1568. Fish Tank
  1569. Eyes Wide Open
  1570. Enter the Void
  1571. Demain des L’Aube
  1572. Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
  1573. Chun Fen Chen Zui De Ye Wan (Spring Fever)
  1574. Cendres et Sang (Ashes and Blood)
  1575. Bright Star
  1576. L’Armee du Crime
  1577. A L’Origine
  1578. Los Abrazos Rotos
  1579. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2009 Special Edition
  1580. SIGNIS Statement: Angels and Demons
  1581. Good
  1582. Coraline
  1583. Star Trek
  1584. Wolverine: X Men Origins
  1585. SIGNIS Film Reviews: April 2009
  1586. Is Anybody There?
  1587. Momma’s Man
  1588. Shifty
  1589. Seraphine
  1590. Villa Jasmin
  1591. Snow (Snijeg)
  1592. Four Nights with Anna
  1593. Fermat’s Room (La habitacion de Fermat)
  1594. Wrong Rosary
  1595. Tear This Heart Out (Arrancame la vida)
  1596. Skin
  1597. Si Puo Fare (We Can Do It/ It Can Be Done)
  1598. Scratch (Rysa)
  1599. Hannah Montana: the Movie
  1600. Blue Eyelids (Parpados Azules)
  1601. Crank: High Voltage
  1602. The Empty Nest
  1603. The Market - a tale of Trade
  1604. Rain
  1605. The Necessities of Life (Ce qu’il faut pour vivre)
  1606. State of Play
  1607. Observe and Report
  1608. Outlander
  1609. Hassan and Morkos
  1610. Departures (Okuribito)
  1611. Dansen (Dancers)
  1612. Blind Sunflowers (Los Girasoles Ciegos)
  1613. 35 Rhums (35 Shots of Rum)
  1614. In the Loop
  1615. Not Easily Broken
  1616. Five Minutes of Heaven
  1617. Let the Right One In
  1618. I Love You, Man
  1619. Fifty Dead Men Walking
  1620. Dragonball: Evolution
  1621. 17 Again
  1622. Fast and Furious
  1623. Tony Manero
  1624. Race to Witch Mountain
  1625. SIGNIS Film Reviews: March 2009
  1626. SIGNIS Statement: Religulous
  1627. Cherry Blossoms (Kirschebluten/Hanami)
  1628. Monsters Vs Aliens
  1629. The Boat that Rocked
  1630. I Can’t Think Straight
  1631. The World Unseen
  1632. Religulous
  1633. The Uninvited
  1634. Little Ashes
  1635. The Haunting in Connecticut
  1636. Knowing
  1637. The Life Before Her Eyes
  1638. Traitor
  1639. Genova
  1640. The Damned United
  1641. Duplicity
  1642. Diminished Capacity
  1643. Paul Blart: Mall Cop
  1644. Lesbian Vampire Killers
  1645. The Age of Stupid
  1646. Flash of Genius
  1647. Bronson
  1648. Hush
  1649. The Great Debaters
  1650. The Young Victoria
  1651. Wendy and Lucy
  1652. Watchmen
  1653. Reverb
  1654. A Short Stay in Switzerland
  1655. Flammen & Citronen (Flame & Citron)
  1656. The Burning Plain
  1657. American Teen
  1658. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlin 2009 Special Edition
  1659. Yarwng (Roots)
  1660. The Crew
  1661. He’s Just Not That Into You
  1662. Push
  1663. Confessions of a Shopaholic
  1664. SIGNIS Film Reviews: February 2009
  1665. The International
  1666. New in Town
  1667. The Unborn
  1668. Franklyn
  1669. Cadillac Records
  1670. Hotel for Dogs
  1671. Friday the 13th
  1672. Gran Torino
  1673. All About Elly (Darbareye Elly)
  1674. Alle Anderen (Everyone Else)
  1675. An American in New York
  1676. Ander
  1677. Beast Stalker
  1678. The Bone Man (Der Knochenmann)
  1679. Burrowing (Man Tanker Sitt)
  1680. Cheri
  1681. The Countess
  1682. Deutschland 09
  1683. Eden a L’Ouest (Eden is West)
  1684. End of Love
  1685. The Fish Child (El Nino Pez)
  1686. Forever Enthralled
  1687. Gigante
  1688. Happy Tears
  1689. John Rabe
  1690. Just Walking (Solo Quiero Caminar)
  1691. Katalin Varga
  1692. Letters to the President
  1693. London River
  1694. Mammoth
  1695. The Messenger
  1696. Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustuda)
  1697. My One and Only
  1698. Pedro
  1699. The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
  1700. Rage
  1701. Ricky
  1702. Ruckenwind (Light Gradient)
  1703. Storm
  1704. Tatarak (Sweet Rush)
  1705. Welcome
  1706. Winterstilte (Winter Silence)
  1707. Notorious
  1708. The Pink Panther 2
  1709. The Spirit
  1710. The Square
  1711. Bottle Shock
  1712. Bolt
  1713. JCVD
  1714. Cronoscrimines (Time Crimes)
  1715. Valkyrie
  1716. Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist
  1717. Henry Poole is Here
  1718. The Broken
  1719. Battle in Seattle
  1720. Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans
  1721. Tokyo Sonata
  1722. The Punisher: War Zone
  1723. Who Killed Nancy?
  1724. My Bloody Valentine 3D
  1725. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2009
  1726. My Mom’s New Boyfriend
  1727. Lucky Miles
  1728. Marley and Me
  1729. Gabriel
  1730. Bride Wars
  1731. Monkey PUzzle
  1732. Doubt
  1733. Frost/Nixon
  1734. Defiance
  1735. Revolutionary Road
  1736. Roman de Gare
  1737. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2
  1738. Seven Pounds
  1739. Transsiberian
  1740. Garbage Warrior
  1741. Yes Man
  1742. The Grocer’s Son
  1743. Slumdog Millionaire
  1744. The Reader
  1745. Far North
  1746. Bedtime Stories
  1747. Beverley Hills Chihuahua
  1748. Newcastle
  1749. Fugitive Pieces
  1750. Gonzo, the Life and Times of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
  1751. The Wrestler
  1752. A Bunch of Amateurs
  1753. Twilight
  1754. The Tale of Despereaux
  1755. Milk
  1756. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  1757. Australia
  1758. SIGNIS Film Reviews: December 2008
  1759. The Church in Transition: Doubt
  1760. Faintheart
  1761. Dean Spanley
  1762. Trade
  1763. The Stone of Destiny
  1764. Nordwand (North Face)
  1765. Love and Honour
  1766. Inkheart
  1767. The Day the Earth Stood Still
  1768. Choke
  1769. Madagascar Escape 2 Africa
  1770. My Best Friend’s Girl
  1771. The Secret Life of Bees
  1772. Quarantine
  1773. Summer
  1774. Julia
  1775. Four Christmases
  1776. Il Vento Va il Suo Giro (The Wind Blows Around)
  1777. Un Poco de Chocolade (A Little Bit of Chocolate)
  1778. Transporter 3
  1779. The Girl in the Park
  1780. Les Lignes du Sang (Rivals)
  1781. Bonneville
  1782. The Children
  1783. The Express
  1784. Lakeview Terrace
  1785. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October-November 2008
  1786. Body of Lies
  1787. The Oxford Murders
  1788. Flawless
  1789. Dialogue avec mon Jardinier (Conversations with My Gardener)
  1790. The Warlords
  1791. Easy Virtue
  1792. Fine, Totally Fine
  1793. Max Payne
  1794. Pride and Glory
  1795. Zach and Miri Make a Porno
  1796. Choking Man
  1797. The Baader Meinhof Complex
  1798. Scar 3D
  1799. W
  1800. Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
  1801. Quantum of Solace
  1802. High School Musical 3: Senior Year
  1803. Incendiary
  1804. Of Time and the City
  1805. Le Ring
  1806. A nyomozo (The Investigation)
  1807. Rumba
  1808. Saw V
  1809. Un Coeur Simple (A Simple Heart)
  1810. Non Pensarci (Don’t Think About It)
  1811. Eagle Eye
  1812. Igor
  1813. The Rocker
  1814. Free Jimmy
  1815. Young @ Heart
  1816. La Zona
  1817. Rachel Getting Married
  1818. Bigga than Ben
  1819. Vinyan
  1820. Nights in Rodanthe
  1821. City of Ember
  1822. Mirrors
  1823. Brideshead Revisited
  1824. Mutant Chronicles
  1825. The House Bunny
  1826. Fly Me to the Moon 3D
  1827. SIGNIS Statement: Brideshead Revisited and its Catholicism
  1828. SIGNIS Film Reviews: September 2008
  1829. Tropic Thunder
  1830. 88 Minutes
  1831. How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
  1832. Good Dick
  1833. Die Welle (The Wave)
  1834. Rocknrolla
  1835. Redbelt
  1836. Righteous Kill
  1837. The Foot Fist Way
  1838. Death Race
  1839. Bangkok Dangerous
  1840. Appaloosa
  1841. The Women
  1842. Taken
  1843. Eden Lake
  1844. Babylon AD
  1845. Live!
  1846. Burn After Reading
  1847. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
  1848. Disaster Movie
  1849. Myrin (Jar City)
  1850. Partition
  1851. The Strangers
  1852. Step-Brothers
  1853. SIGNIS Film reviews: August 2008
  1854. Puffball
  1855. Times and Winds (Bes Vakit)
  1856. The Wackness
  1857. Wild Child
  1858. Shoot on Sight
  1859. Daylight Robbery
  1860. El Cantante
  1861. Somers Town
  1862. You Don’t Mess with the Zohan
  1863. Get Smart
  1864. Ben X
  1865. College Road Trip
  1866. Hellboy II: the Golden Army
  1867. Man from Plains
  1868. Three and Out
  1869. Vexille
  1870. Angel
  1871. The Clone Wars
  1872. Miss Pettigrew Lives a Day
  1873. The Karamazovs
  1874. SIGNIS Statement: The X-Files: I Want to Believe
  1875. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
  1876. CJ7
  1877. Make it Happen
  1878. Tropa de Elite (Elite Squad)
  1879. Renard et L’Enfant (The Fox and the Child)
  1880. The Love Guru
  1881. Cidade dos Homens (City of Men)
  1882. The X Files: I Want to Believe
  1883. Married Life
  1884. Cass
  1885. Blindsight
  1886. Paris
  1887. Before the Rains
  1888. Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging
  1889. Elle s’appelle Sabine (Her Name is Sabine)
  1890. Buddha Collapsed out of Shame
  1891. The Dark Knight
  1892. Baby Mama
  1893. Meet Dave
  1894. WALL.E
  1895. Donkey Punch
  1896. SIGNIS Film Reviews: July 2008
  1897. Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D
  1898. Mamma Mia
  1899. The Forbidden Kingdom
  1900. SIGNIS Film Reviews: June 2008
  1901. La Romance d’Astree et Celadon
  1902. Mad Detective
  1903. Mes Amis, Mes Amours
  1904. Kung Fu Panda
  1905. In Memory of My Father
  1906. Adulthood
  1907. El Bano del Papa (The Pope’s Toilet)
  1908. My Winnipeg
  1909. Les Femmes de l’Ombre (Female Agents)
  1910. Prince Caspian
  1911. Hancock
  1912. Wanted
  1913. Cassandra’s Dream
  1914. The Ruins
  1915. The Edge of Love
  1916. The Waiting Room
  1917. In Search of a Midnight Kiss
  1918. The Happening
  1919. The Incredible Hulk
  1920. Hors de Prix (Priceless)
  1921. Teeth
  1922. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2008 Special Edition
  1923. The Escapist
  1924. Kamikaze Girls
  1925. Persepolis
  1926. Mongol
  1927. Ostrov (The Island)
  1928. Taxi to the Darkside
  1929. Balls of Fury
  1930. Mad Money
  1931. Anamorph
  1932. Filth: the Mary Whitehouse Story
  1933. Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
  1934. Sarkar Raj
  1935. Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanomo
  1936. Caramel
  1937. Prom Night
  1938. Superhero Movie
  1939. Chemical Wedding
  1940. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  1941. Sex and the City
  1942. Timber Falls
  1943. 24 City
  1944. Adoration
  1945. A Festa da Menina Morta (Dead Girl’s Feast)
  1946. Afterschool
  1947. Los Bastardos
  1948. Blindness
  1949. The Chaser
  1950. Che
  1951. Un Conte de Noel
  1952. Delta
  1953. Il Divo
  1954. Entre les Murs (The Class)
  1955. The Exchange (formerly Changeling)
  1956. La Frontiere de l’Aube (The Dawn Shore)
  1957. Gomorrah
  1958. The Good, the Bad and the Weird
  1959. Hunger
  1960. Johnny Mad Dog
  1961. Leonera (Lion’s Den)
  1962. Linha de Passe
  1963. Milh Hadha Al-Bahr (Salt of this Sea)
  1964. La Mujer sin Cabeza
  1965. My Magic
  1966. Ocean Flame
  1967. Versailles
  1968. De Ofrivilliga (Involuntary)
  1969. Palermo Shooting
  1970. Sanguepazzo (Wild Blood)
  1971. Serbis
  1972. Le Silence de Lorna (Lorna’s Silence)
  1973. Soi Cowboy
  1974. Surveillance
  1975. Synecdoche, New York
  1976. Tokyo!
  1977. UC Maymun (The Three Monkeys)
  1978. Ting Chi (Parking)
  1979. Tulpan
  1980. Two Lovers
  1981. Vicki Cristina Barcelona
  1982. La Vie Moderne
  1983. Waltz with Bashir
  1984. What Just Happened?
  1985. Wolke 9 (Cloud 9)
  1986. Bienvenue chez les Ch’its (Welcome to the Sticks)
  1987. The Black Balloon
  1988. Charlie Bartlett
  1989. Shutter
  1990. Tovarisch, I Am Not Dead
  1991. La Question Humaine (Heartbeat Detector)
  1992. Cashback
  1993. XXY
  1994. Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?
  1995. Honeydripper
  1996. Un Secret
  1997. The Air I Breathe
  1998. SIGNIS Films Reviews: April 2008
  1999. The Eye
  2000. Speed Racer
  2001. What Happens in Vegas
  2002. Stop-Loss
  2003. [Rec.]
  2004. Iron Man
  2005. Manufacturing Landscapes
  2006. Made of Honour
  2007. Doomsday
  2008. In Bruges
  2009. Pathology
  2010. Street Kings
  2011. One Missed Call
  2012. P2
  2013. My Enemy’s Enemy
  2014. Nim’s Island
  2015. 21
  2016. Leatherheads
  2017. Flashbacks of a Fool
  2018. Deception
  2019. Fool’s Gold
  2020. Gone Baby Gone
  2021. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  2022. The Mourning Forest
  2023. Boarding Gate
  2024. Death Defying Acts
  2025. Ballast
  2026. The Visitor
  2027. Smart People
  2028. The Mist
  2029. The King of California
  2030. Funny Games U.S.
  2031. Son of Rambow
  2032. Awake
  2033. How She Move
  2034. My Brother is an Only Child
  2035. Drillbit Taylor
  2036. First Sunday
  2037. The Go Master
  2038. Run, Fatboy, Run
  2039. The 11th Hour
  2040. Meet the Spartans
  2041. Lars and the Real Girl
  2042. The Spiderwick Chronicles
  2043. Step Up 2: The Streets
  2044. The Orphanage (El Orfanato)
  2045. Love in the Time of Cholera
  2046. Dr Seuss’s Horton Hears a Who
  2047. SIGNIS Film Reviews: March 2008
  2048. L’heure Zero (Towards Zero)
  2049. Avril
  2050. Sous Les Bombes (Under the Bombs)
  2051. Children of Glory
  2052. Out of the Blue
  2053. Miss Austen Regrets
  2054. Assembly
  2055. The Cottage
  2056. Beaufort
  2057. 10,000 BC
  2058. Vantage Point
  2059. Four Minutes (Vier Minuten)
  2060. La Grain et le mulet (The Secret of the Grain)
  2061. George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead
  2062. Garage
  2063. Fade to Black
  2064. The Accidental Husband
  2065. The Baker
  2066. The Bank Job
  2067. The Bucket List
  2068. Mang Shan (Blind Mountain)
  2069. Mister Lonely
  2070. Rambo
  2071. Semi-Pro
  2072. Untraceable
  2073. Waz
  2074. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Berlin 2008 Special Edition
  2075. Tirador (Slingshot)
  2076. 3 Zan (3 Women)
  2077. Tatil Katibi (Summer Book)
  2078. Standard Operating Procedure
  2079. Sleep Dealer
  2080. Restless
  2081. The Other Boleyn Girl
  2082. Night and Day (Bam Gua Nat)
  2083. Man Jeuk (Sparrow)
  2084. Lemon Tree
  2085. Lady Jane
  2086. Katyn
  2087. Kabei - Our Mother
  2088. Jesus Christus Erloser (Jesus Christ Saviour)
  2089. Jerusalema
  2090. Il y a longtemps que je t’aime (I Have Loved You for So Long)
  2091. Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger
  2092. Happy-Go-Lucky
  2093. Fireflies in the Garden
  2094. Feuerherz (Heart of Fire)
  2095. Elegy
  2096. Dream Boy
  2097. Derek
  2098. Corroboree
  2099. Caos Calmo (Quiet Chaos)
  2100. Boy A
  2101. Be Kind Rewind
  2102. Balikbayan Box
  2103. Black Water
  2104. Jumper
  2105. SIGNIS Film Reviews: February 2008
  2106. There Will Be Blood
  2107. Juno
  2108. Definitely, Maybe
  2109. The Forest of Death
  2110. The Professor and his Beloved Equation
  2111. The Water Horse
  2112. Time to Die
  2113. The Matrimony
  2114. Penelope
  2115. Anche Libero va bene (Across the Ridge)
  2116. Le Scaphandre et Le Papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)
  2117. Margot at the Wedding
  2118. Things We Lost in the Fire
  2119. Over Her Dead Body
  2120. Italianetz (The Italian)
  2121. Cloverfield
  2122. Battle for Haditha
  2123. The Savages
  2124. Desaccord Parfait (Twice on a Lifetime)
  2125. Ensemble, C’est Tout (Hunting and Gathering)
  2126. Clubland
  2127. The Final Winter
  2128. Footy Legends
  2129. The Good Night
  2130. Kokoda
  2131. Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  2132. September
  2133. Asterix at the Olympic Games
  2134. St Trinians
  2135. Walk Hard: the Dewey Cox Story
  2136. Underdog
  2137. Charlie Wilson’s War
  2138. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2008
  2139. Alien versus Predator: Requiem
  2140. Dan in Real Life
  2141. PS I Love You
  2142. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
  2143. Romulus, My Father
  2144. Rogue
  2145. National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  2146. I Am Legend
  2147. Closing the Ring
  2148. The Man in the Chair
  2149. The Game Plan
  2150. The Bet
  2151. 27 Dresses
  2152. As It Is In Heaven
  2153. Arctic Tale
  2154. Youth without Youth
  2155. Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium
  2156. Weirdsville
  2157. My Kid Could Paint That
  2158. Infinite Justice
  2159. Chromophobia
  2160. Anna M
  2161. Bella
  2162. The Bee Movie
  2163. He Was a Quiet Man
  2164. SIGNIS Statement: The Golden Compass
  2165. 30 Days of Night
  2166. Brick Lane
  2167. Enchanted
  2168. A Very British Gangster
  2169. Code Name: The Cleaner
  2170. I’m Not There
  2171. SIGNIS Film Reviews: November 2007
  2172. Pret-moi la main (I Do)
  2173. Talk to Me
  2174. Rescue Dawn
  2175. Shrooms
  2176. Fred Claus
  2177. Hitman
  2178. This Christmas
  2179. August Rush
  2180. You Kill Me
  2181. Stellet Licht
  2182. Silk
  2183. Into the Wild
  2184. The Lookout
  2185. Good Luck Chuck
  2186. Beowulf
  2187. I Served the King of England
  2188. The Jane Austen Book Club
  2189. Redacted
  2190. The Magic Flute
  2191. American Gangster
  2192. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  2193. Lions for Lambs
  2194. SIGNIS Statement: Elizabeth - The Golden Age
  2195. Once
  2196. Black Sheep
  2197. Nancy Drew
  2198. Mr Brooks
  2199. The Last Legion
  2200. Resident Evil: Extinction
  2201. The Invasion
  2202. Razzle Dazzle
  2203. Interview
  2204. Stardust
  2205. Rendition
  2206. Ratatouille
  2207. The Nines
  2208. In the Valley of Elah
  2209. The Hunting Party
  2210. Eastern Promises
  2211. The Dark is Rising
  2212. The Darjeeling Limited
  2213. Daddy Day Camp
  2214. Blame it on Fidel
  2215. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October 2007
  2216. Rocket Science
  2217. Shoot ’em Up
  2218. Mr Woodcock
  2219. Across the Universe
  2220. Halloween
  2221. Sleuth
  2222. Death at a Funeral
  2223. Syndromes and a Century
  2224. Lust, Caution
  2225. It’s a Free World
  2226. War
  2227. The Nanny Diaries
  2228. And When Did You Last See Your Father
  2229. Control
  2230. Dnevnoy Dozor (Day Watch)
  2231. Feast of Love
  2232. The Heartbreak Kid
  2233. Hot Rod
  2234. I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
  2235. The Kingdom
  2236. The Brave One
  2237. Die Falscher (The Counterfeiters)
  2238. In Memoria di Me
  2239. Takva
  2240. Superbad
  2241. Le Serpent
  2242. Michael Clayton
  2243. Irina Palm
  2244. Georgia Rule
  2245. The Ex (Fast Track)
  2246. SIGNIS Films Reviews: August/September 2007
  2247. Atonement
  2248. 3:10 to Yuma
  2249. No Reservations
  2250. Death Sentence
  2251. 1408
  2252. December Boys
  2253. 2 Days in Paris
  2254. Year of the Dog
  2255. Buy it Now
  2256. Quelques Jours en Septembre
  2257. Hallam Foe
  2258. We are all Christs (Wszyscy Jestesmy Chrystusami)
  2259. Sugarhouse
  2260. Waitress
  2261. Seraphim Falls
  2262. Lady Chatterley
  2263. Knocked Up
  2264. Evening
  2265. Eagle vs Shark
  2266. 12.08, East of Bucharest
  2267. The Bourne Ultimatum
  2268. Sparkle
  2269. Bratz the Movie
  2270. Ecoute le temps
  2271. Mee Shee: the Water Giant
  2272. Marigold
  2273. Copying Beethoven
  2274. Surf’s Up
  2275. Rush Hour 3
  2276. License to Wed
  2277. Happily N’Ever After
  2278. Wind Chill
  2279. SIGNIS Film Reviews: June-July 2007
  2280. Tales from Earthsea
  2281. Gandhi my Father
  2282. Evan Almighty
  2283. The Hoax
  2284. I Have Never Forgotten You: the Life and Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal
  2285. Transformers
  2286. In the Land of Women
  2287. The Walker
  2288. The Simpsons Movie
  2289. Disturbia
  2290. Daratt
  2291. Macbeth
  2292. The Priestess
  2293. The Lark Farm
  2294. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  2295. Hairspray
  2296. A Story of People in War and Peace
  2297. Screamers
  2298. SIGNIS Statement: Sinner
  2299. The War on Democracy
  2300. Die Hard 4.0
  2301. Dead Silence
  2302. The Flying Scotsman
  2303. Hostel 2
  2304. Sketches of Frank Gehry
  2305. Shrek the Third
  2306. Grow Your Own
  2307. Ne le dis a personne (Tell No One)
  2308. Lucky You
  2309. Captivity
  2310. PTU
  2311. The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
  2312. Water
  2313. Vacancy
  2314. Are We Done Yet?
  2315. Frankie
  2316. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2007 Special Edition
  2317. SIGNIS Film Reviews: May 2007
  2318. SIGNIS Film Reviews: April 2007
  2319. The Wild Blue Yonder
  2320. Messages
  2321. Black Gold
  2322. Nuovomondo (Golden Door)
  2323. Turistas (Paradise Lost)
  2324. Je Suis Pas La Pour Etre Aime (Not Here to be Loved)
  2325. The Tiger’s Tail
  2326. Oceans 13
  2327. Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World’s End
  2328. The Chumscrubber
  2329. The City of Violence
  2330. The Hitcher
  2331. We Own the Night
  2332. Naissance des Pieuvres (Water Lilies)
  2333. Une Vielle Maitresse (An Old Mistress)
  2334. Triangle
  2335. Terror’s Advocate
  2336. Tehilim
  2337. La Soledad
  2338. Sicko
  2339. Secret Sunshine
  2340. Savage Grace
  2341. Paranoid Park
  2342. No Country for Old Men
  2343. My Blueberry Nights
  2344. Munruyangabo
  2345. A Mighty Heart
  2346. The Man from London
  2347. Import/Export
  2348. Go Go Tales
  2349. The Flight of the Red Balloon (Le Voyage de Ballon Rouge)
  2350. Death Proof
  2351. Les Chansons d’Amour (Love Songs)
  2352. Chacun Son Cinema
  2353. Centochiodi (A Hundred Nails)
  2354. Breath (Soom)
  2355. Boxes
  2356. The Banishment
  2357. The Band’s Visit
  2358. Auf der Anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven)
  2359. Apres Lui
  2360. Alexandra
  2361. L’Age des Tenebres (The Age of Ignorance)
  2362. 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days
  2363. Lovewrecked
  2364. Conversations with Other Women
  2365. Like Minds
  2366. Mon Meilleur Ami (My Best Friend)
  2367. Dans Paris
  2368. 28 Weeks Later
  2369. Black Snake Moan
  2370. Spiderman 3
  2371. La Noche de los Girasoles (The Night of the Sunflowers)
  2372. Goya’s Ghosts
  2373. Beyond the Gates of Splendor
  2374. End of the Spear
  2375. Goodbye Bafana
  2376. The Breed
  2377. This is England
  2378. The Painted Veil
  2379. The Last Mimzy
  2380. Next
  2381. Reno 911!: Miami
  2382. Straightheads
  2383. Away from Her
  2384. Scott Walker: 30 Century Man
  2385. The Puffy Chair
  2386. Fracture
  2387. Fur: an Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus
  2388. The Jesus Project
  2389. Half Nelson
  2390. The Pathfinder: An Untold Legend
  2391. The Reaping
  2392. Reign over me
  2393. Son of Man
  2394. Perfect Stranger
  2395. Edmond
  2396. La Mome (La Vie en Rose)
  2397. Unknown
  2398. Shooter
  2399. Provoked (Provoked: a True Story)
  2400. Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others)
  2401. One Night with the King
  2402. Wild Hogs
  2403. The Bridge to Terabithia
  2404. SIGNIS Film Reviews: February/March 2007
  2405. Meet the Robinsons
  2406. Sunshine
  2407. Blades of Glory
  2408. The Messengers
  2409. The Namesake
  2410. Curse of the Golden Flower
  2411. Stomp the Yard
  2412. Stay (Sleeping Dogs)
  2413. Mr Bean’s Holiday
  2414. The Hills Have Eyes II
  2415. Factory Girl
  2416. Deliver Us from Evil: SIGNIS Statement
  2417. Catch a Fire
  2418. L’Amico di famiglia (The Family Friend)
  2419. The Last Sineater
  2420. Catch and Release
  2421. Amazing Grace
  2422. TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  2423. I Want Candy
  2424. The Ultimate Gift
  2425. Premonition
  2426. Sherrybaby
  2427. Facing the Giants
  2428. Breach
  2429. Zodiac
  2430. Sheitan
  2431. The Astronaut Farmer
  2432. Outlaw
  2433. After the Wedding (Efter Brylluppet)
  2434. Norbit
  2435. Becoming Jane
  2436. The Good German
  2437. Gone
  2438. Kardia
  2439. Music and Lyrics
  2440. 300
  2441. Bamako
  2442. Hot Fuzz
  2443. Eklavya: the Royal Guard
  2444. Middletown
  2445. A Guide to Recognising Your Saints
  2446. Alpha Dog
  2447. Material Girls
  2448. Inland Empire
  2449. Fauteuils d’Orchestre (Orchestra Seats)
  2450. The Number 23
  2451. Because I Said So
  2452. School for Scoundrels
  2453. Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur et les Minimoys)
  2454. Blood and Chocolate
  2455. Goal 2! Living the Dream
  2456. Hannibal Rising
  2457. Epic Movie
  2458. The Reef
  2459. The Good Shepherd
  2460. Ghost Rider
  2461. SIGNIS Film Reviews: January 2007
  2462. Dreamgirls
  2463. Notes on a Scandal
  2464. Letters from Iwo Jima
  2465. Kenny
  2466. Welcome to Dongmakgol
  2467. The Last King of Scotland
  2468. For Your Consideration
  2469. Irresistible
  2470. Little Red Flowers
  2471. The Illusionist
  2472. Freedom Writers
  2473. Smokin’ Aces
  2474. Ghosts
  2475. Venus
  2476. Flyboys
  2477. Ils (Them)
  2478. Suburban Mayhem
  2479. Gridiron Gang
  2480. Miss Potter
  2481. The Return
  2482. Zwartboek (Black Book)
  2483. Charlotte’s Web
  2484. Flicka
  2485. Boytown
  2486. The Fountain
  2487. Bobby
  2488. 3 Needles
  2489. Last Train to Freo
  2490. Scoop
  2491. La Doublure (The Valet)
  2492. SIGNIS Film Reviews: December 2006
  2493. Flags of our Fathers
  2494. Night at the Museum
  2495. Rocky Balboa
  2496. Perfume: the Story of a Murderer
  2497. Zoom
  2498. Kabul Express
  2499. It’s a Boy/Girl Thing
  2500. Employee of the Month
  2501. "The Nativity Story" Seen from the Philippines
  2502. Running With Scissors
  2503. Blood Diamond
  2504. Unaccompanied Minors (Grounded)
  2505. Eragon
  2506. Deja Vu
  2507. Black Christmas
  2508. SIGNIS Film Reviews: November 2006
  2509. A Prairie Home Companion
  2510. The Pursuit of Happyness
  2511. Apocalypto
  2512. The Holiday
  2513. Frostbiten (Frostbite)
  2514. London to Brighton
  2515. Die Grosse Stille (Into Great Silence)
  2516. Happy Feet
  2517. Jackass Number Two
  2518. Deck the Halls
  2519. The Covenant
  2520. Suburban Mayhem
  2521. Zemastan (It’s Winter)
  2522. Pan’s Labyrinth
  2523. Shortbus
  2524. Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny
  2525. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
  2526. Flushed Away
  2527. Stranger Than Fiction
  2528. Big Nothing
  2529. All the Invisible Children
  2530. Antikorper (Antibodies)
  2531. Twelve and Holding
  2532. The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D
  2533. Breaking and Entering
  2534. Heroes and Villains
  2535. Special (RX) Specioprin Hydrochloride
  2536. Casino Royale
  2537. Puritan
  2538. The Host (Gue-Mool)
  2539. The Prestige
  2540. Waist Deep
  2541. Little Children
  2542. The Nativity Story
  2543. Earthlings (Ugly Bags of Mostly Water)
  2544. All the King’s Men
  2545. The Last Kiss
  2546. Saw III
  2547. Mischief Night
  2548. Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
  2549. Sixty Six
  2550. The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael
  2551. Gypo
  2552. La Tourneuse de Pages (The Page Turner)
  2553. Peaceful Warrior
  2554. Driving Lessons
  2555. Wordplay
  2556. SIGNIS Film Reviews: October 2006
  2557. Idlewild
  2558. The Grudge 2
  2559. Stick It
  2560. New Police Story
  2561. Step Up
  2562. Infamous
  2563. The History Boys
  2564. Tais Toi (Shut Up)
  2565. Starter for Ten
  2566. Open Season
  2567. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
  2568. The Aryan Couple
  2569. Scenes of a Sexual Nature
  2570. A Good Year
  2571. The Guardian
  2572. SIGNIS Film Reviews: September 2006
  2573. Quinceanera (Echo Park LA)
  2574. Man Push Cart
  2575. Accepted
  2576. The Departed
  2577. Johanna
  2578. Life and Lyrics
  2579. Nina’s Heavenly Delights
  2580. Hoodwinked
  2581. DOA: Dead or Alive
  2582. A Guide to Recognising Your Saints
  2583. Kekexili (Mountain Patrol)
  2584. Click
  2585. Dirty Sanchez - the Movie
  2586. Keane
  2587. The U.S. vs. John Lennon
  2588. Hollywoodland
  2589. Clerks II
  2590. An Inconvenient Truth
  2591. Talladega Nights: the Ballad of Ricky Bobby
  2592. Snow Cake
  2593. Little Miss Sunshine
  2594. The Wicker Man
  2595. The Devil Wears Prada
  2596. SIGNIS Film Reviews: August 2006
  2597. World Trade Center
  2598. The Black Dahlia
  2599. Children of Men
  2600. The Queen
  2601. The Sentinel
  2602. Crank
  2603. This Film is not yet Rated
  2604. The Benchwarmers
  2605. Over the Hedge
  2606. Severance
  2607. Adrift
  2608. Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing and Charm School
  2609. You, Me and Dupree
  2610. Right at Your Door
  2611. Snakes on a Plane
  2612. Akeelah and the Bee
  2613. Harsh Times
  2614. A Scanner Darkly
  2615. John Tucker Must Die
  2616. Tideland
  2617. Monster House
  2618. Garfield 2: A Tale of Two Kitties
  2619. The Death of Mr Lazarescu
  2620. Bee Season
  2621. Angel-A
  2622. Ellie Parker
  2623. C.S.A. The Confederate States of America
  2624. Warrior-King
  2625. Alpha Male
  2626. Wilderness
  2627. The Night Listener
  2628. Lady in the Water
  2629. Nacho Libre
  2630. Tarfaya
  2631. Paper Clips
  2632. 11:14
  2633. Cars
  2634. Stay Alive
  2635. The Break-Up
  2636. My Super Ex-Girlfriend
  2637. The Notorious Bettie Page
  2638. Trust the Man
  2639. Miami Vice
  2640. Who Killed the Electric Car?
  2641. Omkara
  2642. The Ant Bully
  2643. SIGNIS Film Reviews: June/July 2006
  2644. Ultraviolet
  2645. The Thief Lord
  2646. District 13 (Banlieue 13)
  2647. Fearless
  2648. Half Light
  2649. Hard Candy
  2650. Imagine You and Me
  2651. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
  2652. Dumplings
  2653. Curious George
  2654. 36 Quai des Orfevres
  2655. Aquamarine
  2656. The Lake House
  2657. Thank You for Smoking
  2658. Superman Returns
  2659. Vers le Sud (Heading South)
  2660. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  2661. Stormbreaker
  2662. An Unfinished Life
  2663. Love + Hate
  2664. Ju On 2 (The Grudge 2)
  2665. Secuestro Express
  2666. El Lobo (The Wolf)
  2667. Little Manhattan
  2668. Poseidon
  2669. Friends with Money
  2670. X Men 3: The Last Stand
  2671. Forty Shades of Blue
  2672. Just My Luck
  2673. The Cave of the Yellow Dog
  2674. Reeker
  2675. Pretty Persuasion
  2676. King Kong
  2677. Ask the Dust
  2678. Wah Wah
  2679. Voces Innocentes (Innocent Voices)
  2680. RV
  2681. Best Wishes! (Czech Republic)
  2682. SIGNIS Statement: The Omen
  2683. SIGNIS Film Reviews: Cannes 2006 Special Edition
  2684. 2:37
  2685. Babel
  2686. The Caiman
  2687. Cronica de una Fuga
  2688. Fast Food Nation
  2689. Flanders
  2690. Climates
  2691. Indigènes
  2692. Jindabyne
  2693. Lights in the Dusk
  2694. Marie Antoinette
  2695. Paris je t’aime
  2696. Red Road
  2697. Southland Tales
  2698. Volver
  2699. Summer Palace
  2700. Ten Canoes
  2701. El Violin
  2702. The Wind that Shakes the Barley
  2703. Z Odzysku (Retrieval)
  2704. 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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