Ireland 15A

8

Great

Four Lions review

Oh boy, this is one of the blackest of black comedies, and it's bang up to the minute in addressing contemporary issues regarding multiculturalism and religious fundamentalism.

6

Fair

8

Great

Fifty Dead Men Walking

It’s a risky business, turning Queen’s Evidence. You could get away with it. You could end up dead and/or reviled by all: “I don’t blame the IRA for killing him,...

8

Great

Happy-Go-Lucky

Gorblimey guv’nor, it’s only Mike Leigh’s latest! Fresh from making the poignant and much-needed Vera Drake, Mr Improv now tells the giddy, joyous tale of a very different female working-class...

4

Poor

Once

I was sitting for about half an hour trying to think of something to write about this film, and despite rave reviews and its so-called inspiration, I’m afraid words are...

6

Fair

The Tiger’s Tail

John Boorman’s latest film is an oddball take on the nature v nurture debate. It's billed as a black comedy but, in truth, it’s neither particularly dark nor particularly funny...

4

Poor

Magicians

Somewhere inside Magicians, Mitchell & Webb’s big screen debut, is a great 10-minute sketch. The intention seems to be The Prestige — only with more laughs.

8

Great

Letters from Iwo Jima

After the mixed bag of Flags of Our Fathers – intriguing but soulless – the idea of a ‘sequel’, to make Clint Eastwood’s study of Iwo Jima something of a...

6

Fair

The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd is a worthy film. You can tell this by the subject matter: a fictionalised account of the forming of the Central Intelligence Agency.

8

Great

Hot Fuzz

While it sounds like a slightly bizarre porn movie Hot Fuzz is, of course, the follow-up film from Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, the creative force behind sit-com Spaced and...