Philip Seymour Hoffman

8

Great

A Late Quartet review

This is very much an actors piece for middle-aged, middle brow audiences. It's not one for the younger crowd but don't be put off by that. All four leads are superb.

10

Superb

The Master review (Blu-ray)

The Master was one of the most discussed, analysed and argued about films of 2012. Battle lines were drawn between those who see Anderson cementing his reputation as the first...

7

Good

The Ides of March review (Blu-ray)

Steve Meyers (Gosling) is working on a primary campaign for presidential candidate Mike Morris (Clooney). With Morris’s clean-cut image and experienced campaign manager Paul Zara (Hoffman) also involved, the crucial...

7

Good

The Ides of March review

Steve Meyers (Gosling) is working on a primary campaign for presidential candidate Mike Morris (Clooney). With Morris’s clean-cut image and experienced campaign manager Paul Zara (Hoffman) also involved, the crucial...

6

Fair

The Big Lebowski review (Blu-ray)

There's no denying that The Big Lebowski has a massive cult following. It has even spawned its own festival that has seen the film shown at gatherings all over the...

6

Fair

The Boat That Rocked (Blu-ray)

Radio Rock is a decrepit boat moored off the coast of England. Its crew of misfits blasts an uninterrupted soundtrack to the swinging 60s back to Blighty, joyously corrupting the...

4

Poor

Synecdoche New York

My, what a fertile imagination Charlie Kaufman has. All praise to him for coming up with wondrously original ideas. What a shame, though, that the finished product doesn't always fulfill them.

6

Fair

The Boat That Rocked

Radio Rock is a decrepit boat moored in international waters off the coast of England. Its crew of misfits blasts an uninterrupted soundtrack to the swinging sixties back to Blighty,...

8

Great

Doubt

Covering perhaps the worthiest of subject matter of all the current worthy, one-eye-on-the-Oscars films, Doubt is a considerable surprise. First of all, it’s thrilling rather than laboured and serious.

7

Good

The Savages (DVD)

Two acting heavyweights join forces for this moving yet comic story focussing on fractured sibling relationships.