Film review: THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, from Built For Speed

For the life of me I can’t understand the fuss about Ryan Gosling.  He has been dubbed the actor of his generation but to my mind that honour firmly belongs to Michael Fassbender.  For me Gosling’s minimalist acting and smirking arrogant manner have stopped most of his films cold.  A movie with the right script and sympathetic direction, however, can

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Film review: SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK from Built For Speed

David O. Russell’s latest film Silver Linings Playbook, has been lauded by a number of critics but the praise seems excessive given the way the film lurches awkwardly between gritty indie movie and formula rom com. Much like As Good As It Gets, this film mixes themes of mental illness and redemption with romantic comedy.  Unfortunately, it lacks the assurance,

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