Film review: CAROL, from ‘Built For Speed’

Along with The Danish Girl and The Duke Of Burgundy, the moody, sensitive, Carol continues an intriguing theme in 2015/16 cinema of introspective dramas examining gender and sexual identity.   In doing so it provides an impressive showcase for the talents of leads Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara and enigmatic director Todd Haynes. The film tells of a forbidden and fraught

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Film review: THE MONUMENTS MEN, from Built For Speed

Based on the non-fiction book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, Monuments Men dramatises the time during World War Two when art critics invaded Germany. Throughout the war, the Nazis had stolen copious art treasures including Michelangelo’s Madonna and Child, from galleries and private collections across Europe. For what are purported in

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Film review: BLUE JASMINE, from Built For Speed

Following the disappointingly light and fluffy To Rome with Love, Woody Allen returns to form with Blue Jasmine, a confronting drama that explores the perils of downward mobility and self-delusion. Cate Blanchett, plays Jeanette or Jasmine French, a formerly wealthy Park Avenue snob who, as a result of her late husband Hal’s (Alec Baldwin) philandering and shifty business deals, has

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