Month: February 2015

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Having just seen Bill Condon’s Mr Holmes at the Berlin Film Festival, in which Ian McKellen plays a testy 93-year-old Sherlock Holmes upset that Dr Watson had fibbed about his deerstalker and pipe-smoking, it will be curious to see one

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Mr Holmes

Rating: In his book A Slight Trick of the Mind, Mitch Cullin saw Sherlock Holmes as an old man past 90 who regrets the silly legends that have grown around him and, in his rather testy retirement, tries to solve

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Knight of Cups

Rating: Everyone, even the greatest director, is entitled to one bad film. But it is still a shock to discover that Terrence Malick is capable of a rotten egg like Knight of Cups. It presents Christian Bale as a successful

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Diary of a Chambermaid

Rating: Benoit Jacquot’s Diary of a Chambermaid — the fourth adaptation of the Mirbeau novel already made famous on the screen by Renoir and Buñuel — has Lea Seydoux as the young chambermaid, sent from Paris into the provinces to

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Ixcanul Volcano

Rating: Guatamalian director Jayro Bustamante’s first feature has Maria, a 17-year-old Mayan peasant girl, betrothed by her parents to the foreman of a local farm, made pregnant by a coffee harvester and hoping to escape with him to the States.

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Rating: Iranian director, Jafar Panahi, forbidden to make movies after quarrelling with the regime, tried a different dodge this time after making one in his flat and another in a friend’s seaside bungalow. Taxi, his third unattributed feature, takes place

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Queen of the Desert

Rating: Here’s what happens when a director of passion and imagination thinks of an intriguing project and finds himself lumbered with an expensive production full of name players and compromise. The director in this case is none other than Werner

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45 Years

Rating: It may take some considerable time for any of us to see more consummate performers than Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay acting together at the top of their form. So writer-director Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years, the British competition entry

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