Matt Glasby

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Classic European films: Amelie, starring Audrey Tautou, is adorable and alluring, if an acquired taste

Starring Audrey Tautou and written and directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Amelie is so breathless and beautiful you have no choice but to be swept along – but is simply too saccharine for some.

17 Feb 2019 - 8:40AM
Classic European films: Amelie, starring Audrey Tautou, is adorable and alluring, if an acquired taste

Starring Audrey Tautou and written and directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Amelie is so breathless and beautiful you have no choice but to be swept along – but is simply too saccharine for some.

Classic American films: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Martin McDonagh’s Oscar-winner isn’t quite the sum of its parts

Martin McDonagh’s film is very, very good but a second viewing reveals issues that might not have been evident at first.

3 Feb 2019 - 9:28AM
Classic American films: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Martin McDonagh’s Oscar-winner isn’t quite the sum of its parts

Martin McDonagh’s film is very, very good but a second viewing reveals issues that might not have been evident at first.

Classic American films: Pulp Fiction – the 10 best lines from Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 crime drama

From cold-blooded hitmen Jules and Vincent to crime boss Marcellus Wallace and of course The Wolf, Pulp Fiction is full of classic lines

26 Jan 2019 - 9:05PM
Classic American films: Pulp Fiction – the 10 best lines from Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 crime drama

From cold-blooded hitmen Jules and Vincent to crime boss Marcellus Wallace and of course The Wolf, Pulp Fiction is full of classic lines

Classic American films: Rocky – John G Avildsen’s boxing drama is not the film people remember

The original Rocky is unrelentingly downbeat for most of its runtime, with very little boxing, a seduction scene that looks more like coercion, and an undercurrent of racial anxiety that today feels a bit like racism.

20 Jan 2019 - 8:20AM
Classic American films: Rocky – John G Avildsen’s boxing drama is not the film people remember

The original Rocky is unrelentingly downbeat for most of its runtime, with very little boxing, a seduction scene that looks more like coercion, and an undercurrent of racial anxiety that today feels a bit like racism.

Classic American films: Blade Runner 2049 – immaculate but uninvolving Denis Villeneuve sequel

Like Ridley Scott, who made the original Blade Runner, Villeneuve is great at world-building, and every frame of the 2017 film is pinch-yourself beautiful, but for a treatise on humanity it doesn’t have much of its own.

6 Jan 2019 - 8:31AM
Classic American films: Blade Runner 2049 – immaculate but uninvolving Denis Villeneuve sequel

Like Ridley Scott, who made the original Blade Runner, Villeneuve is great at world-building, and every frame of the 2017 film is pinch-yourself beautiful, but for a treatise on humanity it doesn’t have much of its own.

Classic American films: The Shawshank Redemption – the 10 best lines from 1994 prison drama

In this regular series we take a look at some of the most talked-about films and the legacy they have left behind. Here we revisit the most memorable lines from the famous prison drama.

29 Dec 2018 - 8:09AM
Classic American films: The Shawshank Redemption – the 10 best lines from 1994 prison drama

In this regular series we take a look at some of the most talked-about films and the legacy they have left behind. Here we revisit the most memorable lines from the famous prison drama.

Classic American films: Cool Hand Luke – Paul Newman shines in compelling prison drama

The 1967 Oscar-winning film sees Newman in a role made just for him and appears to have been a major inspiration for The Shawshank Redemption.

22 Dec 2018 - 10:04PM
Classic American films: Cool Hand Luke – Paul Newman shines in compelling prison drama

The 1967 Oscar-winning film sees Newman in a role made just for him and appears to have been a major inspiration for The Shawshank Redemption.

Classic American films: Whiplash – Damien Chazelle’s hard-hitting 2014 drama never drags

Chazelle’s film about jazz drumming starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons might be niche subject matter but the treatment is transfixing, with a razor-sharp script complementing excellent central performances.

10 Dec 2018 - 12:15PM
Classic American films: Whiplash – Damien Chazelle’s hard-hitting 2014 drama never drags

Chazelle’s film about jazz drumming starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons might be niche subject matter but the treatment is transfixing, with a razor-sharp script complementing excellent central performances.

Classic American films: the best lines from The Godfather, 1972 mafia saga real gangsters have quoted ever since

The quintessential gangster film was full of great acting and classic one liners. Here’s a selection from Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall and James Caan.

2 Dec 2018 - 4:13PM
Classic American films: the best lines from The Godfather, 1972 mafia saga real gangsters have quoted ever since

The quintessential gangster film was full of great acting and classic one liners. Here’s a selection from Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall and James Caan.

Classic American films: Network – Sidney Lumet’s news satire as relevant today as in 1976

A news anchor announces he will kill himself on air in his final show after being pushed out because of low ratings. The story of the power of ratings resonates in this age of click bait, fake news and a reality-TV US president.

26 Nov 2018 - 11:24AM
Classic American films: Network – Sidney Lumet’s news satire as relevant today as in 1976

A news anchor announces he will kill himself on air in his final show after being pushed out because of low ratings. The story of the power of ratings resonates in this age of click bait, fake news and a reality-TV US president.

Review | Film review: Jason Bourne – clichéd, generic sequel reunites Matt Damon, Paul Greengrass

Great action and chase scenes marred by flimsy back story and pedestrian plot in fifth outing for Robert Ludlum’s government-service killer with memory loss

26 Jul 2016 - 3:30PM
Film review: Jason Bourne – clichéd, generic sequel reunites Matt Damon, Paul Greengrass

Great action and chase scenes marred by flimsy back story and pedestrian plot in fifth outing for Robert Ludlum’s government-service killer with memory loss

Review | Film review: Man Up – Simon Pegg and Lake Bell hit it off in heartless, tasteless rom-com

Sharp dialogue and cynicism rule as unlikely couple go on a blind date in a comedy that is all whirlwind and no romance

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
Film review: Man Up – Simon Pegg and Lake Bell hit it off in heartless, tasteless rom-com

Sharp dialogue and cynicism rule as unlikely couple go on a blind date in a comedy that is all whirlwind and no romance

Review | Film review: Serena – Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper lose themselves in forgettable soap opera

Great Depression-era romance lacks heat and falls flat as it feels too modern to be convincing

12 Apr 2016 - 11:00AM
Film review: Serena – Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper lose themselves in forgettable soap opera

Great Depression-era romance lacks heat and falls flat as it feels too modern to be convincing

Review | Film review: Macbeth – Michael Fassbender channels madness of Shakespeare’s world of pain

Commendable acting from the leads and solid support from the ensemble cast make this a gripping, bleakly beautiful big-screen adaptation of the Bard’s tale of overreaching ambition

5 Apr 2016 - 12:52PM
Film review: Macbeth – Michael Fassbender channels madness of Shakespeare’s world of pain

Commendable acting from the leads and solid support from the ensemble cast make this a gripping, bleakly beautiful big-screen adaptation of the Bard’s tale of overreaching ambition

Film review: The Revenant – DiCaprio survival tale is visually stunning yet ponderous
Review | Film review - Sherlock: The Abominable Bride dazzling, frustrating

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the Victorian detective in this atmospheric ghost story, a cinematic version of an episode from BBC TV’s Sherlock. It’s mostly fun, but a third of the film will befuddle all but the series’ keenest fans 

2 Jan 2016 - 6:45PM
Film review - Sherlock: The Abominable Bride dazzling, frustrating

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the Victorian detective in this atmospheric ghost story, a cinematic version of an episode from BBC TV’s Sherlock. It’s mostly fun, but a third of the film will befuddle all but the series’ keenest fans 

Film review: We Are Your Friends - Zac Efron spins a synthetic tale

Not even Efron’s efforts can save us from the ennui of the DJ babble that pervades a largely forgettable flick

12 Oct 2015 - 2:18PM
Film review: We Are Your Friends - Zac Efron spins a synthetic tale

Not even Efron’s efforts can save us from the ennui of the DJ babble that pervades a largely forgettable flick

Film review: We Are Your Friends - Zac Efron spins a synthetic tale

Not even Efron’s efforts can save us from the ennui of the DJ babble that pervades a largely forgettable film.

8 Oct 2015 - 12:10PM
Film review: We Are Your Friends - Zac Efron spins a synthetic tale

Not even Efron’s efforts can save us from the ennui of the DJ babble that pervades a largely forgettable film.

Film Review: Maze Runner sequel Scorch Trials 'too old for children, too young for adults'

With nods to Aliens, Terminator and Indiana Jones, plus swearing, emerging sexuality, and some genuinely unnerving zombie attacks, this is very much not for children

13 Sep 2015 - 11:31PM
Film Review: Maze Runner sequel Scorch Trials 'too old for children, too young for adults'

With nods to Aliens, Terminator and Indiana Jones, plus swearing, emerging sexuality, and some genuinely unnerving zombie attacks, this is very much not for children

Film review: The Tribe - wordless horror in boarding school

The director's shattering debut - set in Ukraine, starring non-professional actors and entirely in sign language - is definitely not for everyone (imagine Michael Haneke adapting Lord of the Flies), but is also unforgettable.

1 Sep 2015 - 6:09PM
Film review: The Tribe - wordless horror in boarding school

The director's shattering debut - set in Ukraine, starring non-professional actors and entirely in sign language - is definitely not for everyone (imagine Michael Haneke adapting Lord of the Flies), but is also unforgettable.