Film: Video Watch

The Ice Storm (15)

Available to rent from Monday

At the baldest level, Ang Lee's superbly rendered adaptation of Rick Moody's novel masterfully reviews the sexual winter to which the summer of love gave way in the Seventies. Against the backdrop of a frozen Connecticut over Thanksgiving, the Carvers (Kevin Kline (right), Joan Allen, and their kids Christina Ricci and Tobey Maguire) struggle to raise the emotional temperature both within their own family and in furtive sexual trysts with their neighbours, the Hoods (Sigourney Weaver and Henry Czerny, and their boys Jamey Sheridan and Elijah Wood).

The highlight of the adults' social calendar is the key party, a nasty wife-swapping vestige of the sexual revolution. The damaged children are little better, replicating the sins of the parents in their faltering attempts at tenderness. That said, Lee's film is without wit. His eye for social mores makes the melancholic tone more than palatable. Furthermore, he stays faithful to the complexity of the character. You won't see a better film this year.

Traveller (18)

Available to rent now

I'm sure Bill Paxton, the stalwart American support actor, has been waiting a long time for a decent leading role to come along. But this low-key, unambitious drama isn't it, I'm afraid. Paxton plays a gypsy con-artist who, against the wishes of his fellow travellers, takes on a raw Mark Wahlberg in his pursuit of easy money, "repairing" driveways and pulling bar-room stings.

As a pair of charismatic tricksters, Paxton and Wahlberg have got a long way to go to beat Robert Redford and Paul Newman, but, while the pair of them are busy extorting, there's some mildly subversive enjoyment to be had picking up the dos and don'ts of professional fleecing. This being a Hollywood flick, of course, the opening reel is a mere feint before our essentially sympathetic characters redeem themselves.

Enter ER's Julianna Margulies with a sickly child in need of expensive medical treatment. From here on in, the film confines itself to the final con Wahlberg, Paxton and old-timer James Gammon attempt and a plot that probably wouldn't have made it past the pitch stage of a Dukes of Hazzard script conference.

Resurrection Man (18)

Available to rent from Monday

Presumably, what Marc Evans was aiming for was a baroque tale of psychopathic allure lent a chilling historical authority by the exploits of the Shankhill Butchers in 1970s Northern Ireland. Otherwise what possible artistic satisfaction could he have gleaned from setting out to make this squalid, psychologically facile slasher movie rubbing itself up against the Troubles in the hope of a little credibility. You can't really fault Stuart Townsend as the eponymous loyalist killer Victor Kelly either - if the director's Sellotaped your chin to your jumper and told you to giggle a lot in the expectation of scaring us all witless, you get it over with and move on to your next movie ASAP.

Brenda Fricker pops up telling anyone who'll listen that her Victor's a nice boy who loves his mum, and John Hannah is to be seen as well, looking sheepish as a paramilitary cohort jealous of Kelly's notoriety.

Arts and Entertainment
Art on their sleeves: before downloads and streaming, enthusiasts used to flick through racks of albums in their local record shops
musicFor Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Arts and Entertainment
Serial suspect: the property heir charged with first-degree murder, Robert Durst
TV review
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksNow available in paperback
Arts and Entertainment

Arts and Entertainment
Igarashi in her

Art Megumi Igarashi criticises Japan's 'backwards' attitude to women's sexual expression

Arts and Entertainment
Could Ed Sheeran conquer the Seven Kingdoms? He could easily pass for a Greyjoy like Alfie Allen's character (right)

tv Singer could become the most unlikely star of Westeros

Arts and Entertainment
Beyonce, Boris Johnson, Putin, Nigel Farage, Russell Brand and Andy Murray all get the Spitting Image treatment from Newzoids
tvReview: The sketches need to be very short and very sharp as puppets are not intrinsically funny
Arts and Entertainment
Despite the controversy it caused, Mile Cyrus' 'Wrecking Ball' video won multiple awards
musicPoll reveals over 70% of the British public believe sexually explicit music videos should get ratings
Arts and Entertainment
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister and Ian Beattie as Meryn Trant in the fifth season of Game of Thrones

Arts and Entertainment

book review
Arts and Entertainment
It's all in the genes: John Simm working in tandem with David Threlfall in 'Code of a Killer'

TV review
Arts and Entertainment
Far Right and Proud: Reggies Yates' Extreme Russia

TV review
Arts and Entertainment
Kanye West was mobbed in Armenia after jumping into a lake

Arts and Entertainment
The show suffers from its own appeal, being so good as to create an appetite in its viewers that is difficult to sate in a ten episode series

Game of Thrones reviewFirst look at season five contains some spoilers
Arts and Entertainment
Judi Dench and Kevin Spacey on the Red Carpet for 2015's Olivier Awards

Ray Davies' Sunny Afternoon scoops the most awards

Arts and Entertainment
Proving his metal: Ross Poldark (played by Aidan Turner in the BBC series) epitomises the risk-taking spirit of 18th-century mine owners

Poldark review
Arts and Entertainment
Eddie Redmayne is reportedly favourite to play Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Arts and Entertainment
Tom Hardy stars in dystopian action thriller Mad Max: Fury Road

Arts and Entertainment
Josh, 22, made his first million from the game MinoMonsters

Grace Dent

Channel 4 show proves there's no app for happiness
Disgraced Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson
Arts and Entertainment
Game face: Zoë Kravitz, Bruce Greenwood and Ethan Hawke in ‘Good Kill’

film review

Arts and Entertainment
Living like there’s no tomorrow: Jon Hamm as Don Draper in the final season of ‘Mad Men’

TV review

  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    Revealed: Why Mohammed Emwazi chose the 'safe option' of fighting for Isis, rather than following his friends to al-Shabaab in Somalia

    Why Mohammed Emwazi chose Isis

    His friends were betrayed and killed by al-Shabaab
    'The solution can never be to impassively watch on while desperate people drown'
An open letter to David Cameron: Building fortress Europe has had deadly results

    Open letter to David Cameron

    Building the walls of fortress Europe has had deadly results
    Tory candidates' tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they seem - you don't say!

    You don't say!

    Tory candidates' election tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they appear
    Mubi: Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash

    So what is Mubi?

    Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash all the time
    The impossible job: how to follow Kevin Spacey?

    The hardest job in theatre?

    How to follow Kevin Spacey
    Armenian genocide: To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie

    Armenian genocide and the 'good Turks'

    To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie
    Lou Reed: The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond the biographers' and memoirists' myths

    'Lou needed care, but what he got was ECT'

    The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond
    Migrant boat disaster: This human tragedy has been brewing for four years and EU states can't say they were not warned

    This human tragedy has been brewing for years

    EU states can't say they were not warned
    Women's sportswear: From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help

    Women's sportswear

    From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help
    Hillary Clinton's outfits will be as important as her policies in her presidential bid

    Clinton's clothes

    Like it or not, her outfits will be as important as her policies
    NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

    Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

    A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
    Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

    Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

    The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
    How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

    How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

    Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
    From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

    The wars that come back to haunt us

    David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
    Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

    Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

    A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders