The Independent's film critic selects the ten best festive flicks
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Wednesday 04 February 2009
Saturday 01 November 2008
Friday 05 September 2008
Nicolas Cage, hair an unattractive black-dyed comb-back and face ever closer in contour to Gene Wilder, stars in this Pang brothers remake of their Hong Kong thriller.
Sunday 27 July 2008
A British businessman, Andrew Smulian, is expected to give evidence against one of the world's most notorious arms dealers, Viktor Bout. Mr Bout, born in the former Soviet Union and known as the "merchant of death", is awaiting extradition proceedings from Thailand to the US, where he faces charges of aiding a terrorist organisation. Mr Smulian, Mr Bout's British-born long-term associate, is believed to have provided evidence for the prosecution.
Sunday 30 March 2008
As could be gleaned from "Erotic Discourse", the hit single that preceded it, the second album of electro and tech house music that the experienced Leeds-based producer and DJ Paul Woolford has released in his Bobby Peru guise (named after Willem Dafoe's character in 'Wild at Heart') is largely comprised of tough beats, angular synth stabs and some punishing acid lines.
Friday 18 January 2008
Sunday 13 January 2008
Momentum Quentin Tarantino's 'Death Proof' – one half of the abortive 'Grindhouse' double bill he conceived with Robert Rodriguez – is his homage to the road thrillers of the Sixties and Seventies. It begins with a gang of young women chatting, then they're terrorised by the psychotic Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell), and then the same scenario is repeated with different women and a different outcome. The highway sequences are OK, but the miles of vapid dialogue in between are so dull that 'Pulp Fiction' fans may want to pretend that 'Death Proof' never happened.
Wednesday 22 November 2006
Know what my favourite Disney film is? Beauty and the Beast. I love the scene where the Beast takes Belle into the vast library in his castle and she decides that there might be more to him between the covers, as it were. There's something very appealing about a heroine who can be seduced by the prospect of a book at bedtime.
Sunday 18 June 2006
Sunday 06 February 2005
Sunday 26 December 2004
Saturday 23 August 2003
Friday 11 July 2003
Saturday 31 July 1999
Wednesday 09 June 1999
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Church of England 'one generation away from extinction' after dramatic loss of followers
- 2 California man brutally beat 82-year-old Sikh grandfather he mistook for 'one of those people'
- 4 Charles Kennedy 'had better judgement drunk than many sober politicians' says Ian Hislop