Archive for "Season 2008/09"

The Band’s Visit (12a)

Eran Kolirin’s first feature film may be set in modern-day Israel, but its tone of ironic understatement is so dry, you half expect Alec Guinness…

Into the Wild (15)

Telling the true story of ill-fated adventurer Christopher McCandless, ‘Into The Wild’ plays like a haunting postcard from the great beyond. Sean Penn adapted the…

Caramel (PG)

Every now and again one finds a film of real beauty in an unexpected place. Shot on a modest budget, with a simple story and…

Jindabyne (15)

Gabriel Byrne deserves some serious silverware for his performance in this outstanding Australian film from director Ray Lawrence (who made Lantana) and screenwriter Beatrix Christian.…

Honeydripper (PG)

John Sayles, the director, has been one of the most versatile figures on the American scene for more than 30 years. His leftist views and…

Lars and the Real Girl (12a)

In the 1950s, Wendell Johnson, the American psychologist, placed popular love songs in three categories. First, Idealisation. ‘Nature fashioned you and when she was done,…

The Kite Runner (12a)

Marc Forster, the director, through his ability to set a story on a broad canvas and turn it into something intensely personal, creates a film…

Persepolis (12a)

Superbly elegant and simple, it is based on the comic-book series by the Franco-Iranian artist Marjane Satrapi who has co-written and co-directed the movie version.…

The Orphanage (15)

Laura (Belén Rueda) has returned to the shutdown orphanage of her childhood to turn the isolated mansion into a home for children with special needs.…

Syriana (15)

In 2000, writer-director Stephen Gaghan wrote the multi Oscar-winning ‘Traffic’ for Steven Soderbergh to direct. The narrative darted around the United States and Mexico following…