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Becoming Jane Review

Becoming Jane Review

Starring Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy, and supported by a sterling English cast, Becoming Jane is an enjoyable and amusing retelling of the years immediately before Jane Austen achieved literary success - and it shows the romantic encounter that may well have inspired some of English literature's most famous characters. This R2 DVD is out on September 10th and reviewed by Richard Booth.

Zodiac Review

Zodiac Review

Five years after Panic Room, David Fincher returns with the sprawling, ambitious and ultimately quite excellent Zodiac. Out now in UK cinemas, the film is reviewed by Richard Booth.

Flags of Our Fathers Review

Flags of Our Fathers Review

Richard Booth belatedly reviews the Region 1 single-disc edition of Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers. Daring in scope and disappointing in execution, it still makes for interesting viewing.

The Departed Review

The Departed Review

Richard Booth has belatedly reviewed Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning film The Departed, an extremely entertaining gangster-esque romp. Out now on Region 1 DVD.

Volver Review

Volver Review

Whilst Pedro Almodóvar and Penélope Cruz were shamelessly robbed of Oscars for their work, Volver remains a compelling and reassuringly self-indulgent pleasure. Out now on Region 3 DVD, this review is brought to you by Richard Booth and CD-WOW.

Oscars 2007 - my predictions and my hopes

Oscars 2007 - my predictions and my hopes

2006 was an eventful year and it certainly produced some very good films. There were no bona fide classics in the vein of 2005's <b>Brokeback Mountain</b>, nor 2001's <b>In the Bedroom</b>, but it is a sign that Hollywood is producing several highly-deserving films when the nominations are evenly spread and the winners are by no means a dead cert.

Superman Returns (Two-Disc Special Edition) Review

Superman Returns (Two-Disc Special Edition) Review

The Man of Steel is back with a bang, apparently...although Richard Booth heartily disagrees with that statement. Out now on Region 3 DVD, at least the 2-disc special edition is well presented.

Miami Vice (Unrated Director's Edition) Review

Miami Vice (Unrated Director's Edition) Review

"Let's take it to the limit one more time." Richard Booth reviews Michael Mann's stylish and visually-stunning drama thriller, which is out now on Region 1 DVD.

United 93 Review

United 93 Review

Deeply controversial upon its release earlier this year, Richard Booth has now reappraised Paul Greengrass' bold retelling of September 11th on this Region 1 DVD, kindly provided courtesy of CD-WOW.

The King Review

The King Review

Gael Garcia Bernal's English language debut is a compelling religious allegory directed by British helmer James Marsh. Richard Booth reviews this excellent film which has been given impressive treatment by Tartan.

36 Quai des Orfèvres Review

36 Quai des Orfèvres Review

Out now on Region 2 DVD, Olivier Marchal's true-to-life and somewhat gripping cop thriller stars Daniel Auteuil and Gerard Depardieu as two feuding flics trying to solve a string of brutal armed robberies. Richard Booth has reviewed the solid disc which is brought to UK viewers courtesy of Tartan.

Bret Easton Ellis to adapt his 'Informers' for the screen

Bret Easton Ellis to adapt his 'Informers' for the screen

(In)famous for writing the seminal "Generation X" classics 'American Psycho' and 'The Rules of Attraction', Bret Easton Ellis is now working on a screenplay based on his short story collection, 'The Informers'. The question remains, however: what became of 'Glamorama'?

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail

We have heard studios and filmmakers whining for years that cinema is in a great decline, box office receipts are down, "they don't make them like they used to" and all original ideas have already been regurgitated. Well, fear not, because I have a feeling that by time this year is out, we will have witnessed some powerful pieces of cinema from some truly talented filmmakers.Beginning with De Palma's <b>The Black Dahlia</b> and Alfonso Cuaron's <b>Children of Men</b> this month, films which promise intelligent, high-brow scripts with strong performances and note-perfect direction, they should start to usher in the fabled "awards season". Following on from these films, we have <b>Babel</b> to look forward to, Innaritu's return to the director's chair since 2003's mesmerising <b>21 Grams</b>; it may feature Brad Pitt (who is desperately trying to gain some credibility), but reviews have been glowing and I can't wait to see how Guillermo Arriaga weaves a story of death and redemption once again. After seeing <b>The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada</b> in recent days (utterly fantastic, and a superb companion piece to <b>Brokeback Mountain</b>...seriously), I am convinced that this Mexican screenwriter is one of the best talents working today.At the end of the year, and spilling over into 2007 (damn US-UK delays), we have Marty's hopeful return to form with <b>The Departed</b> after the dismal <b>Aviator</b>. I have a lot more respect for DiCaprio these days, and I have always liked Matt Damon, so I hope these two stars can pull something palpable and electric out of the hat. But, AMPAS, please don't give Marty an Oscar just for the sake of it...wait a few years, let him make his masterpiece (he still has it in him, <b>Taxi Driver</b> and <b>Goodfellas</b> aside). Still talking of DiCaprio, I've heard very good things about Edward Zwick's latest, <b>The Blood Diamond</b>, and I personally am looking forward to some sharp satire with Robin Williams' <b>Man of the People</b> and Sacha Baron Cohen's <b>Borat: Cultural Learnings to Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan</b>.Let us not forget next year's Oscar frontrunner, <b>Flags of Our Fathers</b>. Directed by a two-time Academy Award winner, penned by an Academy Award winner, a film focusing on war and unity at a time when America is sliced into fragments of confusion and chaos...it might just pull some heartstrings and turn some heads. The trailer looks a little bit too kitschy for my liking - and I think Clint has liberally borrowed from the Spielberg's <b>Saving Private Ryan</b> - but one must not judge a big studio release from an overblown trailer. Right?But, the film I am positively slavering to see is none other than Darren Aronofsky's <b>The Fountain</b>. It might, just might, become this generation's <b>2001</b>. Here's hoping...

Pierrepoint Review

Pierrepoint Review

Released tomorrow on Region 2 DVD, Richard Booth has reviewed Adrian Shergold's compelling biopic on "Britain's most famous hangman", starring Timothy Spall in the titular role.

28 Weeks Later will continue Boyle's apocalyptic yarn

28 Weeks Later will continue Boyle's apocalyptic yarn

Danny Boyle and Alex Garland, the creative team behind 2002's hit horror thriller 28 Days Later, will produce the sequel for a 2007 release.

After 'Miami Vice', where now for Michael Mann?

After 'Miami Vice', where now for Michael Mann?

We reveal the three projects that Mann currently has in development, and the possible fourth if 'Miami Vice' does well enough to warrant a sequel.

Caché (Hidden) Review

Caché (Hidden) Review

Michael Haneke raises many questions - and offers very few answers - in his tenth film which examines the line between reality and fiction, subjectivity and objectivity. <b>Caché</b> is an excellent film with two fine lead performances, now released on a strong R1 disc courtesy of Sony which Richard Booth reviews.

Syriana Review

Syriana Review

Stephen Gaghan's richly-woven tapestry of political corruption and fundamentalism is presented on a solid R1 disc courtesy of Warner Bros. Richard Booth reviews this Oscar-winning film, kindly provided by Loaded247.com

Eight Below Review

Eight Below Review

Billed as an amazing story of friendship and the greatest adventure ever told, Disney's tale of eight huskies stranded in Antarctica is a mediocre film presented on a good disc. Reviewed by Richard Booth, this Region 3 disc is kindly provided by the good folks at CD-Wow.

Kingdom of Heaven (Director's Cut) Review

Kingdom of Heaven (Director's Cut) Review

Finally released in director Ridley Scott's intended form, this 191-minute cut of <b>Kingdom of Heaven</b> adds an extra 40 minutes of characterisation and plot development. But is it worth the wait? Richard Booth finds out courtesy of Loaded247.com and the 4-disc DVD which is released on May 23rd, 2006.