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Episode 13

Film 2013 Episode 13 of 15

Film 2013 casts its critical eye over this week's new cinema releases. Josh Brolin teams up with Spike Lee for vengeance drama Oldboy, a Hollywood remake of Park Chan-wook's 1983 original. Daniel Radcliffe stars as beat poet Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings plus director Alexander Payne follows up The Descendants with Nebraska, a quirky father/son road movie.

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Tue 10 Dec 2013 00:20

Reviews of Kill Your Darlings

Reviews of Kill Your Darlings

Claudia: I loved Daniel Radcliffe! I thoroughly enjoyed this film. I left this film and I texted Danny and said: “*gasp* just wait until you see it!”

 

Danny: The director is very over-excited, the performances are sturdy. It can’t decide what kind of film it wants to be. It’s got this incredible historical nugget at its heart, this true crime story. But it tries to be the "Rugrats History of the Beats."

 

Kevin: The act of writing is dull to watch visually. The mistake that the first half of this film makes is to show you a film about creative writing, which is nail-my-face-to-the-seat dull.

 

Reviews of Nebraska

Reviews of Nebraska

Claudia: I found all of it moving and it was laugh out loud funny. It’s absolutely brilliant.

 

Danny:  Alexander Payne is the perfect director for this material. It’s beautifully made and often very funny, and also very brave.

 

Kevin: Alexander Payne may be the only director with not a syrupy bone in his body, at every point this film could have reached the emotional jugular it took a left turn. This film and its world view worked.

Reviews of Oldboy

Reviews of Oldboy

Danny: Sharlto Copley delivers the most embarrassing performance in cinema history. It’s incomprehensible. It’s so incredibly joyless.

 

Kevin: There’s a million ways you could approach this film and every one is a criticism.

Reviews of Homefront

Reviews of Homefront

Claudia: I had high expectations. I wanted to like it. I didn’t like it enough.

 

Danny: Jason Statham, James Franco, written by Stallone, Winona Ryder. This film should be fantastic. It’s not fantastic.

 

Kevin: It’s a script that has been knocking around for ages, it feels like a lovely innocent throwback to the eighties, it’s a gorgeous eighties action movie. There’s a soured drug deal at the start, an attempt to lay low in the middle and then a bullet laden climax at the end. Job done. Statham is being relentlessly charismatic throughout.

Also Out This Week (06/12/2013)

Big Bad Wolves (18) (Limited)
Three Men -- a father, a police officer, and a priest -- become the prime suspects in a series of murders as authorities race to capture this elusive killer.
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Black Nativity (PG)
Jordan, a teenager from Baltimore, learns the importance of faith and family when he stays with his relative, Reverend Cornell, in New York. Adapted from the Langston Hughes play of the same name.
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Floating Skyscrapers (18) (Key Cities)
A young man discovers his homosexuality while his girlfriend does everything to stay with him.
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Frozen (3D) (PG) (Saturation)
Anna, a fearless optimist, goes on an epic journey to save her sister, Elsa, whose mystical powers are destroying their kingdom of Arendelle.
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Getaway (12A)
When the wife of a former race car driver is kidnapped, her husband, Brent Magna, commandeers a young woman's car and together they attempt to find the driver's wife.
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Klown (18) (Key Cities)
Frank, played by Frank Hvam, kidnaps his 12-year-old nephew to prove to his pregnant girlfriend that he's ready for fatherhood.
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A Long Way From Home (12A) (Key Cities)
A couple make their lifelong dream into a reality when they retire to the South of France; however, their plans change when they're met by another young couple.
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The Patience Stone (TBC) (Key Cities)
When a man is brutally wounded and abandoned by his companions of the Jihad, his young wife finds refuge and cares for him in a small, decrepit room in the middle of a country torn apart by war. 
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Powder Room (15) (Key Cities)
This comedy follows Sam, as she pretends to be everything she's not to impress her old friends at her college reunion.
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Rambo Rajkumar (Saturation)
Rajkumar, a hitman for the local drug baron, sees his life spiral out of control when he falls in love with the daughter of the man he's supposed to kill.
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Rough Cut (TBC) (Key Cities)
A documentary by London based artist, Jamie Shovlin, explores the making of a 1970s exploitation movie, Hiker Meat.
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Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's (PG) (Key Cities)
A documentary taking the viewer behind the scenes of one of New York City's most luxurious department stores, Bergdorf Goodmans.
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This Ain't California (TBC) (Key Cities)
A contemporary documentary trip into the world of roller boarding in the German Democratic Republic. A coming-of-age tale of three teenagers and their passionate love for a sport on the crumbling tarmac of the streets in the German Democratic Republic.

Kevin Maher

Kevin Maher

Joining Claudia and Danny on the sofa this week is Kevin Maher. Kevin Maher was born and brought up in Dublin, moving to London in 1994 to begin a career in journalism. He wrote for The Guardian, The Observer and Time Out and was film editor of The Face until 2002. He joined The Times seven years ago where he is now a feature writer, critic and columnist.

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterClaudia Winkleman
PresenterDanny Leigh
Series ProducerHoward Brenner
Executive ProducerBasil Comely

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