4 items from 2012
Take This Waltz (15)
This is almost the opposite of a romcom: it deals with the prospect of a happy couple breaking up, as Williams is tempted away from cuddly partner Rogen by a handsome, wholesome neighbour. Which is better? The solid, stable kind of love, or the whirlwind, passionate kind? There are some irritating quirks, but on the whole it's an intelligent, truthful drama exploring guilt, regret, confusion and other grown-up emotions generally absent from the summer movie season.
The Bourne Legacy (12A)
It's really the Damon legacy we're talking about here, and whether Renner can plug the Matt-shaped hole in the action franchise. He's got the right mix of acting and one-man-death-machine skills for the job, though this story of shady government operatives »
- Steve Rose
On this week's Guardian Film Show, Xan Brooks and Peter Bradshaw find themselves unsure as to who should lead as they step up to Take This Waltz, ditch the brains for brawn with The Expendables 2, lock themselves into the solitary world of Yves Caumon's The Bird and raise a glass to Brit comedy The Wedding Video.
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★★★☆☆ Following a series of impressive supporting turns, French actress Sandrine Kiberlain is given centre stage in Yves Caumon's The Bird (L'oiseau, 2011), a delicate, understated drama revolving around the life of a solitary young woman. Though slightly let down by some clumsy attempts at symbolism later in the film, Caumon's expert framing and Kiberlain's controlled, elegant performance make this by far the best arthouse outing of the week's new releases. Read more » »
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Art and activism merge in this fascinating inside portrait of China's best known artist, which conveys both the roots of Ai's provocations and the authorities' paranoid responses to them. He comes across as a fearless creator, a reluctant hero, a committed campaigner and a fallible human being, treading a perilous line between the adoring global art market and China's Kafkaesque state apparatus.
Suffering from a surfeit of international stars and locations, this join-the-dots drama zips between a series of emotional episodes without ever gaining much momentum.
The Dinosaur Project (12A)
Chatty Brit explorers regret discovering a modern-day Lost World in the Congo in this low-budget cross between Monsters and Jurassic Park.
The Forgiveness Of Blood (12A)
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4 items from 2012
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