Reviews (A-Z)

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An American Crime (Tommy O'Haver, US)

Although excruciating to watch, Tommy O'Haver's real-life crime drama is so well-crafted and well-acted that it resonates long after the credits, says Mike Goodridge

Catch And Release (Susannah Grant, US)

Susannah Grant's ambitious romantic comedy-drama is a jumble of tones unsuccessfully searching for a consistent rhythm, says Tim Grierson

Chicago 10 (Brett Morgen, US)

Unashamed partisan documentary may find it difficult to reach beyond baby-boomers who remember the 1960s anti-war turmoils, though parallels with current US foreign policy may help, says David D'Arcy

Dedication (Justin Theroux, US)

Justin Theroux's work of artistic seriousness boasts great performances but is too feverish and knotty to achieve widespread appeal, says Partick Z McGavin

Expired (Cecilia Miniucchi, US)
Exhausting and inconvincing, despite Samantha Morton's brave performance as abused LA parking administrator. Its theatrical release prospects are not high, says Patrick Z McGavin.

Joe Strummer: The Future (Julien Temple, Ire/UK)

Julian Temple's admiring yet thorough documentary homage to the founder of The Clash will find favour beyond fans of his bands, says David D'Arcy

My Kid Could Paint That (Amir Bar-Lev, UK)

Intriguing documentary looks at whether a four-year-old child was responsible for acclaimed abstract paintings, says David D'Arcy

The Savages (Tamara Jenkins, US)

Intelligent study of suffering, loss and human frailty with excellent central performances from Philip Seymour-Hoffman and Laura Linney, marred only by a jarring coda, says Patrick Z McGavin

Slipstream (Anthony Hopkins, US)

Anthony Hopkins' first directorial effort in a decade is a maddening curio that will struggle to find an audience, says Mike Goodridge.

Son Of Rambow (Garth Jennings, UK/Fr)

Garth Jennings' immensely satisfying and richly nostalgic comedy is directed with enough confidence and visual panache to ensure worldwide distribution, says Mike Goodridge

Trade (Marco Kreuzpaintner, US)

While unconvincing as an expose, Marco Kreuzpaintner's people-trafficking draama often works as a gritty thriller, says Steven Rosen

Waitress (Adrienne Shelly, US)

Adrienne Shelly's final feature is a bittersweet reminder of her talent, funny but with a darker-edge despite occasional loss of direction, says Patrick Z McGavin

A Very British Gangster (Donal MacIntyre, UK)

Investigative journalist Donal MacIntyre's documentary exposes a rarely seen criminal side of UK society, says Mike Goodridge.

Year Of The Dog (Mike White, US)

Witty and satirical, but possibly too smart, strange and unclassifiable to attract a mainstream audience, says Patrick Z McGavin.

Zoo (Robinson Devor, US)

Documentary about a man's sexual relationship with a horse avoids obvious titillation and salaciousness to become something much more intelligent and poetic, says David D'Arcy