It may be thematically unfulfilled but overall Byzantium is well-constructed and easy on the eyes. In cinemas 31 May 2013.
Gone is the careful selection of what to keep and what to take out of Romeo + Juliet. Gatsby on the other hand is more measured, the camera lingers more, the filmmaking doesn’t feel energetic at all, it feels tired and uninspired. In cinemas
Mud is a very insightful and affecting coming-of-age story that is less than great but more than good. In cinemas 10 May 2013.
Two good first acts and one bad do not make a great film, but before it goes so mad it is quite good and coherent, and overall is very watchable.
It is uninspired but is directed and written well enough that you are just interested enough to wonder what might happen next.
Overall, the film gives a subtly insightful look into the life of the Frames, focusing on a specific time rather than attempting a complete document of the band.
Despite its failings Cianfrance is obviously a director with a huge amount of talent and his film has enough going on to make it good if not great.
Evil Dead is different and good enough from the original to escape claims of sacrilege from the die-hard fans.
As a general rule documentaries about the lives of artists can be watched by anyone, while documentaries about the art of artists are strictly for fans and this is very much the case here.
Don’t be surprised if attending a screening of Spring Breakers you come away having not quite grasped why you just watched what you did. For all its posturing, the film is only as deep as the culture it represents.