Posts by Matt Thrift

Miss Sloane

By Matt Thrift

Jessica Chastain takes it to The Man in this House of Cards-y drama about political lobbying.

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In praise of Philippe Garrel, unsung hero of the French New Wave

By Matt Thrift

The director has been producing casual masterpieces since 1964.

The Lost City of Z

By Matt Thrift

James Gray channels Joseph Conrad in this immaculately-crafted but lacklustre epic.

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Kong to Kong: The complete screen history of cinema’s greatest monster

By Matt Thrift

We take an exhaustive look back at the ups and downs of this iconic movie simian.

Paul Verhoeven: ‘Hollywood thinks audiences are stupid’

By Matt Thrift

The outspoken Dutch filmmaker discusses his triumphant return to cinema, Elle.

John Wick: Chapter 2

By Matt Thrift

Though not as svelte as before, Chad Stahelski and Keanu Reeves still deliver big with this awesome action-ballet.

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Paul Schrader: ‘In the ’70s it wasn’t that the films were better, it was the audiences’

By Matt Thrift

The veteran Hollywood maverick talks Dog Eat Dog, Scorsese and the challenges of modern moviemaking.

Crazy “lost” film unearthed at the 2016 American Film Festival

By Matt Thrift

This year’s AFF ended with an eye-popping cinematic spectacle – a film unseen for 50 years.

Things to look forward to at the American Film Festival 2016

By Matt Thrift

Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson and a Wim Wenders retrospective are among the highlights of this year’s AFF.

A guide to the early films of Pedro Almodóvar

By Matt Thrift

With the Spanish maestro back in action we take a look back at his formative years.

The six best films from New Horizons International Film Festival 2016

By Matt Thrift

The Polish festival once again served up the best world cinema has to offer, including a contender for film of the year.

Why Avatar is the greatest blockbuster of the 21st century

By Matt Thrift

The true greatness of James Cameron’s record-breaking space opera is not in its conception but its execution.

Eight things to see at New Horizons International Film Festival 2016

By Matt Thrift

A David Lynch classic and Pedro Almodóvar’s favourite film are among the highlights of this year’s programme.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul: ‘Steven Spielberg turned me on to making movies’

By Matt Thrift

The Thai master from the little town of Khon Kaen on the movies and directors that inspired him.

Embrace of the Serpent

By Matt Thrift

Ciro Guerra’s psychedelic Amazonian odyssey is one of year’s most potent and strikingly original films.

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Famous directors who fell in love with Ireland

By Matt Thrift

The story of how a trio of legendary filmmakers became entranced by the Emerald Isle.

The Love Parade: Cinema’s greatest romantic gestures

By Matt Thrift

A collection of 60 unforgettable declarations of love from the movies to get you in the mood this Valentine’s Day.

In defence of Robert De Niro

By Matt Thrift

Dirty Grandpa may be an indefensible dud, but the actor’s recent output is nowhere near as bad as everyone seems to think.

Dirty Grandpa

By Matt Thrift

Robert De Niro hits an all-time low alongside Zac Efron in this insufferable road trip comedy.

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Hou Hsiao-Hsien: ‘There were a lot of gangs where I grew up’

By Matt Thrift

Meet the Taiwanese master who makes gorgeous movies and home-made Samurai swords.

In the Heart of the Sea

By Matt Thrift

There’s something majorly fishy about this high seas folk tale – and it’s not the enormous whale that shipwrecks Chris Hemsworth.

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Hard to be a God

By Matt Thrift

Alexsey German’s 15-years-in-the-making political allegory is a visceral, sensory, jaw-dropping masterpiece.

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Iris

By Matt Thrift

Albert Maysles’ penultimate film suggests that rabid consumerism can be refined and charming.

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Danny Collins

By Matt Thrift

A sappy Al Pacino vehicle reviewed via the medium of Heat's iconic coffee shop tête-à-tête.

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The Divergent Series: Insurgent

By Matt Thrift

Exposition and naff CG fight for supremacy in this YA sci-fi sequel starring a seemingly unengaged Shailene Woodley.

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Ben Mendelsohn: ‘The hardest things to act are fucking and fighting’

By Matt Thrift

The F-bombs fly in our interview with the Aussie character actor who appears in Starred Up.

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

By Matt Thrift

Restored, re-released and resplendent. David Lean’s 1962 historical epic is back, and better than ever.

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The Turin Horse

By Matt Thrift

Hungarian colossus Béla Tarr’s ‘last film’ is a magnificent, towering achievement.

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