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  • Framing Britney Spears

    Framing Britney Spears

    ★★★

    Long on sympathy, short on specifics, this is worth a watch more as a reminder of a great talent's existence than any deep exploration or analysis.

    A story for the future, then, when the lawyers loosen their grip and the truth seeps out.

  • The Devil All the Time

    The Devil All the Time

    ★½

    Enforced miserableism that fails to generate a single compelling or empathetic character during the entirety of its runtime.

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  • Footloose

    Footloose

    ★½

    “Ok, so the plot is that Kevin Bacon’s character comes to a repressed small town and frees the kids’ sexuality through dance, right?”
    “Um, kinda, but there’s no sex”
    “Really? Ok, so it’s a makeout film then, yeah? Lots of ‘over the clothes’ making-out?”
    “…not really, guy. There’s a lot of half-naked men, if that helps..?”
    “Oh! So it’s a gay film? That’s coo…”
    “…no, no, sorry. It’s hetero”
    “Right: so it’s a sweet, PG-rated love story a bit like…

  • Casablanca

    Casablanca

    ★★★★★

    Simplicity. If you have to sum up in one word why Casablanca is a classic, this has to be the one. For a film with, by all accounts, such a difficult route to the screen (it was shot sequentially because the script wasn’t finished when filming began) it’s amazing that what we got was so tight, so entertaining and so timeless.

    Although the plot sounds reasonably sophisticated on paper (an American ex-revolutionary battles with his conscience, whilst trying to help…