Drama archive

  • Heavy Rain - PS3   review
    Gaming 4 out of 5

    Heavy Rain - PS3 review

    By 18 February 2010

    Heavy Rain is everything Quantic Dream promised that it would be: a powerful, emotional, ground-breaking experience with stunning visuals and believable virtual actors. Gripping, moving, intelligent and visionary, it's the richest synthesis of game and...

  • Catch a Fire - DVD review
    Home Cinema 3 out of 5

    Catch a Fire - DVD review

    By 31 July 2007

    Catch a Fire is the true story of political activist Patrick Chamusso who was sentenced to 24 years in prison after attempting to blow up a South African oil refinery in 1980. Derek “Antwone Fisher” Luke plays Chamusso, a loving husband and father...

  • The Good Shepherd - DVD review
    Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    The Good Shepherd - DVD review

    By 29 June 2007

    Edward Wilson (Matt Damon) is a high flyer at Yale University in 1939 when he is recruited to join the American secret service. His hidden life gives him first hand experience of the Second World War and the Soviet expansion into Eastern Europe while...

  • Blood Diamond - DVD review
    Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Blood Diamond - DVD review

    By 23 June 2007

    Set amid the carnage of the Sierra Leone civil war of the late-1990s, Blood Diamond tells the story of Solomon Vandy (Hounsou), a Mende fisherman forced into slavery after his village is decimated by rebel guerrillas. Put to work in the diamond mines,...

  • Apocalypto - DVD review
    Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Apocalypto - DVD review

    By 16 June 2007

    Three years on from The Passion of the Christ, Mel Gibson returns to the director’s chair for a brutal action thriller set against the backdrop of the fall of the Mayan empire. When a savage tribe decimates a peaceful village, Jaguar Paw (Youngblood)...

  • Infamous - DVD review
    Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Infamous - DVD review

    By 14 June 2007

    Following directly in the footsteps of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Oscar winning turn in 2006, Toby Jones now takes on the role of Truman Capote - the famously eccentric American novelist, playwright and screenwriter - in Infamous. The story begins as...

  • Bobby - DVD review
    Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    Bobby - DVD review

    By 12 June 2007

    Bobby follows the stories of 22 fictional characters in Los Angeles’ Ambassador Hotel on the night of June 4th 1968, when Presidential hopeful Senator Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated moments after claiming victory in the crucial California primary....

  • Babel - DVD review
    Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    Babel - DVD review

    By 25 May 2007

    The third collaboration between Director Alejandro González Iñárritu and writer Guillermo Arriaga (Amores Perros, 21 Grams) is a multi-stranded epic, spanning three continents. A rifle shot in the African desert sparks a chain of events linking a group...

  • The Last King of Scotland - DVD review
    Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    The Last King of Scotland - DVD review

    By 23 May 2007

    Based on Giles Foden’s best selling novel, The Last King of Scotland is an enthralling political thriller set amid the destruction of Idi Amin’s (Whitaker) murderous reign as Ugandan president during the 1970s. A mixture of fact and fiction, the story...

  • London to Brighton - DVD review
    Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    London to Brighton - DVD review

    By 17 May 2007

    Kelly (Lorraine Stanley) is a prostitute, forced by Derek (Johnnie Harris) her bullying pimp to find a child to satisfy a ruthless gangland boss’ sexual appetite. When things turn nasty, Kelly escapes with 11-year-old Joanne (Georgia Groome) to the...

  • Black Book - DVD review
    Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    Black Book - DVD review

    By 7 May 2007

    Dutch director Paul Verhoeven's oddball career has given us classics such as Robocop and Basic Instinct, but also howlers like Showgirls. We're happy to say that Black Book is in the first camp. A beautiful Jewish singer, Rachel (Carice van Houten) is...

  • Miss Potter - DVD review
    Home Cinema 3 out of 5

    Miss Potter - DVD review

    By 25 April 2007

    Just the sight of the name in the title may have some people clicking quickly to another review but, thankfully, this Potter film has nothing to do with the four-eyed dope that has blighted our Christmas schedules for the last 6 years. Miss Potter is...

  • The Prestige - DVD review
    Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    The Prestige - DVD review

    By 23 March 2007

    Batman Begins director Christopher Nolan reunites with Christian Bale and Michael Caine for a twisted murder mystery set in the world of Victorian-era magicians. Bale plays Alfred Borden, a conjuror accused of murdering his rival, Robert Angier (Jackman),...

  • The Queen - DVD review
    Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    The Queen - DVD review

    By 22 March 2007

    Director / writer team Stephen Frears and Peter Morgan reunite for a follow-up to their critically-lauded Channel 4 film “The Deal”, which imagined Tony Blair and Gordon Brown’s strained relationship before Labour’s 1997 election win. This sequel...

  • Down in the Valley - DVD review
    Home Cinema 3 out of 5

    Down in the Valley - DVD review

    By 15 March 2007

    Following the recent trend for modern-day westerns (think "Brokeback Mountain" and "Three Burials") Ed Norton’s latest is a cowboy drama set in the suburban sprawl of today’s San Fernando Valley. When high school student Tobe (Wood) meets a charming...

  • Marie Antoinette - DVD review
    Home Cinema 3 out of 5

    Marie Antoinette - DVD review

    By 7 March 2007

    Sofia “Lost in Translation” Coppola presents a revisionist version of the life of Marie Antoinette (Dunst), whose disastrous reign kick-started the French Revolution in the late eighteenth century. We begin in 1769 when Antoinette, as a 14-year-old...

  • The Departed - DVD review
    Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    The Departed - DVD review

    By 21 February 2007

    So is this Scorsese’s great film for this decade? It has most of the ingredients of his finest work – the violent world of gangsters, cops and assorted American low life on that narrow line that separates the good guys from the bad ones. Adapted from...

  • Volver - DVD review
    Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Volver - DVD review

    By 15 February 2007

    Sexy village girl Raimunda (Cruz) keeps the food on the table in their small Madrid apartment without much help from her drunken husband (Antonio de Torre) or teenage daughter (Yohana Cobo). Things go from bad to worse by way of a dead body in the kitchen...

  • Havoc - DVD review
    Home Cinema 2 out of 5

    Havoc - DVD review

    By 8 February 2007

    After cornering the market in family fairytales such as The Princess Diaries and Ella Enchanted, some viewers were shocked to see Anne “goody-two-shoes” Hathaway getting her kit off in last year’s Brokeback Mountain. But that was nothing in comparison...

  • World Trade Center - DVD review
    Home Cinema 3 out of 5

    World Trade Center - DVD review

    By 3 February 2007

    After the critical disaster that was Alexander, director Oliver Stone returns to the safety of home soil for a personal story of bravery and brotherhood in the aftermath of 9/11 with Word Trade Center. Nicholas Cage stars as John McLoughlin, the leader...

  • Little Miss Sunshine - DVD review
    Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    Little Miss Sunshine - DVD review

    By 2 February 2007

    Little Miss Sunshine is a family road trip comedy that sees the dysfunctional Hoover clan embarking on a cross-country journey to California when 7-year-old Olive (Breslin) reaches the final of the prestigious “Little Miss Sunshine” beauty pageant....

  • United 93 - DVD review
    Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    United 93 - DVD review

    By 11 October 2006

    United International flight 93 was the fourth, and final, plane hijacked by Muslim extremists on September 11 2001. But it was also the only plane that failed to hit its target, crashing in a Pennsylvanian field rather than obliterating the White House...

  • Freedomland - DVD review
    Home Cinema 2.5 out of 5

    Freedomland - DVD review

    By 7 September 2006

    Brenda (Moore) used to love injecting herself with hard drugs but now, after a remarkable mid-life transformation, she only loves her 4-year-old son Cody. When the little brat gets kidnapped in a bungled carjacking Brenda goes a bit loopy and starts banging...

  • The Squid and the Whale - DVD review
    Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    The Squid and the Whale - DVD review

    By 9 August 2006

    The strangely named The Squid and the Whale is a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story that tells the tale of two young boys dealing with their parents divorce in 1980s New York. Daniels plays Bernard Berkman, a pompous would-be novelist (he describes...

  • Shooting Dogs - DVD review
    Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Shooting Dogs - DVD review

    By 2 August 2006

    Based on a true story, “Shooting Dogs” looks at the 1994 Rwandan genocide - when 800,000 Tutsis were butchered by Hutu extremists - from the viewpoint of a Catholic priest (Hurt) and an idealistic young teacher (Dancy) working in Kigali. Protected...