Shattered Glass

Shattered Glass

We all know him best as the young Darth Vader, but Hayden Christensen is keen to prove he can cut it away from the blue screen. The true story of disgraced journalist Stephen Glass was not the film to choose, argues Bob Carroll

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Blind Shaft

Blind Shaft

A few criminals and a coal-mine might not sound like the most promising setting for a Chinese thriller, but then, director Li Yang is anything but traditional. Bob Carroll gets down and dirty with Blind Shaft

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Infernal Affairs

Infernal Affairs

Alongside the martial arts movie, the cop film has been one of Hong Kong film’s steadiest staples. There have been countless classics over the years, but recently a new contender has rolled into town. Bob Carroll reviews the first instalment of the Infernal Affairs series

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Dans Ma Peau

Dans Ma Peau

A drama about a woman who cuts herself with a variety of razor-sharp implements may not be everyone’s idea of the perfect night out at the pictures – but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth watching, says Bob Carroll

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The Recruit

The Recruit

Espionage, intrigue, computer viruses and government cover-ups – it could be the latest Bond film or an episode of the X-Files, but instead it’s just the latest Colin Farrell film. But isn’t this just Top Gun set in spy school, asks Bob Carroll?

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Bad Guy

Korean cinema has never been known for its subtlety, but this violent crime drama must have had the censors quaking in their seats. It might not be easy viewing, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth watching, says Bob Carroll

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The 57th Edinburgh Film Festival

The 57th Edinburgh Film Festival

The Edinburgh Film Festival is one of the most respected names on the cinema circuit, and has a reputation for bringing exclusive films and events to its discerning audience. Bob Carroll reviews the highlights of the 2003 festival

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The Magdalene Sisters

The Magdalene Sisters

Peter Mullan’s scalding exploration of life in a convent school may have won awards and acclaim for its director, but it made him few friends within the Catholic Church – which is exactly the idea, says Bob Carroll

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Whale Rider

Whale Rider

This coming-of-age tale set in a dwindling Maori community in New Zealand has received rave reviews and picked up a host of awards at film festivals around the world – but Bob Carroll isn’t convinced

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Shiri

Recent events may have dulled Hollywood’s passion for big bangs, but blockbuster action movies are as popular as ever in Asia. Bob Carroll gets to grips with a film policier, Korean-style

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The Last Great Wilderness

The Last Great Wilderness

While recent efforts from the Soho-based British film industry have been about as disheartening as an English summer, north of the border things look brighter. Bob Carroll gets lost in a Scottish comedy of gigolos, agoraphobics, and transvestite wakes

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Intacto

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s first film imagines a world in which good luck is a biological gift, and the genetically unlucky are doomed to a life of servitude. Bob Carroll is fortunate enough to catch one of this year’s most original debuts

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Phone Booth

Phone Booth

It has to be one of the daftest pitches in history – an action thriller set entirely within the confines of a New York phone box, directed by high-concept king Joel Schumacher. It may not be a masterpiece, but Bob Carroll enjoyed it – in a B-movie kind of way

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