Volver

Cruz control: John Atkinson is not all that impressed with Almodóvar’s hyped ‘comeback’ movie, Volver. But Penelope Cruz’s prosthetic arse did impress him…

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100 American Independent Films

100 American Independent Films

American independent cinema has been a crucial counterpoint to the Hollywood studios since the early sixties, but until now there’s been no definitive guide to the scene. John Atkinson reviews the first film guide dedicated entirely to indie cinema

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Spellbound DVD

Spellbound DVD

The high tension world of the American school spelling bee is the subject of this much-lauded documentary by Jeff Blitz. After a hugely successful theatrical release, the DVD is set to hit our shelves soon. John Atkinson can’t wait

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The Station Agent

The Station Agent

Thomas McCarthy’s feelgood film was the smash hit of this year’s Sundance film festival, exploring the relationship between a bunch of New Jersey dropouts and a vertically challenged visitor. Miramax may have been impressed, but John Atkinson wasn’t

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Hulk (DVD)

Hulk (DVD)

He may be big, mad, and very very green, but the Hulk didn’t provide quite the impact that Hollywood executives were hoping for this summer. John Atkinson reviews the DVD of the weirdest comic book adaptation ever made

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In The Cut

In The Cut

When comic actresses express a desire to ‘turn serious’, it’s usually time to head for the hills – but Meg Ryan’s performance in this moody noir-thriller from Jane Campion might just break the mould. John Atkinson has to take his hat off to her

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