Brotherhood

The Korean war has long been overshadowed by other conflicts, though its bloody history is certainly no less powerful or worthy of remembrance. John Gorick reviews a new film that explores the war from the perspective of two Korean soldiers

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The Motorcycle Diaries

The Motorcycle Diaries

There can be few more dramatic tales than the life of Che Guevara, a humble-born Argentinian who went on to become one of the iconic figures of the 20th century. John Gorick applauds a new biopic exploring Guevara’s formative years

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The Final Cut

The Final Cut

Robin Williams seems determined to shake off his manic comic mantle. After last year’s One Hour Photo comes this sci-fi shocker, in which he plays a technician who produces video extracts made out of people’s memories. John Gorick is not impressed

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Berlinale 2004

Berlinale 2004

The Berlinale is one of the major events of the cinema year, and over recent weeks we’ve been running reviews of some of the major films at this year’s festival. John Gorick rounds our coverage off with a festival overview

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Infernal Affairs II & III

Infernal Affairs II & III

The Infernal Affairs series is one of the most successful Asian franchises of recent years. Though Britain has only received the first instalment, John Gorick caught up with parts 2 and 3 at the Berlinale Film Festival

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Beautiful Boxer

Beautiful Boxer

If ever there was a cinematic tale waiting to be told, it was the life story of Parinya Charoenphol, better-known as Nong Thoom, Thailand’s cross-dressing kickboxer. John Gorick steps into the ring to find out more

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Beautiful Country

Beautiful Country

Vietnam never seems to quite die out as a subject for filmmakers. This new film explores the conflict from the perspective of one of the war children left behind once the conflict was over, and John Gorick thinks it’s a tale worth telling

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Something’s Gotta Give

Something’s Gotta Give

Jack’s back in this romantic tale of an ageing lothario who meets his match in headstrong Diane Keaton. Director Nancy Myers has pulled off this kind of tale twice before, but does that mean the formula is wearing thin? John Gorick doesn’t think so

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Samir at the 15th Trieste Film Festival

Samir at the 15th Trieste Film Festival

Venice might host the most famous Italian film festival, but the country’s long love affair with the cinema means there are plenty of others which rarely receive a mention. John Gorick reports from the 15th Alpe Adria Cinema festival in Trieste

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Mizoguchi at the Renoir Cinema

Mizoguchi at the Renoir Cinema

Discussion of classic Japanese cinema is often limited to celebrated names like Ozu and Kurosawa, but Kenji Mizoguchi also deserves recognition as one of Japan’s great directors. John Gorick reviews a recent retrospective at the Renoir Cinema

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Traces of A Dragon

Traces of A Dragon

Okay, we all know he’s the greatest martial arts film star since Bruce Lee – but what do we know about the real Jackie Chan? This much-loved documentary traces his roots back to rural China, and reveals a different side of the drunken master. John Gorick reports

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Japanese Cinema

Japanese Cinema

In the first article of our special Japanese issue, John Gorick provides a thorough overview of the history of Japanese cinema, and profiles some of its great directors

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Time of the Wolf

Time of the Wolf

Post-apocalypse stories have always been a popular genre in the cinema, but Michael Haneke’s version takes an unusual slant, focussing on the domestic side of life after armageddon. John Gorick isn’t impressed

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Owning Mahowny

Owning Mahowny

Philip Seymour Hoffman is fast becoming the defining actor of his generation. In his latest movie, PSH turns in a typically inventive performance as a gambling-addicted bank manager, but as yet the film has still not received a UK release. John Gorick reports

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Dark Blue

Dark Blue

Gritty cop thrillers seem to be the preserve of American TV shows rather than big-budget Hollywood movies these days, but Kurt Russell’s new film sets out to reclaim the genre for the big screen. John Gorick isn’t impressed

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Secretary

Office romances may not have contributed much to the coffers of classic cinema – but Steven Shainberg’s new film might be about to change all that. John Gorick applauds a twisted tale of sex, sado-masochism and secretarial skills

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