Capsule Movie Review

Capsule Movie Review: Virgin Mountain (2015)

Virgin Mountain (Fúsi) Dramatic Comedy | 93 Minutes | 2015 | Iceland * * * * Fúsi (Gunnar Jónsson) is forty-three years old and a virgin, still living at home with his mother. He spends his days working as a baggage handler at Keflavik airport, his evenings wargaming with his friend Mörður (Sigurjón Kjartansson), as together they painstakingly recreate the Battle of…

Capsule Movie Review: The Assassin (2015)

The Assassin (刺客聶隱娘) Martial Arts | 105 Minutes | 2015 | Taiwan/China * * * * * In 9th century China, the weakened Tang Dynasty struggles to retain control over its militarised province of Weibo. Nie Yinniang (Shu Qi) has been trained by the nun Jiaxin (Fang-Yi Sheu) to assassinate corrupt government officials, but though she possesses all of the art, she cannot…

Capsule Movie Review: Risky Business (1983)

Risky Business Coming-of-Age Drama | 98 Minutes | 1983 | United States * * * * Joel (Tom Cruise), a teenager coming towards the end of his time in high school, lives with his parents in a leafy Chicago suburb. He is good-looking and his parents are wealthy, but they are also demanding, and he subsumes a fluent strain of existential angst with worry…

Capsule Movie Review: Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

Punch-Drunk Love Romantic Comedy | 95 Minutes | 2002 | United States * * * * * Barry Egan (Adam Sandler) owns a warehouse which manufactures and sells novelty goods – toilet plungers with supposedly non-breakable handles and so on – but channels all of his hopes into one venture: having carried out his research diligently, and as far as the vagaries of the promotion…

Capsule Movie Review: McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)

McCabe & Mrs. Miller Anti-Western | 121 Minutes | 1971 | United States * * * * * In 1902 an inscrutable gambler, John McCabe (Warren Beatty), arrives in the fledgling town of Presbyterian Church in the northwestern United States. A hazy rumour has him as a gunslinger, and McCabe uses innuendo and disorder to quickly assert his position in the town,…

Capsule Movie Review: Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Million Dollar Baby Sports Drama | 132 minutes | 2004 | United States * * Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank), from southwest Missouri, has worked as a waitress from her early teens. Stuck in grim poverty, she seeks a way beyond her circumstances, and determines to become a boxer. She turns up at a worn-down Los Angeles gym, owned and run by Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) with the…

Capsule Movie Review: How to Steal a Million (1966)

How to Steal a Million Heist Comedy | 123 Minutes | 1966 | United States * * * Nicole Bonnet (Audrey Hepburn) is the daughter of an art forger, who has collected so many supposed masterpieces that he has won considerable renown in the world of art. Approached by the Kléber-Lafayette Museum, he proudly loans to this illustrious Paris institution (occupying the building…

Capsule Movie Review: Young Adult (2011)

Young Adult Black Comedy | 94 Minutes | 2011 | United States * * * * * Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron), a 37-year-old ghostwriter for a series of young adult novels soon to be cancelled, returns to her small Minnesota hometown, angling to hook up with her old high school flame, who is married and has just become a father. Her…