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Greed

Greed is a strangely unique British satirical film that contrasts the living standards of the ridiculously rich in the westernised world and the impoverished in underdeveloped countries. The story centers on Sir Richard McCreadie (Steve Coogan), a super-wealthy fashion tycoon who is on the verge of celebrating his 60th birthday on Mykonos, Greece. He is […]

Stan & Ollie

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were an enormously successful comedy duo who were at their peak during the late 1920s through to the 1940s, so distinctive and popular they effectively became a brand.   Sadly, it was not a concept they fully understood and they found themselves strapped for cash and needing to tour at […]

Ideal Home

As you can imagine, Steve Coogan chews up every scene he is in, and of course, he’s utterly hilarious as Erasmus, the flamboyant TV chef who hosts the popular cooking show, Ideal Home. Paul (Paul Rudd) is the show’s producer and Erasmus’ long suffering yet hopelessly loving partner. Erasmus’ undisclosed past comes back to bite […]

The Dinner

This is a case of style over substance. The cinematography is rich and architectural; the music has been mindfully chosen to provide subtle counterpoint; the performances are all exceptional, but the script, alas, disappoints. The Dinner, the latest film from director Oren Moverman, is just like the extravagant meal at the centre of the plot […]

The Trip to Italy

Comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon reunite for a road trip around sun-drenched Italy in this entertaining follow-up to The Trip - the 2010 meta-comedy in which they played semi-fictional versions of themselves. Once again, it’s an absolute blast watching the duo compete in a never-ending game of one-upmanship in which the currency is rapid-fire […]

PHILOMENA

Judi Dench is incredibly moving as Philomena, a lady in her 70s who travels to America with journalist Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) in search of a son she hasn't seen in 50 years. Inspired by true events, the story unfolds through effective flashbacks to the 1950s, an era when Irish-Catholic communities had zero tolerance for […]

THE LOOK OF LOVE

As a study of UK porn king Paul Raymond, it’s tempting to see this movie as a British version of The People vs Larry Flint - the 1996 biopic of US porn-supremo Larry Flint. However this offering from British auteur Michael Winterbottom is a more nuanced film, though perhaps slightly less compelling. Anyone with an […]