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At the start of Nanni Moretti’s wonderful rich and glorious new movie the College of Cardinals are shuttered away in the Vatican to go through the traditional ritual of choosing a new Pope in great secrecy now that the last one has shuffled off his mortal coil.  As the camera scans down the long line … Continue reading


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There’s a real sense of irony in the title of this German romantic comedy written and directed by the leading TV actor Matthias Schweighöfer, as Alex the protagonist (that he also plays) is rather an immature wimp.  Well, he starts out that way as he allows his self-starved uptight model girlfriend to literally walk over him. … Continue reading

Why Him?

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The first time Ned Fleming (Bryan Cranston) even knows that his 22 year old daughter Stephanie (Zoey Deutch) is dating is when she Skypes him in the middle of his 55th Birthday party to wish him happy birthday. He, and his party guests, catch much more than they bargained for when they spot Laird (James Franco) … Continue reading


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Victor Maynard is a middle-aged snobbish Brit who is a professional assassin at the top of his game and in great demand.  One day instead of killing his latest victim he inadvertently saves her from another assassin and starts a whole train of events that set the pace for this very gentle and typically English … Continue reading


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Two-time Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson has come a long way since he burst on to our TV screens in 1985 as Woody the nice-but-dim innocent barman in Cheers.  Now at 55 years old he seems to have inherited fellow actor Bill Murray’s mantle for usually playing eccentric crotchety loners who are always several steps out … Continue reading

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