Issue 692

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Ralph Fiennes, star and director of Coriolanus - profile

5 Jan 2012

Man behind the modernised Shakespeare adap has Bardic pedigree

Name Ralph Fiennes Born Ipswich, Suffolk, 22 December, 1962 Background Initially a star onstage with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Fiennes gained international film recognition for his Oscar-nominated performance as Nazi Commander Amon Göth in…

The Iron Lady

5 Jan 20123 stars

Meryl Streep shines in a film that avoids tackling Thatcher's politics

(12A) 105min In The Iron Lady director Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia!) and writer Abi Morgan (Shame) take arguably the most significant British politician in living memory as their subject, and perversely evade questioning her policies. The result is a…

Intruders

5 Jan 20123 stars

Derivative, moderately engaging paranormal horror starring Clive Owen

(15) 110min Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has never quite delivered on the promise of his clever debut feature Intacto. Retro chiller Intruders is cleverly constructed and suspenseful but fades when pitted against superior genre fare like…

The Sitter

5 Jan 20122 stars

Zippy but unappealing sub-Apatow comedy starring Jonah Hill

(15) 81min After springing to stardom in Superbad, Jonah Hill gets his first lead role in The Sitter, an amiable low-brow comedy from director David Gordon Green which throws Hill’s laid-back slacker persona into a similar underworld of criminal…

W.E.

5 Jan 20122 stars

Occasionally perceptive but overall flat second movie from Madonna

(15) 119min Madonna’s second film as director after the forgotten comedy Filth and Wisdom aims considerably higher. The initials W.E. refer to the joint signature of American divorcee Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII, whose relationship shook the…

J Edgar

5 Jan 20122 stars

Clint Eastwood's biopic of the legendary FBI chief is well-acted but unfocused

(15) 137min Clint Eastwood’s biopic on former FBI head J Edgar Hoover offers an askew perspective on American history that eventually buckles under the weight of its own misguided ambition. Written by Dustin Lance Black (who won an Oscar for his…

Mother and Child

5 Jan 20123 stars

A strong but plodding triptych starring Annette Bening, Naomi Watts and Kerry Washington

(15) 126min Mexican cinema’s love affair with the triptych continues with Mother and Child. Executive produced by Babel director Alexandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, the latest film from Nine Lives helmsman Rodrigo Garcia stars Annette Bening as a nursing…