April 2010

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#Alice through the lens

Mark Sinker compares the various artistic visionaries - from John Tenniel to Dennis Potter to Jan Svankmajer - who have put their stamp on Alice since 1865

PLUS (in the magazine) Go ask Alice: Tim Burton is only the latest film-maker to reinvent Alice in Wonderland in his own image. Kim Newman unpicks the interface of Burton and Lewis Carroll's imaginary worlds.

#Island of lost souls

Scorsese’s Shutter Island may be a faithful adaptation of a bestseller, but it’s also his deeply felt homage to the cinema of the 1940s and 50s, says Graham Fuller, and a return to the paranoid interior world of Taxi Driver

The Berlin crawl

With too many major film-makers saving their wares for Cannes, this year's Berlin Film Festival offered slim pickings. Nick James finds solace in genre thrillers and US indies.

PLUS Tony Rayns on the dire state of the Berlin Forum

PLUS Jonathan Romney on two very different minimalist masterpieces

The ties that bind

Samson & Delilah captures both the harsh realities of Aboriginal life and a vivid sense of desert light and silence. Sophie Mayer talks to debut director Warwick Thornton

'M': murder in the city

Freshly released on DVD in a restored version, Fritz Lang's seminal serial-killer thriller M endures both as a compelling document of its time - Berlin, 1931 - and as a harbinger of mass murders and psychosis to come. By Iain Sinclair

Selected reviews

#Film of the month: Double Take

More than just a homage, Johan Grimonprez’s extraordinary montage uses Hitch’s mischievous TV appearances as the launch pad for a brilliant riff on Cold War politics and the idea of the double. By Jonathan Romney

#DVD review: Mad Dog Morgan

The tale of Mad Dog Morgan pushes all the right buttons (except the anamorphic one), writes Tim Lucas

#Film review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

This adaptation of the first part of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy is an ultraviolent and devastating whodunit with an unsettling political undertow, says Lisa Mullen

#Film review: Lourdes

Sylvie Testud plays a wheelchair-bound miracle hunter in Jessica Hausner’s wry comedy of manners. Michael Brooke finds the results beguilingly odd

Reviews in this issue:

  • 1234
  • The Blind Side
  • A Closed Book
  • Dirty Oil
  • Film of the month: Double Take
  • Extract
  • Extraordinary Measures
  • From Paris with Love
  • Film review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Green Zone
  • I Love You Phillip Morris
  • In the Land of the Free…
  • Kakera A Piece of Our Life
  • Lion’s Den
  • Film review: Lourdes
  • My Last Five Girlfriends
  • Nightwatching
  • No One Knows about Persian Cats
  • Ondine
  • Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief
  • Perrier’s Bounty
  • Samson & Delilah
  • The Scouting Book for Boys
  • Shank
  • Shutter Island
  • Solomon Kane
  • The Spy Next Door
  • Storm/Sturm/Hannahs valg/The Tribunal
  • The Crazies
  • The Kreutzer Sonata
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Valhalla Rising
  • The Wolfman
  • DVD review: Mad Dog Morgan
Last Updated: 20 Dec 2011