August: Osage County


A bit of a stage-y, act-y film, this, and in that regard somewhat enjoyable, but story-wise the central family is, almost to a (wo)man, intensely unlikeable, with the few who aren’t mean or spiteful still blithely disrespectful to ‘the help’, or ill-served by lurid plot twists that ring slightly false.


The Impossible


The most visceral experience in recent cinematic memory, The Impossible’s title could refer to its achieving a 12A, or your ability to stomach the gore. Made like a horror, you no longer have to imagine what a tsunami is like. Popular criticisms of a white-wash are without context and unfair.