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Reviews & features: Jessica Chastain

Zero Dark Thirty

15 Jan 20134 stars

A gripping, authentic-feeling account of the dark side of the war on terror from Kathryn Bigelow

If Kathryn Bigelow’s Iraq-set bomb disposal unit drama The Hurt Locker caught everyone by surprise, the anticipation for her follow-up is tangible. An exacting procedural about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, it’s been in development long before the…

Jessica Chastain discusses prohibition drama Lawless

19 Aug 2012

The actor has experienced a meteoric rise thanks to parts in The Tree of Life and The Help

Since bursting onto the scene with The Tree of Life a year ago, Jessica Chastain is collecting quite a few treasured memories. Like her time on the red carpet at Cannes, holding hands with her Tree of Life co-stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. 'I’d never…


5 Jan 20124 stars

Ralph Fiennes proves as adept behind the camera as in front of it in this Shakespeare adaptation

(15) 123min Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut is a powerful reimagining of the Shakespearean tragedy and is a resonant story about leadership, politics and power. Acting as well as directing, Fiennes stars as the central character, the eponymous…

The Debt

14 Sep 20113 stars

Sober-minded spy movie with Helen Mirren and Sam Worthington

(15) 113min The Debt has languished on the distributor’s shelf for a year since screening in Toronto last September, betraying a lack of studio confidence in the commercial prospects for John Madden’s sober-minded remake of 2007 Israeli espionage…

The Tree of Life

17 Jun 20114 stars

Terrence Malick's sprawling epic a sermon urging re-engagement with spirituality

(12A) 138min Terrence Malick often seems to be the last apostle of rugged individualism still at work in the American film industry. He painstakingly crafts films that are symphonic in structure with the character of poetic, intensely personal…