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The Nightmare Before Christmas

  • 3 stars
  • 1993
  • US
  • 76 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Henry Selick
  • Written by: Tim Burton (story), Michael McDowell (adaptation), Caroline Thompson (screenplay)
  • Cast: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey, Glenn Shadix, Ken Page
  • UK release: 25 November 1994

Jack Skellington, the skinny trickster king of Halloweentown, is restless with success and needs a new challenge, so he hatches a plot to kidnap Santa and creates a mixed-up Yuletide which isn't quite what the kids expected. Produced and based on a story and characters by Tim Burton.

Batman

  • 1989
  • US
  • 126 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Tim Burton
  • Written by: Sam Hamm, Warren Skaaren
  • Cast: Jack Nicholson, Michael Keaton, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl, Pat Hingle, Billy Dee Williams, Michael Gough, Jack Palance

Nicholson is on top form: psychotic, witty and zanier than ever, but the real triumph is Keaton's. With less screen time than the Great Upstager, he produces a performance of memorable subtlety and power, which gives credibility to the Bruce Wayne/Batman character, while remaining true to the comic strip. With eerie…

Fifty Shades of Grey

13 Feb 20153 stars

Adaptation of EL James' sadomasochist sensation looks set to dominate cinemas

Whatever your thoughts on EL James' S&M bonkbusters they've certainly set pulses racing with their admirably frank exploration of female desire; and they've now put sex back on the big screen in a pretty emphatic fashion, with Sam Taylor-Johnson's take…

Igor

16 Oct 20083 stars

ANIMATION/COMEDY It’s a tough life for hunchbacked assistants of mad scientists. Igor (voiced by John Cusack) ekes out his precarious existence as humble servant to the sinister Dr Glickenstein (John Cleese), an evil genius set on winning the annual…

The music and film collaborations of Tindersticks and Claire Denis

21 Oct 2011

The creative partnership between the French director and the UK band

Just as there are actors directors consistently work with, and where the French have a term called the acteur/actrice fétiche to define this affiliation, equally there are plenty filmmakers whose relationship with their composers seem equally…

Preview 2008 - Film

4 Jan 2008

I lost count of the number of times the death knell rang for the traditional Hollywood filmmaking model last year. The ongoing writers’ strike, the collapse of the star system (due to exorbitant actor salaries) and increasingly low box office returns…

The Unknown Known

13 Mar 20142 stars

Errol Morriss' examination of Donald Rumsfeld lacks nuance and depth

The veteran documentarian Errol Morris here turns his penetrating gaze upon Donald Rumsfeld, Defence Secretary under Gerald Ford and George W Bush. Comparisons are inevitable with Morris’ 2003 Oscar-winner The Fog of War, for which he interviewed…