Alice Tynan

Recent articles by Alice Tynan

The Railway Man (Firth)

Colin Firth dazzles yet again in prisoner of war drama.

Austenland (Jerusha Hess)

Jane Austen theme park comedy falls somewhat flat.

Sister (Ursula Meier)

Klein shines in this quirky off-piste sibling drama.

Mystery Road (Ivan Sen)

An Australian Western that overstays its welcome.

About Time (McAdams, Curtis)

Daffy dysfunction rules the day with nary a sign of Hugh Grant.

Thanks For Sharing (Paltrow, Ruffalo)

Group therapy minus the clichés has never seemed such fun.

I'm So Excited (Almadóvar)

Almadóvar's world of mild-high clubs and campy trolley-dollies.

Jobs (Kutcher)

The Apple biopic that fails to think outside of the box.

What Maisie Knew (Moore, Skarsgård)

A poignant modern take on the Henry James classic.

Upstream Color (Carruth, Seimetz)

Existential art-house piece on the verge of video art.

Much Ado About Nothing (Acker, Denisof)

Homemade Shakespeare proves a very palpable comedy hit.

Before Midnight (Hawke, Delpy)

Old friends feel so familiar you won’t want to say goodbye.

Small Apartments (Lucas, Marsden)

Quirky caper’s foundations crumble under pressure.

Farewell, My Queen (Seydoux, Kruger)

Diane Kruger dons the crown in the dying days of Versailles

Tabu (Soveral, Madruga)

Kiss the rains down in Africa: a cinematic masterpiece.

The Sessions (John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy)

Sensitive exploration of sexuality with a disability.

Killing Them Softly (Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins)

Sharp contemporary gangster tale, with added Pitt power.

Wuthering Heights (Kaya Scodelario, James Howson)

A raw documentary feel adds believability to this story.


The German word Vergangenheitsbewältigung, meaning “coming-to-terms-with-the-past”, reverberates throughout Shortland’s beautifully assured film.

Monsieur Lazhar

A harrowing loss of innocence gives way to a deeply humane portrait of pedagogy.
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