|MAG's Movie Picks Of The Week
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Thomas Alfredsson's John le Carre adaptation is intelligent, sophisticated and loaded with superb performance from veterans (Gary Oldman, John Hurt, Colin Firth) and rising stars (Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy). A stunningly assured, richly rewarding film, it's fully deserving of its newly minted status as a modern British classic.
This supernatural thriller is about a hardboiled cop Elias Koteas who stumbles into the middle of a battle between two angels (Christopher Walken and Eric Stoltz). Bursting with ideas and scenery-chewing performances, it may be the 80s-est movie made in the 90s, and all the more enjoyable for it.
X-Men: First Class
Audiences will have to wait a while yet before the superhero team re-assembles for a second prequel from Matthew Vaughn. Luckily this has so much going on, there's plenty to revisit while we wait to find out what historical event the nascent X-team will tackle next.
We Need To Talk About Kevin
Lynne Ramsay's meticulously crafted adaptation of Lionel Shriver's hit novel deals with a mother (Tilda Swinton) struggling with a son (Ezra Miller) seemingly 'born bad'. It's Swinton's film, but an equally brilliant Miller and a perfectly calibrated script will have people discussing the film long after the book's back on the shelf.
The Bridge On The River Kwai
David Lean's epic sees Alec Guinness a British POW co-opted into building a bridge for the Japanese during World War II while his American counterpart (William Holden) plots to blow it up. Lean's film is arguably the most intellectually stimulating, psychologically harrowing and gratifyingly complex British war film ever made.