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Xan Brooks

Xan Brooks

    King of the slingers: Spidey’s a concrete jungle VIP
    King of the slingers: Spidey’s a concrete jungle VIP
    Childhood heroes never die, they simply outgrow us, outlive us and transfer their attentions to the generations that follow.
    Wolf of Wall Street: Polished and punchy
    Wolf of Wall Street: Polished and punchy
    The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
    Movie of the week: Stoker
    Movie of the week: Stoker
    But where Hitchcock injected a small drop of poison into picket-fence suburbia, Stoker stands proud as a full-blown Gothic nightmare,...
    Iran's response film to 'inaccurate', award-winning 'Argo'
    Iran's response film to 'inaccurate', award-winning 'Argo'
    Filmgoers troubled by factual inaccuracies in the Golden Globe-winning hostage thriller Argo are advised to hold fire until The General...
    'Yellowface' reflects the racial pecking order
    'Yellowface' reflects the racial pecking order
    Directed by Tom Twyker and Lana and Andy Wachowski, the film’s narrative hops between countries and across the centuries.
    Alpha nerds kicked ass
    Alpha nerds kicked ass
    In the immediate wake of last week's Golden Globe nominations, I had awards season filed as a straight run-off between the old and the new;...
    This year's Cannes line-up: A festival hall of fame
    This year's Cannes line-up: A festival hall of fame
    It could be the script for a high-concept Hollywood blockbuster. Down on the Riviera, the Cannes film festival is braced for its bloodiest year in...
    A heartbreaking history retold
    A heartbreaking history retold
    The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Mark Herman's child's-eye tour of the Holocaust treads such a fine line that its fate hangs in the balance until the very end. It is a kind of dark...
    False notes
    False notes
    Not to be confused with André Gide's novel of the same name, The Counterfeiters (which won the Oscar for best foreign-language film this...
    Triumph of the nerds
    Triumph of the nerds
    There is a key scene in the forthcoming film American Splendor in which our nerdish hero Harvey Pekar accompanies his still-more-nerdish...
    Behind the Oscar scenes
    Behind the Oscar scenes
    Brokeback Mountain, Ang Lee's panoramic portrait of forbidden gay love, dominated the nominations for the Oscars, and three generations of...
    A tidy hero
    A tidy hero
    Terry George's potent political melodrama Hotel Rwanda rumbles in with a two-pronged agenda: to slam the West's discreet non-involvement in...