Inherent Vice

Film Journal For Independent Cinema

Specialising in innovative films of cultural significance

Latest Reviews

  • Inherent Vice

    Paul Thomas Anderson

    A self-indulgent mess of a film that slips into an irrelevant psychedelic haze and never recovers.

  • Birdman

    Alejandro González Iñárritu

    Alejandro González Iñárritu's jet black comedy with a heart is a rare marvel, an entirely unique and absorbing film that comes out of the blue.

  • The Theory of Everything

    James Marsh

    Eddie Redmayne plays Stephen Hawking with remarkable perception and accuracy; not only perfecting those well known mannerisms and ticks but capturing his subject's idiosyncratic charm and easy half-smile with a powerful screen presence that opens multiple possibilities.

  • Unbroken

    Angelina Jolie

    Here's one for flag-wavering, bible-bashing patriots from the 'Land of the Free' who demand that the Oscars are little more than a patronising tribute to their homeland and its ideology.

  • Leviathan

    Andrei Zvyagintsev

    Andrei Zvyagintsev’s retelling of Job's suffering as a somber assault on post-Soviet Russia is not quite the unqualified masterpiece that some make out.

  • Citizenfour

    Laura Poitras

    The most important documentary exposé since 'Taxi to the Dark Side', it brings a sober clarity to a scandal that governments had kept under wraps, absurdly hiding behind 9/11 intelligence activities and bestowing a traitor status on a whistleblower for spilling the beans on a new kind of tyranny for the digital age.

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