Pick of the week: Make tracks for show

3:25pm Thursday 5th June 2014

A TREAT is in store for car enthusiasts on Sunday, when the village of Churchill stages its 13th bi-annual Vintage and Classic Car Show.

South Oxhey actress Hollie Thoupos, 11, stars in award-winning romantic drama It's A Love Thing

The Oxford Times: South Oxhey actress Hollie Thoupos, 11

4:42pm Friday 22nd March 2013

Everyone remembers their first love. The one that first gives you butterflies. The one you’ll always pick for your team in the playground. The one that will first break your heart.

Total Recall and A Few Best Men

The Oxford Times: Colin Farrell in Total Recall

2:00pm Wednesday 29th August 2012

The human brain is capable of processing hundreds of billions of instructions every second, putting to shame many supercomputers. But like those supercomputers, the brain is susceptible to viruses and corruption. False memories can be planted — without malicious intent: an older family member recounts an anecdote from our formative years and without any evidence to the contrary, we ‘create’ an image in the mind’s eye to match their perception.

Shadow Dancer and The Watch

The Oxford Times: Shadow Dancer

2:48pm Wednesday 22nd August 2012

Sectarian violence in Northern Ireland cast a long shadow over the country for more than 30 years.

The Bourne Legacy

The Oxford Times: The Bourne Legacy

12:57pm Wednesday 15th August 2012

Given that Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass decided to bid adieu to the massively successful Bourne franchise after The Bourne Ultimatum, the question on everyone’s lips was could the espionage series continue?

Brave and Step Up 4: Miami Heat

The Oxford Times: Brave and Step Up 4: Miami Heat

10:26am Thursday 9th August 2012

Having almost completely stalled their creative engines with Cars 2, Disney Pixar heads for the ancient Scottish highlands in Brave, a computer-animated fable of female empowerment.

Ted and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

The Oxford Times: Ted

1:49pm Wednesday 1st August 2012

Since the early 20th century, the teddy bear has been a potent symbol of childhood innocence.

Dr Seuss' The Lorax

The Oxford Times: Dr Seuss' The Lorax

10:58am Thursday 26th July 2012

Based on the book of the same name Dr Seuss’ The Lorax is an environmentally conscious story of one boy’s noble quest to restore balance between avaricious mankind and Mother Nature.

The Dark Knight Rises

The Oxford Times: The Dark Knight Rises

11:23am Thursday 19th July 2012

Parting is such sweet sorrow. Director Christopher Nolan completes his dark and brooding trilogy based on the DC Comics crime-fighter Batman in suitably grandiose fashion, delivering not only the longest film in the series but also the most brutal, violent and satisfying.

Ice Age 4: Continental Drift and Magic Mike

The Oxford Times: Ice Age 4: Continental Drift

3:52pm Wednesday 11th July 2012

Scrat the sabre-toothed squirrel’s pursuit of his beloved acorns has cataclysmic consequences for an entire continent in the latest chapter of the hugely popular Ice Age series.

Storage 24 and Joyful Noise

The Oxford Times: Storage 24 and Joyful Noise

4:22pm Wednesday 27th June 2012

The good old days when E.T. simply wanted to phone home are long gone. Now, if aliens descend on Earth, they don’t want to sit contentedly in the basket of a child’s bicycle and soar serenely across a perfect moonlit sky. Otherworldly visitors want to annihilate and conquer, preferably via a series of expensive, special effects-laden set pieces that reduce landmarks to steaming piles of twisted metal.

The Five-Year Engagement and Lay the Favourite

The Oxford Times: The Five-Year Engagement

1:56pm Wednesday 20th June 2012

Love hurts, though not too badly, in Nicholas Stoller’s romantic comedy about a doe-eyed couple whose rose-tinted dreams of marital bliss are undone by the pressures of everyday life. Penned by leading man Jason Segel and director Nicholas Stoller, who recently collaborated on the script for The Muppets, The Five-Year Engagement trades heavily on the rapport between Segel and British actress Emily Blunt.

Rock of Ages and Fast Girls

The Oxford Times: Rock of Ages

12:06pm Wednesday 13th June 2012

Bow down to the gods of rock as director Adam Shankman cranks up the volume to 11 for an energetic musical based on a popular stage show. Punctuated by breathlessly choreographed, show-stopping renditions of Pat Benatar, Europe, Foreigner, Journey and Poison among others, Rock of Ages is 123 minutes of unabashed joy.

Ill Manors and A Fantastic Fear of Everything

The Oxford Times: Ill Manors

3:08pm Wednesday 6th June 2012

It’s a hard-knock life for six godforsaken denizens of London in the gritty directorial debut of Ben Drew aka Plan B.

Prometheus and Snow White & The Huntsman

The Oxford Times: Prometheus and Snow White & The Huntsman

2:52pm Wednesday 30th May 2012

More than 30 years after Ridley Scott proved that in space, everyone can hear you scream — loudly — the Oscar-nominated director returns to the science-fiction genre and the ultimate deep space killing machine: Alien.

Men in Black 3 and Moonrise Kingdom

The Oxford Times: Men in Black 3 and Moonrise Kingdom

10:31am Thursday 24th May 2012

rediscover their swagger ten years after the lacklustre second instalment. Set largely in July 1969, Men in Black 3 is a time-travelling caper which ties up loose threads into a neat bow, suggesting this could be the end of the Smith and Jones double-act.

Film reviews: Dark Shadows and The Dictator

The Oxford Times: Film reviews: Dark Shadows and The Dictator

2:44pm Thursday 17th May 2012

Director Tim Burton sealed his creative marriage to Johnny Depp more than 20 years ago with the brilliantly dark and twisted fairytale Edward Scissorhands.

Festival feasts on film legend

The Oxford Times: Festival feasts on film legend

8:20am Thursday 3rd May 2012

America’s most iconic film-maker, and funnyman, Woody Allen is being celebrated in this year’s Oxford Film Festival.

Beauty and the Beast 3D and The Lucky One

The Oxford Times: Beauty and the Beast 3D and TheLucky One

1:40pm Wednesday 2nd May 2012

More than 20 years after Beauty and the Beast became the first animated feature to contest the Oscar for Best Picture, Disney's “tale as old as time” returns to multiplexes in a glorious new 3D print.

Avengers Assemble and Albert Nobbs

The Oxford Times: Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow

12:50am Thursday 26th April 2012

More is less in Avengers Assemble, the special effects-laden amalgamation of four Marvel Comics franchises. Bringing together characters from Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Incredible Hulk, Joss Whedon’s frenetic romp deftly knits together plot strands from the earlier films, threaded with tongue-in-cheek humour.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and Gone

The Oxford Times: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and Gone

3:10pm Wednesday 18th April 2012

A socially awkward fisheries expert reels in a spirited soulmate in Lasse Hallstrom’s unabashedly feel-good confection, based on the novel by Paul Torday.

The Cabin the the Woods and Battleship

The Oxford Times: The Cabin the the Woods and Battleship

2:13pm Wednesday 11th April 2012

You have to give writer-director Drew Goddard full marks for effort for The Cabin in the Woods. With tongue wedged firmly in cheek, he lampoons hoary cliches and attempts to reinvigorate the horror genre with this slick tale of college kids in peril that is three parts bonkers to one part twisted genius. Not since poor Drew Barrymore answered a crank call in Scream has a film exploited stereotypes with such glee, and subverted our expectations at every blood-spattered turn.

Titanic 3D and Mirror, Mirror

The Oxford Times: Titanic 3D and Mirror, Mirror

3:22pm Wednesday 4th April 2012

James Cameron’s mega-budget love story set aboard the doomed ocean liner Titanic was a phenomenon. Buoyed by the on-screen chemistry of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, Titanic sailed away with a record 11 Academy Awards and broke box office records until Cameron trumped himself with the equally epic Avatar. The film also installed Celine Dion at the top of global charts for what seemed like an eternity with her heartfelt lament My Heart Will Go On.

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists and StreetDance2

The Oxford Times: The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists and StreetDance2

2:59pm Wednesday 28th March 2012

Bristol-based Aardman Animations, the Oscar-winning creators of Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run, discover their sea legs in The Pirates!

Wild Bill and The Hunger Games

The Oxford Times: Wild Bill

3:39pm Wednesday 21st March 2012

Actor Dexter Fletcher makes an assured directorial debut with a gritty tale of retribution and reconciliation, shot largely on the mean streets of east London. While there may be dodgy geezers and explosions of graphic violence, not to mention some cheeky one-liners (“The usual: ten pints, two grams and a punch-up?”), Wild Bill isn’t another tepid crime caper in the mould of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

We Bought a Zoo and 21 Jump Street

The Oxford Times: Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson in We Bought a Zoo

2:21pm Wednesday 14th March 2012

Glossy Hollywood fiction slathers on the emotional syrup in We Bought A Zoo, a shamelessly sentimental tale of a father’s struggle to revitalise an ailing animal sanctuary in the aftermath of his wife’s death. Based on the inspirational memoir by Benjamin Mee, the British newspaper columnist who took charge of Dartmoor Zoological Park in 2007, Cameron Crowe’s film doesn’t miss a single opportunity to shed crocodile tears and manipulate our emotions.

The Raven and John Carter 3D

The Oxford Times: The Raven and John Carter 3D

1:22pm Wednesday 7th March 2012

The bloodthirsty writings of Edgar Allan Poe give birth to a deranged serial killer in James McTeigue's hack-and-slash thriller set on the streets of 19th-century Baltimore. Punctuated by scenes of gore, including the cleaving of one heavily bound victim by a pendulum blade, The Raven is suspenseful and tautly paced, drawing inspiration from the same well of misery as Se7en.

Hunky Dory and This Means War

The Oxford Times: Hunky Dory

2:43pm Wednesday 29th February 2012

The show must go on for an unconventional drama teacher, who inspires her pupils to chase their dreams during the hottest summer on record, in Marc Evans’s feel good rites-of-passage drama.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Safe House

3:12pm Wednesday 22nd February 2012

Adapted from Deborah Moggach’s novel These Foolish Things, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a hilarious and touching comedy about growing old disgracefully. Ol Parker’s warm and witty script provides the predominantly British cast with moments to shine and tug our heartstrings as love is lost and found beneath a foreign sun. John Madden, who directed the Oscar-winning Shakespeare In Love, captures a different side to life in India than the poverty and crime of Slumdog Millionaire.

A Dangerous Method and Extremely Loud & Incrediblyl Close

The Oxford Times: A Dangerous Method

3:11pm Wednesday 15th February 2012

Let’s talk about sex. Screenwriter Christopher Hampton does so with arch detachment in A Dangerous Method, an artfully composed portrait of intellectual one-upmanship adapted from his 2002 stage play, The Talking Cure. Set in the early 20th century, David Cronenberg’s film explores the scholarly battle of wits between Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) and his brilliant protégé, Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) — two great thinkers who furthered our knowledge about human behaviour and the control exerted by the subconscious.

The Woman in Black and The Muppets

The Oxford Times: Daniel Radcliffe in The Woman in Black

2:53pm Wednesday 8th February 2012

Less is certainly more in The Woman in Black, a chilling film version of the novel by Susan Hill, which has been re-imagined as a television movie, a radio series and a hit stage play in the 30 years since its publication.

Young Adult and Carnage

The Oxford Times: Young Adult

3:09pm Wednesday 1st February 2012

Gentlemen don’t prefer blondes in Young Adult, a scabrous black comedy about a faded beauty queen who clings on to the past to avoid acknowledging the loneliness and despair that hang over her like cheap perfume.

The Descendants and The Grey

The Oxford Times: George Clooney and Shailene Woodley

2:23pm Wednesday 25th January 2012

Good things come to those who wait and it’s been an agonising seven years since writer-director Alexander Payne ventured to the sun-dappled vineyards of the quirky Oscar-winning comedy Sideways.

J. Edgar and W.E.

The Oxford Times: J. Edgar and W.E.

9:07am Thursday 19th January 2012

During a turbulent and contentious period in office spanning almost 50 years, J. Edgar Hoover was instrumental in the fight against criminality in America.

War Horse and Shame

The Oxford Times: War Horse and Shame

2:56pm Wednesday 11th January 2012

The casualties of war extend far beyond the terrible loss of human life.

The Lady

The Oxford Times: The Lady

2:22pm Friday 30th December 2011

Truth may be stranger than fiction but it’s seldom more entertaining, especially when projected on to a big screen at 24 frames per second.

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Oxford Times: Mission:Impossible -  Ghost Protocol and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

1:12pm Wednesday 21st December 2011

Change is good. In the previous Mission: Impossible films, leading man Tom Cruise has been put through his paces by different visionary film-makers — Brian De Palma, John Woo and JJ Abrams — with a distinctive voice and aesthetic. Brad Bird, Oscar-winning director of The Incredibles and Ratatouille, might seem an unlikely candidate to orchestrate thrills of the fourth high-octane caper but is an inspired choice.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

The Oxford Times: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

11:56am Wednesday 14th December 2011

The sleuthing is far from elementary in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Guy Ritchie’s action-packed sequel to his 2009 reinvention of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional detective.

Puss in Boots and Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas

The Oxford Times: Puss in Boots and Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas

3:28pm Wednesday 7th December 2011

Jolly green ogre Shrek and his sweetheart Princess Fiona amassed nearly $3bn at the global box office before heading into the fairytale sunset at the conclusion of yesteryear’s Shrek Ever After.

Hugo and Happy Feet II

The Oxford Times: Hugo and Happy Feet II

7:50am Thursday 1st December 2011

Martin Scorsese swaps the mean streets of New York for the wintry boulevards of 1930s Paris for this Oscar-tipped first foray into family films and 3D.

Moneyball and 50/50

The Oxford Times: Moneyball and 50/50

1:40pm Thursday 24th November 2011

In the sporting arena, money doesn't just talk, it chatters incessantly. Success is measured by financial worth, creating an uneven playing field. The best teams get richer by continually feeding off their smaller rivals until it becomes almost impossible to bridge the divide. This was the situation facing Billy Beane, the general manager of Oakland Athletics, in 2001 when his team lost the showpiece final game of the season to the mighty New York Yankees.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and Justice

The Oxford Times: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and Justice

3:01pm Wednesday 16th November 2011

Baby makes three in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1, the fourth film based on the books by Stephenie Meyer, which brings the love story of a mortal and a vampire to a suitably bloody resolution. Like the climactic outing of Harry Potter, this final chapter of the Twilight series has been cleaved in two, with the concluding instalment due in November 2012.

Arthur Christmas and the Rum Diary

The Oxford Times: GOOD OLD SANTA: Arthur Christmas

11:49am Thursday 10th November 2011

As all intelligent children know, Santa Claus and his team of toy elves work tirelessly throughout the year from their secret base at the North Pole.

In Time and Straw Dogs

The Oxford Times: In Time and Straw Dogs

3:25pm Wednesday 2nd November 2011

New Zealand-born screenwriter Andrew Niccol has consistently conjured dark clouds with his dystopian visions of life in the 21st century and beyond. His debut Gattaca, starring Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, cast a chill with its depiction of a society ruled by genetic superiority. Niccol deservedly won an Oscar for The Truman Show, which took the concept of a reality TV series to chilling extremes, and then he suggested that troublesome Hollywood stars could be replaced by digital actors in the comedy S1m0ne.

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn and The Help

The Oxford Times: The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn and The Help

2:27pm Wednesday 26th October 2011

Written and drawn by Belgian artist Georges Remi under the pen name Hergé, Tintin first sprang to life on the page in 1929 in the gung-ho adventure Tintin In The Land of the Soviets.

Contagion and Monte Carlo

The Oxford Times: Contagion and Monte Carlo

11:10am Thursday 20th October 2011

Directed by the masterful Steven Soderbergh, Contagion is a stylish thriller, which imagines the panic when a deadly new virus threatens to become a global epidemic. Scott Z. Burns’s smart script zigzags from Hong Kong to London, Tokyo, Minnesota and beyond, examining the reaction of governments, scientists and the public and unearthing personal dramas in the midst of global catastrophe.

The Three Musketeers and Footloose

The Oxford Times: The Three Musketeers

11:58am Wednesday 12th October 2011

It’s been the best part of two decades since Alexandre Dumas’s legendary swordsmen declared, “One for all and all for one” on the big screen.

The Lion King 3D and Johnny English Reborn

The Oxford Times: The Lion King 3D and Johnny English Reborn

2:48pm Wednesday 5th October 2011

Disney’s highest-grossing hand-drawn animation of all time strides majestically back on to the big screen, looking more sensational than ever in the increasingly fashionable 3D format.

Abduction and What's Your Number

The Oxford Times: Abduction and What's Your Number

3:39pm Wednesday 28th September 2011

When 16-year-old Taylor Lautner was cast as lovesick Jacob Black in the first Twilight film, media attention focused on Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart and their sizzling chemistry. Then Lautner gained 30 pounds in muscle to convincingly portray Jacob’s transformation into a snarling werewolf. Overnight, the young actor became a sex symbol and gained a following to rival his co-stars.

Fine performances in stylish comedy

The Oxford Times: Fine performances in stylish comedy

3:53pm Thursday 22nd September 2011

Intelligent and sophisticated adult-oriented romantic comedies that don’t resort to gross-out humour are almost as scarce as Ryan Reynolds films in which the Canadian actor keeps his clothes on.

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