The film steers clear of bad-faith miserabilism by virtue of Richard Billingham’s from-the-gut specificity.
With Ray & Liz, Richard Billingham reaches further into the dark recesses of his childhood to deliver a richly evocative portrait of working-class life in the British Midlands.
The efforts of a slumming cast dwarfed by clichés and opportunistically scattershot class pity.
Tom Cruise’s participation transmutes everything around him, turning the movie’s series of false starts, dead ends, and hard lessons into a working metaphor for his own career.
The Sansa/Cersei contrast sets the tone of the episode, which focuses on women more than any other hour of the series to date.
True to the more muted tone of the premiere, the second episode offers minimal indication that anything is wrong.
Demented and darkly hilarious, Ben Wheatley’s film gets a perfectly acceptable DVD transfer, as well as some insightful interview-based extras.
A sardonic depiction of Britain as a land where a thin veneer of strained politesse and fussy specificity of tastes masks a throbbing heart of darkness.
The most exciting thing about the season-two premiere of Game of Thrones is its refreshing sense of focus.