Following "24 Hour Party People" and "Control," another chapter in the rich musical history of northwest England is celebrated in coming-of-age saga "Spike Island."
A quartet of justly regarded British actors elevates Nick Murphy's sophomore feature "Blood," but only to the level of superior TV fare.
Many of the elements that worked for Steven Spielberg's "War Horse" are present and correct in WWI drama "Private Peaceful," which, like "Horse," was adapted from a Michael Morpurgo novel.
Shifting the action from Paris to Istanbul, "Taken 2" equals its predecessor in enjoyable silliness, if not brutal nastiness.
Comparisons with Alan Clarke's justly venerated British reform-school classic "Scum" (1979) are unlikely to flatter new entrants to the genre, but feature debutant Ron Scalpello bravely attempts a…