Exberliner: Captain America – The Winter Soldier

After the ensemble kerfuffle of his last outing, Cap’n Am must contend with a fracturing S.H.I.E.L.D., conflicting loyalties and the louring presence of a pallid, metal-armed assassin type harshing his 21st-century buzz. There to bolster his brawn are Black Widow (playing second banana – again), gadgetry of varying daftness and some fun cameos. Perhaps the…

Exberliner: This is the End

Seth Rogen and James Franco’s gang of celebrity buddies meet in the latter’s Hollywood pad to party like there’s no tomorrow – and wouldn’t you know it, the apocalypse strikes. The stage is set for a hefty dose of self-indulgent bro comedy. Their boy-man style does have its moments of puerile glory, especially in the…

Home for Christmas (2010)

The average non-Scandinavian might harbour certain preconceived notions about Christmas in Norway. Does Bent Hamar’s film feature hymns sung in no-nonsense wooden churches? Do gruff, stoic blondes in woolly jumpers make do amid the grim winter? Yes indeed. However, there’s no corresponding chill to this film. The story, adapted from a book of short stories by…