January looks like being an interesting month in the cinemas For starters, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio renew their collaboration from Shutter Island days with The Wolf of Wall Street. This has DiCaprio as a fraudulent Long Island stockbroker heading for a fall after a riotous lifestyle starts to catch up with him. The Coen Brothers…

Adventures with a high-jinx heroine

  Haywire (15)   ‘Oh you shouldn’t think of her as being a woman. That would be a mistake.” So says double agent Ewan McGregor to Michael Fassbender about Gina Carano in this amusing spy caper that has the beautiful Carano (a mysterious government operative hired out for unauthorised assignments) gallivanting around the globe on…

The iron lady is not for turning

The Iron Lady (12A)   If I could pick a fault with this stupendous film — a ‘biopic’ of Margaret Thatcher — it would be that it exists too much in a continuum. In other words, the scattiness evinced by the octogenarian Baroness (played stunningly by Meryl Streep) in the early scenes doesn’t change hugely…