In Review: Stations of the Cross

by Maryann O'Connor on 28/11/2014

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Stations of the Cross is a film about a girl called Maria (Lea van Acken) who decides to devote her existence entirely to God, in order to heal her brother. This latin-laden, mostly German language exploration of religion, extremism, teenage life and overly prescriptive parenting is an ungodly affair despite the innumerable mentions of the deity him/herself in the 105 minute runtime. [click to continue…]

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In Review: Horrible Bosses 2

by Daniel Goodwin 27 November 2014

Many comedy sequels have wilted in the shadows of their predecessors, failing to recreate the magic that made the first ones so successful. With the exception of 22 Jump Street (2014), Clerks 2 (2006) and A Shot in the Dark (1964) there are few that triumph. Seth Gordon’s Horrible Bosses (2011) was far from a […]

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Nordic Film Festival 2014: Review round-up

by Mairéad Roche 26 November 2014

The extremely enjoyable Nordic Film Festival is about to hit the UK for another year, taking in London, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle between November 26 and December 22. The festival opens in London with director Iram Haq’s I Am Yours (2013) at Hackney Picturehouse and closes with Hotel (2013) on December 7, also at Hackney Picturehouse. […]

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In Review: Ida on DVD

by Linsey Satterthwaite 21 November 2014

Some films come along with a bombastic nature, throwing themselves in your face with a multitude of bells and whistles. Then there are others that arrive with a quiet dignity, one that you discover for yourself. Ida is such a film, a haunting drama of dark secrets and family tragedy. It is 1962 and Anna (Agata […]

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In Review: What We Do in the Shadows

by Daniel Goodwin 20 November 2014

Mockumentaries are fascinating film experiments yet prove more triumphant as either horrors or comedies. From the directorial work of Christopher Guest, This Is Spinal Tap (1984), Zelig (1983) to Borat (2006) and found-footage frighteners including Cannibal Holocaust (1980), fusing faux realism with these genres is known to toy more effectively with our interpretation of them. […]

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The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: Eyes Without a Face (1960)

by Maryann O'Connor 14 November 2014

Mark Searby takes a look at the 1960 Italian-French horror Les Yeux Sans Visage (Eyes Without a Face). More New Empress Magazine Video Blogs 

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In Review: The Drop

by Daniel Goodwin 13 November 2014

After portraying an array of characters from the likes of Bane to Welsh architect Locke, Tom Hardy returns to the familiar stomping ground of the urban gangster flick while demonstrating even further range as a dim-witted barman caught in the shifty debacles of a local crime syndicate.

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In Focus: When the Wind Blows (1986)

by Maryann O'Connor 12 November 2014

In honour of the New Empress Magazine Adaptations Special, here is a discussion of an adaptation which holds a special place in my heart and mind; Raymond Briggs’ When the Wind Blows. There were plenty of films that scared me as a youngster; like many, I wailed over Hazel being stalked by the black rabbit in Watership Down […]

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In Review: The Skeleton Twins

by Maryann O'Connor 7 November 2014

Twins Maggie and Milo (Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader) are brought back together after ten years apart, crashing in on each other’s own particular brand of cobbled-together existence, suddenly forcing them to take a long hard squint at themselves.

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In Review: The Single Moms Club on DVD

by Maryann O'Connor 6 November 2014

Tyler Perry has a reputation for producing films known for crass humour and celebration or revelation in despair. The Single Moms Club contains neither of those defining aspects. Five different women (Wendi McLendon-Covey, Nia Long, Amy Smart, Zulay Henao, Cocoa Brown) are thrust into an unexpected alliance as a result of their respective children being […]

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An Interstellar Press Conference

by Daniel Goodwin 5 November 2014

Christopher Nolan’s latest work of wonder Interstellar opens in cinemas this week. Despite a clunky final third it’s a visually astounding and riveting sci-fi blockbuster with a strong, emotional core that will hopefully pave the way for more intelligent mainstream movies based on original concepts. New Empress attended a press conference with the director and […]

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