In Review: Son of a Gun

by Daniel Goodwin on 29/01/2015

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The Australian film industry has seen troubled times in recent years with low box-office numbers for its productions along with fewer international releases and some of the country’s new films bypassing theatres and debuting online. But all that might be about to change. With the recent success of The Babadook (2014) and the upcoming theatrical releases of Simon Pegg’s black comedy Kill Me Three Times and The Turning, an adaptation of renowned writer Tim Winton’s short stories, Australia’s film industry could be seeing something of a revival. In the week of Australia day, this year’s first film from down under to be released in the UK is Son Of A Gun: a gritty and riveting crime drama from director Julius Avery, here making his feature debut. [click to continue…]

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In Review: I’m Alright Jack (1959) on Blu-ray

by Ann Jackson 28 January 2015

I’m Alright Jack (1959) is a sequel to an earlier film from the Boulting twins named Privates Progress (1956). The inept Stanley Windrush staggers through humorous job try-outs in industry, expecting a cushy management role. He fails and is persuaded to take a blue collar job. Windrush is clearly being used by the company directors to […]

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In Review: Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)

by Chris Milton 27 January 2015

Rising levels of anti-semitism and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz means that the re-release this week of one of the finest films about the Holocaust, Louis Malle’s Au Revoir Les Enfants, is more than timely.

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In Review: Beyond Clueless

by Linsey Satterthwaite 22 January 2015

Teen films and their heroes have taken on many forms throughout the decades, ranging from James Dean’s moody rebel Jim Stark to Matthew Broderick’s joyful misfit Ferris. However in the 90s, a film emerged that would kickstart a new teenage revolution in Hollywood. The film was Clueless, a high school based reworking of Jane Austen’s […]

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Ex Machina and the evolution of AI

by Daniel Goodwin 21 January 2015

Since the birth of cinema, film-makers have endeavoured to bring their own distinctive vision of artificial intelligence to the big screen. From the phonograph voiced Alicia in L’Eve Futur (1896), Scarlett Johansson’s disembodied Samantha of the divisive Her (2013) to the mysterious android Ava of Alex Garland’s Ex Machina. Robots have played significant roles in the […]

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In Focus: Changing the discussion on diversity

by Maryann O'Connor 16 January 2015

To consider the narrow range of people and films nominated for the Academy and DGA awards this week, you would think that nothing at all had changed for women in the last century. The only categories in which women are guaranteed a nomination are Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, and you do get the impression […]

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In Review: Testament of Youth

by Daniel Goodwin 14 January 2015

Vera Brittain’s account of her traumatic youth during WWI is given the big screen treatment by documentary film-maker James Kent and Calendar Girls (2003) writer Juliette Towhidi. While their adaptation is meticulously detailed and produced with a rich authenticity, it is sporadically weak and oddly un-cinematic.

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In Review: Into the Woods

by Daniel Goodwin 7 January 2015

Where other post-Twilight and Harry Potter fairytale adaptations suppressed spark in favour of an icy emo ambience (Red Riding Hood 2011, Snow White and the Huntsman 2012, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters 2013), it is refreshing that Rob Marshall’s adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s stage production delivers an ideal blend of dark fantasy, sardonic humour and […]

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In Review: Exodus: Gods and Kings (3D)

by Maryann O'Connor 2 January 2015

Ridley Scott rides a chariot into the choking flames of disapproval with Exodus: Gods and Kings; a film about the prophet Moses. Moses (Christian Bale), he who was saved from a massacre of first-born sons, a talker to burning bushes, leaves his Egyptian palace upbringing to wander the desert and lead people from slavery to […]

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In Review: The Woman in Black: Angel of Death

by Daniel Goodwin 1 January 2015

After supernatural blunder The Quiet Ones (2014), Hammer return with a sequel to its 2012 adaptation of Susan Hill’s classic ghost story. Set during WW2, forty years after the original, The Woman in Black: Angel of Death follows school teacher Eve (Phoebe Fox) on her journey to the village of Crythin Gifford, alongside crotchety headmistress […]

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Nordic Film Festival 2014: Hotell (2013)

by Maryann O'Connor 29 December 2014

In this time of increased knowledge and acceptance of mental health problems, it still seems that very few film-makers are willing to tackle the affliction in a meaningful way. Conversely, writer and director of Hotell Lisa Langseth has exhibited no fear in telling this compelling story of pain and humour. Erika (Alicia Vikander, A Royal […]

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