In Review

In Review: Finding Vivian Maier

by Maryann O'Connor 24 July 2014

John Maloof won a box of negatives at auction in the U.S., not knowing how the contents of that box would change his life. He discovered that the negatives were brilliantly shot photographs taken by someone called Vivian Maier and was surprised to find that she worked as a nanny. There begins John’s journey to […]

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In Review: Earth to Echo

by Daniel Goodwin 24 July 2014

Despite at first appearing to be a schmaltzy Wall-E rip off [judging by the poster],  Earth to Echo is in fact a surprisingly pleasing homage to 80s family sci-fi. Cementing itself into modern times with its use of multimedia-inspired visuals as storytelling devices, the film also merges narrative aspects of The Goonies (1985) and ET (1982) […]

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In Review: The Essential Jacques Tati Collection on Blu-ray

by Ben Nicholson 22 July 2014

It is lamentable that the intricately choreographed joy of Jacques Tati’s cinematic directorial career only extended for a total of six features and a handful of shorts. It is equally unfortunate that many modern audience members are as likely to have heard of his onscreen persona, M. Hulot, than the towering genius behind him. In […]

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In Review: Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

by Daniel Goodwin 18 July 2014

We all know Hollywood as a land of scandals and secrets but first-time director Mike Myers does his best to unearth a few via superstar manager Shep Gordon. An industry bigwig and “ethical hedonist” with unprecedented insights into A-list lives, who is also partial to a bit of sex and substance abuse. In his day, […]

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In Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

by Daniel Goodwin 17 July 2014

After directing the awesome Cloverfield (2008) and proving you can remake a horror masterpiece and do a decent job with Let Me In (2010), director Matt Reeves has been handed the reins to the recently rebooted Planet of the Apes franchise. Following the Rupert Wyatt-directed Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Reeves delivers […]

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Transporter and NEFA put historic film footage at your fingertips

by Helen Cox 16 July 2014

Historic film footage of bridges, industries and rivers in the Middlesbrough area is being made more accessible to the public as part of link-up between the North East Film Archive and the £2.6m Heritage Lottery Fund supported Tees Transporter Bridge Visitor Experience Project.

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EIFF 2014: The Green Inferno

by Lauren Harrison 10 July 2014

Right from the opening sequence, the tone is set for Eli Roth’s latest gorefest: Cannibals, voodoo, a remote island and an overwhelming sense of “what the frick is going to happen?”. The Green Inferno follows the formulaic patter of Cabin Fever and the Hostel series in that a group of teens find themselves in hostility, within an otherwise idyllic location. […]

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In Review: Boyhood

by Daniel Goodwin 8 July 2014

Few films have successfully charted a child’s journey into adolescence or captured the magic of what it feels like to be young without over-romanticizing the journey. Hirokazu Koreeda’s Like Father, Like Son (2013) was a recent, stunning but cold portrayal of fractured families while Lukas Moodysson’s We Are The Best (2013) captured renegade youth at […]

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In Review: Keeping Rosy

by Maryann O'Connor 4 July 2014

Keeping Rosy is a clever British thriller which uses commonly held assumptions to shock and enthrall us.

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In Review: Transformers: Age of Extinction

by Daniel Goodwin 3 July 2014

It’s been three years since Transformers: Dark of the Moon haunted our cinemas and all hope for a decent further sequel swiftly passed. But following the announcement of series regular Shia LaBeouf’s departure from this fourth entry, along with Michael Bay’s promise of no more goofiness, a slight wisp of hope was reignited.

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In Review: Stalingrad (2013) on Blu-ray

by Mark Searby 27 June 2014

Director Fedor Bondarchuk brings Russia’s first ever 3D film release to the screen in the form of a true life account of Stalingrad: the most brutal battle of World War II.

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