Come and bleat with Shaun the Sheep!

by Maryann O'Connor 14 August 2014

If Shaun the Sheep has dropped off your radar since his showstopping turn in Wallace and Gromit adventure A Close Shave (1995), then you needn’t bother reading on… Aardman studios and StudioCanal are looking for Shaun’s biggest fans, so they can shower them with Shaun the Sheep film 2015 goodies and give Shaun’s ultimate fan their own model-based […]

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In Review: The Expendables 3

by Daniel Goodwin 12 August 2014

The cluster of renegade meat-heads return for a third, bullet-ridden, bomb ballet, this time with increased lampooning and minimal bloodshed. Stallone is back as lolloping, fed-aide Barney Ross with customary lugs Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Toll (Randy Couture), Gunner (Dolph Lundgren), Yin Yang (Jet Li) and too many others to list here.

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In Review: Welcome to New York

by Daniel Goodwin 8 August 2014

Always one to embrace the controversial, former enfant terrible Abel Ferrera is again nurturing the dastardly with a provocative exposé of a “fictional” French fat cat caught in the headlights of a sex assault scandal. The similarities between Welcome To New York and the real life incident involving IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was arrested […]

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In Review: God’s Pocket

by Daniel Goodwin 7 August 2014

One of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final films to grace our cinemas following his tragic death in February sees Hoffman play struggling husband Mickey Scarpato; a gambler and alcoholic fighting to fund his step-son’s funeral following the drug addled twenty-something’s suspicious death on a construction site.

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In Review: A Promise

by Maryann O'Connor 1 August 2014

A Promise, it is obvious, has grand ambitions to be a Birdsong-like all consuming wartime love affair. The first film in English by Patrice Leconte, it stars Rebecca Hall, Alan Rickman and Richard Madden in what feels like the the most unbelievable love triangle to ever appear on the big screen. In 1912, a lowly […]

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In Review: A Night at the Cinema in 1914

by Maryann O'Connor 1 August 2014

At a time when feature films were rare, short film was King [or Queen] and mainly focused on short documentary, news items and comedy. This selection from the BFI National Archive has 14 films to inform and amuse, curated by Bryony Dixon and accompanied by a lovely new score from composer and pianist Stephen Horne.

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In Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

by Daniel Goodwin 30 July 2014

In the wake of the post-Avengers solo sequels, the Guardians of the Galaxy have finally arrived. It is the final Marvel film before Avengers: Age Of Ultron but with little more than a cult-comic following, can its derivation be enough to garner new fans and sufficient box office returns? GOTG has been deemed ‘Marvel’s big […]

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In Review: Venus in Fur on DVD

by Ann Jackson 29 July 2014

Venus in Fur, co-written by Polanski and David Ives, is based on the popular play by Ives, who adapted the 1870 novel Venus in Furs by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch [which gave masochism its name].  The film features only two characters: Vanda, played by Emmanuelle Seigner – wife of Roman Polanski and his occasional star since […]

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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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