In Review: The Decent One on DVD

by Tony Griffiths 16 April 2015

Coming to DVD just over a week after its limited cinema release, The Decent One is in many ways even better suited to the small screen. This unsettling documentary – a portrait of SS commandant Heinrich Himmler created from previously unreleased letters and telegrams – is an intimate, insidious journey into the horrors of the […]

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In Review: Still Life (2013) on DVD

by Maryann O'Connor 14 April 2015

The gem-like Eddie Marsan plays John May, a council funeral officer in London who gives his all in trying to afford the somewhat forgotten and now deceased members of society a semblance of dignity. His life and crusade come to a head when the man who lived opposite him becomes a client and May determines to ensure […]

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In Review: Blind

by Maryann O'Connor 10 April 2015

Ingrid’s (Ellen Dorrit Petersen) rich inner life, her devotion to holding on to every last memory afforded her by her ultimately treacherous eyes is the basis of a massively thought-provoking film, Eskil Vogt’s Blind. 

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In Review: John Wick

by Tony Griffiths 8 April 2015

If you find the action genre circa 1980s and 90s to be a tiresome platform for mindless violence and cheesy dialogue then please do disregard revenge flick John Wick – there’s nothing to see here. However, if you think the likes of Tango and Cash (1989) and Point Break (1991) are under-appreciated masterpieces, bursting at […]

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In Review: The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014)

by Daniel Goodwin 7 April 2015

What with modern slasher films becoming increasingly more meta and self-referential, film-makers have reached the point where adopting this post ironic stance, by reminding audiences of the clichés that defined the sub-genre, is also becoming a cliché. Technically, The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014) is not a remake but an incongruous hybrid sequel that uses the original […]

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In Interview: Vanessa Lapa, Director of The Decent One

by Chris Milton 2 April 2015

The Decent One, which won the best Israeli Documentary award at last summer’s Jerusalem Film Festival, is a portrait of Heinrich Himmler from his youth to shortly before his death, using only photographs and archival footage and excerpts read out from diaries, letters, memoranda and diktats. New Empress spoke to its director, Vanessa Lapa.

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In Review: Fast & Furious 7

by Daniel Goodwin 2 April 2015

For a series that started with a mid-budget street race flick, the Fast & Furious franchise has grown into an absurd phenomenon. The 2001 original was inspired by a magazine article and took its title from a 1955 Roger Corman B movie yet was successful enough to warrant a follow up (2 Fast 2 Furious) in […]

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In Review: The Decent One

by Chris Milton 1 April 2015

It is arguable that Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS, and chief architect of the Holocaust, was history’s worst mass murderer. The Decent One is a bio-documentary of Himmler, told through excerpts, read out by actors, from his diaries, letters between him and his wife Margarete (and later his mistress, Hedwige), his daughter Gudrun’s letters […]

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In Review: The Dark Horse (2014)

by Tony Griffiths 31 March 2015

Ask for a recommendation from the vaults of New Zealand cinema and chances are that the response will centre on a certain fantasy trilogy. New Zealand cinema may not be known for prolific output, but, if there is any justice, its elite fellowship of favourites will soon be joined by The Dark Horse. Set on […]

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In Review: Robot Overlords

by Maryann O'Connor 27 March 2015

Fans of robots and of British Sci-Finery must gather in cinemas to behold the glory of Robot Overlords! In a slightly obvious but great tribute to the teen adventure films of old, kids who have been suffering under the oppressive rule of an Earth-invading robot ruling class find a way to leave their homes and […]

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In Review: Cinderella (2015)

by Daniel Goodwin 26 March 2015

Inspired by European folk origins and the Grimm Brothers tale, film adaptations of Cinderella have not been in scarce supply over the years; the 1950 Disney animation joined by an onslaught of TV movies and spin offs including Ever After (1998) and A Cinderella Story (2004). Now Kenneth Branagh delivers his version of the story while planted firmly in […]

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