5th Annual Rendez-vous with French Cinema 2014

by Maryann O'Connor 3 April 2014

This year’s Rendez-vous with French Cinema pays tribute to a legend of French Cinema, Alan Resnais, bringing a restored version of his 1959 New Wave classic Hiroshima mon amour (starring Emmanuelle Riva) and many other delights to a whole bunch of lovely cinemas in the UK between 23 and 30 April.

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In Review: Noah

by Martyn Conterio 31 March 2014

Darren Aronofsky’s last attempt to invoke a sense of spiritual and artistic grandeur resulted in The Fountain (2006). That film flopped but does have its admirers and, while not a cult film per se, there is a tendency to think of it as such. One dares to suggest that the same course is set for […]

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BFI Flare 2014: Review Roundup

by Maryann O'Connor 28 March 2014

BFI Flare 2014 (formerly the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival) continues apace with an inviting array of fresh narrative and compelling documentaries. Below are short reviews of Croc-A-Dyke Dundee, The Legend of Dawn O’Donnell; C.O.G.; Slovenian film Dual; Swiss film Rosie; documentary Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger and Test. BFI Flare […]

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In Review: White Dog (1982) on Blu-ray

by Martyn Conterio 27 March 2014

Hailed as a masterpiece by some, Sam Fuller’s drama, about a white German shepherd dog trained to attack black people, is the kind of picture rarely made by big Hollywood studios. It’s simply too controversial and real-life for the dream factory to handle. When execs either lose their marbles or bravely edge a bet, we […]

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In Interview: David France on How to Survive a Plague

by Maryann O'Connor 27 March 2014

How to Survive a Plague is a life-changing documentary, directed by David France, which follows NYC activists from the early 1980s onwards desperately campaigning for the HIV and AIDS crisis to be taken seriously by US politicians, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Pharmaceutical Companies and hospitals. Through pure perseverance and sweat, blood and oceans […]

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The bumps and bruises of Captain America: The Winter Soldier

by Daniel Goodwin 26 March 2014

The third solo avenger outing since the gang assembled two years ago finally arrives this week with Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Introducing more gritty, urban characteristics than Marvel’s recent flights of fancy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier incorporates conspiracy and espionage thriller elements into a story of double-crossing and subterfuge. The film’s directors and cast assembled […]

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The New Empress Video Blog: Alan Jones on Video Nasties

by Martyn Conterio 25 March 2014

In our very latest video blog legendary horror critic, writer and co-founder of Film4 FrightFest , Alan Jones, talks to New Empress about the days of the Video Nasties scare, which led to Video Recordings Act. Marc Morris and Jake West’s Video Nasties: Draconian Days will be released as part of a 3-disc box set […]

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BFI Flare 2014: G.B.F.

by Maryann O'Connor 25 March 2014

Oh, the talk about this film promised so much; prom queens fighting amongst themselves to obtain that ultimate accessory – an accessory decided upon arbitrarily by a magazine, of course – fashionable bag-loads of zingy one-liners and the required references to other high school films which have glided in slow-motion along the polished linoleum over […]

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In Review: Fire in the Blood on DVD

by Lauren Harrison 24 March 2014

Medicine. Monopoly. Malice. The three words that serve as the subtitle for Dylan Mohan Gray’s feature debut documenting the corruption and blatant immoral negligence over life-saving drugs for AIDS and HIV sufferers in the US and African countries.

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In Review: The Machine

by Maryann O'Connor 21 March 2014

China and ‘The West’ are embroiled in a cold war which can only be ended, military bosses say, by putting all their resources into producing an assassin who can infiltrate China. Tech expert Vincent (Toby Stephens) is running a programme to find or make this assassin for the MOD but finds that people at the […]

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In Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

by Martyn Conterio 20 March 2014

During the riveting second act of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a philosophical conundrum beefs up a bog standard superhero-in-peril plot and attempts to enrich the character and journey of Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and his roughhouse education in homeland political chicanery. The question ‘What is right?’ pecks our hero’s head good and proper.

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