In Review: Mad Max: Fury Road

by Daniel Goodwin 17 May 2015

After thirty years of dormancy, production delays and cast altercations, Mad Max finally returns to our screens with original Writer-Director George Miller and Tom Hardy replacing Mel Gibson as leather-clad loner Max Rockatansky. Miller’s third sequel is an irrepressible whirlwind of action, energy and weaponised excitement.

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In Review: Spooks: The Greater Good

by Daniel Goodwin 10 May 2015

In our post-Tinker Taylor age with new Mission Impossible, Bond and revived Bourne vehicles on the horizon, the British spy series Spooks makes its cinematic debut as forerunner to the big guns. The plot unfurls with familiar genre trends, opening in London with a 007 style pre-credits sequence as a biker gang attempt to free a […]

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In Review: Big Game (2014)

by Daniel Goodwin 7 May 2015

Finnish director Jalmari Helander delivers his first English language film, Big Game: an unintentionally zany mélange of fantastical action and family drama. After his intriguing punk-festive debut Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) Helander stumbles with this barnstorming follow up, which strives to be mainstream but loses sight of its promising concept.

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In Review: Rigor Mortis (Geung Si) (2013)

by Maryann O'Connor 30 April 2015

Rigor Mortis, a horror homage set in a sort of apocalyptic urban wasteland, puzzles laboriously, wrong-foots and confounds but still somehow manages to charm. Fallen from grace star (Siu-Ho Chin) moves into a desolate Hong Kong apartment block having split from his wife and son; he is in a fragile state of mind but soon realises […]

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Free Film Festivals: Coming to a town near you?

by Maryann O'Connor 24 April 2015

From the small acorn of the South East London Film Club in East Dulwich has sprouted a movement of free cinema for all. The Free Film Festivals are currently seven in number, six in London and one in Somerset. The New Cross and Deptford Free Film Festival kicks off today (24 April – 03 May) […]

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Press Conference: Avengers: Age of Ultron

by Daniel Goodwin 24 April 2015

After three years of mounting anticipation and a trio of solo film outings, the Avengers have finally reassembled, this time to battle a psychotic AI and its mad, mechanical fighting force. As the world’s mightiest superheroes learn more about each other and lives come under threat from maniacal androids, their feelings threaten to change and […]

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In Review: The Falling

by Chris Milton 23 April 2015

The Falling is the story of an outbreak of fainting and falling at a girl’s school in the late 1960s. It begins by sketching the friendship of the beautiful and charismatic Abbie (Florence Pugh) and the clever, intense, but possibly disturbed Lydia (Maisie Williams), who lives with her agoraphobic, home-hairdresser Mother, played by Maxine Peake […]

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In Review: The Offence (1972) on DVD

by Daniel Goodwin 21 April 2015

Sidney Lumet’s The Offence (1972) finally gets a release from Eureka this month as part of their Masters Of Cinema series. This bleak, Berkshire set thriller, based on the 1968 play The Story Of Yours by John Hopkins, boasts a terrifying lead performance from Sean Connery as a tormented police detective hunting down a child […]

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In Review: The Salvation

by Daniel Goodwin 17 April 2015

There is something bleak and romantic about classic westerns that has continued to resonate with audiences over the years. Despite their main characteristics being defined by a solitary setting and age, they retain a timeless quality through their human themes of longing, loneliness and regret.  As time passes, and technology advances, the genre seems more […]

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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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