In Review: The Woman in Black: Angel of Death

by Daniel Goodwin 1 January 2015

After supernatural blunder The Quiet Ones (2014), Hammer return with a sequel to its 2012 adaptation of Susan Hill’s classic ghost story. Set during WW2, forty years after the original, The Woman in Black: Angel of Death follows school teacher Eve (Phoebe Fox) on her journey to the village of Crythin Gifford, alongside crotchety headmistress […]

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Nordic Film Festival 2014: Hotell (2013)

by Maryann O'Connor 29 December 2014

In this time of increased knowledge and acceptance of mental health problems, it still seems that very few film-makers are willing to tackle the affliction in a meaningful way. Conversely, writer and director of Hotell Lisa Langseth has exhibited no fear in telling this compelling story of pain and humour. Erika (Alicia Vikander, A Royal […]

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The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: Jaws (3D)

by Helen Cox 24 December 2014

Editor in Chief Helen Cox takes a bite out of the worst movie in the Jaws franchise for the last New Empress Magazine Video Blog. Merry Christmas folks! Other New Empress Magazine Video Blogs

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In Review: Dumb and Dumber To

by Daniel Goodwin 17 December 2014

Twenty years is a long time to wait for a film’s first sequel, especially when there was no great yearning for one in the first place. Even though Dumb and Dumber To is far from fine art, for those with low expectations and a love for the anarchic there is still plenty of fun to […]

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The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: The Polar Express (2004)

by Mark Searby 11 December 2014

The Polar Express is ten years old and being re-released again this festive season.. Mark Searby discovers why the film has grown in stature since its chilly reception in 2004. More New Empress Magazine Video Blogs

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In Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

by Daniel Goodwin 10 December 2014

Peter Jackson’s epic foray into Middle-earth finally ends with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies after six films, and thirteen years of exhilarating adventures. The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit adaptations have made an undeniable impact on mainstream cinema, revitalising the fantasy genre with their groundbreaking effects and finely crafted storytelling

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The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: The Grandmaster

by Mark Searby 4 December 2014

Ahead of The Grandmaster’s theatrical release, Mark Searby looks at why Wong Kar-Wai’s movie took so long to arrive on the big screen and even longer to finally appear in the UK. More New Empress Mag Video Blog goodness

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In Review: The Grandmaster

by Daniel Goodwin 3 December 2014

After seeing the legendary Wing Chung teacher portrayed by Donnie Yen in Wilson Yip’s excellent Ip Man (2008) and Ip Man 2 (2010), renowned director Wong Kar Wai delivers a lush and elegant interpretation of an earlier era in the martial artist’s life.

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In Review: Stations of the Cross

by Maryann O'Connor 28 November 2014

Stations of the Cross is a film about a girl called Maria (Lea van Acken) who decides to devote her existence entirely to God, in order to heal her brother. This latin-laden, mostly German language exploration of religion, extremism, teenage life and overly prescriptive parenting is an ungodly affair despite the innumerable mentions of the deity him/herself […]

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In Review: Horrible Bosses 2

by Daniel Goodwin 27 November 2014

Many comedy sequels have wilted in the shadows of their predecessors, failing to recreate the magic that made the first ones so successful. With the exception of 22 Jump Street (2014), Clerks 2 (2006) and A Shot in the Dark (1964) there are few that triumph. Seth Gordon’s Horrible Bosses (2011) was far from a […]

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Nordic Film Festival 2014: Review round-up

by Mairéad Roche 26 November 2014

The extremely enjoyable Nordic Film Festival is about to hit the UK for another year, taking in London, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle between November 26 and December 22. The festival opens in London with director Iram Haq’s I Am Yours (2013) at Hackney Picturehouse and closes with Hotel (2013) on December 7, also at Hackney Picturehouse. […]

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