Win Riddick on Blu-ray

by Martyn Conterio 13 January 2014

Action superstar Vin Diesel returns as Riddick in one of Hollywood’s most anticipated sequels. From killer to most wanted, Riddick’s story continues in this high octane action packed adventure that will blast viewers into space in an exceptional addition to one of the hottest sci-fi franchises around.

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In Review: American Hustle

by Maryann O'Connor 9 January 2014

Now that American Hustle has been nominated for a poop-load of Baftas to go along with the Golden Globes and the inevitable Oscar nominations, it seems almost mandatory that we provide you with a review of this star-heavy Hollywood juggernaut from Silver Linings Playbook writer/director David O. Russell. American Hustle does seem to have a […]

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The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: Mark Kermode talks Silent Film

by Maryann O'Connor 7 January 2014

Silent film isn’t enjoying a renaissance, it never went away: Mark Kermode talks about this most stylish foundation rock of cinema in the past and present. Previous New Empress Magazine Video Blog goodies can be found ‘ere: NewEmpressMagazine

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In Review: Lust in the Dust (1985) on DVD

by Mark Searby 3 January 2014

Notoriously outrageous drag queen Divine stepped away from her working relationship with director John Waters in 1985 and teamed up with director Paul Bartel  to make this comedy western, talking its lead from Blazing Saddles but with added skirt-wearing bravado.

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In Review: What Maisie Knew on DVD

by Danielle Richardson 3 January 2014

If you were to rate this film Top Trumps-style, it’d probably be fairly heavy hitting; a Henry James adaptation featuring Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan and Alexander Skarsgard doesn’t sound like a bad thing to have in your pack. And yet…

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Win Insidious: Chapter 2 Goodies!

by Martyn Conterio 2 January 2014

Insidious: Chapter 2 is supernatural horror at its best. A nerve-shredding sequel to the box office smash hit Insidious. Renowned director James Wan and the Blumhouse family prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that scares should be a mixture of great characterisation and suspense. A modern day reimagining of vintage horror mixed with incredible […]

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In Review: La Belle et la Bête (1946)

by Ben Nicholson 2 January 2014

It may be a tale as old as time, but The Beauty and the Beast is now difficult to envision without animated images of an amorous candlestick or singing crockery springing to mind. Disney’s version of the fairy tale may be widely known to younger audiences, but Jean Cocteau’s La Belle et la Bête (1946) […]

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In Review: Peacock on DVD

by Daniel Goodwin 2 January 2014

It’s a shame that so many great films bypass cinemas and vanish straight into rental obscurity. Hopefully one day those worthy will be discovered and celebrated by a wider audience while lesser efforts perish for being so brain achingly dire. Considering the cast, it is initially surprising that Peacock has gone straight to DVD. Not […]

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In Review: Last Vegas

by Mark Searby 30 December 2013

The old saying “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” should mean that we don’t get any movies set under the neon lights of the USA’s gambling Mecca. But with the recent success of The Hangover films, it seems the populous city in the state of Nevada is the perfect place for a comedy film […]

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The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: Blooper Reel

by Maryann O'Connor 27 December 2013

To celebrate all the lovely video blog shizzle that we’ve been giving you this year – here is a selection of bloopers from Mark Searby, who is never even the tiniest bit afraid to look silly in the name of film worship…as it should be. To look back over our video blog action please do […]

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In Review: The Long Goodbye (1973) on Blu-ray

by Christina Newland 23 December 2013

British distributor Arrow Films have re-released Robert Altman’s revisionist noir, The Long Goodbye, on Blu-ray. Starring Elliot Gould as a PI by the name of Philip Marlowe, Gould picks up where Bogart left off in his portrayal of Chandler’s anti-hero. Updated to 1973, Marlowe wanders the streets of Malibu; a lonely figure set against the […]

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