In Review: Riddles of the Sphinx (1977) on Blu-ray

by Daniel Goodwin 20 September 2013

Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen’s stunning, avant-garde examination of the role of women in 1970s Britain is equally mesmeric as it is complex; addressing a range of issues from female identity in a male dominated society to concerns about the state of inner-city childcare.

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In Review: Stories We Tell on DVD

by Ben Sheppard 19 September 2013

Sarah Polley, the former child prodigy, has only three director credits to her name, but already she has an extremely impressive catalogue of emotionally challenging but ultimately enjoyable films. 

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The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: King of New York (1990)

by Helen Cox 18 September 2013

23 years ago King of New York had its world premiere. Mark Searby revisits this often overlooked classic and discusses why it’s still worth pulling off the DVD shelf more than 20 years down the line.

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In Review: Sleepwalker (1984) on DVD

by Martyn Conterio 18 September 2013

Saxon Logan’s 1984 featurette, Sleepwalker, has been reissued and given a HD makeover by the BFI’s Flipside label. A peculiar mix of satire and horror film it is notable, too, for a screen appearance by director Bill Douglas (The Bill Douglas Trilogy, Comrades).

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In Review: The Call

by Daniel Goodwin 16 September 2013

For a director with a skill for evoking such dread and disorientation, it’s a shame Brad Anderson hasn’t made more of a name for himself.

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In Review: The Last American Virgin (1982) on Blu-ray

by Mark Searby 16 September 2013

Boys will be boys and that is exactly what The Last American Virgin (1982) is all about, plain and simple. Gary (Lawrence Monoson), Rick (Steve Antin) and David (Joe Rubbo) have been best mates throughout their high school years and now it’s time for their sexual awakenings.

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In Review: Plein Soleil (1960) Special Edition on DVD

by Maryann O'Connor 12 September 2013

It’s a regular boy-meets-ill-adjusted-member-of-society situation. Poor man (Alain Delon) befriends layabout heir (Maurice Ronet) in luxurious Italian boat holiday setting on the pretence of getting him back home to his disapproving dad

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Aussie Horror Flick Crawl To Premiere on Horror Channel

by Martyn Conterio 11 September 2013

FrightFest might be over for another year, but horror fans can still get their slice of the good stuff thanks to Horror Channel’s weekly output. Given New Empress loves its genre cinema a lot, we like to give readers the monthly lowdown on the UK premieres, special screenings and general awesomeness of Horror Channel. That […]

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In Review: White House Down

by Daniel Goodwin 10 September 2013

Roland Emmerich has repeatedly reduced our planet to rubble for two decades with films that are hard to appreciate due to the mixture of schmaltzy melodrama and soap box patriotism. In his latest, White House Down, there are some surprisingly tense moments amongst the “rousing” presidential speeches and action sequences.

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In Review: Thérèse Desqueyroux on Blu-ray

by Sam Inglis 9 September 2013

The last film by the late Claude Miller finds Audrey Tautou in strong but unexpected form.  We’re used to seeing her in more or less manic pixie dream girl roles in romantic comedies of varying quality, but here Tautou is hard-faced and reserved

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In Review: Insidious Chapter 2

by Daniel Goodwin 6 September 2013

We all know the average horror sequel is a far from dazzling affair. In most cases, they are flaccid retreads through clichéd terrain that fritter into the desensitized doldrums of memory.

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