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 entitled […]

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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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BFI Flare 2014: London LGBT Film Festival Preview

by Maryann O'Connor 20 March 2014

Today marks the beginning of eleven days of the most inclusive film programming you could hope to find on the riverside of this fair city, BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival. Tonight sees the European premiere of Lilting; a study of communication and grief by director Hong Khaou with cinematography by Sundance award winning Ula […]

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In Review: Wake In Fright (1971) on Blu-ray

by Martyn Conterio 19 March 2014

Depicting Australian machismo, mateship and the rough-and-tumble etiquette of an outback mining town as an almost Kafkaesque fable, Wake in Fright deserves the accolade ‘masterpiece’ – an over-used term for sure, but without a doubt totally justified, here.

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In Review: Empire State (2013) on DVD

by Daniel Goodwin 18 March 2014

Following recent turns in The Expendables 2 (2012) and The Hunger Games films, Liam Hemsworth (brother of Thor) slinks into DTV fair playing dim-wit wannabe cop turned security guard Chris Potamitis in this flat and lacklustre action drama.

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