UK Jewish Film Festival 2013: Review Roundup

by Maryann O'Connor 16 November 2013

The 17th UK Jewish Film Festival draws to close very soon so we thought you might like a little roundup of what we’ve been watching there this week. Features: Cupcakes, Besa: The Promise, Room 514 and The Dead and the Living.

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In Review: Streets Of Fire (1984) on Blu-ray

by Michael Ewins 15 November 2013

A long-standing cult favourite, Walter Hill’s Streets Of Fire is a formalist exercise in the language of movie cliché, a mélange of 1950s and 1980s aesthetics designed to fulfil the director’s boyhood dreams. “Kissing in the rain, neon, trains in the night”… Hill’s list, taken from the original 1984 press kit, lays down the blueprint […]

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Desert Island Films: Special Guest Linsey Satterthwaite

by Martyn Conterio 15 November 2013

Welcome/Bienvenue/Wilkommen to the latest edition of Desert Island Films. This week we have New Empress contributor Linsey Satterthwaite (Twitter handle @DisgraceKelly) stuck on an island in the middle of nowhere with a bunch of treasured films. For previous entries of Desert Island Films click here. But first read on, pilgrim.

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French Film Festival UK 2013: The Man Who Laughs (2012)

by Michael Ewins 15 November 2013

Handsomely crafted by writer/director Jean-Pierre Améris, whose last film was the Capra-esque confectionary comedy Romantics Anonymous (2010), this Victor Hugo adaptation about an adopted family of circus travellers is a unfortunately prosaic and dull fantasy.

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Competition: Win a copy of Dimensions on DVD

by Maryann O'Connor 14 November 2013

One of our most favourite films ever is now available to buy and on VOD, so to celebrate we are giving away a copy of the DVD to two lucky readers. We screened Dimensions at one of our film and quiz nights in 2011 where it got a great response. It has recently been on release […]

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In Review: Utopia

by Lauren Harrison 14 November 2013

In his previous feature, The War You Don’t See (2010), documentary filmmaker John Pilger examined the British media’s handling of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan: a film that was both bold and ambitious in highlighting the deceit of today’s global media. Similarly, ‘Utopia’ focuses on the injustice and cover-ups within Australia towards its Aboriginal […]

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Film Africa 2013: The Africa China Connection (2012)

by Ann Jackson 13 November 2013

This documentary looks at Africa from the East, rather than the West: showing us how Africans, and especially, Nigerians are finding a way to prosper, and in doing so, throwing off the imposed persona of charity case that the continent has long been saddled with.

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In Review: The Counselor

by Mairéad Roche 13 November 2013

Author and now screenwriter, Cormac McCarthy, best known for Blood Meridian, All The Pretty Horses, The Road and No Country for Old Men, works that present moral dilemmas often accompanied by perilous consequences, has joined forces with Ridley Scott and a cadre of top and highly photogenic talent for Tex-Mex drama, The Counselor.

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UK Jewish Film Festival 2013: The Last White Knight

by Maryann O'Connor 12 November 2013

The Last White Knight is a look back at Civil Rights Act era U.S.A. from a less obvious angle; that of a white Canadian Jewish boy, Paul Saltzman who was in the south to help members of the Indiana African-American community register to vote, and who was punched in the head by a member of […]

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In Review: Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922) on Blu-ray

by Andrew Latimer 12 November 2013

Slowly lurching towards its centenary, F.W. Murnau’s recently restored spectral vampire picture has been re-released by Masters of Cinema on Blu-ray.

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French Film Festival UK 2013: Apaches (2013)

by Sam Inglis 12 November 2013

Apaches has something to say.  It’s a contemporary look at a marginal community; low paid young workers in Corsica, the ways that a minority of them seek to supplement their income and how this affects their lives and their friendships. 

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