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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The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

by Maryann O'Connor 11 November 2013

Yes folks, we’re celebrating the release of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 on Blu-ray with a look back at the original release. The buzz is back… For more video blogs check out the New Empress Youtube page here: NewEmpressMagazine

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French Film Festival UK 2013: Tonnerre

by Michael Ewins 11 November 2013

Struggling musician Maxime (Vincent Macaigne) returns to a cold winter in his hometown of Tonnerre in writer/director Guillaume Brac’s evocative and engaging debut, whose grainy visual texture, off-the-cuff naturalism and unpredictable plotting make it feel like a lost Maurice Pialat classic.

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French Film Festival UK 2013: A Lady in Paris

by Ann Jackson 11 November 2013

Anne (Laine Mägi) is living a bleak life in Estonia as a carer, but after the death of her mother suddenly begins an adventure of sorts.

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French Film Festival UK 2013: Paulette

by Michael Ewins 9 November 2013

Starring New Wave legend Bernadette Lafont [Le beau Serge (1958) La maman et la putain(1973)] in her last leading role, Paulette is an uproariously non-PC baking-and-drugs farce from director Jérôme Enrico, and if that hasn’t sold you, what will?

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UK Jewish Film Festival 2013: The Zigzag Kid

by Mark Searby 9 November 2013

Two days before his Bar Mitzvah, Nono (Thomas Simon) is sent away to stay with his uncle, who is supposed to put him back on the right track, however during the train journey he discovers a note that leads to an unexpected puzzle. With master burglar Felix Glick (Burghart Klaubner) as his sidekick, Nono sets […]

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) on Blu-ray

by Martyn Conterio 8 November 2013

Leatherface, chainsaw enthusiast and brick shithouse who sports a homemade variety of dead skin masks to suit any given occasion has become one of horror cinema’s enduring icons and one of its most abused. His debut was hugely memorable, a star being well and truly born, but then it went downhill fast with the sequels […]

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French Film Festival UK 2013: Tenderness

by Maryann O'Connor 8 November 2013

A mother (Marilyne Canto) wakes up to the disturbing news that her ski-instructor son (Adrien Jolivet) had an accident in the snowy Alps, an accident that she had clearly been worrying about for some time. The accident and a combined unwillingness to help from the various insurance companies means that she and her ex-husband (Olivier […]

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UK Jewish Film Festival 2013: Big Bad Wolves

by Daniel Goodwin 7 November 2013

Hinging on the distasteful in its melding of child murder horror with humour, Big Bad Wolves is an Israeli serial killer comedy that skilfully manipulates genre traits with mixed results.  

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In Review: Gravity (3D)

by Mairéad Roche 6 November 2013

It is a common theory that for humans to really appreciate being alive, it’s good to have a certain level of adversity for them to overcome. In director Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, co-written with his son Jonás Cuarón, the challenges facing Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) are quite frankly, astronomical.

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In Review: Dom Hemingway

by Daniel Goodwin 6 November 2013

Following the success of Lock, Stock… (1998) and Snatch (2000) many cockney crime films have strayed into clichéd terrain in terms of dialogue, setting and plot. Creating fresh variations while retaining the themes that define them can be difficult, but

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