In Review: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

by Maryann O'Connor 21 November 2013

Catching Fire is the second of the three Hunger Games novels and deals with the aftermath of that 74th Hunger Games, where Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) defied the authorities live on Hunger Games Terror TV, leaving the fragile hierarchy of Panem in an extremely precarious position.

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In Review: Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978) on Blu-ray

by Martyn Conterio 20 November 2013

Knee-jerk reactions to remakes are not a 21st century internet-stoked phenomenon. When news filtered out that Philip Kaufman was to ‘reimagine’ Don Siegel’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), based on a novel by Jack Finney, many thought he and his team were needlessly messing with a classic movie and no good would come of […]

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The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: Dale Lloyd on VHS Collecting

by Martyn Conterio 20 November 2013

Ahoy there, dear reader! In the very latest New Empress Magazine Video Blog, we talk to Viva VHS man Dale Lloyd about his life’s passion and what it’s like to be an old-school videotape collector in the digital age. For more video blogs check out the New Empress Youtube page here: NewEmpressMagazine

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In Review: Heaven’s Gate (1980) on Blu-ray

by Martyn Conterio 20 November 2013

For the briefest of briefest moments in Hollywood’s illustrious history, Michael Cimino seemed to vindicate a much-vaunted idea that the director truly was top of the creative movie-making pile and proper figurehead of the business. Having broken free of the old studio system, the previously reined-in team player working under the aegis and therefore restrictions […]

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French Film Festival UK 2013: Love is in the Air

by Mairéad Roche 19 November 2013

Meeting on a plane from New York to their mutually native Paris, artist Julie (Ludivine Sagnier) and lawyer Antoine (Nicolas Bedos) are seated next to each other for the seven hour flight home. The coincidence of their unexpectedly seeing each other again three years after their relationship ended frames this Romantic-Comedy.

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Film Africa 2013: Fuelling Poverty (2012)

by Ann Jackson 19 November 2013

This short film documents the corruption in the Oil Industry in Nigeria, corruption that envelops government and industry alike. Nigeria produces untold wealth yet is one of the world’s most impoverished nations. This film asks – where is the money going?

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In Review: The Family (2013)

by Daniel Goodwin 19 November 2013

It’s a shame De Niro is now more associated with low brow comedy than the high calibre crime classics that made him famous. With the exception of Limitless (2011) and Stone (2010) most of his output over the past decade has been a little below par. But when linking with the likes of Michelle Pfeiffer […]

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In Review: Gaslight (1940) on Blu-ray

by Maryann O'Connor 18 November 2013

The BFI have released Thorold Dickinson’s Gaslight (1940) as part of their season, Gothic: The Dark Heart of Film. Gaslight begins with a murder and the ransacking of an elderly lady’s house in Victorian Pimlico Square

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In Review: Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler (1922) on Blu-ray

by Mark Searby 18 November 2013

Spending four and a half hours watching a German silent film isn’t most people’s idea of a good time at the movies. However, Dr Mabuse The Gambler (English translation) comes from Fritz Lang, director of legendary silent film Metropolis, and so has a large claim on our curiosity and attention.

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French Film Festival UK 2013: The Other Son

by Sam Inglis 18 November 2013

Foreign language films often have new titles or non-literal translations for English language distribution but in this case it seems a more pressing issue than usual. Le Fils de L’Autres translates more accurately as The Other’s Son, a subtle difference, but a title that much better reflects what this film is about.

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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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