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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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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