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by Martyn Conterio 4 March 2014

A uniquely disturbing tale from the director of Stake Land, Jim Mickle brings a tense, heartbreaking and dramatic horror to life in this beautifully told tale of family, tradition and death. With breakout performances from Bill Sage (Boardwalk Empire) and newcomers Julia Garner (Martha Marcy May Marlene) and Ambyr Childers (The Master), We Are What […]

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In Review: The Book Thief

by Mairéad Roche 28 February 2014

 World War II stories are now a near genre in and of themselves in literature and cinema. However, with The Book Thief, director Brian Percival takes Michael Petroni’s adaptation of Markus Zusak’s original novel and allows for a fresher perspective on the war: that of ordinary German people living through the Nazi regime.

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In Review: Non-Stop

by Martyn Conterio 27 February 2014

Liam Neeson teaming up once again with Unknown director, Jaume Collet-Serra, might not appear to be such a swell idea (because Unknown was bloody terrible), but with Julianne Moore along for the ride, and the actor and his co-star sharing a sparky chemistry, Non-Stop earns its stripes as a fun night at the movies.

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In Review: Calvary

by Daniel Goodwin 27 February 2014

Judging by the stark poster featuring Brendan Gleeson in full priest attire on a desolate Irish beach, it was difficult to tell whether Calvary, the second film from The Guard (2011) director John Michael McDonagh, would feature any of his debut’s caustic humour.

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In Review: Girl Most Likely on DVD

by Maryann O'Connor 27 February 2014

Girl Most Likely is a very welcome example of a big name cast doing more than just spouting average lines and expecting us all to fall about in wonder. Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Matt Dillon and that shiny-toothed Glee boy Darren Criss combine their stacks of talent to produce a funny and sadly very realistic […]

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In Review: The Killers (1964) on Blu-ray

by Christina Newland 26 February 2014

Lee Marvin and his lackey, clad in sharp suits and dark sunglasses, stride into a home for the blind, where they proceed to take out a hit to which they’ve been mysteriously assigned. Before the film is through, a long line of people have been slugged in the face, dangled out a window, or nearly […]

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In Review: Serpico (1973) on Blu-ray

by Christina Newland 25 February 2014

Sidney Lumet was a director who successfully navigated the vast tide of change between Hollywood old and new, with stone-cold classics on either side of the generation gap. In the 1970s, he directed several of the most memorable films of the Hollywood New Wave, including Serpico (1973). It tells the true story of Frank Serpico […]

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News: Show Samsung What You Got

by Maryann O'Connor 24 February 2014

You may or may not have already heard the buzz about the Samsung Launching People initiative but we at New Empress Towers thought that it was still worth having a little shout about. Do you have a script sitting around you want to do something with? None other than Idris Elba is waiting to hear […]

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In Review: John Dies at the End on Blu-ray

by Sam Inglis 24 February 2014

A tongue-in-cheek flick with monsters, demons and alternate dimensions, John Dies at the End, based on the cult novel by David Wong and directed by Don Coscarelli, tells the story of how Dave (Chase Williamson) found his friend John (Rob Mayes) freaked out on drugs and how after accidentally taking some of the same narcotic […]

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In Review: A New York Winter’s Tale

by Mairéad Roche 21 February 2014

Known as a screenwriter, Akiva Goldsman’s (A Beautiful Mind 2001) directorial debut is his adaptation of Mark Helprin’s novel, A New York Winter’s Tale. The film is essentially an adult fairytale set in the titular New York linking characters and events in the specific years of 1916 and 2014.

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In Review: The Godfather: Part II (1974) re-released

by Mark Searby 21 February 2014

As argued over in parlours and drinking establishments [and one particular Wes Craven film] many, many times over, there are very few sequels that surpass the original but that’s exactly what Francis Ford Coppola did with The Godfather Part II.

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