In Focus: Changing the discussion on diversity

by Maryann O'Connor 16 January 2015

To consider the narrow range of people and films nominated for the Academy and DGA awards this week, you would think that nothing at all had changed for women in the last century. The only categories in which women are guaranteed a nomination are Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, and you do get the impression […]

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In Review: Testament of Youth

by Daniel Goodwin 14 January 2015

Vera Brittain’s account of her traumatic youth during WWI is given the big screen treatment by documentary film-maker James Kent and Calendar Girls (2003) writer Juliette Towhidi. While their adaptation is meticulously detailed and produced with a rich authenticity, it is sporadically weak and oddly un-cinematic.

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In Review: Into the Woods

by Daniel Goodwin 7 January 2015

Where other post-Twilight and Harry Potter fairytale adaptations suppressed spark in favour of an icy emo ambience (Red Riding Hood 2011, Snow White and the Huntsman 2012, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters 2013), it is refreshing that Rob Marshall’s adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s stage production delivers an ideal blend of dark fantasy, sardonic humour and […]

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In Review: Exodus: Gods and Kings (3D)

by Maryann O'Connor 2 January 2015

Ridley Scott rides a chariot into the choking flames of disapproval with Exodus: Gods and Kings; a film about the prophet Moses. Moses (Christian Bale), he who was saved from a massacre of first-born sons, a talker to burning bushes, leaves his Egyptian palace upbringing to wander the desert and lead people from slavery to […]

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In Review: The Woman in Black: Angel of Death

by Daniel Goodwin 1 January 2015

After supernatural blunder The Quiet Ones (2014), Hammer return with a sequel to its 2012 adaptation of Susan Hill’s classic ghost story. Set during WW2, forty years after the original, The Woman in Black: Angel of Death follows school teacher Eve (Phoebe Fox) on her journey to the village of Crythin Gifford, alongside crotchety headmistress […]

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Nordic Film Festival 2014: Hotell (2013)

by Maryann O'Connor 29 December 2014

In this time of increased knowledge and acceptance of mental health problems, it still seems that very few film-makers are willing to tackle the affliction in a meaningful way. Conversely, writer and director of Hotell Lisa Langseth has exhibited no fear in telling this compelling story of pain and humour. Erika (Alicia Vikander, A Royal […]

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The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: Jaws (3D)

by Helen Cox 24 December 2014

Editor in Chief Helen Cox takes a bite out of the worst movie in the Jaws franchise for the last New Empress Magazine Video Blog. Merry Christmas folks! Other New Empress Magazine Video Blogs

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In Review: Dumb and Dumber To

by Daniel Goodwin 17 December 2014

Twenty years is a long time to wait for a film’s first sequel, especially when there was no great yearning for one in the first place. Even though Dumb and Dumber To is far from fine art, for those with low expectations and a love for the anarchic there is still plenty of fun to […]

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The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: The Polar Express (2004)

by Mark Searby 11 December 2014

The Polar Express is ten years old and being re-released again this festive season.. Mark Searby discovers why the film has grown in stature since its chilly reception in 2004. More New Empress Magazine Video Blogs

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In Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

by Daniel Goodwin 10 December 2014

Peter Jackson’s epic foray into Middle-earth finally ends with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies after six films, and thirteen years of exhilarating adventures. The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit adaptations have made an undeniable impact on mainstream cinema, revitalising the fantasy genre with their groundbreaking effects and finely crafted storytelling

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The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: The Grandmaster

by Mark Searby 4 December 2014

Ahead of The Grandmaster’s theatrical release, Mark Searby looks at why Wong Kar-Wai’s movie took so long to arrive on the big screen and even longer to finally appear in the UK. More New Empress Mag Video Blog goodness

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