New Empress Magazine Video Blog: Animal Farm (1954)

by Maryann O'Connor 23 October 2014

Mark Searby takes a look at Animal Farm, the film adapted from George Orwell’s wave making book by Europe’s groundbreaking animation studio Halas and Batchelor in 1954. More New Empress Magazine Video blog action

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In Review: Fury

by Daniel Goodwin 22 October 2014

Anyone approaching Fury expecting an Oscar-worthy war drama may end up disappointed, but those partial to the odd barnstormer might be pleasantly surprised. Fury is an entertaining and boisterous battle flick that struggles to tug the heart strings but scores with superbly crafted action, enjoyable comic characters and salty camaraderie.

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In Review: Two Days, One Night on DVD

by Ann Jackson 21 October 2014

Two Days, One Night is co-written and directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, who cite the Peugeot employment case as their inspiration for the film. Marion Cotillard is Sandra, a Belgian wife and mother who is suffering from depression. She is due to go back to work the next week when she is faced with being […]

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BFI London Film Festival 2014: Roundup

by Maryann O'Connor 17 October 2014

Here’s a selection of reviews from the excellent range at the BFI London Film Festival this year; Kelly and Cal, Tokyo Tribe, Shrew’s Nest, The New Girlfriend and Night Bus…

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BFI London Film Festival 2014: The Immortalists

by Maryann O'Connor 16 October 2014

The Immortalists is a documentary about two scientists determined to reverse the aging process. So far, so uncontroversial. But their research goes beyond the latest skin brightener, curing Alzheimers or strengthening aging limbs – they seek to reverse aging in its entirety at the cellular level, potentially making us immortal.

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BFI London Film Festival 2014: Mommy

by Maryann O'Connor 16 October 2014

French Canadian director Xavier Dolan (Tom at the Farm, 2013) likes to delve into difficult scenarios and Mommy most definitely contains a difficult scenario or two. Set in the very near future in Canada, Diane (Die) played by Anne Dorval, is struggling to make ends meet and keep her son Steve (Antoine-Olivier Pilon), who has ADHD, […]

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BFI London Film Festival 2014: Monsters: Dark Continent

by Daniel Goodwin 14 October 2014

Gareth Edward’s Monsters (2010) was an evocative delve into a beast-ravaged land, focusing mainly on a young couple and their evolving relationship while the magnificent creatures lurked in the background. The overall effect was rather striking and this sequel takes a similar approach but is massively hindered by a badly paced, skeletal plot and appalling […]

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In Review: The Maze Runner

by Daniel Goodwin 10 October 2014

Dystopian teens in peril continue to transfer their literary success to the big screen with this hyperbolic adaptation of the best-selling novel by James Dashner. Following the tepid Divergent (2013), director Wes Ball’s The Maze Runner is an adolescent sci-fi of a similar mould. Despite being loaded with action, B-movie staples and an intriguing central […]

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In Review: The Calling (2014)

by Maryann O'Connor 9 October 2014

Susan Sarandon is tough, liquor-swilling small town cop Hazel Micallef, who faces the challenge of her life when it comes to light that a serial killer with a difference is plaguing their usually mild-mannered [and snow covered] environs. In usual small town tough cop style, her health problems and issues with senior management threaten to […]

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BFI London Film Festival 2014: ’71

by Daniel Goodwin 9 October 2014

Despite sensationalising events in Northern Ireland at that time, director Yann Demange’s ’71 remains an uncompromisingly tense and breathtaking thriller; blending unsettling, heart-pounding suspense with exhilarating action. Demange conveys an electrifying energy and genre synergy, fusing the traits of Ken Loach, John Carpenter and Gareth Evans with thrilling results, while merging mainstream sub-genre elements and […]

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BFI London Film Festival 2014 Opening Night: The Imitation Game

by Maryann O'Connor 8 October 2014

Geek is chic and gay marriage is now a reality so it was only a matter of time before this high profile Cumberbatch-ed, unlikely war hero film arrived to supplement Derek Jacobi’s TV portrayal of Alan Turing (Breaking the Code, 1996). The Imitation Game celebrates mathematician Turing’s contribution to ending WWII early but also focuses […]

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