BFI Flare 2015 Opening Night Gala: I Am Michael

by Maryann O'Connor 19 March 2015

Justin Kelly’s I Am Michael is somewhat of a rarity in the world of LGBT film, in that it charts a man’s ten year descent from knowledge and love to denial, hate and heartbreak. Michael (James Franco) is a writer and trailblazing activist in the year 2000 along with boyfriend Bennett (Zachary Quinto), rejecting narrow […]

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In Review: The Tale of The Princess Kaguya

by Daniel Goodwin 18 March 2015

Last year when Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement and the company’s downsizing, there were sighs of sadness from critics and fans all over the world. Opting to once again work with freelance animators (how it originally ran), instead of in-house staff, Studio Ghibli has now delivered its latest fantastical foray.

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In Review: The Supreme Price

by Maryann O'Connor 17 March 2015

The Supreme Price focuses on two themes, the treatment of women in Nigeria and the seemingly endemic corruption which has blighted the country for decades, showing how these two subjects are intricately linked. No sooner had Nigeria loosened the bonds of colonial rule when the military took over and the country suffered an endless round […]

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In Review: Run All Night

by Daniel Goodwin 13 March 2015

Following mediocre, amnesia mystery Unknown (2011) and the slightly punchier Non-Stop (2014), director Jaume Collet-Serra and Liam Neeson reunite for an action thriller about ageing, rival mobsters and their fractured families. Neeson plays Jimmy Conlon: a washed up gangster wrecked by sin, booze and regret after years of wrongdoing.

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In Review: Suite Française

by Tony Griffiths 12 March 2015

There’s an extraordinary, touching story at the heart of sweeping period romance Suite Française. It’s just not the one that plays out onscreen. For those unacquainted with the novel of the same name, Suite Française begins with Nazi Germany’s occupation of France in World War Two. A platoon of German soldiers arrive at a small, […]

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In Preview: BFI Flare 2015

by Maryann O'Connor 11 March 2015

As usual it’s a glorious action-packed schedule at BFI Flare (19th-29th March, London) helpfully divided into three sections; documentaries sit side by side with a starry James Franco and Zachary Quinto effort, Rocky Horror on at the IMAX and a party celebrating Warrior Women because it’s the 20th anniversary of Xena Warrior Princess’ arrival on […]

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In Review: Dreamcatcher (2015)

by Daniel Goodwin 6 March 2015

Renowned director Kim Longinotto has been making documentaries for nearly four decades now. From her debut Pride Of Place in 1976 to the more recent Love Is All (2014) released only last December, Longinotto’s latest follows Brenda Myers-Powell and her Dreamcatcher Foundation: an organisation set up to help and educate on the dangers of human […]

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In Review: Hyena (2014)

by Chris Milton 5 March 2015

Gerard Johnson’s London is a city much like Hell, and Hyena, his second film after the mordant, disturbing, dismembered-body-in-the-kitchen-sink drama Tony (2009), is a dark and bloody labyrinth which nobody gets out of alive. The plot is convoluted and amphetamine-paced, but is so tight and coherent that one does not lose its thread but is instead […]

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Competition: Win ’71 on DVD

by Maryann O'Connor 4 March 2015

Who wants to win director Yann Demange’s excellent feature film debut ’71 on DVD? Of course you all do. To enter the competition retweet or like/share on Twitter or Facebook. We have three copies to give away so everyone’s in with a good chance.

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In Review: It Follows

by Daniel Goodwin 2 March 2015

Generating fresh methods to scare audiences is a tough task for any new horror director, yet has proved achievable by the likes of Jennifer Kent (The Babadook (2014), Adam Wingard (You’re Next (2011), The Guest (2014) and Ti West (House of the Devil (2009), The Sacrament (2013). With It Follows, writer-director David Robert Mitchell (The Myth […]

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In Review: Effie Gray on DVD

by Maryann O'Connor 28 February 2015

From the evidence presented to us in Effie Gray (2014), Emma Thompson would seem to be getting into her stride with the old screenwriting lark. Here, Thompson combines her considerable experience of tense period drama and a real-life tale of a woman whose life and health was impacted upon considerably by her husband, 19th Century art […]

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