In Review: The Witches (1966) on Blu-ray

by Martyn Conterio 28 October 2013

A tale of witchcraft and weirdness in the usually uneventful English countryside, The Witches has been restored as part of the continued HD-upgrading mission by StudioCanal and the resurrected British label (it’s not really a studio anymore). The film is not one of Hammer’s out-and-out classics, merely a curiosity item that shares with both John […]

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Gothic Film Festival to lurk in the shadows at Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds.

by Maryann O'Connor 27 October 2013

Medieval Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds is to host a Gothic Film Festival between 31st October and 3rd November, featuring a great range of timeless horror and cult films…

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In Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trilogy on Blu-ray

by Michael Ewins 25 October 2013

The highest grossing independent film of its time, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles now high-kicks onto Blu-ray as the headliner of a trilogy box set. A true relic of early 1990s cinema, Steve Barron’s franchise starter is a tonal imbroglio, with the Turtle’s bald innuendo and surfer slang an incongruous match for cinematographer John Fenner’s noirish […]

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In Review: Creepshow (1982) on Blu-ray

by Alan Simmons 25 October 2013

Creepshow is a well loved horror anthology and Second Sight have delivered a huge treat, with no trick, to its fans. The film looks and sounds amazing and the extras will keep you going until next Halloween.

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Thor: The Dark World: press conference tidbits

by Daniel Goodwin 24 October 2013

Marvel’s reign over the multiplexes continues this month with the release of Thor: The Dark World; another action heavy and humorous delve into the fantastical realm of Asgard. With a darker, otherworldly setting and tone, Thor: The Dark World explores the evolving relationship between the Norse God and his adopted brother Loki in such illustrious […]

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In Review: Thor: The Dark World (3D)

by Daniel Goodwin 24 October 2013

Superhero films have dominated mainstream cinema for nearly fifteen years now to the point where they have become a genre unto themselves and defined a decade of film making.

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In Review: Red River (1948) on Blu-ray

by Rob Keeling 22 October 2013

Howard Hawks’ classic Western, Red River, focuses on world-weary cowboy Tom Dunson (John Wayne) and his young adopted son Matt Garth (Montgomery Clift). After 14 hard years, Dunson has built up a considerable cattle empire in southern Texas. However, with the impoverished post-Civil War South not proving a suitable market for his beef, he is […]

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BFI London Film Festival 2013: Review Roundup #3

by Martyn Conterio 21 October 2013

Drinking Buddies (dir: Joe Swanberg) Drinking Buddies is a funny, tender and well-observed drama about two friends perilously close to taking things into the bedroom. That course of action would be dead wrong for both of them, as it could well wreck a beautiful friendship and their relationships with other partners. However, temptation lingers.

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Competition: Win tickets to A Magnificent Haunting at the Ritzy

by Maryann O'Connor 18 October 2013

Like most good cinemas, the Ritzy in Brixton is making the most of the shortening days and long dark autumn nights to bring us a season of Halloween films and special events. We at New Empress HQ happen to have a pair of tickets to give away to the season opener on Saturday 26th October

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In Review: Prince Avalanche

by Maryann O'Connor 18 October 2013

David Gordon Green has become the latest in a lengthening, bum-scratching line of filmmakers to undertake to remake a film which originally was not made in the apparently venerated english language.

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LFF 2013 Review: Nebraska

by David Katz 17 October 2013

We’ve missed Alexander Payne. There was almost a decade’s wait between Sideways and The Descendants; had he lost his touch in the years before turning in that treacly, implausible latter film? Nebraska, a brisker two years on, just about appeases our worries, although at a strain.

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