In Review: Maleficent

by Mark Searby 30 May 2014

Disney reveal the back story of one of the most dastardly fairies ever: Maleficent – the horn-touting villain from the studio’s 1959 version of Sleeping Beauty. Just as productions such as Wicked and Oz the Great and Powerful have already illustrated: there are two sides to every story.

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In Review: Assault on Wall Street on DVD

by Martyn Conterio 29 May 2014

Uwe Boll is angry about the financial crisis and he’s got something to say! So y’all better listen up and pay attention. Assault on Wall Street is the classic ‘death of the American Dream’ scenario exploiting populist sentiment that all bankers are immoral fiends (fair enough) and that they should all be massacred where they […]

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New Empress Magazine Video Blog: Re-Animator (1985)

by Maryann O'Connor 28 May 2014

Join Mark Searby to have a look back at this disturbing H.P. Lovecraft adaptation in honour of its DVD/Blu-ray release next week. Zombie cats and living severed heads. Nice. More New Empress Magazine Video Blogs

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In Review: Inside Llewyn Davis on DVD

by Linsey Satterthwaite 23 May 2014

The Coen Brothers latest offering, Inside Llewyn Davis, asks the wistful question that many (struggling) artists will have to ask themselves at one point; whether they are going to persevere, or consign their art to the back burner to get a ‘real’ job. For Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) a folk singer working the Greenwich Village circuit […]

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Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2 Release News

by Martyn Conterio 23 May 2014

Horror fans will certainly be looking forward to Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2, a follow-up to the excellent documentary Moral Panic, Video Nasties and Videotape, which formed Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide. To celebrate the forthcoming release – and mark the 30th anniversary of the Video Recordings Act 1984 – Film4 FrightFest will […]

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Competition: Win two tickets to see McAvoy and Fassbender at VUE

by Maryann O'Connor 22 May 2014

The seventh film in a long line of X-Men film goodness is out today, in the form of Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. Would you like to win some tickets to see it at the Vue cinema of your choice, nationwide?

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In Review: Justine (1969) on DVD

by Mairéad Roche 21 May 2014

Released in 1969, Justine is set amongst the Coptic Christian elite of Alexandria, Egypt in 1938 on the cusp of the British withdrawal from the country. Justine (Anouk Aimée) is the exotic wife of Coptic banker Nessim (John Vernon) who seamlessly moves between the upper echelons of Alexandrian society and through the working class streets, […]

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In Review: Made in America (2013) on DVD

by Maryann O'Connor 20 May 2014

It’s hard to know what the intention was with this joint effort from Ron Howard and Jay Z. It’s a film of a two day music festival in Philadelphia, which is heavily punctuated by starry emissions of self-help mantra, back stories about artists such as Janelle Monáe and Run DMC, and short interviews with the little guy […]

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Derby Film Festival 2014 Report

by Christina Newland 20 May 2014

2014 was the inaugural year for Derby Film Festival, the new incarnation of what was previously Derby’s IDFest. This year’s theme – technology – has been loosely interpreted by the programmers as a springing board for various types of cinematic innovation. From the totalitarian sci-fi of 1984 to the depiction of the leap from silent […]

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Horror Masterpiece Livid To Make UK TV Premiere on Horror Channel

by Martyn Conterio 19 May 2014

Once in a while, a horror movie comes along that you properly fall in love with. Like, head-over-heels-let’s-get-married-immediately kind of love. Epic and true love! Livid is such a movie that made this critic swoon and turned blind opinion into what felt like axiomatic truth. The second feature film by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo […]

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In Review: The Piano (1993) on Blu-ray

by Neil Sheppard 19 May 2014

Ada (Holly Hunter), the protagonist of Jane Campion’s 1993 Palme D’or winner, The Piano, is a triple threat to the 1800s society she’s born into. Not only is she a single mother, she’s also a mute, but doesn’t have the ‘decency’ to be ashamed of it. Ada’s “voice” is her piano; a tool that allows […]

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