An Interstellar Press Conference

by Daniel Goodwin 5 November 2014

Christopher Nolan’s latest work of wonder Interstellar opens in cinemas this week. Despite a clunky final third it’s a visually astounding and riveting sci-fi blockbuster with a strong, emotional core that will hopefully pave the way for more intelligent mainstream movies based on original concepts. New Empress attended a press conference with the director and […]

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In Review: Mr Turner

by Daniel Goodwin 31 October 2014

It’s been fifteen years since Mike Leigh abandoned modern Britain to direct Topsy Turvy (1999), a musical drama about Gilbert and Sullivan. While retaining some characteristics of his modern work, Leigh has once again delved into the past, substituting the kitchen sink for the paintbrush and easel, to deliver another period biopic, this time focusing […]

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Issue 14: Out On Monday!

by Helen Cox 31 October 2014

Issue 14 is our ‘Adaptations Special’. Guest edited by our online editor Maryann O’Connor, the issue explores a range of film-to-book adaptations and features a range of interviews with filmmakers who have themselves had experience in adapting texts to film.  Thanks, as ever, to our ultra talented cover artist Dan Havardi for putting together this […]

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In Review: Nightcrawler

by Daniel Goodwin 30 October 2014

In this age of web-flaunted art and opinions, it’s refreshing to see a film based in the analogue-like backrooms of TV and about a character who doesn’t want to be famous or express an inner artist. Jake Gyllenhaal’s Lou Bloom is a materialistic, intriguing creation and only interested in what people think of him in […]

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The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

by Maryann O'Connor 30 October 2014

Give in to your paranoia. Mark Searby dissects the fear quotient of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) ahead of its theatrical re-release.  

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In Preview: 9th Annual London Korean Film Festival

by Daniel Goodwin 29 October 2014

Returning to the capital for its 9th year, the London Korean Film Festival will get underway at the Odeon West End from 6th – 15th November before moving on to Norwich, Hebden Bridge and Aberystwyth from 16th-21st November. The festival opens with recent Korean Box Office sensation Kundo: Age of the Rampant, a Robin Hood […]

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In Review: The Babadook

by Daniel Goodwin 24 October 2014

In a genre constantly capitalising on unimaginative, cheap thrills to scare audiences, The Babadook arrives like an invigorating breath of fresh air. First time writer/ director Jennifer Kent builds terror through vexing drama and deeply unnerving sound. Seven years after the death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davies) and her son Samuel (born on the […]

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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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