In Review: A Most Wanted Man

by Daniel Goodwin 11 September 2014

The bleak world of John le Carré’s fiction appears fitting for director Anton Corbijn considering the haunting hues of his Joy Division biopic Control (2007) and taut thriller The American (2010). Here Corbijn presents a ghostly Hamburg with dirty neon-soaked bars, cobbled streets and cupboard sized backrooms where spies conspire, a most promising premise. It […]

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In Review: The Boxtrolls

by Daniel Goodwin 10 September 2014

In the last five years Laika have proved themselves to be the black sheep of dark animation with family horrors Coraline (2009) and Paranorman (2012). Their latest is an equally twisted but cutesy, Victorian fable based on the novel Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow. The story follows a young boy called Eggs (Isaac Hempstead Wright) who […]

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In Review: They Came Together

by Mairéad Roche 4 September 2014

They Came Together, pun very much intended, is a warm-hearted pastiche of Nora Ephron’s New York based romantic comedies such as When Harry Met Sally (1989) and the less-good-but-still-has-a-fanbase bookstore war, You’ve Got Mail (1998). Except that Amy Poehler now has the dubious pleasure of playing the Meg Ryan role.  Joel (Paul Rudd) is the newly single […]

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New Empress Magazine Video Blog: The ‘Burbs (1989)

by Maryann O'Connor 3 September 2014

Let’s all take some time to consider what the world would be like had Tom Hanks turned down the chance to star in Joe Dante’s wonderfully absurd suburban nightmare. It’s not a world that we would want to live in. Here Mark Searby says some cool trivia stuff about the The ‘Burbs, which will be getting […]

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In Review: Attila Marcel

by Maryann O'Connor 2 September 2014

Cutely captivating from the first colourful moments, Attila Marcel combines the best of the whimsical and philosophical traits of French cinema. Paul (Guillaume Gouix) is a thirty-something man seemingly devoted to three things; mastery of the grand piano, baked goods and the opinion of his aunts (Bernadette Lafont and Hélène Vincent), with whom he still […]

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In Review: Obvious Child

by Maryann O'Connor 29 August 2014

Comedian and worker in non-oppressive bookstore Donna Stern likes to tell gleeful jokes about her sex life and the shortcomings of her relationship, which soon ends. Cue an orgy of self loathing, anger, enough alcohol consumption to drop a rhino and irresponsible sex with a nice, polite man. It all gets a bit stickier when […]

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In Review: Million Dollar Arm

by Daniel Goodwin 29 August 2014

Smaller scale live action Disney flicks have been a bit scarce on our big screens of late. The dainty days of Freaky Friday (1976) and Escape To Witch Mountain (1975) or the films featuring Kurt Russell as some kind of jock-douche now seem like products of their time especially when compared with Maleficent (in terms […]

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In Interview: Kelly Reichardt and Night Moves

by David Mault 28 August 2014

Kelly Reichardt is a director working on the fringes of a system which mostly chooses to ignore her. She works on films in her summer holidays, ploughing the lonely furrow of making cinema that allows us to think, hope and dream.

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In Review: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

by Daniel Goodwin 25 August 2014

Robert Rodriguez takes a break from his Trejo wielding Machete and returns to the streets of Sin City nearly a decade after the groundbreaking original. Once again co-directing with Frank Miller, Rodriguez delivers an entertaining, rugged sequel with wildly inventive visuals, grouchy genre characters but less prevailing plot strands.

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In Review: Deliver Us From Evil

by Daniel Goodwin 20 August 2014

After stirring up scares with the half decent Sinister (2012), director Scott Derrickson stumbles massively with this cop horror follow up. Deliver Us From Evil is a hackneyed hybrid of Se7en (1995) and The Last Exorcism (2010), merging genre chestnuts with riffs from Fincher’s oft-mimicked classic, including dark, dilapidated crime scenes with creepy interiors lit […]

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Cardiff’s Iris Prize 2014 shortlist boasts LGBT film from 16 Countries

by Maryann O'Connor 15 August 2014

The Iris Prize Festival (running in Cardiff 08-12 October) features the world’s largest LGBT short film prize, which will this year be contested by thirty films from 16 different countries, including India, Cambodia, Canada, Norway, Chile and Ireland. The shortlist was announced this week.

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