Films That Time Forgot: It Could Happen To You (1994)

by Helen Cox 26 March 2013

Just as the National Lottery launched in the UK, and every man, woman, child and dog began heated discussions about how they’d spend their winnings, a sweetly-scripted romance starring Nicholas Cage, Bridget Fonda and Rosie Perez hit the big screen. It Could Happen To You is actually based on a real-life incident that occurred in […]

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The Empress Speaks: On the Sanitation of Violence in the 12A Movie-Verse

by Helen Cox 25 March 2013

I recently spent a good three hours sobbing my heart out in the darkest corner of New Empress HQ; clutching my John McClane action figure like it was the last thing I had in the world. Why? I’d just received the news that A Good Day to Die Hard had been granted a 12A certificate. You see, I’m an […]

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In Review: Stoker

by Adam Vaughan 22 March 2013

Stoker is one of those rare films that I liked without fully understanding the reasons why. It festers in the mind for days after, until finally one realises that what Park Chan-wook has achieved is a blistering exercise in using cinematic syntax in order to completely unnerve the viewer.

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In Review: The Paperboy

by Adam Vaughan 21 March 2013

Lee Daniels’s follow-up to the mightily impressive Precious is a sweaty and sordid slice of noir as unpredictable as it is bonkers. This might make The Paperboy sound pretty good. It isn’t.

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In Review: Dragon

by Matt Turner 20 March 2013

Peter Chan’s Dragon (titled Wu Xia for the Chinese release) blends a detective narrative with martial arts action without doing great service to either genre. As an unlikely hybrid of influences, it is enjoyable. The film tracks one Liu Jin-Xi (Donnie Yen,) a paper craftsman under suspicion from detective-cum-acupuncturist Xu Bai-Jiu (Takeshi Kaneshiro) after he […]

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In Review: John Dies at the End

by Mark Searby 19 March 2013

College dropouts John (Rob Mayes) and David (Chase Williamson) are on a mission to save humanity from Soy sauce. No, not the Chinese food condiment, a recreational drug that offers an out of body experience through time and space. When some users come back down they’re no longer human and an otherworldly invasion begins. Unfortunately, […]

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In Review: Identity Thief

by Mark Searby 18 March 2013

Mild-mannered business and family man, Sandy Patterson (Jason Bateman), has a pretty ordinary life until one day he discovers he’s been the victim of that great modern fear: identity theft. The wronged individual then takes off from Denver to Miami in order to confront the mystery thief, save his job and regain his much-coveted identity. […]

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In Review: Post Tenebras Lux

by Mairéad Roche 14 March 2013

Post Tenebras Lux takes its title from a Latin phrase which means ‘light after darkness’. The latest film from Carlos Reygadas won the Prix de la mise en scène (Best Director) at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. Set in rural Mexico, PTL depicts the lives of married couple Juan (Adolfo Jiménez Castro) and Natalia (Nathalia […]

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In Review: Maniac

by Andrew Kay 13 March 2013

Retooling a notorious classic of the slasher genre such as Maniac (1980) is no easy task, and whilst the producers of the remake have stuck somewhat faithfully to the original on the narrative front, their remake feels anemic.

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In Review: The Ideal City

by Silvia Felce 12 March 2013

A renowned and accomplished actor in Italy, Luigi Lo Cascio turned screenwriter and director for this engaging thriller about ideals and reality.

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In Review: A Magnificent Haunting

by Silvia Felce 11 March 2013

Aspiring actor Pietro (Elio Germano) has just moved from Sicily to Rome to try to fulfil his dreams of becoming an actor. Helped by his bubbly cousin, Maria (Paola Minaccioni), he finds the perfect house in a nice area at an affordable price.

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