In Review : Les Misérables

by Rob Keeling 14 January 2013

Les Misérables is the sprawling tale of tortured souls, the downtrodden poor and civil unrest in nineteenth century France. The story starts in 1815 where Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), imprisoned for nineteen years for stealing a loaf of bread, breaks his parole and is then relentlessly pursued by the steadfast Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe). Eight […]

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In Review: Gangster Squad

by Mark Searby 11 January 2013

Despite the glamour of Hollywood and the endless sunshine, Los Angeles in the late 1940s was not a nice place to be. The city was plagued by ruthless gangster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn), a man responsible for the avalanche of heroin hitting the streets. Most of the L.A.P.D and court administrators were on Mickey’s payroll, […]

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Flatpack Festival Returns 21-31 March

by Martyn Conterio 10 January 2013

Flatpack Festival, one of the UK’s more arty and eclectic celebrations of cinema, returns in 2013 with expanded intent and scope. Events will now take place over the course of two weekends (21 – 31 March). The Birmingham based festival sees its central hub (Flatpack Palais) move to the former Deritend Free Library with the […]

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Win With Quartet!

by Martyn Conterio 9 January 2013

After a false start with 1978’s Straight Time, which Dustin Hoffman began directing before allowing Ulu Grosbard to take over the reins, the actor has now made his directorial debut proper – thirty-five-years later – with QUARTET. To celebrate, we’re giving away three Quartet gardening kits and one signed poster!

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British Student Film Festival Launch The Underground Cinema

by Martyn Conterio 9 January 2013

The British Student Film Festival is to launch a London-based monthly film night. The Underground Cinema’s aim is to present “obscure and challenging films” along with the showcasing of short movies made by students. The event kicks off on 10th January with a screening of Elem Klimov’s Come and See (1985).

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In Review: Texas Chainsaw 3D

by Mark Searby 8 January 2013

The sound of a chainsaw in a horror movie conjures only one image – Leatherface. The lumbering, freakish figure struck terror into our hearts when introduced in Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974). Several sequels, the 2003 remake and unneccessary prequel later, a fresh attempt at retooling the franchise – that follows directly […]

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In Review: Django Unchained

by Helen Cox 7 January 2013

In 1858, just before the American Civil War, a slave by the name of Django (Jamie Foxx) is freed by disarming bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) in exchange for help on his latest assignment. As Schultz is one of the few white-skinned fellas in the region who doesn’t put much stock in the […]

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In Review: The Impossible

by Ben Harris 3 January 2013

In 2004, tragedy struck when a tsunami destroyed the coastline of eleven Indian Ocean countries. Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage) brings this unimaginable disaster, which killed over 280,00 people, to the big screen with a mixed bag of heartbreak, desperation and unfortunate predictability.

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In Review: Jack Reacher

by Darryl Griffiths 28 December 2012

Once Hollywood’s go-to action man Tom Cruise sought out this project to satisfy his adrenaline rush, he must have been desperately craving a few inches to silence the majority united in their dismay of a 5ft 7 male taking on the 6ft+ role created by Lee Child.

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In Review: Pitch Perfect

by Maryann O'Connor 19 December 2012

Beca (Anna Kendrick) doesn’t want to go to college but her pops is forcing her to have a go at a ‘normal’ life before she goes off to LA to follow her dream of being a music producer. She doesn’t really find anything to inspire her apart from an intern role at the college radio […]

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I Finally Watched: Apocalypse Now (1979)

by Maryann O'Connor 14 December 2012

“This is the end. Beautiful Friend. This is the end… my only friend, the end.” The haunting strains of The Doors herald the beginning of an intense 153 minutes of film from erratic director Francis Ford Coppola

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