Win tickets to an exclusive SAFE HAVEN screening

by Martyn Conterio 15 February 2013

To celebrate the March 1st release of the new Nicholas Sparks adaptation SAFE HAVEN, we’re giving away 5 pairs of tickets to an exclusive London screening on Thursday 21st Feb, with the stars of the movie!

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In Review: Beasts Of The Southern Wild on Blu-ray

by Edward Frost 15 February 2013

Benh Zeitlin’s blistering and dizzying original feature debut Beasts of the Southern Wild is a most fascinating mix of low-budget production heightened by an incredible, industrious imagination. Widely acclaimed since its initial screenings at the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals, Zeitlin evokes a vivid, almost dreamlike sphere of feral beings and their unrestricted existence, using […]

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In Review: Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God

by Martyn Conterio 14 February 2013

Alex Gibney, acclaimed documentary filmmaker, turns his cine-eye to the plethora of child abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic church in recent years. Far from a modern development, archived reports show incidents have been noted pretty much since the organisation formed and turned ordinary folk into a collective, powerful body that feels it is […]

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In Review: Holy Motors on Blu-ray

by Michael Ewins 13 February 2013

Jean-Luc Godard once said of cinema, “it is the most beautiful fraud in the world.” What he’d make of Holy Motors remains unknown, but the film – a glorious return to the avant-garde fold for Léos Carax – is surely one of the medium’s most delightfully outré frauds to date; a dizzying, meta-textual carousel of […]

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The Problem With Awards Season

by Danielle Richardson 12 February 2013

Awards season is a time of year when everyone in the film industry – and their product – is put on show and all bask together in a collective smugness and praise. The subtle hint of gathered taffeta and hunger is in the air. Cameras capture smiles and disappointment.

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Films that time forgot: Trouble in Paradise (1932)

by Martyn Conterio 11 February 2013

What was the ‘Lubitsch touch’ exactly? It has been pondered ever since director and émigré, Ernst Lubitsch, ventured to the sunny climes and riches of Hollywood from acclaim at Ufa. His first American assignment was a Mary Pickford vehicle, Rosita (1923). The trail was blazed for other European filmmakers to follow.

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In Review: Wreck-It Ralph

by Helen Cox 8 February 2013

Remember that ingenious, Toy Story-inspired short that headed theatrical showings of The Muppets last year? The one where Buzz Lightyear winds up at a support group for discarded meal-deal toys? Wreck-It Ralph is a feature-length version of that, of sorts, but instead of being an unloved fast food toy our protagonist is an arcade game […]

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Dates Announced For 57th BFI London Film Festival

by Martyn Conterio 8 February 2013

Having taken over from the much-loved Sandra Hebron last year, Clare Stewart’s second term as head of the BFI London Film Festival looks set to continue the decision for a shorter event run. The 57th BFI London Film Festival, it has been announced today, will showcase the best in world cinema from 9th October to 20th.

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In Review: The Fall Of The Essex Boys

by Neil Sheppard 7 February 2013

In December 1995, the bodies of three drug dealers were found in a Range Rover in the small village of Rettendon. All three had been shot at close range with a shotgun. This unsolved murder has generated so much interest that, not one, but four different movies have been based on the event.

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In Review: The Blue Angel on Blu-ray

by J P Wooding 6 February 2013

Probably better known today for the fact that it was Marlene Dietrich’s first “talkie”, The Blue Angel is certainly more than just that. Based on Heinrich Mann’s novel “Professor Unrat”, adapted for the sceeen by Carl Zuckmayer, Josef von Sternberg directed an effective tale of one man’s decline.

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21 Days: The Heineken Kidnapping

by Janet Awe 5 February 2013

Director Maarten Treurniet’s take on the kidnapping of beer brewing magnate Freddy Heineken, in 1983, is fronted by the mighty Rutger Hauer. The Dutch cult cinema icon plays the millionaire businessman violently snatched, along with a chauffeur, from outside his Amsterdam office. The two victims were then locked in soundproof cells next to each other […]

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