In Review: The Oranges

by Andrew Kay 12 November 2012

The Oranges refers to the location of the film, West Orange, New Jersey; an unremarkable slice of suburbia where not a lot happens but which holds the often undelivered promise of a sedate and safe life. The film concerns the frictions of two not so neighbourly families who live in the kind of tree-lined street […]

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In Review: The Sapphires

by Maryann O'Connor 9 November 2012

If you’re going to make a film about the true story of an Aboriginal girl band touring war-torn Vietnam in 1968, you’d better make sure it’s got more than enough comedy to offset those extremely serious bits of warfare and prejudice.

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In Review: Aurora

by Michael Pattison 9 November 2012

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005) was Romanian writer-director Cristi Puiu’s first of a proposed six films based on life in contemporary Bucharest. Aurora, made in 2010, is the second. The earlier film (co-written by Razvan Radulescu) is a talky, blackly comic work that begins from the basic premise of an elderly man taking ill, […]

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60th Anniversary: Casque d’Or

by Maryann O'Connor 6 November 2012

Jacques Becker’s Casque d’Or, the story of Golden Marie, was not well received by critics or the French public at the time of its release. Despite this lukewarm reception at home, the film did manage to gather great acclaim abroad and has since gained a reputation as a great and simple portrayal of ‘gangster’s moll’ […]

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In Review: The Curse of Frankenstein on Blu-ray

by Joshua Searle 5 November 2012

It’s hard to imagine now, but in 1957 The Human Centipede didn’t exist and there hadn’t been 7 Saws and 3 Hostels. In fact, the most gruesome thing cinema-punters had were Universal’s Dracula and Frankenstein cycles, films that were slowly closing in on their 30th anniversaries.

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In Review: Rust and Bone

by Maryann O'Connor 2 November 2012

Rust and Bone, or De rouille et d’os, may contain an amputee and marine life but it’s as far removed from Dolphin Tale (2011) as it could possibly be. Firstly, there is no Ashley Judd or Harry Connick Jr and secondly there is not an ounce of sentimentality to be found anywhere. Trust me, I […]

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In Review: Argo

by Darryl Griffiths 30 October 2012

Testing the familiar waters of missing child drama Gone Baby Gone and Boston-set thriller The Town respectively, Ben Affleck emerged drowning in critical acclaim as he relentlessly attempted to transition from critically ridiculed actor to capable director. With his latest film Argo, he straps the weight of a remarkable politics-heavy true story [albeit declassified] to […]

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In Review: Your Sister’s Sister on DVD

by Maryann O'Connor 29 October 2012

Going by the title, you might think that Your Sister’s Sister is about someone getting involved with someone’s sister. It is, but there’s quite a bit of other stuff going on as well. Here, director Lynn Shelton has presented us with a beautifully bare account of three people making a royal mess of things in […]

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In Review: Cockneys vs Zombies on DVD

by Maryann O'Connor 26 October 2012

You may be aware that recently an inconsequential number of sporting events took place in East London, events that required years and years of building work in deserted industrial land. In short,  a place that you might find some juicy old zombies hanging out, waiting to nibble on some unsuspecting building site worker’s earlobes or […]

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In Review: Skyfall

by Nigel Floyd 25 October 2012

“Where are we going?” Judi Dench’s M asks Daniel Craig’s Bond, as they drive towards their final meeting with destiny, one that involves a vengeful ghost from her past, and more familiar memories from his own. “Back in time.” replies agent 007 with characteristic terseness. In the year that marks the 50th anniversary of the […]

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Issue 7: Our Horror Special – order yours today!

by Helen Cox 23 October 2012

What do Linnea Quigley, Bette Davis and killer telephones have in common? All three appear in our spooky horror special which is out at the very end of October. Other treats for readers include an exclusive interview with Richard Bates Jnr on his new psychological horror: Excision, an exposé on the role of distributors in […]

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