Free Film Festivals: Coming to a town near you?

by Maryann O'Connor 24 April 2015

From the small acorn of the South East London Film Club in East Dulwich has sprouted a movement of free cinema for all. The Free Film Festivals are currently seven in number, six in London and one in Somerset. The New Cross and Deptford Free Film Festival kicks off today (24 April – 03 May) […]

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Press Conference: Avengers: Age of Ultron

by Daniel Goodwin 24 April 2015

After three years of mounting anticipation and a trio of solo film outings, the Avengers have finally reassembled, this time to battle a psychotic AI and its mad, mechanical fighting force. As the world’s mightiest superheroes learn more about each other and lives come under threat from maniacal androids, their feelings threaten to change and […]

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In Review: The Falling

by Chris Milton 23 April 2015

The Falling is the story of an outbreak of fainting and falling at a girl’s school in the late 1960s. It begins by sketching the friendship of the beautiful and charismatic Abbie (Florence Pugh) and the clever, intense, but possibly disturbed Lydia (Maisie Williams), who lives with her agoraphobic, home-hairdresser Mother, played by Maxine Peake […]

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In Review: The Offence (1972) on DVD

by Daniel Goodwin 21 April 2015

Sidney Lumet’s The Offence (1972) finally gets a release from Eureka this month as part of their Masters Of Cinema series. This bleak, Berkshire set thriller, based on the 1968 play The Story Of Yours by John Hopkins, boasts a terrifying lead performance from Sean Connery as a tormented police detective hunting down a child […]

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In Review: The Salvation

by Daniel Goodwin 17 April 2015

There is something bleak and romantic about classic westerns that has continued to resonate with audiences over the years. Despite their main characteristics being defined by a solitary setting and age, they retain a timeless quality through their human themes of longing, loneliness and regret.  As time passes, and technology advances, the genre seems more […]

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In Review: The Decent One on DVD

by Tony Griffiths 16 April 2015

Coming to DVD just over a week after its limited cinema release, The Decent One is in many ways even better suited to the small screen. This unsettling documentary – a portrait of SS commandant Heinrich Himmler created from previously unreleased letters and telegrams – is an intimate, insidious journey into the horrors of the […]

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In Review: Still Life (2013) on DVD

by Maryann O'Connor 14 April 2015

The gem-like Eddie Marsan plays John May, a council funeral officer in London who gives his all in trying to afford the somewhat forgotten and now deceased members of society a semblance of dignity. His life and crusade come to a head when the man who lived opposite him becomes a client and May determines to ensure […]

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In Review: Blind

by Maryann O'Connor 10 April 2015

Ingrid’s (Ellen Dorrit Petersen) rich inner life, her devotion to holding on to every last memory afforded her by her ultimately treacherous eyes is the basis of a massively thought-provoking film, Eskil Vogt’s Blind. 

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In Review: John Wick

by Tony Griffiths 8 April 2015

If you find the action genre circa 1980s and 90s to be a tiresome platform for mindless violence and cheesy dialogue then please do disregard revenge flick John Wick – there’s nothing to see here. However, if you think the likes of Tango and Cash (1989) and Point Break (1991) are under-appreciated masterpieces, bursting at […]

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In Review: The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014)

by Daniel Goodwin 7 April 2015

What with modern slasher films becoming increasingly more meta and self-referential, film-makers have reached the point where adopting this post ironic stance, by reminding audiences of the clichés that defined the sub-genre, is also becoming a cliché. Technically, The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014) is not a remake but an incongruous hybrid sequel that uses the original […]

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In Interview: Vanessa Lapa, Director of The Decent One

by Chris Milton 2 April 2015

The Decent One, which won the best Israeli Documentary award at last summer’s Jerusalem Film Festival, is a portrait of Heinrich Himmler from his youth to shortly before his death, using only photographs and archival footage and excerpts read out from diaries, letters, memoranda and diktats. New Empress spoke to its director, Vanessa Lapa.

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