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In Review: Before Midnight

by Maryann O'Connor 14 June 2013

Is it really almost twenty years since we first met Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke)? In Before Sunrise (1995) they enjoyed youth and a spontaneous night together and now, in Before Midnight, we are with them for a third time

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In Review: The Purge

by Martyn Conterio 30 May 2013

The Purge can best be described as a wasted opportunity. A mountain of clichés and lame plotting put the dampener on a dystopian sci-fi flick with a smart premise, or rather, an imaginative take on voyeurism and spectatorship.

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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: Sinister

by Darryl Griffiths 8 October 2012

Halloween is upon us and, with it, the somewhat disturbing obsession with the sub genre ‘found-footage’. So it’s no wonder that the producers of the hugely successful Paranormal Activity franchise and 2010 fright fest Insidious have unleashed another entry into a faltering formula. With Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism Of Emily Rose) at the helm, can […]

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The New Empress Saturday Matinée presents: Joe Dante’s Explorers (1985)

by Helen Cox 4 August 2012

Welcome to the first ever New Empress Magazine Saturday Matinée. Each Saturday afternoon we’ll be introducing a film that you can stream for free online. Our first offering is the somewhat forgotten children’s sci-fi adventure, The Explorers from director Joe Dante.

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