UK Cinema

Eye in the Sky/The Jungle Book (2016) Reviews

Roger Crow | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Sadly Jon Favreau's new, live action version of Disney's take on The Jungle Book is a massive let down. I spent half the film trying to stay awake and the rest of the movie trying to make out what was going on.

A US Cinema Chain Is Considering Allowing Texting During Films. SIGH.

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Tech

What's the greatest social crime you can commit in the cinema? Talking? Texting? How about calling? Well AMC, a popular cinema chain in the US is appa...

Doctor (Not That) Strange?

Roger Crow | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

I was a fan of the comic, and hoped that one day we would see a lavish big screen version. So when the news arrived at that Benedict Cumberbatch was playing the eponymous sorcerer, like millions of fans around the world, I was thrilled by the news. Now the trailer has arrived, I'm not so sure.

Summer in the Cinema

Tom Linay | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

August is deep into summer school holidays and although another superhero film has filled the slot occupied by Fantastic Four last year, the casting and trailers for DC Comics' Suicide Squad makes it clear that another Fantastic Four-style disappointment is not on the cards, and it could easily eclipse Batman V Superman to become the DC film 2016 is remembered for.

From the Vault: Come and See and Woman In the Dunes

Harry Crawford | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Harry Crawford

From the Vault is a series focusing on classic films. COME AND SEE Elem Klimov / Alexei Kravchenko, Olga Mironova / War / 1985 / 18 / 142 mins Most...

Film Review: Victoria - Papusza - Black Mountain Poets

Clive Botting | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

Shot in real time with an audacious 138 minute single take 'Victoria' is an exhilarating, drug fuelled, frenetic, roller coaster, crazy, dusk to dawn Berlin trip - 'Papusza' offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of the first Roma poet - 'Black Mountain Poets,' a low budget indie hopes for gentle farce but strains to live up to it's intentions.

Berlin Does it Better at Secret Cinema X Event

Amelia Amin | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
Amelia Amin

If you're after a clubbing experience like this though you might be saddened to know that these one-night-only events are as secret as the more widely known Secret Cinema nights. Before you get there you'll only know that you're in for a good night, but nothing else is given away.

Getting Animated About the Glasgow Film Festival

Tom Linay | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

In recent years, February, usually one of the s-l-o-w-e-s-t months of the year, has surprisingly become a time that I eagerly look forward to. This shift in attitude can be attributed to one thing, the Glasgow Film Festival.

On the Set of David Tennant's New Film 'Mad To Be Normal'

Roger Crow | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Laing was a Scottish psychiatrist who wrote extensively about mental illness, especially the experience of psychosis. I was keen to find out more about the man who had piqued Tennant's interest, and compelled writer/director Robert Mullan to make a film about his work at Kingsley Hall, East London in the 1960s.

What I've Learnt By Setting Up The Bechdel Test Fest

Corrina Antrobus | Posted 07.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Corrina Antrobus

I've done numerous interviews explaining how and why I set up a film festival to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Bechdel Test and I've been humbled by these opportunities to reflect on its progress. I'm often asked questions I didn't realise needed answering; things like 'why does representation matter?'

Jennifer Lawrence Made Me Cry

Jessica Huie MBE | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jessica Huie MBE

That's what I adored about Joy. Her stubborn refusal to accept any obstacle that might prevent her from completing her masterpiece. I remembered myself in her power and mourned the tempering of my own flame.

Spotlight on the Year Ahead in Cinema

Tom Linay | Posted 31.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

How does cinema follow a year like 2015? A year when three of the top 10 biggest films of all time in the UK were released, including two of the top three. It was a year that also saw the release of the third biggest animated film in history (Minions), and the summer's best blockbuster, Mad Max: Fury Road, just snagged 10 Oscar nominations.

Blade Runner's Future Becomes History

Roger Crow | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

He will go on to see things we wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. He'll watch C beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. And he will go on to give Blade Runner's Rick Deckard the biggest challenge of his life. Friday, January 8, 2016 marks Roy Batty's incept date, or actual birth day as any fan of Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi classic will tell you.

Let the New Star Wars Awaken Your Musical Appetite

James Murphy | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
James Murphy

Watching the new Star Wars film, I was struck, beyond the music, how much like a symphony it is: a prospect hinted at the very outset propels us on a quest, luring us through many different moods and emotions, towards a climactic final reckoning.

I Saw Star Wars and Now I Want My Money Back

Alice Charles | Posted 05.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

Intrigued by the headlines declaring Star Wars record-breaking figures (more than $1 billion and counting worldwide), I took myself off to see the film at my local cinema. I wish I hadn't bothered and saved myself ten pounds. What's more, I now have no intention of seeing any more instalments in the franchise, nor will I pay to see another movie by director JJ Abrams after this.

The Best Films of 2015

Roger Crow | Posted 27.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

2015: a year of extraordinary films, fascinating indie flicks and nostalgic blockbusters. Here's my favourite 30 movies - and a few of the worst.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - A Spoiler Free Review

Roger Crow | Posted 17.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

We thrill to the sight of newcomers Finn, Rey, Poe, BB8 and assorted bad guys. The movie is a rollercoaster ride of dazzling special effects, action scenes and set pieces. And then, it stops.

A Top Ten List of the Best Films of 2015

Leigh Clark | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
Leigh Clark

Behind every sequel hungry, franchise captive in the picture house queue who's had to remortgage their house for a bag of stale popcorn, stands an overly critical cinephile with a yearning for something better and a secret bag of supermarket-bought peanut M&Ms in his pocket. This is a list for the latter.

Film Review: Grandma - The Forbidden Room - Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict - Ice and the Sky

Clive Botting | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

Paul Weitz's 'Grandma' is a gem and Lily Tomlin wows - Guy Maddin's 'The Forbidden Room' is bizarre, inventive, surreal, absurd and hilarious - Lisa Vreela's documentary 'Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict' offers a tantalising insight into a woman who championed the greats of modern art...

For the Love of Cinema and the Hatred of What Goes With It

Paul Marshall | Posted 06.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

Most of these extraneous activities are well documented, but they're worth repeating in the vague hope people decide that maybe they should try and avoid partaking in them, if only to be considerate enough to those in the auditorium who are there to, and I'll whisper this so as not annoy anyone, enjoy the BLOODY PICTURE.

On the Set of 'Await Further Instructions' - The Next Big British Horror?

Roger Crow | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

I'm on the East Yorkshire set, and the concept art, story, and the fact it features David Bradley (Harry Potter, The Strain, Game of Thrones) has me intrigued. The rest of the cast are also on good form; there are some stars in the making here.

The Jesus Prayer

Maggy Whitehouse | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK
Maggy Whitehouse

"Prayer is for everyone #justpray," it says at the end of the Church of England's banned advertisement which features what is commonly known as "The L...

I'm Offended By the Church of England's Cinema Advert PR Stunt

Paul Blanchard | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK
Paul Blanchard

It wouldn't be Christmas without ads for everything including food, furniture, perfume, toys, Coca-Cola, John Lewis and, of course, the Church of England. Even though we forget between Christmases, the Church of England has a long history of festive ad campaigns and this year's ad is a classic PR stunt.

'Steve Jobs' and 'The Lady in the Van' - Reviews

Roger Crow | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Sadly it speaks volumes that Jobs saving a piece of digital art from his daughter after years of estrangement feels strangely empty. It's hard to emote over something saved to a hard drive rather than hand crafted.

The Lasting Legacy of Laurel and Hardy: Preserving the Most Iconic Comedians of All Time

Ross Owen | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ross Owen

Over 30 years, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy appeared together in 106 films. Their first film was a silent short called A Lucky Dog. Now, almost 100 years later, Laurel and Hardy are being screened in cinemas to sell-out audiences across the UK & Ireland as part of a campaign to introduce them to the next generation.