U.K. Cinema

Stale Popcorn

Jon Spira | Posted 21.09.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jon Spira

If I had told 16 year-old-me that Ridley Scott would return to direct a new Alien film, he would hyperventilate with joy. Then if I told him that he would not only not be queuing up at his local cinema to see it on day of release, but wouldn't even be likely to ever watch it unless there was no better choice on a long-haul flight, he would have some kind of breakdown.

Live And Let Lie. Why Daniel Craig Was Always Going To Be Back

Paul Marshall | Posted 14.08.2017 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

Personality wise, the actor has imbued the nation's favourite fictional spy with the charismatic appeal of a past his prime, pumped up gym instructor. This means that any villain has to work doubly hard to compensate. But of late they've simply paled next to former dastardly greats such as Auric Goldfinger and Francisco Scaramanga.

How Dunkirk Just Changed The Way We Film War

Charlie Gearon | Posted 31.07.2017 | UK Entertainment
Charlie Gearon

Dunkirk zooms out from the individual tragedies of war and focuses on the wide-scale disregard for human life which war itself leads to. It would have been easy for Nolan to drop in a few conversations between Whitehead and Styles about their families back home, a crush they want to propose to when they return, or some other war-time cliché, but he avoids this like the plague. He decides instead to keep the movie cold and detached.

Must-See! Must I?

Julia Wagner | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK Entertainment
Julia Wagner

While must-see lists may be handy, their sense of obligation irks me. There is a presumptuousness in labelling a film or programme a must-see, presupposing my tastes and why I watch. I instinctively I recoil as soon as anyone tells me I must do anything; what will happen if I don't?

Couple's Sneaky Method To Smuggle Snacks Into The Cinema Just Won The Internet

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

We all know cinema treats can be extortionate - in fact, sometimes they can cost as much as the tickets themselves. To save themselves some money, one...

Culture Of Cinema: Just Why Do We Enjoy The Big Screen?

Phillip Othen | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Entertainment

Though there are many wonderful activities available for our leisurely pleasure on this funny little planet called Earth, surely the happiest, worthie...

How Can Cinemas Satisfy A Nation Of Binge-Watching Addicts?

Lucy Dougherty | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Tech
Lucy Dougherty

This need for 24/7 media consumption, and the rise of online streaming services, poses a very real threat to the cinema industry. There is a genuine risk that we will choose back-to-back series watching in the comfort of our own home over spending extra money and travel costs to view a single movie at the local cinema complex.

Celebrating The Man Without Whom Easter Just Wouldn't Be Easter

Paul Marshall | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

He was put on this Earth to inspire, influence, spread happiness and bring joy to the masses. People flocked to witness the miracles he created. Oft...

The Best Film Of The Year And Why I Won't Be Going To See It

Paul Marshall | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

"Have you seen it yet?" "Have you seen it yet?" "Have you seen it yet?" I'm pretty sure they're not referring to the exhibition of Biblical Fans at t...

It's Gone La La Land

Rachel Hobday | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Rachel Hobday

At the 89th Academy Awards 2017, 21st century Hollywood musical La La Land was announced as the winner of the coveted Best Picture award, having been ...

"The Lego Batman Movie" Reviewed: The Hero That Gotham Deserves (Kind Of)

Harry Crawford | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Harry Crawford

Chris McKay / Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes / Comedy, Animated / 2017 / U / 104mins The Lego franchise ...

Literature And Language In Action

Farida Ahmed | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Farida Ahmed

As a private tutor and mentor to young people, I am always looking for ingenious ways to truly connect with students to make teaching and learning as ...

Acting After Illness #7 Imperfection

David King | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
David King

It's been 2 years, almost to the day, since I had Stereotactic Radiosurgery on the AVM in my brain. As planned, I had an MRI scan at St Georges H...

The Cult-iest Cult Film Of All Time Is...

Jon Spira | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jon Spira

The term 'cult film' irks me. What springs to mind when you hear those words? I think there are three definitions which could all independently be a...

What The Aliens Of 'Arrival' Taught Me About The Future

Maria Karvouni | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Maria Karvouni

I finally watched Arrival, perhaps the most discussed movie in the last few months. I liked it and obviously, this film can win all the Oscars for which it is nominated. I didn't like only the plot, but also the way the story was structured

Does 'La La Land' Really Live Up To The Hype?

Martha Lott | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Martha Lott

'Whiplash' director Damien Chazelle's homage to the underappreciated art of jazz and music found in modern day LA leaves you feeling nostalgic for the...

Almodóvar Matters

Maria Delgado | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Maria Delgado

To call Pedro Almodóvar an icon might be something of an understatement. When he visits the cinema in his native Madrid - the city where he has been ...

Why La La Land Is A Film That Hollywood Golden Age Actresses Would Be Proud Of

Katie Gatens | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Katie Gatens

By rewriting the Hollywood musical, Chazelle has given us an alternative ending - one that does justice to the female character, and feels a lot less like 'La La Land' and a lot more like real life. Not sewn into a leather catsuit. Not half-naked. Not airbrushed. It's a 2016 musical that 1950s leading ladies would be proud of.

Why Give A Shit About Shorts?

Philip Ilson | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Philip Ilson

In January, amidst the Oscar buzz, the festival comes to life, championing future talent, offering different view-points, and reminding audiences why shorts are important. It's a chance to prove that short film is alive and kicking and in rude health, with the sheer diversity of work on show.

No More Netflix and Chill! Why Cinema Dates Are Cool Again

Sam Lewis-Hargreave | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Lewis-Hargreave

Ever since the invention of the silver screen, romantics of all ages have headed to the cinema. From drive-in movie theatres to the fake-yawn-and-stre...

In Cinemas: Arrival

Harry Crawford | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Harry Crawford

It reminds us that unity and communication is more relevant than ever. A simple, beautiful message. This is a film anyone and everyone should watch; even if you don't fully grasp everything at the time, there will still be an impact that will last for years to come. Unforgettable.

Where Is The Love? Why Aren't There More Mixed-Race Relationships On Screen?

Corrina Antrobus | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Corrina Antrobus

When I first saw the trailer to A United Kingdom, I felt a prickle on my skin, a gust of affiliation to this story promising to tell the triumph of an interracial relationship. I was bewitched by this film that showed a black man and a white woman in love, something of a given for me growing up in a mixed-race household...

The Girl On The Train - Film Review

Carina Maggar | Posted 12.10.2017 | UK Entertainment
Carina Maggar

The Girl on the Train is the perfect example of how Hollywood has a delightful knack of ruining good books (apologies, to the writer Paula Hawkins for...

Bridget Jones's Baby - A Review

Carina Maggar | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK Entertainment
Carina Maggar

Twelve years after the second (terrible) offering, Bridget Jones's Baby is a film starring a slim and botoxed Renée Zellweger. Therefore, not the Bri...

War Dogs

Harry Crawford | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK Entertainment
Harry Crawford

Funny? Sure. Dramatic? Nope. War Dogs was brought off the boil too early. It's a film of two halves, and that's never entertaining. Hangover instigator Phillips gives it a shot, but ultimately this is The Big Short with big guns smacked with a little Lord of War egoism for kicks. On the plus side, I like that Philips is investing comedy in this way. Imagine if more comedies were this unique?