UK Cinema

The Ghoncheh Ghavami Case: Another Iranian Own Goal

Neil Durkin | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

A verdict in Ghavami's case is reportedly expected this week. A spokesperson for the Iranian judiciary, Ghulam Hussein Mohseni Ejeyie, has claimed - highly improbably - that "Miss Ghavami's arrest and imprisonment has nothing to do with the issue of sports and women's participations in stadiums", and is instead "a national security matter". Quite what the issues of national security might be here are ... er, unclear.

LFF Review - 'The Wonders' and 'A Second Chance'

Tom Linay | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

Alice Rohrwacher's mood piece about a close-knit family of honey producers in the Italian countryside is a beguiling gem. 12-year-old Gelsomina is the eldest of four girls and essentially runs the farm on which they live.

Al Pacino Is Wrong - Mobile Is the Future for Film and TV

Adam Poulter | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Tech
Adam Poulter

On receiving a Fellowship at the BFI, Al Pacino said: "If you put any movie on a big screen nowadays, I'll love it. I mean, who wants to watch movies on iPhones? I'm so tired of that." I too love a good night out at the cinema, but he's wrong. Sorry Mr Pacino but millions of people watch films on their mobile devices worldwide, and Video on Demand (VOD) is their preferred choice.

Reasonable???

Mik Scarlet | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

This weekend an incident occurred that reminded me of what is is to be disabled in the UK in the 21st Century. I have been disabled since a few weeks after birth, having been born with cancer, but started using a wheelchair full time at the age of fifteen after a complication caused my spine to collapse.

A Most Wanted Man - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Before the halfway mark, I considered leaving A Most Wanted Man, Anton Corbijn's tortuous, leaden, almost event-free version of John le Carre's novel. But no, I thought.

The Cinema Events of 2014... So Far

Roger Crow | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Ahead of the obligatory end-of-year round-up, here's my verdict on the best cinematic events of 2014*. You will disagree with most. You will have seen many not on the list. You may wonder why many films are here. And if this annoys you, wait three more months for my definitive countdown of '14 to make you even more cross.

Seven Under the Radar Films You'll Be Talking About Soon

Tom Linay | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

Last month I highlighted the seven big titles that are set to fill cinemas for the remainder of the year. They were huge films, each of which is likely to be thrust into the public consciousness via the sizeable marketing budgets of the respective distributors. As an alternative, here are seven titles that aren't quite of the same scale but are set to be as notable in their own right.

Why Once Is Never Enough

Paul Marshall | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

Fact is, I loved The Godfather when I originally saw it. I loved The Godfather the second time I saw it. I loved The Godfather the third time I saw it. I loved The Godfather the fourth time I saw it...

Talking of Bela Tarr's Sátántangó

Adam Roberts | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Adam Roberts

Béla Tarr's Sátántangó (1994) is long - it runs 7 hours and 15 minutes with a couple of short intermissions - but it is no longer than any box set series. It is as long as it needs to be, and takes as much time as it should.

A Go-Go Boy To Remember

Colin Vaines | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Colin Vaines

It's hard for me to think of Menahem Golan without conjuring up the smell of sea air, the scent of jasmine blossom, and the unmistakable aroma of good old-fashioned bullshit.

The Best Films of 2014 So Far

George Washbourn | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
George Washbourn

With 2014 (over) halfway through, it's time to reflect on the cinematic year thus far. Accredited with numerous triumphs, not to mention a number of emphatic troughs (here's looking at you, Pudsey The Movie), take a look at a list of the 5 top films of the first half of 2014, product of my humble opinion...

Going 'Back to the Future'

Ashwin Bhardwaj | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ashwin Bhardwaj

At Secret Cinema (formerly Future Cinema) you watch a film, usually in an obscure location, whilst immersing yourself in the film's narrative. Back To The Future is staged on an ambitious scale in a brilliantly realised world: they've actually recreated Hill Valley - the town from the film.

Alone Again (Un)naturally

Paul Marshall | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Marshall

No one wants to be reminded that they're alone... the question remains, is it really so bad to be alone? ... To some people, eating alone is dreadful enough. But what about visiting the cinema, the theatre or, heaven forbid, going on holiday alone?

Guardians of the Galaxy - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

A fun, action packed, occasionally moving, occasionally filthy live action comic book fantasy. The cast is terrific, Chris Pratt is perfect as the heroic Star Lord, while Zoe Saldana as sexy as ever as the green skinned Gamora.

People Are Really, Really Pissed Off About Secret Cinema Shambles...

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK

It's not so hilarious for those who spent hundreds on tickets, travel, costumes and hotel rooms. But some of the reactions to the shambolic cancellat...

The Knife That Killed Me - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Made on a modest budget on a small set in East Yorkshire, enhanced with the aid of stylish virtual sets, it features a handful of familiar faces from projects such as Waterloo Road and recent Jimmy McGovern drama Common.

On the Set of 'Awaiting': The Hottest British Thriller of 2015?

Roger Crow | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Over the past couple of years, films such as Kill List and In Fear have proved the British horror and thriller film industry is alive and well and taking on Hollywood at its own game. I have a feeling Awaiting will soon be joining their ranks.

What Movie Trailers and Strip Teasing Should Have In Common

George Washbourn | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
George Washbourn

Perhaps now more than ever, with cinema ticket prices at astronomic highs, trailers are of increasing importance. For most people, a trailer will be the first impression one gets from a movie... A trailer shouldn't stand outside in its Y-fronts in broad daylight, swinging the script over its head and screaming the ending at the top of its lungs.

2014: The Best Is Yet to Come

Tom Linay | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

Over the next six months there are surprisingly thoughtful blockbusters, huge home-grown comedies, boundary pushing sci-fi and grand, epic fantasy. I've earmarked what I think are the seven stand-out films for the rest of 2014 that absolutely demand to be seen at the cinema.

'Not Welcome' Says UK Cinemas To Google Glass

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Tech

Google Glass has been banned from UK cinemas over fears that criminal organisations will use the wearable technology to record films illegally. Acc...

Under the Skin - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

How much exposition do you need in a film? Those clunky scenes when characters discuss plot, stitching Scene A to Scene B? Obviously film is a visual medium, so in theory nobody needs say anything.

Why to Enter the Movies Alone

Nicolas Berg | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nicolas Berg

There is a first time for everything, but most have probably been to a cinema with your boyfriend/girlfriend or a bunch of mates several times. I just went to watch Transcendence, and for once, I skipped the company part and went in singularity. Here are five reasons why you will benefit from doing the same.

X-men: Days of Future Past - the Review

Roger Crow | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

The whole thing is engaging enough and features some of the best thesps in movies. But for me it needs a sucker punch moment. That scene which grabs the heart strings and makes me a little misty eyed.

Godzilla: The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

It's rare I get to feel like a kid on Christmas morning while watching a movie. More often than not filmmakers have contempt for the audience or signpost everything so far in advance, you feel like an A level student in a kindergarten.

'Locke', Godot and the Mystery of Modesty

Ed Cripps | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ed Cripps

Locke isn't perfect. There's an overbaked football analogy, and the briefest of nervy character-expositions that gild a black tulip already in bloom (we can see he's good at his job), and the final fifteen minutes are almost too subtle.