UK Cinema

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 12.10.2016 | 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 22.09.2016 | 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 12.09.2016 | 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?

Ghostbusters

Harry Crawford | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Harry Crawford

The sheboot caused uproar before it was even released as the trailer became the most disliked video in YouTube's history. Why? Because the leads were women - underlying sexism strikes again! In light of this, I'm going to try something: I'm going to actually give the film a chance and review it like normal human being. 

Finding Dory

Harry Crawford | Posted 30.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Harry Crawford

There was so much potential here. The central narrative - finding Dory's parents - was unavoidable. Any scriptwriter, nay, your neighbour or cat would have known this was the right step to take. The filler, however, disinterests me. Marlin and Nemo's subplots are bafflingly simple with no sense of wit or fun.

Film Review: Cosmos - The Childhood of a Leader - Almost Holy - Behemoth

Clive Botting | Posted 24.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

'Cosmos,' Andrzei Zulawski's first film in 15 years, adapted from Witold Grombowicz's 1965 novel of the same name defies classification but offers an intriguing, bizarre, wonderfully absurd, hilarious, surreal, reference littered and visually gorgeous cinematic feast wrapped in Andrzej Korznski's romantic score - a crazy expressionist cinematic delight.

Finding Dory - A Review

Carina Maggar | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Carina Maggar

Anything centred around cute baby fish and lost parents is going to melt even the coldest of hearts on this exceptionally rainy August. Finding Dory truly is a recipe for waterworks, with the opening scene being pure Pixar magic.

Eddie the Eagle

Harry Crawford | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Harry Crawford

I like the nod the film gives to Cool Runnings. Of course, this film has a lot to owe that and is in many ways the spiritual sequel. But you've got to commit to the good vibes otherwise you're going to want to faceplant the floor.

Researchers Have Developed Glass-Free 3D Cinema

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK Tech

There’s nothing else quite like it. Neither virtual reality nor video gaming can match the sense of immersion of a 3D cinema experience. In fact, it...

Cinema Remains a Strong Ticket in an Uncertain World

Tom Linay | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

No matter how crazy the outside world might seem to be, the sanctity of the cinema always provides a refuge. It has been much needed this past month and I expect it will continue to be for the foreseeable future. It helps that the content on screen has been strong this year too, and what initially seemed like a tricky year admissions wise, has so far offered pleasant surprises at regular intervals.

Films With a View... Courtesy of Rooftop Film Club

Amelia Amin | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Amelia Amin

Cinema as a concept is evolving. With hundreds, even thousands of films available at the click of a button, now, with Netflix and the like, it simply ...

Brexit Goes to the Movies

Julia Wagner | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK
Julia Wagner

The referendum invited each of us to define our identity as either predominantly European or British: are we In, or are we Out. Short and simple, with no room for subtleties.

The Nice Guys/Warcraft: The Beginning Reviews

Roger Crow | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

When Shane Black co wrote and directed The Nice Guys, he must have been buoyant from the success of Iron Man 3 and thought Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling would be perfect as the 1970s detectives trying to crack the mystery of a dead porn star. Alas, they aren't.

The Last Picture Show

Nick Power | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Nick Power

If the Coen's are taking such a hit, then where does that leave something like Miike Takeshi's new movie? The next David Lynch? Though apart from consigning cult films back to the straight-to-DVD market, the bigger tragedy lies in the closure of many local picture houses.

London's Top Quirky Cinemas

Natasha Colyer | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Natasha Colyer

Forget the cinema days of dusty fold-away red chairs, flat pepsi, stale popcorn and stained carpets, for there are some far more exciting cinema experiences to be had that are a world away from your local Odeon. No longer does the experience start and end from the trailers to the credits, but from the moment you first walk through the venue doors.

Calling on the Private Sector to Help Reinforce Creative Industries

Salma Zulfiqar | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK
Salma Zulfiqar

Strengthening partnerships with the private sector is the focus for the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) as it enters a new era. The ...

Love Jones' Confessional Cheese Omelette

Corrina Antrobus | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Corrina Antrobus

They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. Not only does this simplify the wearer of the Y chromosome, amounting him to little more than a domestic animal - it also neglects a woman's romantic relationship with food.

Documentary Films, Mass Killing and the Urgent Need to Remember

Julia Wagner | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK
Julia Wagner

We urgently need documentary films about events that took place in the 1940s, 50s and 60s globally and locally, now because of the threat to living memory. Soon we will only be able to document new information from the sons and daughters of the era. And if I can't even recall my actions or find my notebook from three years ago, what hope do we have on a national or international scale of remembering the past?

The Wild Gaze

Phil Brown | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Phil Brown

"You might not think that these two interests, capturing animals and writing poems, have much in common. But the more I think back the more sure I am ...