U.K. Cinema

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 12.10.2016 | 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.