UK Cinema

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 ...

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.