UK Cinema

The Raid 2

Tom Linay | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

The scale of The Raid 2 is much larger than the first, with a sprawling, fitfully successful crime saga plot introduced, involving rival Japanese and Indonesian gangs. The plot merely provides moments to compose yourself between the carnage, and what carnage.

Welcome to the Cinema of Childhood

Mark Cousins | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Mark Cousins

Beyond the fantasy child, the everywhere child, and the policed image of children, we are living in a golden age of films about children, and haven't quite noticed. Movie directors in Iran, Japan, the UK, Holland and elsewhere are releasing masterpieces about childhood. Why is this golden age happening, and why does it matter?

Inspiring Women Through Film

Zoe Jones | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Zoe Jones

female characters remain dramatically under-represented with only 13% of the top 100 films featuring equal numbers of major female and male characters, or more major female characters than male characters. It's not all depressing news however, a number of actresses, directors and executives are paving the way.

Girls on Film: Where Are They?

Eloise Hendy | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Eloise Hendy

A recent study has found that, even in a year deemed 'female heavy', women are still only playing 30% of given speaking roles. And that does not mean integral, central characters who dominate talk time, that includes any line spoken in all of the top 100 US films. Women's voices are still stuck in the silent movie era - the majority are on mute.

Film Review: Non- Stop

Carina Maggar | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Carina Maggar

Non-Stop is a hybrid of Flight Plan, meets Red Eye, meets Snakes on a Plane, and it isn't nearly as good as any of those. As usual, Liam Neeson takes on the role of a troubled man who drinks far too much and has a constant pained look on his face (similar to that of constipation I'd say).

3D Creative Summit 2014

Alice Stansfield | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alice Stansfield

Over Wednesday 12th till Thursday 13th March the BFI South bank in London hosted the 3D Creative Summit. 'As 3D's future takes shape, this is a true o...

Martin Scorsese Doesn't Live Here Anymore and More's the Pity

Jason Holmes | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

The question is, where has he gone? These words don't come easy, but Martin Scorsese, at this current juncture in cinematic history, has disappeared. Once a maestro film-maker who advocated anarchy of the soul - see De Niro's Johnny Boy in Mean Streets or Joe Pesci in GoodFellas - Scorsese delighted in holding up a mirror to America's underbelly, and he did so with that most subversive of narrative tools: humour.

'The Grand Budapest Hotel': Wes Anderson's Masterpiece?

Ed Cripps | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ed Cripps

Wes' development is less a question of reinvention than maturing into his own prodigious grammar. His last two films in particular, Fantastic Mr Fox and Moonrise Kingdom, were retro, anarchic delights that coalesced boundless visual ambition with a miniaturist melancholy. But The Grand Budapest Hotel, his latest, trumps everything he's done so far.

(Don't Watch) The Most Terrifying Scene in Cinema History

Pat Higgins | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Pat Higgins

You probably haven't seen it, even if you consider yourself quite a horror fan. It's from a film that remains difficult to track down, and was never very widely shown in the first place. In my opinion it's one of the truly great moments in horror cinema, and I don't want you to go and check it out under any circumstances.

Edge of Tomorrow Preview and Doug Liman Q and A

Tom Linay | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

It's around this time each year that invitations start coming in from the studios wishing to build excitement for their big summer films.

Glasgow Film Festival Round-Up - The Grand Budapest Hotel, Blue Ruin and More

Tom Linay | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

Now in its tenth year, the Glasgow Film Festival is fast becoming an essential fixture in the UK film calendar. Like the city itself, it's friendly, welcoming and its enthusiasm is utterly infectious.

Oh My Sweet Brick it's Magic - The Lego Movie Review

Mark Varley | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Mark Varley

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller can obviously nail a keen visual style but as with their successful live action re-boot of 21 Jump Street, they have an acidic tongue too.

Sochi: A Timeless Unreality

Liza Bel | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Sport
Liza Bel

Since Sochi was selected as host for the Winter Olympics, there has been a general sense of dismay among the Russian intellectual elites and public figures. Boris Nemtsov, one of the members of the opposition, famously said "You'd have to spend a long time searching the map of this huge country to find someplace with no snow"

From Perivale With Love...

Fez Sayed | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Fez Sayed

This may come as a surprise to you, but did you know that there is an almost secretive, physical effects company hidden behind a bleak, cheeky corner near Perivale tube station in North West London? I recently went there to speak to the CEO and SFX (Special Effects) Supervisor, Mike Kelt, to see what the place is all about...

Derek Jarman 20 Years On: Artist and Activist, Pioneer and Rebel

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Peter G Tatchell

On this day, 20 years ago, the film-maker, painter, sculptor, gardener, author and queer rights activist Derek Jarman died of HIV. One of Britain's leading post-1945 avant garde artists, he is best remembered for his dazzling array of ground-breaking films. But it was as a HIV and queer rights campaigner that I knew him best.

Film Review - Lone Survivor

Mark Varley | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Mark Varley

Set during the war in Afghanistan, Lone Survivor charts the failed United States Navy SEALs mission Operation Red Wings. Four Navy Seals are sent on a covert mission to neutralise a high ranking Taliban operative.

Five Reasons Why Adults Should Go And Watch 'The LEGO Movie'

Bwoywonder | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Bwoywonder

Already out in the US, Here are 5 reasons UK grown-ups, along with their inner child, should go to see The LEGO Movie this weekend...

12 Years a Slave

Sadie Brown | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sadie Brown

On this solo Saturday, after watching Steve McQueen's '12 Years a Slave', I hurriedly left the theatre fighting back tears with a lump in my throat, numb to the people around me, ran to the toilet locked myself in a cubical and burst into tears.

DVD Review: Le Weekend, a Witty And Intelligent Triumph

Clive Botting | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

The Jim Broadbent-Lindsay Duncan dream team with Hanif Kureishi's script and Roger Michell's spot on direction give a beautifully observed mini triumph.

The Audacious Challenge of '50 Kisses'

Gabriella Apicella | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Gabriella Apicella

One afternoon 2 years ago, I wrote 2 pages of script. Next week I'll be walking up a red carpet, in a pretty sensational (borrowed) dress to the World Premiere of a film those 2 pages have become part of.

Don't Reject the Movie Remake, Sometimes It's Worth it

The Conversation UK | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
The Conversation UK

Should we worry about these remakes, or just enjoy the opportunity to see new versions of some of our favourite stories? If we listen to the vast majority of film critics, it seems we should be rather more than worried.

Who Was The Wolf of Wall Street, Really? We're Still None The Wiser

Philip Ellis | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Philip Ellis

'The Wolf of Wall Street' is, by many standards, a good film. Sure, it follows all of the predictable plot beats that any given "money and drugs in the Eighties" flick entails, but it makes up for its lack of narrative surprises with its strong central performances and highly stylised depictions of excess.

Oscar Winners (Leaked)

James Thomas | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Comedy
James Thomas

I have here before me the complete list of this year's Oscar winners. Please don't ask me where I got them. I'll never tell*.

The Wolf of Wall Street Review

Mark Varley | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Mark Varley

Excess is the driving force behind Martin Scorsese's energetic, entertaining but ultimately hollow epic. Leonardo Di Caprio bravely gives it his all as the amoral Wall Street stockbroker Jordan Belfort who made a million dollars a week ''selling garbage to garbage men''.

The Wolf of Wall Street

Amal Fashanu | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Amal Fashanu

The Wolf of Wall Street is a story of the ultimate greed and excess in wealth that led Jordan Belfort (played exquisitely by Leonardo DiCaprio), showing us how the journey that he makes from a lowly sales caller to a top tier stock broker.