UK Cinema

The Time Is Now: The 59th BFI London Film Festival

Tom Linay | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

I can barely hide my glee, the 59th BFI London Film Festival opened last night with the rousing, vital Suffragette and it kicked off 12 jam-packed days of some of the most exciting new films filling London's cinemas.

Film Reviews: 99 Homes - Captive - Mia Madre - Solace

Clive Botting | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

'99 Homes', a tale of greed and corruption during the real estate crash is a tense and relevant drama - 'Captive' is a true story edge-of-the-seat thriller hostage drama - 'Mia Madre,' Nanni Moretti's family drama on the loss of a parent is saved by John Turturro- 'Solace' nods to 'Se7en', mixes serial killings with the supernatural but is lost in wide screen visuals.

A 30th Birthday Wish for Film in All Its Formats

Liz Bales | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Liz Bales

The 16th September 1985 was a landmark moment for British film fans. Thirty years ago today, film went on sale on our high streets for the first ti...

'Legend': Tom Hardy's Bloody Genius

Simon Thompson | Posted 09.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Simon Thompson

Tom Hardy plays both Reggie and Ronnie Kray in this film tells the story of the identical twin gangsters, two of the most notorious criminals in British history, and their organised crime empire in the East End of London during the 1960s.

The Krays: Back For Bad

Paul Marshall | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

Of course, the Krays continue to fascinate for the very same reason that the Great Train Robbers and to a lesser extent, the recent Hatton Garden thieves do. There's a glamour to them that we find irresistible. Secretly maybe we all want to be them, if only we had the confidence to get away with their crimes and our moral compasses were similarly a little off.

Film Reviews: Precinct Seven Five - Theeb - Captain Webb - The Confessions of Thomas Quick

Clive Botting | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

NYPD corruption in the 1980s is revealed in Tiller Russell's gripping documentary 'Precinct Seven Five' - 'Theeb' is a coming-of-age and loss of innocence adventure at the time of the Arab Revolt in 1916 - 'Captain Webb' is the story of the Victorian hero Captain Matthew Webb...

The Biggest Names in Cinema Are Heading Our Way

Tom Linay | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

We're over half way through 2015 and the feeling at the start of the year that it would be a banner year for cinema has proven to be true. By June, cinema admissions were 83.1m, which is up 10% from 2014 and the third highest January to June total since 1972.

'Eden': Flaubert Meets Daft Punk

Ed Cripps | Posted 05.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ed Cripps

Paul and Stan are Cheers, an aspirant pair of DJs who hit the Parisian club scene at the same time as a little-known duo called Daft Punk. Their favoured genre is garage, which in Paul's words combines "the robotic aspect of electro with the warmth of soul."

'Inside Out' - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

As a rule of thumb, when I'm feeling depressed Pixar movies usually do a good job of cheering me up. So, fed up over rubbish weather and assorted li...

"More Astounds For Your Pound" - Mission:Impossible - Rogue Nation Review

Roger Crow | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

There's enough good stuff that came before to make the final half hour bearable, but just a shame the wordy internecine shenanigans didn't come in the middle and the chase at the end.

The Piracy Problem - The Hunt for an Effective Solution

Wayne Beynon | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK Tech
Wayne Beynon

The new legislation can be effective, but it needs to be coupled with improved relations and co-operation between industry and streaming companies. This - I believe - may be the key to stamping out online piracy once and for all.

Big Isn't Always Better - 'Ant-Man' - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Two years ago I asked Edgar Wright what the tone of Ant-Man would be like. He was a little cagey naturally, but I had no idea within months he would ...

Live Fast, Die Young and Leave a Beautiful Documentary

Paul Marshall | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

For the average stage school starstruck teenager, Amy should be mandatory viewing. If nothing else, it would serve as a stark reminder of the perils of mass popularity. Like a packet of cigarettes, this movie needs to come with a health warning attached.

Am I A Grumpy Old Fart? Or Is Everything Sh*t Now?

Aid Thompsin | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Aid Thompsin

Whenever I see an old documentary about the 70s (or the 90s more recently) there always seems to be some old boy, talking-head saying "Well, everything had gotten so stale, people were bored of the same faces and same shit coming out. It was ripe for a shake-up". I feel like that about now.

It's Time to Abolish the 12A Film Rating

Paul Blanchard | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Blanchard

Cinema film classifications are essential. We need them. But 12A doesn't work. It encourages studios to dumb-down adult action movies to fit the rating; allows incorrectly classified older films to scare the pants off 10 year olds, and makes 13-year-olds believe that when you shoot someone they don't bleed, scream or writhe in agony, but just fall athletically to the floor and lie still.

Something Wicked This Way Comes - On the (Virtual) Set of Macbeth

Roger Crow | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Director Kit Monkman, one of the brains behind critically acclaimed school drama The Knife That Killed Me, is currently at work in East Yorkshire on his interpretation of this timeless classic.

Does Jennifer Aniston's Cake Really Show Life With Chronic Pain?

Jayne Stephens | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jayne Stephens

It's not the most exciting or action-filled film, and there isn't a big special effects scene or rosy romantic ending, but in its own way it keeps you gripped, rooting for the characters and watching until the very end.

'Mr Holmes' - Review

Roger Crow | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

The tale of a grieving husband concerned about his wife is one of the plot threads woven into the fabric of the screenplay. However, the heart of it involves the relationship between Holmes, young Roger and his wary housekeeper mother.

A New Hope for Traditional Cinema?

Amelia Amin | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Amelia Amin

I just love what Secret Cinema does; it makes you feel special. From the second you arrive, disguised, and in-character (you're assigned a unique ID) you're made to feel like part of the film.

Welcome to Generic Park? - 'Jurassic World' Review

Roger Crow | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

To paraphrase the BBFC: 'Moderate threat, occasional bloody moments, action violence... and some really stupid characters.'

Secret Cinema: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Review

Peter Yeung | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Peter Yeung

But, to be clear, this is not Secret Cinema's finest production. It really does test the boundaries between the expansive and the industrial - it's twice the size of last year's Back to the Future installation.

3D is Ruining Movies for the Rest of Us

David Mooney | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
David Mooney

Ok. Own up. Who is it? Which of you is it that keeps buying tickets to watch films in 3D? There must be some of you out there that have been to see more than one movie with the added dimension, because the cinemas keep putting them on and studios keep making them.

'Spy' - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Jude Law is on good form as the secret agent who is guided through his missions by Melissa McCarthy, a chubby, single agent who clearly worships the ground he walks on. She's the Chloe to his Jack Bauer...

VR: Coming Soon to a Screen (Very) Near You

David Akka | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Tech
David Akka

Do you, as the media creator, want to create a roller coaster, exciting but the same every time, or almost a choose-your-own-adventure story which your audience will each experience slightly differently to each other and each time?

The Idiot Box

Jon Spira | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jon Spira

San Andreas might be the stupidest film I've ever seen.... a new breed of stupid. It's not low-budget slapdash stupid. It's not aimed-at-children stupid. It's not silly knockabout action-star totally-fun stupid. It's stupid-stupid. The things that happen in it, the things people say, everything is done without a shred of intelligence, sophistication or even care.