UK Cinema

Man Up - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Reminiscent of Dustin Hoffman's Last Chance Harvey (bittersweet London sightseeing romance-type genre) and Love Actually (hero desperately trying to find partner with community help), Man Up rests on the muscular shoulders of that reliable mistaken identity premise.

Five Years of Cringe: I Heart Johnny Depp

Julia Wagner | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Julia Wagner

During these years, I was trying to be "alternative." I rarely watched blockbusters (although I saw Four Weddings and A Funeral about six times in the cinema); I only liked "indie" rather than mainstream chart music. Depp was the perfect movie star for me - odd, offbeat, beautiful.

Tomorrowland - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Gorgeous George Clooney turns Grumpy George in Tomorrowland, the new movie from director Brad Bird. The maker of The Incredibles is a master of anima...

Fast and Furiosa - Mad Max: Fury Road - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

"The vision dims. All that remains are memories. I remember a time of VCRs, ruined dreams... But most of all, I remember The Road Warrior. The man we ...

Avengers: Age of Ultron-The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

This might be a film for little kids but it's also a movie for serious comic book fans who like substance and story with their explosions, something of a rarity in the age of Transformers.

And the Oscar Goes to ... London. Visual Effects, High Tech and the Future of Cinema

Jaap Zuiderveld | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Tech
Jaap Zuiderveld

Generous tax breaks make the UK a cost-effective option for filmmakers. But it's the unarguable talent - and their embrace of technology - that has made London a sure-fire guarantee of quality.

Young People Speak Up, Adults Do (Sometimes) Listen

Alexandra Heal | Posted 13.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Alexandra Heal

I have just turned 21. Forget the felicitations; all I see ahead is boring adulthood and inevitably losing my ideals as I start to pay tax. But I don't want to talk about adult cynicism. I want to talk about youthful optimism.

The Duff (Review)

Alice Charles | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

In this high-concept teen movie, Mae Whitman is Bianca, an apparently smart high school girl who just happens to have two "hot babes" as best friends. She is oblivious to her status as designated ugly fat friend (the Duff in question) until this fact is helpfully pointed out by her hottie jock neighbour, Wesley (played by Robbie Amell).

Hipsters, Hip Hop and Hip Ops: 'While We're Young'-The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 06.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

The first act While We're Young, the new movie from Noah Baumbach, rings so true, it was like having my head stuck in a bell tower with a group of over enthusiastic campanologists.

50 Shades of Meh: 'Insurgent' - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

The latest chapter in the Divergent series is a film of two halves. The first has all the appeal of wandering around one of those abandoned concrete-filled cities due for demolition.

11 Things We Choose to Ignore About 'The Sound of Music'

Dawn Kofie | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Dawn Kofie

It's easy to see why we're still enjoying the tale of Fraulein Maria and Captain von Trapp and his unruly brood half a century after its debut. Cosy and corny as it may be, the film touches on all the timeless biggies: identity, belonging, desire versus duty, good versus evil and age versus youth.


Daniel Lightwing | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Daniel Lightwing

X plus Y does a great job of mirroring some of my own feelings. I can easily relate to the socially awkward young Nathan, away from home for the first time, in an unfamiliar land. In the true story, one major difference is that I was interested in China since long before the maths competitions. It started at about the age of 13 when I started reading Chinese novels.

Unlikely Coming Of Age Movies

Corrina Antrobus | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Corrina Antrobus

I'm currently exploring coming of age films for my film festival The Bechdel Test Fest which has got me thinking about how we understand the world though the university of Hollywood. When asking myself - what have I learnt through cinema?

Whatever, Whenever. Content on your terms

Andrew Denham | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK Tech
Andrew Denham

I have watched far too many episodes of 24 in one go (although not quite 24!). It's not at all surprising that people prefer this season-at-a-time approach, as it puts the control in the hands of the viewer.

Film Reviews - Suite Francaise & X+Y

Clive Botting | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

'Suite Francaise', based on Irene Nemirovsky's best selling novel explores a legacy that still haunts France - denunciations, collaboration and forbidden love during the German occupation.

The Duke of Burgundy - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Released within a few weeks of that other S and M bonanza, 50 Shades of Grey, this is light years ahead of the slick competition... The best film of the first quarter of 2015.

The Glasgow Film Festival 2015: A Force to be Reckoned With

Tom Linay | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

This year's Glasgow Film Festival again confirmed that one of the best cities in the UK has one of the best film festivals. Now in its 11th year, the festival drew to a close on Sunday evening with the UK premiere of Ruben Östlund's Cannes-winning Force Majeure.

'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 02.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

What happens if you mix classic British sitcom Waiting For God with Slumdog Millionaire? You get a bittersweet comedy with a Bollywood feel, aka The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

'Focus' - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Okay, it's not as clever as some of the best episodes of Hustle or classic movie The Sting, but it looked terrific, the leads were magnetic and there were some splendid scenes.

Film Reviews - 'Catch Me Daddy' and 'White God'

Clive Botting | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

'Catch Me Daddy', the UK directorial feature debut from Daniel & Matthew Wolfe with honour killing as it's theme is ambitious, stunning and gripping cinema. Kornel Mundruczo's 'White God' is a unique, bizarre, audacious and extraordinary tale of a canine uprising on the streets of Budapest.

Blackhat - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Cyber thrillers can fall flat if they slip into the realms of cliche, but thankfully Blackhat gets the cardinal sin out the way early: assorted close up tracking shots of data transfer through chips and microscopic tech landscapes.

An 80's Flashback.

Danielle Wood | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Danielle Wood

Here is my take on a few treasured 80's films for all occasions; dismal Sunday afternoons or your average Tuesday night. They are guaranteed to set your watch back to a time when Nike Air tops were fresh on the scene, boom boxes supplied the music (Apple iPods were but a future marvel) and Tom Cruise was a tender 23 year old.

The Film Industry is Set to Change, What Can We Expect?

Paul Coggins | Posted 25.04.2015 | UK Tech
Paul Coggins

If we take a quick look at this year's Golden Globe Award winners, the notion of a high-profile award winning film made for the mobile-first generation isn't as far-fetched as perhaps it first seems.

Film Reviews - 'The Duke of Burgundy' and 'Kumiko the Treasure Hunter'

Clive Botting | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

The Duke of Burgundy, Peter Strickland's stylish and provocative multilayered drama fantasy teases the audience while Kumiko the Treasure Hunter is a rare cinematic oddity that captivates.

Twenty Thoughts on 'Fifty Shades of Grey' the Movie

Roger Crow | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

The Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation was bound to generate a lot of controversy. If you've seen the film or don't want to read any potential spoilers, then perhaps best go somewhere else. For those that have seen the movie, or just don't care, here are some of my observations on the most talked about film of the year.