UK Cinema

Sochi: A Timeless Unreality

Liza Bel | Posted 21.04.2014 | 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 21.04.2014 | 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 20.04.2014 | 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.

12 Films to Watch in 2014

Tom Linay | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

The UK is a nation of cinema fans, with one in five people over the age of 15 visiting the cinema at least once a month. If you're one of them you may want to start planning your visits now, so I've highlighted 12 upcoming films, one for each month, that make 2014 such an exciting year.

The Real Reason We Lost The Ashes - We're A Sycophantic Clique

Grant Feller | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Sport
Grant Feller

I doubt Michael Cimino has ever watched a game of cricket in his life - nevertheless the Oscar-winning director who imploded in a fireball of arrogance, sycophancy and self-obsessive control-freakery more than three decades ago is the perfect mentor for England's beleaguered cricket captain, Alistair Cook.

The Price of Divorce and the Lust for Power - DVD Reviews

Clive Botting | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

'What Maisie Knew', a must see intelligent, heartfelt and emotional tale of a six year old in the middle of acrimonious divorce - Onata Aprile gives a performance to behold. 'The Taste of Money' the follow up to Im Sang-soo's 'The Housemaid', is a stylised and intriguing bitter and delicious thriller of lust, seduction, decadence and betrayal.

A Top 10 List of the Best Films of 2013

Leigh Clark | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Leigh Clark

I have compiled my very own top 10 list that's based on quality, quintessence and originality as well of course as entertainment. The following list is not recommended for people who refuse to watch films with subtitles because they 'can't read and watch a film at the same time' or for people who 'don't do' black and white.

The Most Disappointing Films of 2013

Roger Crow | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

There were plenty of bombs, turkeys and over-rated smashes which either left me cross or emulating an indifferent Frenchman winning first prize in a 'So What?' charades contest.

Alexander Payne's Nebraska: The Manhattan of the Midwest

Ed Cripps | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ed Cripps

Alexander Payne (along with Wes Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson and Todd Haynes) is one of the few American directors still able to make sophisticated, distinctive, independent-minded films.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Review

Tom Linay | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

The pacing of the film is a big improvement and the narrative wastes no time in getting into gear. The opening scene set in a dank, fetid drinking hole, shows Gandalf convincing Thorin to take a Hobbit with him on his quest to reclaim his homeland from Smaug.

The Nature Dollar

David Bond | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
David Bond

It's always nice to get a good review. Here at my production company Green Lions, we have just spent three years of our lives on a film, PROJECT WILD THING and it is gratifying to find out that people enjoyed it.

Connectivity and The Future of Film

Liz Bales | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Liz Bales

With the growth of the internet and internet-connected devices, more and more of us are used to finding content at our fingertips, at the touch of a button. So what does this mean for the future of film and the way that we access entertainment?

Nebraska Review

Tom Linay | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

I'm going to come right out and say it, Alexander Payne's Nebraska features my favourite performance of 2013 and it's not Bruce Dern as Woody, wonderful though he is. She may only be on screen for around fifteen minutes in total but June Squibb, playing Woody's long suffering wife Kate, steals every scene she's in.

Why It's Cool To Be A Punjabi Film Star

Ben Mirza | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ben Mirza

So, here's the run-down of why you should all be paying attention to Punjabi cinema. In Britain alone, Punjabi films have been climbing higher and higher up the box office top 10.

Saving Mr Banks - Practically Perfect in (Almost) Every Way

Roger Crow | Posted 31.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Saving Mr Banks is still a tear-jerking, feel good, surprisingly dark Christmas cracker. Practically perfect in (almost) every way.