UK Cinema

Man of Steel - Review

Kieran Turner-Dave | Posted 16.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kieran Turner-Dave

Man Of Steel is such an omnishambles that it is difficult to ascertain what Zack Snyder was actually attempting to achieve... If Snyder set out to make a serious and brooding Dark Knight-style superhero film, then he has failed spectacularly as Man Of Steel has a total absence of character exploration, interest in a believable villain or real, live-action jeopardy

The New, New, New, Superman Arrives - But Does the Whore That Is Cinema Still Love Me?

Alfie Evers | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Comedy
Alfie Evers

I like paying extortionate amounts for an uncomfortable seat, no pause button, no tea-making facilities, surrounded by idiots grazing on plastic cheese and crisps as you watch a crap film. It's what many of us regard as a 'luxury'. Nothing wrong with treating yourself to a bit of luxury.

Iceman (Review)

Alice Charles | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

Here we see Michael Shannon playing the eponymous Iceman aka Richard Kuklinski, a New Jersey-based Mafia hit man who despatched more than 100 people over a number of years before police finally caught up with him.

Bringing the Cinema Into Your Home

Daley James Francis | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Tech
Daley James Francis

With the likes of Netflix and LoveFilm, and awesome HD projectors available for home use at a reasonable price, you can quite easily turn your home into a movie theatre. You can get a 70 inch flat screen 3D TV for around £2,500-£3,000. That £3,000 is going to be money well spent for years.

Getting a Job the Bette Davis Way - Take Out an Ad

Grant Feller | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK
Grant Feller

It's comforting sometimes to remember that mid-life reinvention - or regeneration - is not necessarily the preserve of today's easily-discarded generations.

Zombieland: The Series and TV Based on Film

James Peckham | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
James Peckham

So what went wrong with Zombieland: The Series? Just by watching the first few minutes of the pilot the fatal error is staring any fan of the film in the face. Is that meant to be Harrelson/Eisenberg/Stone?! Why did the writers decide to use the same characters in which we now associate with A-list Hollywood actors?

Ripley's Believe it or Not

Jon Spira | Posted 01.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jon Spira

As the crowd gathered outside in the summer sun, I developed a knot in my stomach. It was an exact mix of sci-fi nerds and people with massive grins on their faces expecting a work of ludicrous ironic genius. I have to admit that I had bought tickets in feverish haste as a combination of both of these attitudes but, filing into the theatre, suddenly felt awful.

Jack Weatherley: A Clear Voice in British Cinema Has Arrived

Jason Holmes | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

So like all directors worth their salt, he continued to write, and now finds himself part of the new vanguard of British film directors which includes Eran Creevy, Ben Wheatley and Paul Andrew Williams, all of whom possess the pugnacity which is necessary to get a script to the big screen.

What We Learned at Cannes 2013

Planet Ivy | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Planet Ivy

Sometimes it's easy to forget that the real purpose of Cannes is identifying the year's best films. Forget the controversy and offscreen drama - the festival still shapes the course of cinema for most of the coming year

Are We to Blame for Sexism and Racism on Screen?

Planet Ivy | Posted 02.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Planet Ivy

As expected the critics' main focus being on how racist and sexist The Hangover Part III is in comparison to its predecessors... But that begs the question: why do we as audiences keep going back for more of the same when we know what to expect? Are we the ones perpetuating racism and sexism on screen?

Populaire (Review)

Alice Charles | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

Populaire boasts an offbeat premise. In the 1950s bright, ambitious Rose Pamphyle (Deborah Francois) wants to be a modern woman. There's just one prob...

Why Does Everyone Suddenly Hate Baz Luhrmann?

Planet Ivy | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Planet Ivy

It's really quite sad if you think about it; not so long ago, Baz Luhrmann was the darling of Hollywood, a breath of fresh air in an increasingly formulaic industry. Audiences aren't so easily distracted these days by shiny colours and slick cinematography. More and more, they crave inner beauty over outer beauty. And perhaps it is that Baz Luhrmann hasn't quite realised this yet.

What to Do When an Acclaimed Film Director Normalises and Romanticises Rape?

Michael MacLennan | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Michael MacLennan

I went in expecting to be underwhelmed, given that the reviews hadn't been glowing, but instead left furious at one of its main plot threads. To explain why, I think it best to reverse the flip gender of the characters involved, and go into some detail about the plot. (So beware spoilers.)

Brad Pitt's 'World War Z': Biggest Flop Ever?

Mark Hodge | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Mark Hodge

Brad Pitt could soon hold the ignominy of presiding over the biggest flop in film history. World War Z, which originally had a budget of $170million, but has now ballooned to a reported $400million. That is a huge $100million more than Pirates of The Caribbean: At World's End, which is currently the most expensive film ever made.

A Close Encounter With Bollywood Legend Dev Anand

Nina Nannar | Posted 07.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Nina Nannar

I was giving a lift to one of the greatest Bollywood legends of all time, Indian cinema's legendary heartthrob, the man we called our Gregory Peck. Dev Anand needed a lift to his hotel and I was the only one who could easily and quickly get my car our of the rammed, snow filled car park, (damn why hadn't I worn my nice sari?)

Paultons Park 4D Cinema Brings A Touch Of Hollywood To The South Coast (REVIEW)

Posted 02.05.2013 | UK Entertainment

Home to the world’s first Peppa Pig World, Paultons Park has launched its new attraction for 2013 - a state-of-the-art, 150-seat 4D cinema. The fami...

Please Keep Quiet During the Film

Matthew Highton | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Comedy
Matthew Highton

For the past few years, I have found around one in three trips to the cinema have been disrupted, often entirely ruined by a handful of cretins who haves no concept of other people. Perhaps it's a sign of age, irked by the carelessness of others, but then again perhaps not.

Sundance London: A Diary - Days Three and Four

Greg Wetherall | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Greg Wetherall

If LFF is the Glastonbury of film festivals, then Sundance London is becoming the Latitude or Bestival. It is more intimate, cosy and it feels uniquely special. It provides an important distillation of the best of the independent scene and deserves to remain an annual event in the coming years.

What Better Way Than to Relax With a Movie - DVD and Blu-ray Reviews

Clive Botting | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

SEVEN PSYCOPATHS Director : Martin McDonagh Cast : Sam Rockwell, Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken Genre : Comedy/Crime Country of Origin :...

Pedro Almodovar Is Excited

Lorenzo Belenguer | Posted 27.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Lorenzo Belenguer

Due to the very open and unfiltered scenes of I'm so Excited, it might not get the box-office success of Volver or Broken Embraces. But I consider this film as a masterpiece. A film of many layers. A book of life. An act of solidarity. Highly recommended. Go, watch it and pick up some tips on how to enjoy life.

Why Sexing Up Is the Way Forward for Former Disney Stars

Planet Ivy | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Planet Ivy

In short, those who enter into the glittering halls of Hollywood through Disney are destined to suffer a gruelling initiation into adulthood, through whichever duct of filth reveals itself first. Some of them get a taste for it, and are doomed to an existence of public arrests and nervous breakdowns (we're looking at you, Brit). For others, reincarnation is possible.

The Best of the Video Nasties

Kieran Turner-Dave | Posted 19.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kieran Turner-Dave

Due to the advent of home video technology coinciding with a time of mass unemployment in the UK, many independent retailers began to spring up selling videos, which at the time did not have age restrictions and were not required to be classified by the BBFC.

What Better Than to Relax With a Great Movie - Blu-Ray Reviews

Clive Botting | Posted 20.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

THE HUNT Director : Thomas Vinterberg Cast : Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp. Mads Mikkelsen Winner Best Actor Cannes 2012 ...

Review: Evil Dead (2013)

Thomas Patrick | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Patrick

Fans of the original The Evil Dead will remember the comic touches that Sam Raimi laced his screenplay with. Gone is this particular element of charm, replaced by Alvarez with a cascade of blood and self-abuse. That's not to say that it isn't entertaining.

Love is All You Need (Review)

Alice Charles | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

Directed by Susanne Bier, who shares a writing credit with Anders Thomas Jensen, this is a story about one woman's emotional awakening, a Norwegian Shirley Valentine if you like. It's not the story as it's also about a middle-aged man coming to terms with the death of his wife.