UK Movies

On Star Wars, The Craft of Writing and What Novelists Can Learn From 'The Force Awakens/

Benjamin Johncock | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
Benjamin Johncock

Star Wars surpasses genre and transcends viewing age. It is not a children's film. It's an adult film that happens to be suitable for children. As a result, it doesn't patronise children, nor does it attempt to second-guess what kids will find interesting and entertaining.

A Top Ten List of the Best Films of 2015

Leigh Clark | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
Leigh Clark

Behind every sequel hungry, franchise captive in the picture house queue who's had to remortgage their house for a bag of stale popcorn, stands an overly critical cinephile with a yearning for something better and a secret bag of supermarket-bought peanut M&Ms in his pocket. This is a list for the latter.

'The Peanuts Movie' and 'Sisters' Reviews

Roger Crow | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

The result is patchy, but there's also a lot of love here. Aimed at a young audience, it's a checklist of classic moments from the strips, from Charlie trying to fly a kite to Snoopy's battle with flying ace The Red Baron.

For the Love of Cinema and the Hatred of What Goes With It

Paul Marshall | Posted 06.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

Most of these extraneous activities are well documented, but they're worth repeating in the vague hope people decide that maybe they should try and avoid partaking in them, if only to be considerate enough to those in the auditorium who are there to, and I'll whisper this so as not annoy anyone, enjoy the BLOODY PICTURE.

If Chewbacca Was Voiced By Peter Griffin, Star Wars Would Be A Bit Different

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Comedy

Chewbacca's trademark roar is undoubtedly one of the things that makes 'Star Wars' so special, and so iconic. So what if they'd got it wrong? We know ...

Stolen Images - People and Power in the Films of Raoul Peck (Preview)

Alice Charles | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

as diverse as Minister of Culture in Haiti and his current position as President of FEMIS, the prestigious National Film School of France, experiences that contribute to a unique directorial vision.

To Infinity and Beyond - 20 Years of 'Toy Story'

Kelvin Wong | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Kelvin Wong

"To infinity and beyond!" It's hard to believe that it's 20 years since Buzz Lightyear first crashed onto our cinema screens and uttered that iconic phrase. But here we are two decades, three films and 279 minutes later, and the words today seem more reflective of Toy Story's lasting influence on film and animation than its space ranger's complete lack of self-awareness.

Spectre - A Review

Roger Crow | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Craig is terrific in the lead role. Still not my favourite Bond, but he's slipped into the role again like a comfy pair of shoes. Dave Bautista is great as a lethal henchman, Lea Seydoux is glacially cool and sexy, while Monica Bellucci is magnetic, despite too little time on screen.

Crimson Peak: The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Guillermo is a master of the genre, and after the comedic Hellboy movies and occasionally clunky Pac Rim (as the fans call it), good to see him get his teeth into something a little more adult and full blooded.

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

Clive Botting | Posted 24.09.2016 | 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.

'Everest', 'The Martian' and Survival at the Movies

Tim Witherow | Posted 20.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Tim Witherow

Why is the survival genre a survivor? The obvious, 'well duh' answer is that it forces us to question what we ourselves would do in an extreme situation. Or, at least, provides questions to annoy co-workers with, such as: "Would you drink your own urine just to have enough energy to saw your trapped arm off?"

'Legend': Tom Hardy's Bloody Genius

Simon Thompson | Posted 08.09.2016 | 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.

Dope (Review)

Alice Charles | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

Director Rick Famuyiwa wears his influences very heavily on his sleeve. The Breakfast Club even receives a namecheck here (Malcolm's final speech will remind viewers of the closing soliloquy given by Brian "The Brain" in John Hughes' classic movie). And there is more than a passing nod to Spike Lee's films Do The Right Thing and School Daze.

What if Pixar Made an 'Inside Out' About the ADULT Brain?

Andy Bush | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK Comedy
Andy Bush

Responsible dad act aside, I couldn't help sitting there thinking what would happen if Pixar released an Inside Out sequel about life inside the ADULT brain. Imagine what that would look like? So I tried to draw it...

The Krays: Back For Bad

Paul Marshall | Posted 30.08.2016 | 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.

Straight Outta Compton (Review)

Alice Charles | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

Apparently, Straight Outta Compton has made more money in its opening weekend than Selma did during its entire run. This may be disquieting news but it's easy to see why. Director F. Gary Gray pulls no punches with this boys from the 'hood made good story about NWA's incredible rise to prominence.

Batman's Worst Nightmare

Andy Bush | Posted 24.08.2016 | UK Comedy
Andy Bush

I think about Batman a lot, I kind of feel sorry for him - it must be exhausting all that being at the 'beck and call' of Gotham City lark. I imagine ...

The Wolfpack (Review)

Alice Charles | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

Wolfpack is an engrossing story but I couldn't help wishing that a more skilful filmmaker than Crystal Moselle had stumbled across it.

I Wish I Knew How to Quit You: My Love/Hate Relationship With Reboots

Simon Thompson | Posted 06.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Simon Thompson

You also don't have to watch it if you don't want to. You could just avoid it. Personally, and being a geek, even if it turns out to be a stinker I still like to see the new version so I can compare them and look and see what they kept in and what they changed.

'Inside Out' - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 02.08.2016 | 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...

Big Data Makes a Better Blockbuster

David Akka | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK Tech
David Akka

The signs have been visible for a while that Big Data is crossing the chasm and moving into everyday operations including the world of entertainment. Initially Big Data was used to predict blockbusters but now they are being used to write them, indicating that data scientists will be the next most critical job for a wider range of industries..

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

Roger Crow | Posted 21.07.2016 | 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 ...

Film Reviews: 13 Minutes - The Wonders - The Salt of the Earth - True Story

Clive Botting | Posted 16.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

Oliver Hirschbiegel's 13 Minutes relates the fascinating story of Georg Elser, the man who nearly killed Hitler...

We All Love Judy Blume's Books - So Why Aren't More Made Into Films?

Julia Wagner | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Julia Wagner

Blume is on a tour promoting her latest adult novel, In the Unlikely Event. I went to hear her speak at a London event on Sunday, along with several old friends. It was a wonderful evening, and Blume discussed her enviable career and her much-loved characters.

12 Movies That Will Melt Your Heart

Charo Merida | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Charo Merida

We're bang in the middle of summer, so it might not seem quite right to suggest staying in and watching a movie. It is lovely and warm outside after all... BUT! it's also the season for romance, that, we can't deny...