UK Movies

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.'

Man Up (Review)

Alice Charles | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

I'm going to just come right out and say it: this is a bad film. From its random title that leads you to believe this is some sort of bromance, to its...

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.

San Andreas - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

The first I knew of San Andreas was (name drop alert) while interviewing Alexandra Daddario last year. The drop dead gorgeous, not bad actress was plugging True Detective and was hyped about the shoot in Australia. I tried to share her enthusiasm but Dwayne Johnson has never been top of my list when it comes to must see movies. The fact San Andreas is as enjoyable as it is was a welcome surprise. 

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...

The Connection (Review)

Alice Charles | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

From the opening sequence featuring two men speeding along a coastline highway on the back of a speeding motorcycle, you know this is going to be a go...

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 ...

Spooks (The Greater Good) The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 14.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Alas, by the time the closing titles rolled I was underwhelmed. It felt more like a feature-length episode than a movie, and the amount of twists and turns that preceded the okay finale felt neither big or clever.

A Royal Night Out (Review)

Alice Charles | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

When the Second World War ended on May 8 1945, London was determined to see the day out with a bang, not a whimper. The whole world appeared to be cel...

Film Reviews - Critics Choice - Far From The Madding Crowd - 8 1/2- Samba - Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story - Argerich (Bloody Daughter)

Clive Botting | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

John Schlesinger's 1967 rich interpretation of Thomas Hardy's literary classic 'Far From The Madding Crowd,' with Julie Christie, Alan Bates, Peter Finch and Terence Stamp swept audiences along and is a hard act to follow. Thomas Vinterberg's version will please audiences and Carey Mulligan and Michael Sheen are outstanding.

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.

How to Self-Distribute Your First Film

Marcus Markou | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Marcus Markou

In 2013, I self-distributed my movie Papadopoulos & Sons into theatres with a print and advertising budget of just £40,000. The film achieved the second highest screen average in its opening weekend, beaten only by Oblivion with Tom Cruise. These are my top 10 tips for indie filmmakers also considering self-distribution.

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.

British Urban Film Festival Celebrate a Decade of Championing Diverse Talent

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jasmine Dotiwala

That due to a lack of opportunity in their home countries, black British actors and other creative talent are finding success - and meatier roles in the states is not new news. Whilst we have numerous organisations trying to redress the balance like MOBO, Screen Nation Awards and the Asian Awards, things are slow to change.

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?

Going Academic - Behind the Scenes in an Actors' Agency

Julia Wagner | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Julia Wagner

An actor's agent does not step into the spotlight; he or she is a figure in the shadows, buoying and navigating many dazzling careers. But what does shedding light on the figure of the agent tell us about films and film stars?

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.

Faith, Hope, and Crisis Management: The Agent-Actor Relationship

Julia Wagner | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Julia Wagner

The relationship between agent and actor is a peculiar one. Agents and their clients have mutually loyal and steadfast relationships, requiring a dynamic which is much more pastoral than is usual between employer and employee.

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.

Hate Crime: Why Censors Are Right to Ban the Anti-Semitic Horror

Simon Thompson | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Simon Thompson

I'm a fan of horror, I consider myself to be pretty liberal and I would consider myself a supporter of free speech and free expression but I also think there comes a time when a line has to be drawn and we have say that something is not okay.

Film Reviews - Appropriate Behaviour and Still Alice

Clive Botting | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

'Appropriate Behaviour', Desiree Akhavan's clever feature debut peppers the screen with wit, farce and melodrama. 'Still Alice' sees Julianne Moore give an effortless and stunning performance devoid of sentimentality.

'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.

Where's the Comic Relief?

Marcus Markou | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Marcus Markou

This year's Academy Awards ceremony, at four hours long, required a similar amount of endurance as some of the heavier dramas nominated. The difference is that whilst Neil Patrick-Harris' role as compère offered welcome comic relief, the winners of the 'big four' provided little.