Winner of the Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globe Awards and nominated for the BAFTAs and the Oscars, Paolo Sorrentino's 'The Great Beauty' is mesmerising with a tour-de-force performance from Toni Servillo.
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*.
With his family's rich film pedigree, Shiv Darshan, son of acclaimed producer/director Suneel Darshan, has a lot to live up to. In a new film Karle Pyaar Karle, released in cinemas this Friday, directed by Rajesh Pandey and produced by Suneel Darshan, Shiv makes his debut, playing the lead role no less.
If you're an eighties child then action hero's like Sly Stallone, Arnie and Bruce Willis were who shaped your former big screen years. They epitomized the American dream, Hollywood alpha males and the dream buff body.
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''.
Frozen looks terrific (I saw the 2D version), boasts great songs (Let It Go belted out by the peerless Idina Menzel is an instant classic), and features some witty touches.
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.
Annually the most hyped and talked about bit of fantasy on air is the Academy Awards AKA The Oscars. Yet, even with all the hype and glamour, the Oscars can't equal the Super Bowl for audience size.
Few films will impact you like 12 Years a Slave. It's brutal, tragic and an unflinching account of slavery. But such is the talent through every aspect of this production that the film is also gripping and eminently watchable.
We believe that public consultation is crucial to continued public trust in what we do. Our new Classification Guidelines reflect explicitly concerns raised by the public during the 2013 consultation and will, I believe, ensure that we continue to be in step with what the public wants and expects in order to make sensible and informed viewing decisions.
It's a film with little to seriously unsettle the viewer. Most 12 Years audiences will be expecting two-and-a-quarter hours of high-calibre spectacle on the subject of how slave-owners in USA's pre-Civil War southern states mercilessly mistreated their human "possessions". And this is precisely what they get. It's confirmational stuff.
I find it incredibly sad then that in a world where the powerful get ever more so, those without a voice are increasingly denied any real medium to express themselves in mainstream TV. I'm sure the producers are thrilled with the response to Benefits Street... Whipping up a storm is just what they wanted.
The Great Beauty is a stunning, bittersweet tragicomedy that brilliantly presents contemporary Rome on a canvas of Felliniesque Dolce Vita images with the mesmerising Toni Servillo centre stage...
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.
I liked David O Russell's latest movie. Like Ridley Scott's similar American Gangster, it was sprawling, ambitious and featured a superb cast amid a 1970s setting.
There haven't been that many movies in the same genre - Django Unchained didn't count! Weighing in, the film's director, Steve McQueen, suggested that uneasiness could be borne out of a sense of "shame". But, there's a plethora of compelling voices and stories yet to be heard and read...