German filmmaker Marc Wiese throws a light on North Korea's labour camp system in the feature documentary, Camp 14: Total Control Zone.
It is 40 years since the Wicker Man first bore its indelible image of a giant burning human-shaped casket onto the retinas of cinema-goers. Now, in a new restoration and a new cut - classed emphatically as the 'final cut' - the film will once again be released theatrically.
Each time the subject of peace is raised a cynical question follows: is it even possible? Of course this presupposes one single definition of peace --...
White House Down won't win any Oscars or Baftas for best film. It will possibly win Razzies, but that's not to say it's a bad film. However, it is two hours of gloriously silly escapism.
As an inventor and business leader, Ray Dolby achieved great heights and motivated those around him to keep developing and pushing the boundaries. Staff at Dolby tell me that he was and will continue to be, an inspiration to them.
This documentary is a personal portrait of the professor himself, author of the bestselling title "A Brief History of Time". It follows his life from his birth to middle-class parents in Oxford, his early childhood and life as an undergraduate at Oxford to his work on the physics of black holes, as well as the onset of the disease that would eventually cripple him.
So. I hate musicals: my dirty little secret. They're too brash, too cheery. The overacting, injected with a fake sugary merriment, seems exhausting. I find myself pinning my face into the shape of a smile, and holding it there until the show's over.
The good news is it loses little on Blu Ray. The uber crisp picture and thunderous soundtrack is well worth a few extra quid, as is the witty yack track by Black and Brit co-writer Drew Pearce.
The Counselor, directed by Ridley Scott, from a screenplay by Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men), follows a lawyer (Michael Fassbender) who thinks he can dabble in the drug trafficking business, make a quick buck and jump right out.
The trouble with watching a biopic based on events you have witnessed first-hand is that one's brain is subconsciously pre-programmed to take a jaundiced view of what is dished up for your delectation on the silver screen...
We chatted about the current climate of LGBT rights, how Fine managed to avoid Hollywood clichés, and finally, what its really like working with "whip-smart" actor Alan Cumming:
Despite the queues, despite the heavy closed door to Screen six that you can't open because you have your hands full, despite the criminal expense of junk food and the person sitting in front having some kind of afro tribute to Abraham Lincoln's hat, despite everyone's very best efforts to make it impossible - I do enjoy the cinema...
The first third of Riddick drags like a wet bank holiday Monday, or a party political broadcast in bullet time. Despite being stranded on a planet full of a ravenous dingo-type predators, our hero manages to fend them off, pinches one of the cubs/puppies (reminiscent of Scrappy-Doo in the Scooby-Doo live-action version), and clashes with assorted scorpion-like beasts.
Based on Patrick White's acclaimed novel, veteran Australian director, Fred Schepisi's 'The Eye of the Storm' is a savage yet darkly funny,exploration of family relationships and the sharp undercurrents of love and hate, comedy and tragedy which define them.
Morocco was a whirlwind of bikes, scooters, heat and extremely pushy/ enthusiastic merchants, selling everything from slippers to spices. It is a place where you need to watch your back for bikes; or otherwise be mowed down, and be careful of eye contact unless, that is, you really want to buy something.
When I was asked to think about a project drawing on the musical history of Carnaby (Carnaby Street itself plus the 12 streets that surround it), I thought about what it meant for a place to be so strongly associated with a time, in the way Carnaby Street has been with the 1960s. Often when I have mentioned the project to people, they have answered by talking about 'that time' as if it only existed then.