A Familiar Sinking Feeling

There are three things that can be taken away from a viewing of  The Family: ‘fuck’ is a catchphrase favourite, the French really do hate the Americans, and Michelle Pfeiffer does a horrible Brooklyn accent. When this list is over, the rest of the film is remembered as rather vague, more attuned to violence in […]

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5 Of The Best… Horror Remakes

This Friday (29th November) the remake of Brian de Palma’s 1976 horror Carrie, based on Stephen King’s novel, will hit UK cinemas. Remakes can be a hit and miss affair, and it remains to be seen whether this reimagining of Carrie (directed by Kimberley Peirce) will fly or flop. Here’s our countdown of the top […]

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In Fear Terrifies

An intransigent, stripped-down chiller, In Fear – the first feature by writer/director Jeremy Lovering – boasts a plot of bold simplicity with an asphyxiating sense of tension. With a troupe of just three actors, a car and the sprawling countryside, In Fear is yet another well conducted film to look at the disconcerting prospect of […]

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Liftoff For Cuarón’s Gravity

Risky ventures are often the most rewarding. Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, written with his brother Jonas, was not considered a sure-fire hit when Warner Bros. approved its $105 million budget. Now, however, after a triumphant spell in the US box office, it finally arrives in the UK with a healthy profit, and incredible hype. The film […]

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Ender’s Game Over?

Franchises based on successful book series that can carry plentiful sequel options are hot property in Hollywood nowadays. So it’s unsurprising that Orson Scott Card’s Ender series has been picked up, and kicked off with Ender’s Game. Asa Butterfield stars as a diminutive and manipulative young boy, drafted into a training programme for prodigal strategists […]

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Times Of Woe Limit Time To Woo

Between masterminding Downton Abbey and writing for upcoming adventure epic Pompeii, Julian Fellowes has somehow found the time to adapt Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet for another big-screen outing. The result, directed by Carlo Carlei, is impressively realised considering the director has previously worked predominantly in his native language and on TV movies. Carlei’s Italian roots […]

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McAvoy Gets Filthy

The novels of Irvine Welsh are often noted for the surrealist qualities which make them difficult to envisage on the big screen. Despite this, Danny Boyle’s adaptation of Trainspotting is firmly ensconced in the pantheon of great British films, with several of its alternately horrifying and rapturous scenes embedded in the public consciousness. Now another […]

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