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Watch: Exclusive Clip From Kornél Mundruczó’s ‘White God’

3 hours ago

We’ve got an exclusive clip from the tremendous White God, which revolves around the love between a young girl and her beloved dog that’s been thrown out by her estranged father. But this film isn’t your usual ‘coming-of-age’ film or animal adventure, it’s gritty and original – Click here for my 5-star review.

Director Kornél Mundruczó has given us a courageous movie that blends genres and makes for a riveting socially conscious drama is a cautionary tale between a superior species and its disgraced inferior.

Favouring pedigree dogs, a new regulation puts a severe tax on mixed breeds. Owners dump their dogs and shelters become overcrowded. 13-year-old Lili fights desperately to protect her pet Hagen, but her father eventually sets the dog free on the streets. Hagen and his master search desperately for each other until Lili loses faith. Struggling to survive, Hagen realizes that not everyone »

- Dan Bullock

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Win Gritty & Fantastic ’71 On DVD!

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The explosive ‘71 will be available on DVD, Blu-Ray and VOD from 9th March 2015, following the Est release on 2nd March, and we’ve got three to giveaway on DVD!

Jack O’Connell plays Gary Hook, a young British soldier accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast. Unable to tell friend from foe, and increasingly wary of his own comrades, the raw recruit must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorientating, alien and deadly landscape.

Jack O’Connell (Starred Up) leads a superb cast including Sean Harris (Macbeth, Deliver us from Evil), Killian Scott (Calvary), Richard Dormer (Game of Thrones), Paul Anderson (Peaky Blinders), Martin McCann and Charlie Murphy . ’71 is the film feature directorial debut of Yann Demange and is based on a screen play by acclaimed writer Gregory Burke (Black Watch). An ultra-limited edition Blu-ray steelbook will also »

- Dan Bullock

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October Gale Review

7 hours ago

Director: Ruba Nadda

Cast: Patricia Clarkson, Scott Speedman, Tim Roth, Aidan Devine, Callum Keith Rennie

Run Time: 91 minutes

Synopsis: Whilst mourning the death of her husband on their island retreat, a widowed doctor is forced to treat a mysterious man who washes ashore during stormy weather with a gunshot wound. 

Premiering during a special presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), October Gale is a dramatic thriller that’s too devoid of tension to be considered thrilling and far short of emotional and relatable characters to be considered dramatic.

All this is a shame because the opening sequence of sweeping Parry Sound long shots and Steadicam shots of Helen (Patricia Clarkson) opening and cleaning the family’s vacation cottage offered a promising segue into what appears to be (on the surface), a study in normative bereavement with a murderous twist. Likewise, the film’s setting is a beautiful contradiction »

- Sacha Hall

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BAFTA Shorts Tour

8 hours ago

With short films performing well at both the Oscars and BAFTA’s some readers out there will be very excited to hear that next week sees a tour (to select UK cinemas) of BAFTA nominated films begin.

For a third year, BAFTA is partnering with distributor the Independent Cinema Office (Ico), which is handling all UK theatrical bookings, and with the British Council, which will tour the films internationally through their network of offices in 110 countries.

Selected screenings of the films – which were nominated in the British Short Film and British Short Animation categories – will be followed by a Q&A session with the filmmakers, who this year include several beneficiaries of BAFTA new talent initiatives, such as: BAFTA Scholarship recipient Daisy Jacobs, who was also nominated for an Oscar for the breath-taking The Bigger Picture.

Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA, said:

“We are delighted to be bringing »

- Kat Smith

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Why I Love Paddy Considine – A ‘Pride’ Feature

11 hours ago

After its phenomenal success at this season’s award ceremonies, including winning the BAFTA for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer (awarded to writers Stephen Beresford and David Livingstone), Pride finally arrives on DVD today!

With a stellar British cast – Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Andrew Scott, George MacKay, Joe Gilgun, Ben Schnetzer, Freddie Fox and Jessica Gunning, among many more – stand-out independent actor and director Paddy Considine also co-stars.

To celebrate the release, I’ve created a shortlist of my favourite Considine performances and not forgetting to mention he’s a huge Adam Ant fan – as am I – so we should be best friends…

The World’S End

(Edgar Wright, 2013)

First up is Edgar Wright’s The World’S End, the concluding third part of his famous Cornetto Trilogy. Gary King (Simon Pegg) leads his childhood friends – Andy (Nick Frost), Steven (Considine), Oliver (Martin Freeman »

- Jazmine Sky Bradley

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Eddie Redmayne Chuffed For ‘Thomas The Tank Engine’

12 hours ago

His childlike glee was one of the highlights of this year’s Oscar ceremony and it seems Eddie Redmayne really is young at heart. Having secured Hollywood’s highest accolade, he’s jumped aboard a straight-to-dvd animated movie of evergreen kids’ favourite Thomas The Tank Engine.

With an unusual subtitle of Sodor’s Legend Of The Lost Treasure, the new production also stars John Hurt and Jamie Campbell Bower. Sodor is the fictional island location where the stories are set, though sounds for all the world like something out of Lord Of The Rings these days.

Created by the Rev W. Awdry in 1946, the brand has seen a few adaptations, most notably the TV series voiced by Ringo Starr. However its first and only feature length outing was Thomas And The Magic Railroad, a lamentable live action film starring Alec Baldwin and Peter Fonda.

Redmayne voices articulate train Ryan, and »

- Steve Palace

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Pride DVD Review

12 hours ago

Director: Matthew Warchus

Starring: Bill Nighy, Andrew ScottPaddy Considine, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton, George MacKay, Jessica Gunning

Running Time: 120 minutes

Certificate: 15

Extras: The True Story Featurette, Making Of Featurette, Deleted Scenes, Feature Audio Commentary with Director Matthew Warchus and writer Stephen Beresford, Theatrical Trailer, Audio Description.

Pride is a true celebration of overcoming unexpected obstacles that in the mid-80s were controversial during volatile political times in the UK. With the miners striking, HIV AIDS in its early stages of spreading and the gay and lesbian community more rightfully prominent in their stature and awareness, a group of UK gay campaigners in 1984 get together to help miners during their extensive strike of the National Union of Mineworkers.

Initially based in London, we learn about the lives of a dedicated group of gay and lesbian activists who are looking to back something they believe in and raise the profile of »

- Dan Bullock

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The Best Of Nicolas Cage

14 hours ago

Cult favourite Nicolas Cage has carved out an eclectic and brilliant career spanning the decades and across genres, with forays into action, drama and comic book adaptations to name but a few. To celebrate the release of his latest film, Dying Of The Light, out on Blu-ray and DVD now courtesy of Signature Entertainment, we take a look back at some of his greatest roles.

Dying Of The Light (2015)

This brilliant thriller, directed by Paul Schrader and executive produced by cinematic wunderkind Nicolas Winding Refn, stars Cage as Evan Lake, a desk-bound Langley CIA agent, forced into retirement by signs of early onset dementia. At the same time he discovers that his former nemesis, Jihadist Muhhamed Banir (Alexander KarimZero Dark Thirty, TV’s Tyrant), is not dead as has been assumed for the last two decades, but alive and receiving experimental medical treatment. Banir’s exact location is unknown »

- Jazmine Sky Bradley

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