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DVD Review: 'The Zero Theorem'

5 hours ago

★★★☆☆The latest mind-bending science fiction fantasy feature from American animator and director Terry Gilliam, The Zero Theorem (2013) depicts an admirable quest for higher meaning in the digital age, playing like a sadder B-side to 1985's Brazil. Detractors of the former Python's peculiar brand of fantastical whimsy will not find anything to convert them to the cause, but fans will find the picture to be a welcome compendium of his work to date. Gilliam, essentially a genre unto himself, mines his favourite thematic concerns, albeit with a modern slant. While it's unfair to call such an imaginative work predictable, there is a niggling sense that Gilliam is firmly operating within his comfort zone.

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DVD Review: 'Visitors'

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★★★☆☆A trance-like meditation on humanity's relationship with technology, Godfrey Reggio's non-narrative documentary Visitors (2013) is an anthropological examination of postmodernity and capitalism's affects on human evolution. A poetic montage of intensely moving imagery, the profundity of Reggio's latest allows the audience to study themselves through the eyes of another, and in doing so attempt to understand the essence of our nature. Visitors is Reggio's first film in over a decade after his Qatsi Trilogy, concluding in 2002 with Naqoyqatsi. The trio wowed audiences, with their hypnotic sequences of time-lapse photography and slow motion coalescing beautifully with Phillip Glass' intense scores.

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DVD Review: 'A Hard Day's Night'

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★★★★☆A quasi-verité document of The Beatles at the height of Beatlemania, A Hard Day's Night (1964) is the unlikeliest of triumphs. The fact that Richard Lester makes the disparate elements work is tantamount to a cinematic miracle. The odds were aligned against him; a pop group who hadn't acted, an overbearing manager and an almost entirely plotless narrative. Indeed, the film is a rare instance of the stars perfectly aligning; a form of artistic alchemy predicated on the director's broad still set and his mainline into the zeitgeist of the Swinging Sixties. It's a film that succeeds thanks to the unique tension created by its competing elements. Crucially, writer Alun Jones' humorous script is a key foundation.

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DVD Review: 'The Lego Movie'

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★★★★☆"Everything is awesome" according to the whimsical song that's played repeatedly across plastic protagonist Emmett's (the voice of Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World star Chris Pratt) hometown. He spends his time assembling things out of tiny bricks, obediently following the manual. That, however, is exactly what Christopher Miller and Phil Lord's The Lego Movie (2014) doesn't do. Funded by Lego, it's a showcase for a construction toy that deconstructs everything in sight. Emmett's neatly interlocking world is demolished almost immediately when he discovers that he is "The Special", destined by prophecy to stop antagonist Lord Business (Will Ferrell).

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Competition: Win 'A Hard Day's Night' on Blu

6 hours ago

Back in 1964, the biggest band on the planet made their inaugural movie appearance with Richard Lester's Swinging Sixties caper A Hard Day's Night, a groundbreaking film that presented a typical day in the life of The Fab Four as they tried to outrun screaming fans, find Paul's mischievous grandfather, deal with a stressed TV producer and make it to the show on time. To celebrate the home entertainment release of A Hard Day's Night, we have Three Blu-ray copies to give away to fervent Beatles fans across the UK, generously offered up by the distributor of this brand new rereleased version Second Sight. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.

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Competition: Win 'Under the Skin' *closed*

7 hours ago

Directed by acclaimed British filmmaker Jonathan Glazer (whose previous stellar outings include Sexy Beast and Birth), Under the Skin (2013) features an absolutely mesmerising performance from American actress Scarlett Johansson as a seductive alien temptress preying upon lonely male hitchhikers in Scotland. To celebrate the home entertainment release of Under the Skin this coming Monday (14 July), we have Three Blu-ray copies of Glazer's unforgettable sci-fi offering to offer out to our readers courtesy of the fine folks at UK distributors StudioCanal. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.

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DVD Review: 'Under the Skin'

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★★★★★The term 'alien' is originally descended from the Latin expression 'alienus', roughly translating into modern English as something 'belonging to another'. This points us firmly towards the direction of tonal enlightenment offered in Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin (2013). There's a Trojan horse-like nature to its formal audacity; are we watching an alien traipsing the streets of Glasgow and attempting to tempt and trick its male denizens into her perambulator lair of the mythical white van, or is Glazer instead trying to peer among the base questions of existence? To the naked eye, Under the Skin follows Scarlett Johansson's unnamed alien as she traps men before they're absorbed into black nothingness.

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Competition: Win 'Mistaken for Strangers' *closed*

7 hours ago

In 2010, Us rock band The National released their fifth album, High Violet. After ten years as critical darlings, the band was finally enjoying wider recognition. As they were about to embark on the biggest tour of their career, lead singer Matt Berninger invited his younger brother, Tom, to be a part of their tour crew. A budding filmmaker and horror movie enthusiast, Tom brought along his camera to film the experience. To celebrate the DVD release of Mistaken for Strangers (2013) this Monday (14 July), we have Three copies to give away courtesy of UK distributors Dogwoof. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.

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Competition: Win 'The Lunchbox' *closed*

7 hours ago

India's hottest indie film of the year, Ritesh Batra's directorial debut The Lunchbox (2013) is a feel-good romance with global appeal, and comes to DVD and Blu-ray this coming Monday (14 July). To celebrate the home entertainment release of Batra's winning offering, which is guaranteed to please foodies and world cinema fans alike, we have Three brand new DVD copies of The Lunchbox to give away to our regular and returning readers, kindly provided to us by the always generous team at the film's UK distributors and friends of the site Artificial Eye. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.

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