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Barbican Film: ‘Seven Samurai’

Proceeding last month’s brilliant Takeshi Kitano programme, it was typically appropriate for the Barbican to round off the Akira Kurosawa Directorspective season with a screening of the hugely popular and critically acclaimed Seven Samurai (1954).Kurosawa’s fifteenth […]

Film Review: Season of the Witch

★★★☆☆ Death, plague, Nicolas Cage – what could possibly unite such an unholy trilogy. Could it be… witchcraft? Dominic Sena’s plumping for a big fat yes with his ridiculous titled effort Season of the Witch (2010) (not […]

Film Review: ‘127 Hours’

★★★★☆ Foresight is a wonderful thing. With the gift of foresight, British director Danny Boyle – perhaps best known for the cult classic Trainspotting (1996) and 2008’s Academy Award-winning, feel good hit Slumdog Millionaire – would […]

Film Review: ‘The King’s Speech’

★★★★☆ The King’s Speech (2010) delves deep into the relationship between two men – one a common man and the other a royal – by exploring the romance of true friendship and asks us to invest […]

Film Review: ‘The Next Three Days’

★★☆☆☆ An argument at the office holds horrifying consequences for Elizabeth Banks’ Lara Brennan in Paul Haggis’s The Next Three Days (2010). After police raid her idyllic family home – where she lives happily with husband […]

Special Feature: The Most Anticipated Films of 2011

Happy New Year one and all and welcome officially to 2011! The last twelve months have arguably been a great cumulative year for cinema, but with new films scheduled for release from British Oscar winner Danny […]

Barbican Film: Andrei Konchalovsky Directorspective

This January, Barbican Film’s regular director retrospective series presents the films of one of Russia’s best known and revered Russian film makers, Andrei Konchalovsky.Konchalovsky was student to the celebrated Mosfilm veteran Mikhail Romm at VKIG (Moscow State Film […]

DVD Releases: ‘Freakonomics’

Based off the bestselling book by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, Freakonomics (2010) brings together five documentary film makers – each tackling their own unique chapters loosely relating to an aspect of the human condition – including Morgan […]

DVD Releases: ‘Deep Red’

Continuing Arrow Video’s campaign to reinvigorate ageing ‘giallo’ exploitation cinema with the freshness of high definition, Dario Argento’s Deep Red (1975) is released today on Blu-ray disc. Beginning with the violent slaughter of a psychic, Argento’s cult […]

DVD Review: ‘A Serbian Film’

★☆☆☆☆  There are, it would seem, a growing number of films that can claim to have at one stage carried the hallowed moniker ‘the most controversial film of all time’. Controversy is, of course, entirely subjective – Mel […]