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The Melbourne International Film Festival 2016

The Melbourne International Film Festival in Australia has just wrapped up its 65th year, and we were there for part of it to take in the crazy atmosphere, the workshops, lectures and networking of their Accelerator industry program, and of course to see a few films

War Dogs – Hustling For The American Dream featurette

The unbelievable story of a pair of twenty-somethings who land a $300 million deal with the U.S. government comes to cinemas August 26.

The Captain America European Press Conference: What did we learn?

The Avengers reassembled for an 11-man and 2-woman star-studded press conference on Monday afternoon. The cast were, for the most-part, friendly with each other.

Close-Up with… Eric Bana, on Special Correspondents

Laid back (quite literally on a comfy looking sofa) and relaxed, Eric Bana in real life is as far from his new onscreen persona of Frank Bonneville than you could imagine.

Dakota Johnson stars in the short film ‘Vale’

Estrella Damm is proud to present ‘Vale’ a new short film by award winning Alejandro Amenábar (The Others), starring Dakota Johnson (50 Shades of Grey, A Bigger Splash), Natalia Tena (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones) and Quim Gutiérrez (3 Bodas de más, Primos) that gives a warm-hearted insight into friendship in the Mediterranean, as a group of young people explore the island of Ibiza.

The Boss – Look Inside featurette

Academy Award®-nominated star Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, The Heat, Tammy) headlines The Boss as a titan of industry who is sent to prison after she’s caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.

Less than six weeks since the Oscars – can you remember who won what?

It’s less than six weeks since the Oscars but can you still remember who won what?

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2: The Big Fat Story

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, the long-awaited follow-up to the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time. Written by Academy Award® nominee Nia Vardalos.

Oscar Issac’s Best FIlm Roles

Up until mega-blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens you could very well be forgiven for asking, ‘Who is Oscar Isaac?’ Since then it’s more likely to be ‘Where can I see more Oscar Isaac?’

Brooklyn: Saoirse Ronan interview

A young woman must make the difficult choices that will define the rest of her life as the BAFTA and Academy Award®-nominated BROOKLYN arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and EST from February 29th

Best Female Road Trip Films

Following a five year hiatus from rom-coms Sarah Jessica Parker returns in the brilliant All Roads Lead to Rome.

Desert Horror Top 10

Desolate landscapes make the perfect setting for horror films, with the isolation of a barren desert being particularly effective in providing an oppressive atmosphere for a disturbing assault on the senses.

Walt Disney Records Release ‘Pete’s Dragon’ Soundtrack

The album features 3 original songs written for the film including “Nobody Knows” performed by the Lumineers, the end credit track “Something Wild” by electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling featuring Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness and “The Dragon Song” performed by Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy.

Trainspotting Live Event At Empire’s Ultimate Film & Entertainment Weekend

EMPIRE, the world’s biggest movie magazine, has unveiled further tantalising programming announcements for the upcoming AMERICAN AIRLINES PRESENTS EMPIRE LIVE, 2016’s ultimate film and entertainment weekend

The Science on Screen series at Barbican

The popular Science on Screen series continues at Barbican Cinemas, exploring the space where science and culture overlap.

Code of Honour Coming To DVD&Digital

ROBERT SIKES and WILLIAM PORTER served together in the US Special Forces in the Middle East. Both were exceptional soldiers, but Sikes went MIA after he received word that his wife and young son were innocent victims of a gangland drive-by shooting. He returns home and massacres a large group of drug dealers who are meeting late at night.

Barbican Film – She’s So Giallo

For roughly eight years, the giallo – this quintessentially Italian genre – stacked up the bodies, scattered red herrings and oozed style before fading away, nearly forgotten by the general public, though later it would inspire the likes of Quentin Tarantino, William Friedkin and Nicholas Winding Refn.

Film4 Summer Screen line-up announced

Somerset Houses’s unmissable outdoor movie season is back in August. Watching a film on the cobbles with a picnic is a practically perfect summer night out.

Ken Loach’s film I, Daniel Blake has won the Palme d’Or

It was the 79-year-old’s second award for best picture at the festival after 2006’s The Wind That Shakes the Barley.

Production of The San Jose Announced

Shipwreck Movie Rights Ltd., in association with Rampage Entertainment and Byron A. Martin Productions, has just acquired the exclusive rights and launched the production of The San Jose, a dramatic feature film about the Spanish galleon San Jose and its $17 billion treasure.

Alice Through The Looking Glass – European Premiere

In Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” an all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories, Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter.

London Film Festival Continues Collaboration

Following a successful six year collaboration, the BFI London Film Festival (LFF) and American Express announce a continuation of their partnership, which will see American Express remain as Principal Sponsor and Preferred Payment Partner.

MORNING AFTER A Funny and Provocative New Drama

Flirt Films announces the production of Morning After, a bold and playful...

The Secret Cinema 28 Days Later event

The Secret Cinema 28 Days Later event (14th April 2016 – 29th May 2016) continues to ravage its way through London.

From the Melbourne Film Festival: The Family

With the Manson Family still regularly in the news and often fictionalized on our screens (August 9 was the 47th anniversary of the shocking murders), it’s inevitable that people will be drawn to this new documentary about another cult utilizing the same moniker.

From the Melbourne Film Festival: Mahana

1960s New Zealand and Grandfather (Morrison) is the patriarch of the Mahana family. He rules with an iron fist, but there’s no velvet glove underneath.

From the Melbourne Film Festival: Kedi

Instanbul has been in the spotlight recently – for all the wrong reasons – so it’s refreshing to watch this short and sweet Turkish-language documentary about the furry symbols of the capital city.

From the Melbourne Film Festival: What’s In The Darkness

In the wake of the unexpected success of The Wailing, audiences are even more open to films from South Korea and China, especially when they’re based around horror and the supernatural – something filmmakers from here seem to do with great suspense (and often not a little confusion too, for Western audiences at least).

From the Melbourne Film Festival: 11 Minutes

Dir. Jerzy Skolimowski, Poland/Ireland, 2016, 81 mins Cast: Richard...

David Brent: Life on the Road (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Picking up on Brent twelve years after “The Office”, he is now a travelling salesman with a cleaning and ladies’ personal hygiene products company – so no longer the boss. He is though about to go for his dream of being a rock and roll star by cashing in his pensions to bankroll a tour of the UK with the band he has got together.

400 Days (15) | Close-Up Film Review

“400 Days” is an interestingly ambitious low budget sci-fi effort. Writer/director Matt Osterman made it for well under a million dollars and the credits tell us it was edited on the low budget editing programme Final Cut Pro 7. Visually he’s got a lot of bang for his buck.

The BFG (PG) | Close-Up Film Review

When the BFG (Mark Rylance) realises that young Sophie (Ruby Barnhill), who has been walking around the orphanage where she lives, has seen him making his way through her part of London late at night in the late 20th century, he takes her back to his home in Giant Country.

The Shallows (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

On arriving at a secret beach she was told about by her late mother, stressed-out medical student Nancy (Blake Lively) finally feels like she can catch some waves, bask in the sun, and chill out – despite the worries of her family about where she is.

The Carer (15) | Close-Up Film Review

In a role not dissimilar in some ways to the late Richard Johnson’s in last year’s “Radiator”, Brian Cox plays a once powerful man laid low by age and illness.

The Secret Lives of Pets (U) | Close-Up Film Review

Although called somewhat scary by a tiny child, this animated feature is well made with a good story and some cute animals. It is directed by Chris Renaud and features a number of American stars as the voices of the animal characters.

The Legend of Tarzan (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

I think some people are being rather snooty about this film. Although it is directed by David Yates who made the final four Harry Potter films, The Legend of Tarzan was never going to be a highbrow cultural event.

Visions (15) | Home Ents Review

Blumhouse productions are known for their low budget, big box office horrors. Having previously made such chillers as Insidious and Paranormal Activity, what will this new Polish production about haunting foresight bring them?

Gilda (PG) | Home Ents Review

Charles Vidor’s enthralling film-noir Gilda, featuring a career-defining performance from Rita Hayworth at the heart of a tempestuous love triangle, has finally been released on Blu-Ray for the first time in the UK.

Bone Tomahawk (18) | Home Ents Review

Stephen Spielberg was recently quoted as saying ‘there will be a time when the superhero movie goes the way of the Western’. Well if ‘Bone Tomahawk’ is an indication of the way of the Western, then the superhero movie going that way is fine by me.

Here Comes Mr Jordan (U) | Home Ents Review

Nestling in a unique space somewhere between Harvey and It’s a Wonderful Life, Here Comes Mr. Jordan tells the fascinating tale of a boxer, Joe Pendleton (Robert Montgomery), who is taken to the afterlife following a near-fatal plane crash whilst flying solo on his way to fight for the title.

Dissent & Disruption: Alan Clarke at the BBC (18) | Home Ents Review

The chances are that you cannot name a single director of tv dramas from what are often called the golden years of British tv. If you can, the name on your lips is probaby Alan Clarke – whose astonishing body of work from 20 years at the BBC has now been released in two formats: a sumptuous 13 disc Blu-ray box set and two 6 discs DVD sets.

Stuff and Dough (12) | Home Ents Review

Stuff and Dough is a masterclass in fresh film-making, resonating with several genres to great effect (disaffected youth, grimy realism, thriller) to create something unique yet wonderfully familiar; while keeping up a sprightly, light tone throughout. Now, you definitely can’t say the latter about Puiu’s follow-up films.

Scott of the Antarctic (PG) |Home Ents Review

Studio Canal’s Vintage Classic series brings us yet another treat with this lovingly restored edition of “Scott of the Antarctic”. Jack Cardiff’s cinematography hardly needs my endorsement but the painstaking restoration work by the team at Pinewood Studios really shows. The image is pin-sharp with none of that slight fringing we’re accustomed to seeing in unrestored early Technicolor films

Journey to the Shore (12) | Home Ents Review

There is no shortage of films about love carrying on into the afterlife. On one end of the spectrum you’ve got films like ‘Ghost’, on the other is the likes of ‘Truly Madly Deeply’. From Japanese writer/director Kiyoshi Kirosawa comes the latest addition to the ghost romance genre.

Our Little Sister (PG) | Home Ents Review

Sachi (Haruka Ayase), Yoshino (Masami Nagasawa) and Chika (Kaho) are three sisters who live a seemingly idyllic life in their family home. When they hear that their father, a man absent for many years, has died and that he had a teenage daughter, Suzu (Suzu Hirose), from another relationship, they attend his funeral and meet Suzu

Edvard Munch (PG) | Home Ents Review

This austere, informative portrait of the Expressionist painter of the iconic ‘The Scream’ really puts the viewer through the wringer – in a good way, that the artist himself might have commended.

Creed (12) | Home Ents Review

Creed is touted as a “Rocky for a new generation”, but do we really need one? Isn’t all that rags to riches and defeating the odds been completed in other movies?

Youth (15) | Home Ents Review

Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel star as two aging artist best friends, staying in a Swiss-Alps spa for the mostly old or lost folk, in which they discuss and dissect their past and their creative careers but want to end them on different spectrums.

Swallows & Amazons – Clip starring Harry Enfield

There’s just a few days until Swallows And Amazons is released in UK cinemas on August 19th, and to celebrate this final countdown take a look at this new clip from the film.

Trailer: The Idol

A young boy in Gaza, Mohammad, dreams of singing in the Cairo Opera House and for the world to hear his voice.

Trailer: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

New trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, about the unlikely heroes who unite to undertake a daring and seemingly impossible mission to steal the plans for the Death Star

New Clip From The Colony

A tense face off between Emma Watson’s character, Lena, and Michael Nyqvist as the notorious, charismatic and unflinching Paul Schäfer, leader of the German sect in Chile, Colonia Dignidad.

Trailer: Ouija: Origin of Evil

It was never just a game. Inviting audiences again into the lore of the spirit board, Ouija: Origin of Evil tells a terrifying new tale as the follow-up to 2014’s sleeper hit that opened at number one.

Trailer: Keeping Up With the Joneses

An ordinary suburban couple (Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher) finds it’s not easy keeping up with the Joneses (Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot) – their impossibly gorgeous and ultra-sophisticated new neighbors

Trailer: Precious Cargo

After a botched heist, Eddie, a murderous crime boss, hunts down Karen, the seductive thief who failed him. In order to win back Eddie’s trust, Karen recruits her ex-lover and premier thief Jack to steal a cargo of rare precious gems.

Trailer: Learning To Drive

Learning to Drive. The feel good coming of (middle) age drama stars Sir Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson and hits cinemas on June 10th.

Trailer: Star Trek Beyond

In “Beyond,” the Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.

New Clip For The Trust

Bad Lieutenant meets Lethal Weapon in this blackly-comic buddy cop thriller. Nicolas Cage delivers his best performance in years as a nihilistic cop who teams with a reluctant young officer played by Elijah Wood

New Clip For Alice Through The Looking Glass

Disney have launched a new clip for Alice Through The Looking Glass titled ‘The Young Hatter’. The film will be released in UK Cinemas on Friday 27th May, 2016.

Trailer: Tank 432

From director Nick Gillespie and executive producer Ben Wheatley (Director Kill List, High Rise), comes this knife-edged thriller about a band of mercenary soldiers battling to escape a mysterious, unseen enemy.