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When George Osborne started talking about Star Wars, you could be forgiven for thinking he was just trying to distract us post budget. But this time he is the bearer of good news, as he confirms that Star Wars is coming back to the UK.
London documentary filmmakers Gemma Atkinson and Fred Grace of Fat Rat Films have recently been undertaking an interesting experiment in online film distribution with their new short animated documentary, Act of Terror.
Arrested Development is one of the most popular cult television hits of recent times, and helped shape the careers of Jason Bateman, and Michael Cera amongst many others. And Netflix has just released the trailer for series four.
The scenes of British film pioneer Clause Frisse-Greene film about London in 1927 are both eerily familiar and yet so different to the modern, bustling city in which we live. Frisse-Greene produced some of the earliest known colour footage of London making use of the colour process his father William, a cinematographer, was experimenting with.
There are two types of audiences prevalent in our cinemas – those who eat popcorn and those who don’t. Somewhere along the quieter moments of Iron Man 3, when director Shane Black isn’t loudly crashing metal against metal, a cacophony of popcorn-munching rises above conversations between Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow on-screen, blatantly reminding myself that despite this being a multimedia screening full of press and critics, I am also in a room of the popcorn crowd.
Emanuel (Kaya Scodelario) has never been able to come to terms with her mother dying during childbirth. Her long-suffering father (Alfred Molina) and his new wife are at a loss as how to cope with the depressive and acerbic teen, especially as her upcoming birthday and the anniversary of her mother’s death throws her into even deeper despair.
Joseph Kosinki’s sci-fi pretender Oblivion arrives at our cinemas with an unmistakably bulky baggage. It piles up an excessive weight of borrowing, conscious or unintentional, bearing the absolute misfortune of being compared to a live-action version of Pixar’s dystopian romantic sci-fi WALL-E, featuring a protagonist, operating as a mechanic/repairman, roams a desecrated post-apocalyptic Earth where humans have buggered off to a different planet somewhere (this time, one of Jupiter’s moons Titan, of all places).
2009′s ‘G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra’ received mixed reviews, although I found its combination of comedy and action to be quite satisfying. Hence, I was one of the minority to actually be looking forward to ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’.
This will satisfy gorehounds in the planet – it’s balls-to-the-wall gory, graphic and executed to exaggerated extremes. Too bad it’s a needless rehash. Bruce Campbell seems to be having the last laugh.
An adaptation of Daniel Clay’s novel of the same name, Broken is jam-packed with ideas, almost all of which are well-executed. The narrative centres around 11-year-old tomboy Skunk (magnificent newcomer Eloise Laurence), a type 1 diabetic who lives in a suburban cul-de-sac with her older brother Jed (Bill Milner) and single father Archie (Tim Roth). Through Skunk’s eyes, we see the troubled lives of those around her unfold.