As the only person seen on screen for the full duration of Warren Dudley’s tense and enthralling Cage, Lucy Quinlan has a mammoth task upon her hands and provides a striking and incredible performance to help drive the film’s rather strong...
This week, we were lucky enough to be invited to Lucasfilm and X3 Production’s fabulous new Star Wars exhibition – Star Wars Identities – at The O2 Arena in North Greenwich, London. Open until 3rd September, this fantastic interactive...
The kind folks at Paramount Pictures UK have just brightened this particularly gloomy Wednesday by providing us with the latest trailer for Baywatch! The film – which is one of Filmoria’s 20 Must-See Movies Still to Come in 2017 – features...
Hailee Steinfeld shines in Kelly Fremon Craig’s coming-of-age love letter to John Hughes. Steinfeld stars as the awkward Nadine, the kind of inexplicably unpopular student we’ve seen many times in American teen movies – too pretty to actually be a social outcast if it were real life, but the film pulls off convincing us she is through her social awkwardness, her off-beat dress sense and her relationship with her super-popular brother.... Read more
Television-to-film adaptations have had a checkered history over the years – while Star Trek, Mission: Impossible and Sex and the City have had success, at least in box office terms, there have been some real shockers brought to the big screen. On the other hand, The Honeymooners, The Avengers and Lost in Space and many others have failed to translate their tales. CHiPs (California Highway Patrol), the latest and long-gestating adaptation of... Read more
The famous film proverb reads “In space, no-one can hear you scream”. Well, the one that’s been famous since 1977. Since then many have tried and failed to replicate the claustrophobic terrors of Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi masterpiece and now 40 years later, it’s the turn of Life to step up to the plate and try its luck. But where others have floundered, Daniel Espinosa’s alien-loose-in-space tale does very admirably... Read more
Once something of a mainstay in cinemas, films about World War II have faded into the background in recent years and the few that have made it onto the big screen have been something of a disappointment. Think of the recent Allied, the star-studded Monuments Men and Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken. Only Brad Pitt’s Fury kept comfortably kept its head above water. Sadly, the latest offering, Another Mother’s Son, seems determined to continue that downward... Read more
Over 350,000 new cases of cancer arise every single year in the UK and with doctors looking to discover the latest in cures for the disease around the clock there is hope that the survival rate can go way beyond the current approximation of 50%. With such a disease still all too present in the world and families being massively affected by the repercussions of such an illness, the movies have always taken a respectably tender approach to such a strong... Read more
It’s been something of a strange pre-release for Asghar Farhadi’s latest The Salesman. Even before many get the chance to see the film, it has been the subject of much talk due to events in the US in recent months, but in a strange way this all works in its favour. Farhadi’s latest has been building in momentum and anticipation throughout the period, and indeed its recent win for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards in February only... Read more
Debutant writer-director Nicolas Pesce has crafted an immaculately horrifying vision with The Eyes of My Mother; a bloodcurdling monochrome nightmare, which drip-feeds dread with malicious precision. In an era defined by lazy, recycled scare tactics, this briskly-paced, cinematically-rich examination of fear burrows deep into the darkest recesses of the psyche, and refuses to budge long after the curtain call. This artful, yet unashamedly depraved,... Read more
The movies have often conjured up scenarios in which our core character finds themselves in a predicament that involves claustrophobia and an immense sense of dread. This in turn sucks us in as an audience, with the circumstances of their captivity often the driving force for us to continue watching and the sheer emotional weight on the character often providing the most magnetic of viewing. One such film looking to capture this very essence is Warren... Read more
Icíar Bollaín’s The Olive Tree – written by her partner Paul Laverty – is a poignant and personal account of determination. This Spanish social realist piece offers all the hallmarks of the Ken Loach collaborator’s back catalogue; such as his scripts for the Palme d’Or-winning The Wind That Shakes the Barley, and most recently I, Daniel Blake, replacing world-worn council estates with sun-kissed, foliage-rich landscapes.... Read more
It’s late at night and a guy wanders through a pleasant suburb, checking his phone. Then he realises he’s being followed by a car. It’s playing Flanagan and Allen’s “Run, Rabbit, Run”. Never has that trite little song seemed so sinister, or so strangely funny, and yet it rather sets the tone for Jordan Peele’s debut as a director, Get Out. Not that he’s a complete newbie to movies, with acting and voiceover credits to his name,... Read more
The world we live in today is simply obsessed with likes, hashtags and breaking the mould to ultimately ‘go viral’. With the likes of Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram dominating our daily routines, the landscape of technology and the way in which we interact has forever changed. With that taken into account, talented Norwegian director Martin Sofiedal heads behind the camera once more and this time brings us his latest short film,... Read more
Whether by alcohol poisoning or orders which see pledges undertake activities that are simply inhumane and a real danger to life, hazing has been a cause of multiple deaths over the decades. The initiation process of becoming part of a fraternity in America is often a gruelling one and has seen a shocking number of people lose their lives in being forced to proceed with these tasks of sheer brutality. America now sees 44 of its 50 states having enforced... Read more