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Gravity scoops six BAFTAs

16 Feb 2014

Film gossip

'Gravity' won big at the BAFTAs tonight (16.02.14) taking home six awards. The 3-D space drama directed by Alfonso Cuarón and starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock was the biggest winner of the night at the British Academy of Film and…

Emma Watson sick from stagnant water

16 Feb 2014

Film gossip

Emma Watson fell ill after Darren Aronofsy banned water bottles on the set of 'Noah'. The filmmaker wanted to encourage a "pro-environment" atmosphere during filming to echo the messages of the movie, which led to the "delirious" actress drinking…

Interview: Jonathan Glazer delves Under the Skin

14 Feb 2014

In addition to Scarlett Johansson's alien character, the film features secretly-filmed Glaswegians

Under the Skin is nothing if not accurately named: once seen, it will burrow into your consciousness. It has been described as both sci-fi and horror, but the word that most accurately captures its unsettling tone is ‘alien’. That’s apt, because in the…

Interview: film director Alain Guiraudie discusses Stranger by the Lake

14 Feb 2014

The film is a provocative tale of love, passion and treachery set against a gay cruising area

His name may not be as familiar as his two openly gay French director colleagues François Ozon and André Téchiné, but Alain Guiraudie is emerging from the shadows thanks to Stranger by the Lake. His provocative tale of love, passion and treachery set…

Jared Leto finds juggling acting and music easy

14 Feb 2014

Music gossip

Jared Leto doesn't find it difficult switching from his role as a frontman to being an actor. The Thirty Seconds to Mars singer, whose recent performance in 'Dallas Buyers Club' as transgender AIDS victim Rayon has seen him win a string of awards…

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The Zero Theorem

14 Feb 20143 stars

Terry Gilliam's latest is a tale of love and loneliness that sadly fails to touch the heart

Existential equations are the at first pleasingly perplexing order of the day in the third part of Terry Gilliam's dystopian trilogy, following 1985's Brazil and 1995's 12 Monkeys. Set in the near-future and boasting an eclectic international cast, The…

Stalingrad

14 Feb 20143 stars

A well-played and vivid war story that misses the point of the titular battle

Russia’s entry to the 2014 Oscar race, and a big hit in the homeland, Stalingrad is a World War II epic less concerned with history than with a smaller, more personal story; five Russian soldiers caught up in the siege take collective responsibility for…

Under the Skin

14 Feb 20145 stars

Jonathan Glazer's Michel Faber adap is a genuinely unique, full-on sensory experience

It has been ten years since British director Jonathan Glazer’s last film – the understated, enigmatic Birth – and for much of that time he has been working away at this adaptation of Michel Faber’s cult novel. It has been time well spent, as Under the…

Wake in Fright

14 Feb 20144 stars

A fearsome treatment of Australian cultural identity, masculinity and violence

A fearsome treatment of Australian cultural identity, masculinity and violence, long unseen even in its native land due to the unavailability of a usable print, Wake in Fright has met with renewed praise since being restored from rediscovered negatives…

Stranger by the Lake

14 Feb 20144 stars

Alain Guiraudie's gay cruising thriller is an unusual and intelligent film

A mixed-up tone is customarily a negative trait in a film, but here the combination of gentle comedy, racy sex and murder works extraordinarily well, delivering a sophisticated, unpredictable and original modern noir. Pierre Deladonchamps plays Franck…

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Nymphomaniac Volumes I & II

14 Feb 20144 stars

Von Trier's latest is a multi-faceted exploration of sexuality, in all its bizarre, twisted glory

His first film since Melancholia, Lars von Trier’s two-part erotic odyssey is undoubtedly the most anticipated arthouse event of 2014. While the promised five and a half hour ‘hardcore’ version has yet to be released – and may never reach the UK – this…

Interview: horror filmmaker Ti West prepares for FrightFest

14 Feb 2014

The director of The House of the Devil and The Innkeepers is screening his latest, The Sacrament

‘Horror is one of those things I wasn't allowed to see when growing up, so of course I was totally drawn to it. It's like a magic trick, you can experience this feeling of being scared despite being in a totally safe environment,' explains Ti West the…

Only Lovers Left Alive

14 Feb 20144 stars

Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston star in Jim Jarmusch's anti-vampire, vampire film

Jim Jarmusch has made a career out of subverting the norms of genre filmmaking – indeed, his work is a genre unto itself. After the divisive The Limits of Control, his latest film (which is best described as an anti-vampire vampire film) signals a…

Lupita Nyong'o found 12 Years difficult

14 Feb 2014

Film gossip

Lupita Nyong'o found it difficult working on '12 Years A Slave'. The newcomer, who is up for a Best Supporting Actress award at the BAFTAs on Sunday (16.02.14), admits she found it daunting when she first started filming because she was working with…

Joel Kinnaman's initial hesitations about RoboCop

12 Feb 2014

Film gossip

Joel Kinnaman initially didn't want to be in 'RoboCop'. The 34-year-old actor - who plays cop Alex Murphy who is turned into a cyborg law enforcement officer in the movie - admits there is an expectation which comes with being part of a re-make of a…

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Sandra Bullock worried about bum on show

12 Feb 2014

Film gossip

Sandra Bullock was worried about her bum being on show too much when filming 'Gravity'. The 49-year-old actress, who has been nominated for an Oscar Award for female lead Dr. Ryan Stone in the hit sci-fi movie, made sure she had the best figure…

George Clooney had no time for pranks on The Monuments Men

12 Feb 2014

Film gossip

George Clooney didn't have time to play pranks while filming 'The Monuments Men'. The 52-year-old actor stars as Lieutenant Frank Stokes in the action drama which he also produced and directed, and because of the intensity of his involvement in the…

Interview: Director Jon Baird on Filth and new TV satire Babylon

11 Feb 2014

Filth star James McAvoy delivered 'one of the great movie performances'

Can you give a brief synopsis of Filth? It's about a cop in Edinburgh who appears to be in control of his life. He is manipulating everyone around him to get a promotion at work because he thinks it'll help him get his wife and daughter, who have…

The Lego Movie

11 Feb 20143 stars

A genuinely funny film from the makers of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Fast, funny and created with loving attention to detail, The Lego Movie will delight anyone who has ever played with those universally-recognised little yellow figures. Beginning at a blistering pace that never lets up, the film (from Cloudy With A…

Love is in the Air

11 Feb 20143 stars

A fluffy French twist on a typical high concept Hollywood romantic comedy

True romance is marked by missed opportunities and second chances in Love is in the Air, a slick, fluffy French confection that slides down as easily as an extra helping of tarte tatin accompanied by a dollop of creme chantilly. It is a very French…

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The Monuments Men

11 Feb 20142 stars

George Clooney's WWII art heist movie is a monument to bad filmmaking

Ocean’s Eleven does The Dirty Dozen sounds like a fun movie, right? And this George Clooney-directed WWII comedy-drama tries, all too hard, to deliver on that very idea. But even low expectations won’t help you here, with a story that’s neither amusing…

Joel Kinnaman: RoboCop costume was uncomfortable

11 Feb 2014

Film gossip

Joel Kinnaman's 'RoboCop' costume was a "challenge to put on". The 34-year-old actor plays cop Alex Murphy who is turned into a cyborg law enforcement officer in the movie and claims his iconic black costume was "uncomfortable" and he dreaded the…

Endless Love

11 Feb 20142 stars

A by-the-numbers love story starring Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde

Franco Zeffirelli's original 1981 film Endless Love (itself based on Scott Spencer's 1979 novel) was notable for featuring a very young Tom Cruise in a minor role as an arsonist. Shana Feste's remake, however, struggles to be notable for anything at…

Sandra Bullock: 'Gravity one of best filming experiences'

11 Feb 2014

Film gossip

Sandra Bullock enjoyed "one of the best filming experiences" ever while making 'Gravity'. The 49-year-old actress, who has been nominated for an Oscar Award for female lead Dr. Ryan Stone in the sci-fi thriller, admits that she enjoyed working on…

Rob Minkoff talks animation changes

11 Feb 2014

Film gossip

'Mr Peabody and Sherman' used even more artists than 'The Lion King', says director Rob Minkoff. The new animated comedy is helmed by the 51-year-old filmmaker who is also responsible for Disney's tale about loveable lion Simba, which was released in…