Tag Archive: British

Mar
31

Sally El Hosaini and James Floyd on MY BROTHER THE DEVIL

James Floyd (right) and Fady Elsayed fight the mean streets of Hackney in MY BROTHER THE DEVIL.

Breaking through the clichés is what writer/director Sally El Hosaini is all about. Her debut feature, MY BROTHER THE DEVIL, is about Egyptians living in London, and there isn’t a terrorist among them. There are, however, artists, students, drug dealers, petty thieves, and in the middle of it, two brothers, elder Rashid (James Floyd) and …

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Feb
14

Sponsored Video: Samsung Loves Monkeys & Monkeys Love Samsung

Painstaking scientific research has proven conclusively: Monkeys am funny. So when the people at Samsung wanted to demonstrate how irresistible their refrigerators are, is it any wonder they decided to do it by letting a swarm of avid simians raid the ever-so-fashionable appliances? Okay, many may regard the sight of a bunch of happy-go-lucky monkeys …

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Nov
12

Cinefantastique Spotlight: SKYFALL

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If box office numbers are to be believed, we’ve been suffering a severe case of Bond withdrawal. SKYFALL, the newest film featuring secret agent 007, had its best opening of any Bond film as the franchise celebrates its 50th anniversary. And critical consensus has so far fallen into line with that of ecstatic audiences, contending …

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Apr
08

Cinefantastique Spotlight: BURN, WITCH, BURN

Do Do That Career Advancement That You Do So Well: Janet Blair prevails upon supernatural forces to help Peter Wyngarde in BURN, WITCH, BURN.

Tricky situation this week: Two genre releases, but one, while good, is getting a very limited release to start; the other, while making it to more venues, doesn’t quite merit the attention. So we’re dipping into our 50th Anniversary archives to bring out a goody from 1962: BURN, WITCH, BURN (a.k.a. NIGHT OF THE EAGLE). …

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Mar
23

Terence Davies on THE DEEP BLUE SEA

Burned in the Heat of the Moment: Rachel Weisz (right) takes a risk with Tom Hiddleston in THE DEEP BLUE SEA.

There’s hardly room in multiplexes these days for films about love, and most that do get in are b.s. (unless you’re really into romantic entanglements between moody teen girls and even moodier teen vampires). But even if we were in the middle of a romance glut, THE DEEP BLUE SEA would stand out as an …

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Feb
06

Cinefantastique Spotlight: THE WOMAN IN BLACK

We Blame Slytherin: Daniel Radcliffe unearths the secret of a hostile spirit in THE WOMAN IN BLACK.

The balmy days of February have triggered an uncommon sense of renewal, nowhere more so than in the cinema, where, after a customarily dismal January (we’re looking at you, THE DEVIL INSIDE), there now come glimmers of hope in the entertaining and atmospheric THE WOMAN IN BLACK. Featuring a post-Potter Daniel Radcliffe as an emotionally …

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Feb
03

Ben Wheatley on KILL LIST

Descending Into the Depths: Neil Maskell (left) and Michael Smiley get in over their heads in KILL LIST.

What starts out as common, garden-variety crime thriller turns… bizarre, and then frightening, in director Ben Wheatley’s twisty new film, KILL LIST. The tale of middle class hit-man Jay (Neil Maskell), who with colleague Gal (Michael Smiley) goes out for one more job and discovers blood oaths, strange rites, and disturbingly grateful targets have been …

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Jan
30

Cinefantastique Spotlight: THE WICKER TREE

You May Feel a Burning Sensation: Brittania Nicol discovers the secrets of THE WICKER TREE.

A story as relevant as yesterday’s headlines, or too late a tale? Some thirty years ago, Cinefantastique hailed Robin Hardy’s THE WICKER MAN as “the CITIZEN KANE of horror,” lauding the Anthony Shaffer-scripted story of a god-fearing police detective trying  to solve a mystery within a community of Scottish pagans for its bold eroticism and …

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Dec
18

Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS

A Justified War: Robert Downey Jr. (right) faces down Jared Harris in SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS.

Abandon all propriety, ye who enter here. Once again, under the direction of Guy Ritchie and as embodied by Robert Downey Jr, the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes shakes off his tweedy cobwebs and gets down, dirty, and flat-out physical in SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS. Centered around the inevitable confrontation between Holmes and the …

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Dec
08

Tomas Alfredson on TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY

Spies spying on spies spying on spies: Gary Oldman explores an elaborate conspiracy in TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY.

Long for the heady, Cold War days of espionage, when spies were spies, ideologies were economics-based, and there wasn’t all this religious brouhaha muddying up the motivations? (Enhanced interrogation, though, was still pretty much the same thing.) Well, director Tomas Alfredson (LET THE RIGHT ONE IN) takes us back to that furtive, paranoia-laced era in …

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