Event Review

As 2001: A Space Odyssey warps back into cinemas, the Smoke Screen recalls speaking to the original Discovery astronauts

GARY LOCKWOOD AND KEIR DULLEA IN 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. With 2001: A Space Odyssey, director Stanley Kubrick redefined the science-fiction film genre,  the limits of filmmaking itself, and cemented his legacy as one of the most revolutionary and influential film directors of all time. Originally released in 70mm Cinerama roadshow format on April 3 1968, the […]

Event Review: Science Fiction Theatre presents: 1973s Westworld

With HBOs highly-acclaimed new scifi show Westworld currently enjoying lashings of critical praise, whilst also consuming the tireless brains of hardcore fans determined to unearth the show’s underlying mythology, the gurus behind the film club Science Fiction Theatre felt the time was right to revisit the original 1973 film that HBO mined for its new […]

Irish Film Festival London 2016 review: I Am Not a Serial Killer

Director: Billy O’Brien 15 | 1h 44min | Thriller | 9 December 2016 (UK) Playing Irish Film Festival 2016 on November 25. RATING: ★★★★☆ With the Irish Film Festival in London now underway, the Smoke Screen is keen to recommend from the programme this left-field serial killer drama, directed by Irish director Billy O’Brien and […]

1000 Londoners’ NECROPOLIS shorts show how the capital gets its All Hallows on

As a born Londoner and film buff, the Smoke Screen makes it a priority to catch the short programmes produced by 1000 Londoners: a project produced by Chocolate Films and directors Rachael Wang and Mark Currie, which aims to create a collage portrait of the city via 1000 short films with each one following a different […]

Review: 2016’s Korean Film Festival foregrounds women in Korean cinema with strong gala opener The Truth Beneath

2015, Directed by Lee Kyoung-mi , starring Son Ye-jin, Kim Joo-hyuk . 103 mins RATING: ★★★★ The Korean Film Festival runs 3-17 November in London and also continues around the UK beyond that. See the KFF website for more details. This year’s 2016 Korean Film Festival in London promised a special focus on the lives […]

UK Jewish Film Festival 2016 review: The Small World of Sammy Lee

Director: Ken Hughes X | 1h 47min | Drama | April 1963 (UK) Playing during the UK Jewish Film Festival 2016  at JW3 on 15 NOV 6.30pm. See here for bluray details – out from 14 November. RATING: ★★★★☆ Playing as part of the UK Jewish FIlm Festival 2016, and now remastered for a new […]

London Film Festival 2016 review: Nocturnal Animals

Director: Tom Ford 15 | 1h 57min | Drama, Thriller | 4 November 2016 (UK) Playing London Film Festival2016 RATING: ★★★★☆ This revenge thriller hails from the director of A Single Man: fashion mogul and filmmaker Tom Ford. As you’d expect from an artist famed for his tasteful visual style, Nocturnal Animals – his adaptation […]

London Film Festival 2016 review: Creepy

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa 2h 10min | Thriller | 25 November 2016 (UK) Playing London Film Festival 2016 RATING: ★★★☆☆ Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, who directed the hit film Pulse, eschews the supernatural thriller genre for something more grounded but which still hints at mysterious, dark forces at work. The danger in his new film, Creepy, […]

London Film Festival 2016 review: Certain Women

Director: Kelly Reichardt R | 1h 47min | Drama | 14 October 2016 (USA) Playing London Film Festival 2016 RATING: ★★★★☆ Kelly Reichardt films don’t come around too often, but when they do, the Smoke Screen regards them like precious stones, to be treasured. Her new three-part drama, Certain Women, adapted from Montana-native Maile Meloy’s short […]

London Film Festival 2016 review: Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World

Director: Werner Herzog 12 | 1h 38min | Documentary | 28 October 2016 (UK) Playing London Film Festival 2016 RATING: ★★★★☆ It felt inevitable that the mercurial Teuton, legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog, would tackle the internet at some point, given his fascination with vanishing cultures, lost prophets, and scientific endeavours promising either great advancement for […]

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