Film Event Review

John Carpenter 4K restoration special screenings (Oct 26-31)

In anticipation of select John Carpenter films getting a snazzy 4K bluray re-issue this autumn, select cinemas will be screenings the movies themselves on October 26 and 31st. Following that, the films can be bought at retailers. THE FOG will receive its restoration premiere at The London Film Festival on October 15. From October 26, THEY LIVE and PRINCE OF DARKNESS will screen as […]

London Film Festival 2018 Review: Jinn

Director: Nijia Mumin 1h 32min | Drama | 11 March 2018 (USA) Playing London Film Festival 2018 RATING: ★★★★☆ Young actress Zoe Renee gives an impassioned and very believable performance as Summer, a 17-year old carefree black girl in LA keen on dance, parties and keeping her Instagram feed fresh, whose world is turned upside […]

London Film Festival 2018 Review: They Shall Not Grow Old

Director: Peter Jackson 15 | 1h 39min | Documentary , History , War | 16 October 2018 (UK) RATING: ★★★☆☆ On the centenary of the First World War, Academy Award-winner and Lord of the Rings maestro Peter Jackson finally presents his long-gestating project made in collaboration with both 14-18 Now and the Imperial War Museum: […]

London Film Festival 2018 Review: The Old Man and the Gun

Director: David Lowery PG-13 | 1h 33min | Comedy , Crime , Drama | 7 December 2018 (UK) Playing London Film Festival 2018 RATING: ★★★★☆ I don’t know if actor Robert Redford had told director David Lowery he was retiring from acting before signing on to The Old Man and Gun, but this charming, graceful […]

Film 4 Somerset House Summer Screen (9-22 August)

Though the cobblestones of the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court can kill your backside, there is no doubt that Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House is one of the capital’s premiere outdoor film events. The season returns this August for 14 nights of the expected classic, cult and contemporary cinema mix, with extras provided by Bryn Williams’ picnic […]

Maurice, from the director of Call Me By Your Name, returns in a sumptuous 4K reissue

Director: James Ivory 15 | 2h 20min | Drama, Romance | 18 September 1987 (USA) RATING: ★★★★☆ Merchant Ivory’s award-winning adaptation of E.M. Forster’s autobiographical novel, will open at BFI Southbank and selected cinemas UK-wide from 27 July 2018. This handsome-looking Merchant Ivory British drama is getting a 4K digital re-release this August courtesy of […]

A rarely-seen but super-chilling war film returns: It Happened Here

Director: Kevin Brownlow PG | 1h 33min | Drama, Fantasy, War | 12 May 1966 (UK) Screening at the BFI 23 July and out now on remastered bluray This week the Smoke Screen caught a special BFI re-release of the chilling and provocative counterfactual WWII Brit thriller It Happened Here, the work of director Kevin […]

Film Review: Incredibles 2

Director: Brad Bird PG | 1h 58min | Animation, Action, Adventure | 13 July 2018 (UK) RATING: ★★★★☆ Picking up right where the last movie left off and acting like the 14 years in between films hadn’t seen superheroes morph into shared universe juggernaut franchise machines, Incredibles 2 just gets on with doing much of […]

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