Review; Trouble with the Curve

A pile of cliches assembled with all the creative flair of an IKEA catalogue.

Review: The Hunt

Thomas Vinterberg's drama demonstrates how a single word can destroy a life. Devastating brilliant. Brilliantly devastating.

Review: Great Expectations

Do we need another adaptation of Dickens' novel? Mike Newell's cracking young cast convince us we do.

Review: End of Watch

It's not a good cop movie, or a bad cop movie - it's a really, really good cop movie.

Review: Sighteers

Ben Wheatley's new film is Natural Born Caravanners - and suffers from all the problems that title suggests.

Rust and Bone

It’s like watching a French Free Willy. The whale never escapes. The trainer loses her legs. Everyone stays miserable. But this is strangely uplifting stuff.

James Bond Cupcakes

We celebrate Bond's 50th the only one way we know how: with some 007 cupcakes.

Skyfall review

Skyfall isn't a Bond movie. It's a movie about Bond. And that's something very special indeed.


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Red Carpet: Don't Worry About Me Print E-mail
Written by Selina Pearson   
Saturday, 24 October 2009 23:55

Saturday night at the London Film Festival saw the first screening of Don’t Worry About Me, the new film directed by David Morrissey. Morrissey is much better known for his acting, notably Blackpool, the BBC’s State of Play and The Deal, where he played Gordon Brown opposite Michael Sheen’s Tony Blair. I was fortunate enough to not only get a ticket for it, but also to get a nice big patch of red carpet; i-Flicks was the only print and online publication on the red carpet. All the more Morrissey for me.

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Raindance: Symbol Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Saturday, 02 October 2010 08:10
Director: Hitoshi Matsumoto
Cast: Hitoshi Matsumoto, David Quintero, Luis Accinelli
Premiere: Saturday 2nd October


One of the best things about the Raindance Film Festival is the range of low-budget projects on show. Some are gritty and British. Others are weird and Japanese and involve men waking up in white rooms wearing yellow polka dot pyjamas. Symbol falls into the latter category.

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Press Conference: 127 Hours Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Thursday, 28 October 2010 14:56

There's nothing like getting your arm stuck under a boulder to get you in the mood. Especially when you have to hack it off with a blunt multi-tool that came free with a flashlight.

It's not your usual tale to bring to the screen, but Aaron Ralston's life story inspired director Danny Boyle to adapt his book, Between a Rock and a Hard Place. Danny sits down with James Franco and writer Simon Beaufoy to talk about rocks, real life and chopping your arm off.

Read on to hear what they had to say about 127 Hours.

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LFF: Somewhere Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 19:06
Director: Sofia Coppola
Cast: Stephen Dorff, Elle Fanning

Johnny (Dorff) is living the life of a Hollywood actor at full speed. But in between the booze, the parties and the endless sex, he's running on empty. He spends his ageing existence driving round and round in circles going nowhere. Literally. At least five times. Then Cleo (Fanning) enters his cluttered hotel room and things start to change gear.

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Raindance Review: Holy Rollers Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Saturday, 08 October 2011 16:25

"You gotta be super smart to count cards." "Maybe we should tell that to Rain Man, because he practically bankrupted a casino, and he was a retard." That's The Hangover's take on using maths to beat casinos at their own blackjack tables - but it turns out it's not just retards who can count cards. Christians can do it too. And a team of them do it every week in America, making hundreds of thousands of dollars by cheating the cheaters. They're called The Church Team. Does it contradict their religious beliefs? Oh no, says the team's founder, Ben. After all, it's not illegal. It's just... frowned upon.

So begins Bryan Storkel's fascinating look at the world of organised religious non-gambling. Ben's decision to start the scheme, which sees a group of players hit the tables, keep track of how cards have been played, and (more often than not) get kicked out by security, is an odd step, but he sees it as completely logical. It's a job for the team members, a way to make money in a short space of time so they can spend more time focusing on church. Oh, and most of them are pastors, by the way.

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