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The Last Jedi

Film Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

December 18, 2017 Comments Off on Film Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Just two Christmasses ago, the prospect of a new Star Wars film felt like a gob-smacking novelty.

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Film Review: Paddington 2

November 16, 2017 Comments Off on Film Review: Paddington 2

Three years ago, when the first Paddington feature film was released, expectations were seriously low.

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Herman Yau

“I’m an opportunist.” Hong Kong film director Herman Yau talks to Northern Soul

October 31, 2017 Comments Off on “I’m an opportunist.” Hong Kong film director Herman Yau talks to Northern Soul

“It is a social medium that has artistry. And a means of powerful communication, too.”

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Soul Mining: The The’s Matt Johnson talks about new documentary, The Inertia Variations

October 24, 2017 Comments Off on Soul Mining: The The’s Matt Johnson talks about new documentary, The Inertia Variations

Students of scriptwriting and film-making tend to be bombarded by hard-and-fast rules, one of which says ‘your film must have incident’.

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The Death of Stalin

Film Review: The Death Of Stalin, HOME, Manchester

October 23, 2017 Comments Off on Film Review: The Death Of Stalin, HOME, Manchester

If you were to go by the title alone, The Death of Stalin wouldn’t be the film you’d assume it was.

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Blade Runner 2049

Film Review: Blade Runner 2049

October 8, 2017 Comments Off on Film Review: Blade Runner 2049

No-one would have been surprised if the Blade Runner sequel had been a wash-out.

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Herman Yau

Creative Visions: Hong Kong Cinema 1997-2017, HOME, Manchester

October 6, 2017 Comments Off on Creative Visions: Hong Kong Cinema 1997-2017, HOME, Manchester

Some 20 years ago, I remember watching the Royal Yacht Britannia sail out of Hong Kong harbour after the ceremonial handover of the territory to China to create the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

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HABIT Ext of Mia alley with Eliot J Langridge as Michael

“There are so many beautifully dark corners here.” Northern Soul chats to the team behind Manchester horror film, Habit

October 4, 2017 Comments Off on “There are so many beautifully dark corners here.” Northern Soul chats to the team behind Manchester horror film, Habit

There’s always been a lot of love for the horror genre in Manchester, but it’s surprisingly rare for a horror film to be filmed here.

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La La Land in Concert, The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Review: La La Land in Concert, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

September 26, 2017 Comments Off on Review: La La Land in Concert, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

I first saw La La Land with my parents. We’d picked up a copy on DVD from Primark (it was on a stand in that bit where you queue up to pay, next to the multi-packs of face-wipes and cheap socks), got in a load of snacks and some wine, and screened it on the big telly in the front room.

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God's Own Country, photo by Agatha A. Nitecka

God’s Own Country: Film Director Francis Lee talks Yorkshire, Farming and Sundance

September 9, 2017 Comments Off on God’s Own Country: Film Director Francis Lee talks Yorkshire, Farming and Sundance

God’s Own Country, written and directed by English filmmaker Francis Lee, is a remarkable film in many ways, and I’m not alone in believing it’s quite probably the best debut of the year.

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