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Film-going culture – the lowdown from Derby

Film-going culture – the lowdown from Derby

As much of our news is London-focused you may have guessed that The Film Review is based in the capital, however this is about to change. London may have a thriving cinema culture, but what about rest of the UK? In attempt to reflect a broader point of view Chaz Harrison is going to write from the perspective of...

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Quoting Russell Brand: From Heroin Addict to Shakespeare Actor

Quoting Russell Brand: From Heroin Addict to Shakespeare Actor

This Friday sees the release of Julie Taymor's version of The Tempest, starring David Strathairn, Helen Mirren and, of course, Russell Brand. This might be a slight re-imagining of the classic Shakespearian tale, but some are still surprised to hear of Brand's involvement with the film. After all, the...

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The TFR 2011 Oscars Round-Table

The TFR 2011 Oscars Round-Table

This year's Oscars are, as always, hotly contested, so we find out what predictions our TFR staffers are making for this weekend's big reveal. Jon: Winter's Bone Possibly the least likely to win, but this movie has some special Ozark magic and myth. Besides if Mark Kermode reckons we should all go and see...

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A – Z of Justin Bieber

A – Z of Justin Bieber

This Friday sees the release of the long-awaited 3D film, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. This 'feature biopic' documents the 16-year-old pop star's life, including his infamous performance in New York's Madison Square Gardens. As Bieber Fever begins to takes its grip on the nation, we give you an A to...

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The Lowdown: Julian Assange

The Lowdown: Julian Assange

Sadly, this information wasn't smuggled out of a secret database. But it turns out Julian Assange, lord of leaks, is having his life turned into a motion picture - hopefully, at least. Julian Assange is probably one of the United States of America's top ten most hated figures, right now. After leaking...

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The Lowdown: Darren Aronofsky

The Lowdown: Darren Aronofsky

Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler, Black Swan. Darren Aronofsky has built a reputation as a cinematic genius, but how much do you know about the unique director? It's hard to explain what Darren Aronofsky brings to the films he takes to the big screen. For someone to have successfully...

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The Lowdown: Sofia Coppola

The Lowdown: Sofia Coppola

This Friday sees the release of Somewhere, the fifth film to come from film-maker Sofia Coppola - so here's The Lowdown on everything you need to know about this award-winning director. Sofia Coppola was flung into the public eye at an early age as the daughter of the legendary Francis Ford Coppola, who...

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The Lowdown: A pre-loaded Harry Potter iPad

The Lowdown: A pre-loaded Harry Potter iPad

The gap between the last Harry Potter film and the latest, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows seemed like ages. I don't know about you but before watching it I wanted to reconnect with the previous ones and remind myself what they were all about and give myself a chance to think about where this next one would...

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The Lowdown: This Is England

The Lowdown: This Is England

The much anticipated television drama This Is England '86 airs on Channel 4 tonight - so to get you up to speed on the story so far, we thought we'd give you the lowdown on the 2006 film. Set in 1983, This Is England the film follows thirteen-year-old Shaun as he is taken under the wing of Woody and...

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