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Review: Shadow Dancer

Following in the footsteps of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Shadow Dancer is an absorbing period thriller about divided loyalties, instability in the British intelligence services, and the personal cost of political turmoil. Director James Mar...

 
 
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Review: Sightseers

In a year where Great Britain has been celebrated by its Queen's jubilee, a successful Olympics and the fiftieth anniversary of its greatest cinematic icon, there's something gleefully appropriate about the year's final show of national ...

 
 
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These BAFTA Best Film posters are beautiful

Here we have a bunch of posters created by illustrator Jonathan Burton for this year's British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards, and they are pretty wonderful. Each poster features one of the Best Film nominees, Argo, Les Miserabl...

 
 
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Review: Killing Them Softly

[This review was originally posted in October to coincide with the UK release of Killing Them Softly. It has been reposted to coincide with the US release of the film.] Killing Them Softly currently holds a 95% 'Fresh' rating at Rotten Toma...

 
 
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Review: Anna Karenina

[This review was originally posted in September to coincide with the UK release of Anna Karenina. It has been reposted to coincide with the US release of the film.] After a run of trying-too-hard Oscarbait pictures, Joe Wright's Hanna looke...

 
 
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Review: Skyfall

[This review was originally posted last month for the UK release of Skyfall and as a finale to our Across the Bond series. It has been reposted to coincide with the US release of the film.] This review will be spoiler-free, making it one ...

 
 
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Review: Dredd

Many of the greatest pre-millennial action movies had a roughness to them which has been steadily smoothed out of the genre over the past ten years by inflated budgets and risk-averse studios. Len Wiseman's Total Recall remake sanitised ...

 
 
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Review: The Sweeney

Ignoring such travesties as The Keith Lemon Movie (don't ask), British filmmaking has enjoyed something of a revival over the past two years. The Sweeney, a present-day adaptation of a popular '70s tv programme about 'ard as nails cockney c...

 
 
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Trailer: Sightseers

Ben Wheatley's Kill List was battling it out with Pedro Almodovar's The Skin I Live In to be my favourite movie of 2011, and the director returns for another shot at the title this year. Sightseers is a pitch black comedy based around the ...

 
 
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Review: Trishna

[This film was originally posted as part of our London Film Festival coverage. It has been reposted to coincide with its wider theatrical release.] There haven't been many notable British films at this year's London Film Festival, but Trish...

 
 
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Review: Wild Bill

If there's one bad habit the British film industry needs to kick, and fast, it's the gangster movie. Since Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels tapped into one of the most inexplicable pop-cultural zeitgeists of the late '90s, budding Mo...

 
 
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Hammer Horror to open spooky script archive

Legendary British horror studio Hammer rose from the dead a few years ago, enjoying some success with productions such as Let Me In, Wake Wood and most recently Daniel Radcliffe vehicle The Woman In Black. (Let's be generous and forget The ...

 
 
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The Artist wins big at the BAFTAs

Stunning approximately no-one into silence, The Artist swept last night's BAFTA [British Academy of Film and Television Arts] Awards, taking home the prizes for Best Film, Actor, Director, Cinematography, Screenplay, Music and Costume Desig...

 
 
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Flixist Awards 2011: Best Horror

Horror is a pretty broad genre, but it's fair to say that the movie is a good fit if it features a hideous creature with enormous teeth, piercing dead eyes and skin that looks like the bottom of a swamp, behaving in a predatory and unhinged...

 
 
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Flix for Short: Aardman Animations takes on DC comics

Aaaaaaaawwwwww! This super-cute animation was done by none other than Pirates! Band of Misfits creators, Aardman Animations. The short is a part of Cartoon Network's new DC Nation block of programming. It features an adorable Batman, Joker...

 
 
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Miller, Hollander and Riley add to Byzantium awesomeness

Byzantium is a movie about an 18th century mother and daughter vampire team who find themselves at loggerheads when the daughter falls in love with a young man dying of leukemia and starts questioning mortality and the nature of her existen...

 
 
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Trailer: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen looks like a cutesy, British rom-com with a few twists. The movie is based on a novel of the same name by author Paul Torday. The story follows a "fisheries expert" played by Ewan McGregor who is approached by a...

 
 
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Review: The Adventures Of Tintin

Tintin may not be particularly well known in the United States, but he is something of a treasure for most people in Europe who ever enjoyed a childhood. The news that Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson were mounting a big-budget remake cau...

 
 
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Trailer: The Iron Lady

Meryl Streep, man. She just blows me away. In this new trailer for British political drama The Iron Lady, Streep plays the titular Margret Thatcher, the first and only to date female Prime Minister of Great Brittan. In the new trailer we s...

 
 
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Ken Russell's musical porno Alice could yet be completed

Prior to his death, the great Ken Russell had been working on a new version of Alice in Wonderland: An X-Rated Musical Comedy from 1976, which Flixist's resident Elmo-interviewing, serious-dog-owning saucepot, Jenika Katz, wrote about for o...

 
 
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Review: Coriolanus

[This was originally posted as part of our coverage of the London Film Festival 2011. It has been reposted to coincide with the film's US release.] You have to credit Ralph Fiennes for bravery. Shakespeare has rarely made an easy transition...

 
 
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London Film Festival: Flixist Awards and Recap

The London Film Festival officially ended yesterday, and Flixist's coverage along with it. In truth, it hasn't been a stand-out year, as represented by the Festival's official awards ceremony giving its top prize to Lynne Ramsey's only d...

 
 
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London Film Festival Review: W.E.

A film directed by Madonna is always going to be critic proof to a certain extent, because no matter how bad it is, its defenders will always claim that the writer had an agenda against her to begin with. To be fair, I don't think I have ev...

 
 
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London Film Festival Review: Rebellion

Although director Mathieu Kassovitz has had a hard time getting his Hollywood career off the ground, with such unloved productions as Babylon A.D. and Gothika under his belt, it must not be forgotten that his career began with urban drama L...

 
 
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Netflix expanding to the UK, may run at a loss in 2012

Perhaps I spoke too soon yesterday when I said the company was still doing alright. According to Ars Technica, the company may actually go the entirety of 2012 in the red. It is not just a matter of the subscriber loss, however, since the c...

 
 
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London Film Festival Review: Wuthering Heights

Period dramas are often a fair bit darker on the page than they have turned out on the screen, where many of the less audience-friendly concepts get glossed over by a dense layer of corset envy and Colin Firth going for an inadvisable swim ...

 
 
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London Film Festival Review: Headhunters

I knew very little about Headhunters going in, and possibly even less when I left. Sweden may be the go-to destination for thrillers right now, but judging by this film, Norway don't seem to be taking their neighbours' successes terribly se...

 
 
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London Film Festival Review: Hara-Kiri

To Western eyes, director Miike Takeshi will probably forever be associated with the blood-soaked insanity of Audition, Ichi The Killer or Dead Or Alive. In Japan, though, he is quite the journeyman, often releasing as many as five movies i...

 
 
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London Film Festival Review: 360

My coverage of this year's London Film Festival kicks off with the latest movie from Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles, whom many of you may know from his outstanding 2002 crime thriller, City Of God, or perhaps his 2005 adaptation of J...

 
 
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The Cult Club: Dougal & The Blue Cat (1970)

[The Cult Club is where Flixist's writers expound the virtues of their favorite underground classics, spanning all nations and genres. It is a monthly series of articles looking at what made those films stand out from the pack, as well as t...

 
 
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First poster for The Iron Lady

I'm kind of really excited for this movie. In The Iron Lady, Meryl Streep plays Margaret Thatcher, the first woman ever to become the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. I mean, I'm pretty much thrilled by Streep anytime she's in anything...

 
 
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Review: Kill List

It isn't often that this gets to be said, but it has been a terrific year for British cinema. Where the best this country could produce last year were abysmal 'comedies' like Wild Target, 4.3.2.1. and the painfully indulgent Another Year,...

 
 
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Review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

A film's central character will usually become the face of the story being told. They will speak when something needs to be said, gasp when something is shocking and cry when something is sad. Other characters will make contributions too, b...

 
 
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Review: The Skin I Live In

I must admit to never having been a big Pedro Almodóvar fan. Every now and again he'll come up with an Hable Con Ella (Talk To Her), hinting at the kind of talent which my old film studies teachers used to wax lyrical about, but th...

 
 
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Ashley Greene starring in Charles Dickens adaption

Ashley Greene, of the Twilight series, is set to star in an upcoming adaption of the classic Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist. As you might imagine, the new adaption will have a modern take - female protagonist and all. The movie, titled ...

 
 
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Review: Burke & Hare

[A version of this article was originally posted on November 12th 2010. It is being republished ahead of the movie's US release tomorrow] Burke & Hare is based on one of Scotland's most infamous historical murder sprees, committed by t...

 
 
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Trailer: Tyrannosaur

Every movie that references dinosaurs that doesn't actually have dinosaurs is a stupid butt with a dumb butt face. Tyrannosaur, however, looks to be an exception to the rule. A lot of buzz has been building around this one over the pe...

 
 
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Review: The Inbetweeners Movie

I had never seen The Inbetweeners before the movie, because a girl I was once chatting up told me I reminded her of Simon Bird. My delusion-based ego couldn't handle the confirmation that he played the gawky, socially inept dork that I susp...

 
 
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Distributor warehouse burnt down by London rioters

The violent riots which have been sweeping through London for the past few days have caused irreparable damage to a large number of small businesses, and now it's the turn of independent film distributors to suffer. A Sony/PIAS warehouse wa...

 
 
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Felicity Jones spreads her wings in Albatross

If Like Crazy lives up to its hype, Felicity Jones will be a name you hear a lot in the future. With good reason too: as anyone who has seen Flashbacks Of A Fool will know, she has a huge amount of girl-next-door charm and the evocative vo...

 
 




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The Goldfinch"The real deal or fool's gold?"

 

Promare"BURN TO THE GROUND"

 

One Cut of the Dead"Heart-felt brain munching"

 

IT Chapter Two"But are there vomiting turtles?"

 

Satanic Panic"Always tip your drivers"

 

The Peanut Butter Falcon"Who doesn't like Mark Twain?"

 

Artik"The evils of murder and whiskey"

 

Clownado"Cyclownin' around"

 

Ready or Not"Let's play a game"

 

Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus"PHASE TWOOOOOOOOOOOOO"

 

The Amazing Johnathan Documentary"The man, the meth, the legerdemain"

 

Where'd You Go, Bernadette"Eh, she'll come back eventually"

 

Good Boys"Kissing party"

 

Driven"John DeLorean's shattered dream "

 

Long Gone By"Moral conundrum with ice cream "

 

Millennium Actress"A classic revived"

 

The Art of Racing in the Rain"No paws, all wheels"

 

The Kitchen"Half-cooked"

 

Dora and the Lost City of Gold"Can you say "mediocre?""

 

The Nightingale"Heed the black bird's call"

 

The VelociPastor"Not to be confused with The TriceraCops"

 

Nekrotronic"Pokemon GHOST"

 

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (Season 3)"Space is warped and time is bendable"

 
 
 
 
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