Category Archives: Staff Pics

Staff Reviews: The Muppets by Andy Leeke, Front of House Assistant

It’s been a long time. Far too long. And I’m not just talking about the Muppets. I’m talking about good films that really do appeal to everyone. Going in, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. I loved The Muppet … Continue reading

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Staff Reviews: Margin Call by Fran Jaffa, Front of House Assistant

So who doesn’t like men in suits? Seriously, if you don’t like them this is probably not the film for you. There’s such a wide variety! Paul Bettany goes in for the traditional waistcoat and jacket, Kevin Spacey bulges out … Continue reading

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Ordet: A View From The Projection Box

“My Only Great Passion” – so said Carl Th. Dreyer of his lifelong love affair with the cinema. Few if any filmmakers have come close to translating this passion so completely into their work as Dreyer. Although he made relatively … Continue reading

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Staff Reviews: J Edgar by Martin Barker, Screen Lounge Assistant

As a big fan of biopic films, I love to see whether the actor or actress can capture the essence of a person we all know so well that I start to think I am watching that actual person on … Continue reading

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Staff Review: Resistance by Iain Jaques, Front of House Assistant

It’s 1944 and D Day has failed. Britain is being invaded by German troops, radio news reports city after British city is being conquered. In a distant remote Welsh valley, the sense of an impending, threatening and unwelcome arrival is … Continue reading

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Staff Reviews: Martha Marcy May Marlene by Fran Jaffa, Front of House Assistant

Did you know Mary-Kate-and-Ashley, of early 90’s TV fame, are two of six siblings? Six. So there’s a pretty good chance that at least one of them is going to have talent, turns out it’s this one. Elizabeth Olsen is … Continue reading

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Staff Reviews: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Martin Barker, Screen Lounge Assistant

It is so refreshing to see a film like this. Very rarely is a film centred solely around a group of older having their ups and downs and not just the stereotype supportive roles they usually receive. On the basis … Continue reading

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Staff Reviews: Carnage by Radojka Raduloivc, Front of House Assistant

Of opening credits, filmmaker Saul Bass once said that they should ‘try to reach for a simple, visual phrase that tells you what the picture is all about and evokes the essence of the story’. This is certainly the case … Continue reading

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Staff Reviews: War Horse by Andy Leeke, Front of House Assistant

There are not many directors with a back catalogue like Steven Spielberg. Regardless of what you may think of his films, he clearly has a great passion for story telling, in many forms, and regardless of what genre he may … Continue reading

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Staff Reviews: Dreams of a Life by Lucy Pickering, Front of House Assistant

The poster for this film has been unsettling me for a few weeks at Phoenix Square. How could a young woman lie dead in a London flat for 3 years without anyone – family, friends, and colleagues – noticing she … Continue reading

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