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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

The spectre of war casts a long shadow over the penultimate chapter of the blockbusting dystopian thrillers based on Suzanne Collins’ bestselling trilogy.

Film of the week: Interstellar

Friday, November 7, 2014
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Writer-director Christopher Nolan shoots for the stars with a futuristic thriller, co-written with his brother Jonathan, about mankind’s search beyond this galaxy for a new home to replace a dying planet earth.

Timothy Spall arriving at the BFI London film festival gala of  Mr. Turner at Odeon West End in Leicester Square, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday October 10, 2014. See PA story SHOWBIZ Turner. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

On his death bed, celebrated landscape painter and watercolourist Joseph Mallord William Turner, who was a divisive figure in the 19th-century art world, reportedly lamented, “So I am to become a non-entity.”

Film of the week: The Judge

Friday, October 17, 2014
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The law is an ass and the people who administer it bigger asses in David Dobkin’s courtroom drama about an estranged family reunited under the testing conditions of a murder trial.

A movie still from the film The Maze Runner.

Based on the bestselling novel by James Dashner, The Maze Runner is a testosterone-fuelled survival thriller cast from the same robust mould as The Hunger Games and Divergent.

Film of the week: The Equalizer

Thursday, September 25, 2014
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Director Antoine Fuqua, who guided Denzel Washington to the Oscar podium in Training Day, reunites with the charismatic actor for this gratuitously violent reimagining of the beloved 1980s TV series.

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A grizzled private detective meets his match in a pair of sadistic kidnappers in Scott Frank’s gritty thriller.

Film of the week: A Most Wanted Man

Thursday, September 11, 2014
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Great actors don’t just play a role, they become the role, vanishing beneath the skin of a character so every word and gesture appears organic.

There has been a rich harvest of taut thrillers in 2014, including the independent American features Blue Ruin and Cold In July and gritty British films Locke and Starred Up.

Jessica Alba as Nancy Callahan in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.

Crime pays handsomely in this visually arresting sequel to the 2005 neo-noir anthology based on Frank Miller’s comic series.

Secret Cinema Back to the Future

It didn’t get off to the best start, with the first week of shows cancelled and angry fans taking to social media in their droves to vent their frustrations.

Film of the week: Lucy

Thursday, August 21, 2014
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Derriere-numbingly long films may be all the rage but at a lean 89 minutes, Lucy, the new action thriller from Luc Besson, is all the better for bucking this Hollywood trend.

The view from the ferris wheel over the replica Hill Valley town square in Stratford. Pic: Secret Cinema/Laura Little

About a mile from Hackney Wick station, improbably overlooked by the sleek glass-front of the Westfield mega mall, sits a replica of the small Californian town of Hill Valley circa 1955.

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Following a spectacular stunt aboard a moving train that opens this third instalment of the action franchise, Arnold Schwarzenegger turns to Sylvester Stallone and wearily confides, “I’m getting out of this business... and so should you.”

Jenna Coleman and Peter Capaldi attend the Doctor Who London premiere Q&A at the BFI Southbank  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Take a deep breath, there’s a new Time Lord in the TARDIS, and he’s nothing like the man you expected…

Film of the week: The Inbetweeners 2

Thursday, August 7, 2014
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Could this summer’s movie mark the end of the road for the inbetweeners? Probably, but it’s been one heck of a fun ride, as the lads tell SUSAN GRIFFIN.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Blending state-of-the-art special effects with an intelligent script, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes conjures two hours of animal magic that looks set to be crowned king of the blockbuster swingers.

Charlie Pittman as Danny and Brodie Mayhew as Sandy in the children's theatre company's production of Grease. Photo: Mike Kwasniak

My wife, something of a Grease aficionado, has given various stage versions the thumbs down over the years. But last night she was up bopping and hand-jiving with everybody else.

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Maybe I was suffering from a kind of Stockholm syndrome, the condition where hostages after a long period of captivity begin to side and empathise with their captors, but I really liked the last Transformers movie.

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Five years ago, Melissa McCarthy was a jobbing stand-up, juggling time between the US comedy circuit and acting work.

Screening of Norfolk Mind's video 'The Bigger Picture' at the Forum. Photo: Bill Smith

A new film and video project has been unveiled in Norfolk to help tackle mental health stigma and discrimination.

Michael C Hall, known for his award winning TV role in Dexter, as Richard Dane in Cold in July.

Based on the novel by Joe R Lansdale, Cold In July is a gripping thriller about a family man, who is unwittingly drawn into a deadly conspiracy after an uncharacteristic act of violence.

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Only a frozen heart could be unmoved as E.T. bids farewell to Elliot, Bambi cries forlornly in the forest for his fallen mother or Carl falls in love with Ellie in the opening sequence to Pixar’s Up.

Belle

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder but when that beauty defies the social mores of a prejudiced era, it must be cherished in secret.

Grace of Monaco

Olivier Dahan’s fictionalised account of a turbulent year in the life of Hollywood actress Grace Kelly begins with newsreel footage of the Oscar-winning star’s lavish wedding to Prince Rainier III.

Film review: Edge of Tomorrow

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Edge of Tomorrow

The concept of a time loop is not an original one and there are strong flavours of Bill Murray’s Groundhog Day, Jake Gyllenhaal’s Source Code and even Adam Sandler’s 50 First Dates in Tom Cruise’s latest sci-fi blockbuster.

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In 2005, extra-terrestrials tangled with Tom Cruise in War Of The Worlds and came off second best.

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Past and present collide in a hazy blur in a muscular sequel, which ushers Bryan Singer back into the director’s chair for the first time since X-Men 2 in 2003.

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In Steven Spielberg’s box-office behemoth Jurassic Park, geneticists arrogantly believe they can tame Mother Nature with cutting-edge science.

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Let’s be frank, it’s weird but wonderful

Norwich Film festival organisers Rob Drury, Kellen Playford, Katy Quigley, Emmaa-Louise Smith and Danielle King get ready for this weeks viewings.
Photo by Simon Finlay.

As an occasional cinema-goer, I was not sure what the evening held in store.

Pompeii

British director Paul WS Anderson (Resident Evil) embraces the hoary cliches of the disaster movie with this unintentionally amusing swords and sandals epic set in the shadow of a grumbling Mount Vesuvius.

Transcendence

Man’s unhealthy relationship with technology takes a sinister turn in Wally Pfister’s ham-fisted sci-fi thriller, which imagines the consequences of an artificial intelligence running amok in the digital realm.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Two is company but three super-villains are a crowd in Marc Webb’s action-packed sequel to his 2012 blockbuster, which successfully rebooted the Marvel Comics franchise.

Sam Claflin in The Quiet Ones. Picture credit: Nick Ansell/PA Photos.

He only graduated from drama school five years ago, but Ipswich-born, Norwich-raised actor Sam Claflin, who is worshipped by teens the world over for his role in The Hunger Games, already has a string of Hollywood roles under his belt.

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