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Obituary: Powers Boothe Dead At 68

Powers Boothe was a powerful screen presence. You might say that Boothe was a character actor, but he was much more than that. He had his own gravitational pull, anchoring movies and TV shows with his own brand of gravitas and strength. Boothe has [...]

May 15, 2017

All Hail George Lucas!

Nobody has influenced cinema and popular culture over the last five decades quite like George Lucas. THX 1138, American Graffiti, Star Wars and Indiana Jones have inspired countless filmmakers over the years and they continue to be mined and [...]

May 14, 2017

The Lost Art Of The Summer Blockbuster

In the last couple of days Movies In Focus re-watched Renny Harlin’s Deep Blue Sea (1999) and Martin Campbell’s The Mask Of Zorro (1998). These films probably don’t rank high on anyone’s ‘favourite movies list’ but they’re two [...]

April 9, 2017

Obituary: Bill Paxton 1955 – 2017

Bill Paxton died on February 25 2017 following a stroke after heart surgery. He was 61 years old. I grew up with Bill Paxton on screen. He was a pleasure to watch, an actor who straddled the line between leading man and character actor. Paxton was [...]

February 27, 2017

The Big Mike! Michael Keaton’s Top 5 Performances

Every Michael Keaton performance is a special one. The actor has seen a career resurgence in recent years thanks to Birdman, Spotlight and The Founder. Throughout his career Keaton has been able to walk the fine line between comedy and drama, [...]

February 16, 2017

Obituary: Carrie Fisher 1960 – 2016

Actress and writer Carrie Fisher has died at the age of 60 years old. She suffered a heart attack on 23 December on a flight from London to Los Angeles before passing away four days later on 27 December. Fisher will forever be associated with the [...]

December 29, 2016

Movies In Focus’ Top 20 Horror Films

It’s very difficult to distill something into a list of ‘bests’. However, sometimes it’s good to take stock of something and evaluate the quality, trying to understand what it should or shouldn’t be. I’ve been writing about films for a [...]

October 30, 2016

Criticism Vs Creativity: From Film Critic To Screenwriter  

Imagine this: You spend a decade reviewing films, critiquing every aspect from the script to direction to the musical score. You praise some, criticise others, sometimes doing so with a sense of self-congratulatory smugness. How you laugh and guffaw [...]

September 7, 2016

Obituary: Gene Wilder 1933-2016

The majestic Gene Wilder has died at the age of 83 years old. The comedian was a live wire, a true genius who was able to add a certain amount of zing and pizzazz to everything he was in. Sadly, Wilder passed away due to complications from [...]

August 30, 2016

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