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Notebook Reviews: MARS ATTACKS!

Tim Burton – 1996 Mars Attacks! is a fantastic Tim Burton directed effort, which is hugely underrated. It doesn’t get enough appreciation.  The cast on display here is out of this world – Jack Nicholson, Pierce Brosnan, Sarah [...]

April 19, 2021

Remembering Stephen Frears’ THE GRIFTERS

Director Stephen Frears’ The Grifters is an exceptional noir, based on Jim Thompson’s hard-boiled 1963 novel. John Cusack, Anjelica Huston and Annette Bening star in this stylish thriller which hits all the right notes (they might even give [...]

March 3, 2021

Notebook Reviews: AMERICAN BEAUTY

Sam Mendes – 1999 Sam Mendes’ American Beauty is a film which improves with each viewing. The satire has a great Academy Award winning performance from Kevin Spacey at the centre of it  (edit: are we allowed to still say that?). The [...]

January 21, 2021

Uncovering Curiosities: Arie Posin’s THE FACE OF LOVE

The Face of Love is a great little film that slipped under the radar when it was released in 2013, despite its impressive cast (Annette Bening, Ed Harris and Robin Williams in one of his final performances) and compelling storyline. Bening plays [...]

December 17, 2020

The 2020 Golden Globes Full Nominations List

It’s easy to become cynical when you write about movies. You get to see the good, the bad and the ugly and sometimes that makes you jaded. However, there’s nothing like watching quality movies succeed and when you see the list of [...]

December 9, 2019

Liverpool Celebrates FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL

Lionsgate Home Entertainment is holding a special event on Wednesday 21 March to celebrate Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool hitting home entertainment formats. Peter Turner, the man who inspired the film will be on-hand at Liverpool [...]

March 19, 2018

Go Mel! Full List Of Golden Globe Nominations

The nominations for the 74th Golden Globe Awards have been announced – and Mel Gibson‘s Hacksaw Ridge has a strong showing (seven nods, same as La La Land). That’s what I call a comeback. Go Mel! A whole host of Movies In Focus [...]

December 12, 2016

RULES DON’T APPLY When You Work With Warren Beatty

Have you ever wondered what it’s like working with Warren Beatty? Then check out this new Rules Don’t Apply featurette. Early word on this is good – and it’s still a highly anticipated release for Movies In Focus. Rules [...]

November 2, 2016

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