Category Film Reviews

Film Review: Sidewalk Traffic – MANIFF 2015

Sidewalk Traffic

Sidewalk Traffic makes UK Premiere at 2015 Manchester Film Festival

Making its UK premiere at the 2015 Manchester Film Festival is Sidewalk Traffic, a drama comedy about the harsh world of independent filmmaking.

Directed and written by Anthony L. Fisher, Sidewalk Traffic tells the story of Declan (Johnny Hopkins), a struggling 30 year old filmmaker and new father who is squeezed out of a promotion...

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Film Review: Buskin’ Blues – MANIFF 2015

Buskin Blues

Buskin’ Blues makes UK Premiere at 2015 Manchester Film Festival

Buskin’ Blues is an oral history documentary film that follows the buskers of one town in North Carolina, Asheville.

The small mountain town has a large sub culture of street buskers and performers. This is a major element to the areas tourism and can bring great profits to those that go out and get it.

After a morning film makers discussion with the director Erin Derham, the film promised to be a great insight into a world of bus...

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Film Review: UK Dramatic Shorts – MANIFF 2015

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UK Dramatic Shorts at MANIFF 2015

Vikki Rutter reviews five UK dramatic shorts that made the official short film selection at the 2015 Manchester Film Festival

Gasping

English Premiere
Comedy
Director: Greg Hemphill

The premiere screening outside of its Native Scotland, Gasping follows a man (Frankie Boyle) who after a life of drinking and partying, is presented with an ultimatum. One that it was obvious he would fail despite every effort to succeeded.

The short did get a few chuckles but was...

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Film Review: Love Is Now – MANIFF 2015

Love Is Now

Love Is Now makes UK Premiere at 2015 Manchester Film Festival

From the outset, this on the road love story from Director Jim Lounsbury (The Fragment) is so much more than that. With complex interesting characters, a well thought out script, and stunning cinematography, Love Is Now is very much an artistic journey of love.

We start with a photographer, lacking in self-belief and motivation, called Dean (Eamon Farren) trying to find his way in life working out of a picture frame shop in down to...

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Film Review: Two Down – MANIFF 2015

Two Down

Two Down makes UK Premiere at 2015 Manchester Film Festival

With 71 films making their UK and world premiere at the inaugural Manchester Film Festival, it takes a special kind of film to stand out from the crowd. Tipped as one of the highlights is Two Down, a dark comedy about deception, deceit and unlikely friendships in a hitman’s final hours...

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Film Review: Many Beautiful Things – MANIFF 2015

Many Beautiful Things

Many Beautiful Things makes World Premiere at 2015 Manchester Film Festival

Lilias Trotter (1853-1928) was a budding talented and mainly self-taught artist who gave up the chance of fame and fortune for a life of obscurity because of her passion to serve God and to help the poor and needy. Many Beautiful Things is a film about the life of Lilias and explores, to an extent, the relationship between the artist and the famous Victorian Art Critic and social philosopher, John Ruskin.

The detail abo...

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Film Review: Documentary Shorts – MANIFF 2015

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Documentary Shorts at MANIFF 2015

Vikki Rutter reviews five documentary shorts that made the official short film selection at the 2015 Manchester Film Festival.

The Last Little Show at The End of the World

UK Premiere
Director: Rhys Edwards

The Last Little Show at The End of the World follows one of the few travelling entertainers that still moves from place to place in the dark of night with his home on wheels and a trailer that becomes his set...

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Film Review: Meet The Hilters – MANIFF 2015

Meet The Hilters

Meet The Hilters makes International Premiere at MANIFF 2015

From the award winning director/producer Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me) and director Matt Ogens (Confessions of a Super Hero) comes a new feature documentary Meet The Hilters, exploring how your name can define your identity and your future.

Meet The Hilters has a good mixture of individuals, from those that have a historical link to the surname Hitler to those that simply named their children to create controversy...

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Film Review: Ted 2

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Seth MacFarlane returns as the foul-mouthed teddy bear in Ted 2

The nation’s favourite trash-talking teddy bear returns to our screens this week with the release of Ted 2.

For those who haven’t seen the original, Ted tells the story of John Bennett’s teddy bear, Ted, who came to life as the result of a childhood wish. Ted 2 takes off from where the original film left with Ted (Seth MacFarlane) marrying the love of his life Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth)...

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Film Review: Jurassic Park

Chris Pratt as Owen Grady in Jurassic World. Image Credit: Universal Studios

Chris Pratt as Owen Grady in Jurassic World. Image Credit: Universal

Jurassic World is a worthy sequel to Spielberg’s original blockbuster

It’s been 22 years since Steven Spielberg breathed life into prehistoric creatures in Jurassic Park. The film shattered box-office records when it was released in the summer of 1993. Two decades and two sequels later, the dinosaurs are back in Jurassic World.

Inspired by a trio of ideas from Spielberg himself, Jurassic World realises the vision of Richar...

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