Story | Dec 16, 2013 | 1:07 PM
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Story | May 27, 2014 | 4:30 AMWith British cinema overrun as ever with grimy London gangland tales, there is precious little territory that hasn't yet been covered within the genre: Even the narrative tension between crime and spirituality in "Snow in Paradise," an ultra-brooding study of a small-time hoodlum's conversion to Islam, feels less novel than it should do. A glum but not inauspicious directorial debut for accomplished editor Andrew Hulme, this obscurely titled thriller suffers from key scripting deficiencies for which its concentrated, low-hanging atmospherics and a hot-wired lead performance go only so far to compensate. An artsy proposition for genre aficionados and a coarse one for arthouses, "Paradise" may find itself in commercial purgatory even on home turf.
Story | Dec 12, 2013 | 6:30 AM
A lot is said about nurturing up-and-coming talent, but what that means in practice varies a great deal, as can be seen by looking at the backstories of the BAFTA winners of the award for a debut by a British writer, director or producer. Film4, the...
Story | Jan 9, 2013 | 5:00 AM
Story | Jan 27, 2012 | 9:38 PM
"The Imposter," screening as part of Sundance's World Cinema Documentary Competition, is just the sort of thing that makes people say truth is stranger than fiction. Telling the story of how a 23-year-old French Algerian man in Spain with dark hair and...