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Films to watch on BBC iPlayer right now (and when they’re leaving the service)

News | Em McGowan | 21.10.20
Who needs Netflix and Prime? Turns out that BBC iPlayer has a terrific collection of films to watch – here’s our fully updated list

Plans afoot for a new Power Rangers cinematic universe

News | Simon Brew | 21.10.20
The man behind The End Of The F—ing World has been hired to develop a new slate of Power Rangers movies, it’s been revealed

Fast & Furious saga to end after 11th instalment

News | Dan Cooper | 21.10.20
Justin Lin will reportedly direct the final two entries in the sprawling, hugely popular Fast & Furious franchise, it has been announced

Trailer for MMA family drama Embattled, arrives

News | Dan Cooper | 21.10.20
Embattled tells the story of a father and son sorting out their differences, with the help of a bit of MMA – here’s the trailer and more details

A new problem hits the Wicked movie

News | Simon Brew | 21.10.20
In a further blow to the project, director Stephen Daldry steps away from the planned movie of the musical Wicked

Beverly Hills Cop getting a UK 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release

News | Simon Brew | 21.10.20
One of Eddie Murphy’s biggest early roles is getting the 4K treatment, as Beverly Hills Cop heads to Ultra HD this November

The Three Kings: trailer for upcoming football documentary film

News | Simon Brew | 21.10.20
The story of three football managers – Matt Busby, Jock Stein and Bill Shankly – is to be told in a brand new documentary feature film

But I’m A Cheerleader director’s cut on the way

News | Simon Brew | 20.10.20
20 years after its original release, an extended cut of But I’m A Cheerleader is being earmarked for release this December in the US – details here

Mark Kermode’s The Exorcist book gets a reprint

News | Simon Brew | 20.10.20
Mark Kermode’s BFI Classic text on The Exorcist has been given a fresh printing, and gets a brand new posh front cover as well

Concrete Plans: trailer for incoming British thriller

News | Simon Brew | 20.10.20
Ready for a new British horror thriller? Here’s the brand new trailer for Concrete Plans, that’s arriving in the UK this coming November

Scientific study reckons it’s found the scariest horror film of all time

News | Dan Cooper | 20.10.20
Which movie will get your pulse racing more than any other this Halloween? Turns out it’s 2012’s Sinister – more information here

Trailer for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Chadwick Boseman’s final film

News | Dan Cooper | 20.10.20
A period drama set in 1920s Chicago, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom arrives on Netflix this December – and here’s the trailer for the movie

The Christmas Chronicles 2 trailer, from Home Alone director

News | Simon Brew | 20.10.20
Kurt Russell returns as Santa Claus in the sequel to The Christmas Chronicles – and the full trailer has landed for the movie

Enola Holmes and the case of Hitchcock’s apocryphal icebox

News | Brendon Connelly | 20.10.20
The icebox moment of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, a few thoughts on the recent Netflix hit Enola Holmes, and how the two intertwine a little

Carmilla review: an atmospheric vampire-ish film that’s got bite

Review | Freda Cooper | 20.10.20
From debut director Emily Harris comes a screen adaptation of Carmilla – and it’s a movie well worth seeking out too

Mafia Inc. review: a middle of the road mob drama

Review | Emily Murray | 20.10.20
A solid, pretty safe crime drama, Mafia Inc is a bit too long but not without merits – here’s our review of the film

New Die Hard tease turns out to be just selling car batteries

News | Simon Brew | 19.10.20
In 2020’s latest twist, a brief tease for a new Die Hard project over the weekend turns out to be Bruce Willis now selling car batteries to us

Little Mix tour concert movie set for UK cinema release

News | Simon Brew | 19.10.20
Little Mix will be heading into UK cinemas in November, as plans are announced for its concern film to get a UK release

Script reportedly completed for The Last Starfighter sequel

News | Dan Cooper | 19.10.20
After many false dawns, it may well be that a follow-up to the 1984 cult favourite The Last Starfighter is finally pressing ahead

Covid shutdown hits Idris Elba-headlined The Harder They Fall

News | Dan Cooper | 19.10.20
The Harder They Fall – the upcoming western from Netflix – is the latest production to be hit with a second Covid shutdown

Possessor winning awards ahead of rescheduled UK release date

News | Dan Cooper | 19.10.20
The highly-anticipated film Possessor edges closer to a UK release, whilst continuing to earn rave reviews on the festival circuit

I Am Greta review: a documentary that’s a missed opportunity

Review | Katie Smith-Wong | 19.10.20
A documentary digging into the story of Greta Thunberg frustratingly never really gets to grips with its subject – here’s our review

Sean Pertwee interview: Dog Soldiers on 4K, Gotham, Equilibrium

News | Duncan Bowles | 19.10.20
Sean Pertwee has racked up well over 100 acting credits to date and there’s a good reason why – he’s long been an advocate and supporter of the British film and TV industries

Remembering The Outsiders: a video Film Stories

Video | Dan Cooper | 19.10.20
1983’s The Outsiders was a Francis Ford Coppola film that didn’t strike box office gold – but it remains liked, and boasted an ahead-of-its-time cast

DVD and Blu-ray release dates confirmed: up to February 2021

News | Simon Brew | 19.10.20
A glimpse at upcoming DVD and Blu-ray release dates until February 2021 – here’s what’s arriving and when
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4K Ultra HD Blu-ray: upcoming UK releases and dates

News | Simon Brew | 19.10.20
As the format continues to slowly gain traction – here’s our regularly-updated list of upcoming 4K UK disc releases

Netflix to cut its 4K streaming bitrate

News | Simon Brew | 16.10.20
Netflix is changing the way that it encodes films and TV shows in 4K – although concerns have already been raised it’ll lead to a drop in quality

Stealing Chaplin heads to UK cinemas today: trailer here

News | Simon Brew | 16.10.20
A film that lost its distribution when Cineworld shut its doors has turned things around – here’s the trailer and more info on Stealing Chaplin

Film Stories wins at the AOP Digital Publishing Awards

News | Simon Brew | 16.10.20
At the Association For Online Publishing Awards in the UK last night, Film Stories took home a prize amidst some very tough competition

Buying cinema chains ruled out by Universal, Warner Bros.

News | Dan Cooper | 16.10.20
There’s no return to the golden era of Hollywood on the cards for the major studios, it would seem, as cinema acquisitions are ruled out

Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio head up Adam McKay’s next film

News | Dan Cooper | 16.10.20
Oodles of talent has turned out for director Adam McKay’s follow-up to 2018’s Oscar-nominated Vice – more details right here

Trailer arrives for bare-knuckle brawling Jungleland, starring Charlie Hunnam

News | Dan Cooper | 16.10.20
Fights! Road trips! Bonding! Toxic masculinity and more will be explored in Max Winkler’s upcoming Jungleland, amidst fisticuffs it seems

A few words in defence of the Warcraft movie

News | Martin Shore | 16.10.20
The 2016 Warcraft movie was hit by a critical backlash, and box office that didn’t ignite the planned sequel – but there’s more to the film that it’s given credit for

Film Quiz Friday: Quiz Noir

News | Mark Harrison | 16.10.20
To heck with Technicolour! It’s time for our latest weekly film quiz, featuring questions on modern black-and-white movies and assorted colourful ones too

Podcast: Soul (2020) and Pixar, with director Pete Docter

Podcast | Simon Brew | 16.10.20
In a special episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon chats with director Pete Docter about his new film Soul

The Trial Of The Chicago 7 review – a timely throwback, in cinemas and on Netflix

Review | Mark Harrison | 16.10.20
Playing in cinemas around the UK and now on Netflix is The Trial Of The Chicago 7, from Aaron Sorkin – and here’s our review of the movie

Brilliant projectors for the home: some recommendations

News | Ian Evenden | 16.10.20
Looking for some ideas for some home cinema projectors? Here are some excellent units we’d recommend, along with a few tips as well

British movie podcast of the week: The Prestige Podcast

Feature | Em McGowan | 16.10.20
Welcome to our weekly spot where we highlight a UK film podcast that we think is well worth your time: this week, it’s The Prestige Podcast

The Shows Must Go On: Alfie Boe concert to stream for free

News | Simon Brew | 16.10.20
A full musical concert from Alfie Boe is set to go online for free streaming from Friday as part of The Shows Must Go On programme

The Evil Dead gets a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release

News | Simon Brew | 16.10.20
Sam Raimi’s original The Evil Dead is coming to the Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray format in the UK this November, it’s been announced

A special Disney animation boxset with 57 films lands next month

News | Simon Brew | 16.10.20
A special boxset of Disney animated classics – along with a nice book as well – is heading into stores in November, and you can get more details here

Kim Newman presenting a special horror night

News | Simon Brew | 16.10.20
An evening of horror treats is being lined up by Network next week – with the brilliant Kim Newman on hosting duties too