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Films, TV & Radio

Reviews & previews of Films, TV shows and Radio programs.

Film: Israelism

The new film Israelism explores the struggle over control of the narrative concerning the state of Israel within American Jewry. Given the atrocities committed by Hamas fighters on October 7th and the subsequent and ongoing brutal response by the Israeli state in Gaza, along with settler violence in the occupied West Bank, the film has been released at a highly sensitive time. Its very title is pr... Read More

A Dramatic Film of Martyrdom in El Salvador

This Thursday, November 16th, marks the 34th anniversary of the martyrdom in San Salvador of six Jesuit priests and their housekeeper and daughter. In 1989, amidst a long and bloody civil war, Ignacio Ellacuria SJ and his colleagues worked tirelessly to secure a negotiated peace. Targeted by the Salvadoran military High Command, they were brutally assassinated in their university residence. The... Read More

Film: Killers of the Flower Moon

By 1918, when this epic film directed by Martin Scorsese opens, Native Americans were something of a lost minority in their own land - in reservations, or wandering from place to place in the Oklahoma Badlands, as is with the Osage Nation here. In silent film style, their situation is dramatised, poverty and on the move, the sudden gushers of oil on Osage Land, unexpected wealth and affluent lifes... Read More

The Chosen 2024 Premier to take place in London

For the first time, the groundbreaking drama on the life of Jesus The Chosen, which has become one of the most-watched shows in the world, will premiere brand new episodes outside of America. The Chosen has announced its Season 4 Global Red Carpet Premiere in London England on Monday, 22 January, 2024. The red carpet will be joined by cast and crew members from the hit show, along with press, key... Read More

Journey to Bethlehem film review

It is very hard to do religious themed films well and get the tone right. 'Journey to Bethlehem', a musical about the birth of Christ, has its heart in the right place but I think it will be hard to find an audience. It has come from the imagination of Adam Anders, a well knownSwedish composer and musical producer, who was one of the people involved in the successful TV show Glee, about a high sch... Read More

Movie: Rock Hudson: All that Heaven Allowed

ROCK HUDSON: ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWED - Available to download and rent on digital platforms from 23 October

Rock Hudson: All that Heaven Allowed Universal: 1 hr, 45 minutes. Stephen Kijak, Director. Rock Hudson was one of the most famous Hollywood stars of his day. This documentary draws on a wealth of film archives and personal reminiscence, tracing how he never quite came to terms with his gayness, even as his career reached stellar proportions. The film is also an implicit critique of the American s... Read More

The Chosen announces launch of Season 4

The Chosen, the groundbreaking drama about the life of Jesus (played by Jonathan Roumie) that has become one of the most-watched TV shows in the world, is returning to our screens for Season 4 in early 2024. Fans here will also have the chance to watch the first episodes of Season 4 in cinemas across the UK and Ireland. "Every time we've dipped our toes in the theatrical waters, viewers have over... Read More

Film: The Miracle Club

Lourdes has always been and continues to be one of the most popular pilgrimage destinations. Its attractions are many. Not only is it a place where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared and where there have been many documented healings, but you get to drink wine with your meals and eat nice French food all day? What's not to like? The real draw of Lourdes, however, is the special atmosphere that perva... Read More

A personal reflection on Ken Loach film The Old Oak

The Old Oak Directed by Ken Loach 2023 I am not a film critic. Even if I was, I would not be in a good position to offer an objective viewpoint on this film. A number of us involved in Tyne and Wear Citizens met with Ken Loach's long term collaborator and script writer Paul Laverty, as he was wondering if they could make into a trilogy, of films set in the North-East of England. Films that brought... Read More

Film: The Great Escaper

The Great Escaper, which will be out in cinemas the first week of October is a fantastic film, not to be missed. This is based on a true event and a real person. In 2014 89 year old Bernie Jordan went AWOL from his care home in Sussex to attend the 70th anniversary celebrations of the D Day landings in Normandy. The episode caught the public's imagination and to his surprise his trip became a glob... Read More

Film: Sound of Freedom

Sound of Freedom which has been a surprise summer hit in the United States is set to hit UK cinemas and streaming platforms mid- August. It hopes to be the 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' of 21st century slavery, shining a spotlight and raising concern about the human trafficking of children. Made for $14 million the film has already recouped more than 4 times its original costs. Produced by Metanoia Films,... Read More

Film: Anthony Hopkins plays man who saved 669 children from Nazis

Sir Anthony Hopkins plays a man who rescued 669 children from the Nazis in 'One Life' - this years's gala film at the 67th BFI London Film Festival, it was announced today. Directed by James Hawes and also starring Johnny Flynn, Lena Olin, Romola Garai, Alex Sharp, Marthe Keller, Jonathan Pryce and Helena Bonham Carter, the film was produced by See-Saw Films who developed the film alongside BBC Fi... Read More

Oppenheimer: a brief reflection

Official poster

Knowing next to nothing about Oppenheimer, I was aware of the intense response from audiences before I saw it. Frequently, people walked out. Many said it was an experience they would not forget. I watched a short film of Physicist Brian Cox, in conversation with Director Christopher Nolan (for Esquire Magazine), who wholeheartedly endorsed Nolan's treatment of the physics involved and his intelli... Read More

Oppenheimer film: Quakers offer school resources

As the new Oppenheimer film is released, Quakers in Britain, as part of the Peace Education Network (PEN), have released lessons examining the legacy of early atomic scientists. The two lessons will support secondary school teachers, most of who believe students should learn the humanitarian consequences of using nuclear weapons according to a recent survey. The film follows the rise and fall of J... Read More

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