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Friday, June 16, 2017

From June 19 to 25, Refugee Week is back with arts and educational events around the country to raise awareness and hope for a better way of dealing with the ongoing crisis, and Islington and Hackney are no exceptions

Bridget Galton talks to Kevin Macdonald about his iconic movie ahead of Touching The Void Live at Barbican Hall

What started off in 2000 as a local festival for filmmakers living and working in east London has now expanded to present the best of British and international cinema, while still staying true to its roots

Zoe Paskett visits the Barbican’s new sci-fi exhibition, which extends throughout the building covering film, tv, literature, art and music

Roger Michell’s adaptation of this Daphne Du Maurier novel features a Sphinx like Rachel Weisz as a possible murderer but the pace is too stately to create suspense

It isn’t any kind of landmark and perhaps it is judged too kindly just because it isn’t monstrously disappointing like the previous DC films

The film of one of the world’s favourite TV shows is disappointing, with flimsy humour and a meanness of spirit that leaves a foul taste in the mouth

Zoe Paskett talks to Jamie McLean and director Ron Scalpello about bringing Lenny back to life in a new and long awaited biopic

Johnny Depp is stuck recycling one of his worst performances alongside Javier Bardem’s new villain in Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge

ZOE PASKETT talks to Hackney local Ben Lloyd-Hughes about his starring role in Kiss Me, making big life choices and retaining an air of mystery in the era of social media

Marvel’s latest sequel starts off sharper and funnier than the first, but loses its way in the second half

STEFANIA SARUBBA talks to the co-founder of a new arts festival in London Fields celebrating every aspect of human creativity

The Armeian Genocide deserves a better film but The Promise is the one it’s got and it may be enough

The film’s approach would surely meet with the institution’s approval: nothing is too structured, nothing is forced, no judgment is made and the characters are allowed to express themselves largely free of the imposition of narrative

Forget blockbusters Beauty and the Beast, X Men or Lord of the Rings – fringe theatre is where it’s at, as Sir Ian McKellen steps in to offer support.

Despite sounding like the next Tarzan spin-off, this based-on-a-true-story tale is a striking success, starring Robert Patinson and Charlie Hunnam

The live action remake of this Disney classic is old fashioned, traditional and adds little to the original

Castle Cinema officially reopened its doors last week for the first time in 60 years following a community crowdfunding campaign

The first third of the new King Kong film is fun and humorous but it loses its way when they reach the island

On March 8, a number of events are celebrating women through film, including Century: 10 women x 10 decades, a series of portraits of life in London

This is definitely not a superhero movie. Nobody wears shiny costumes; the fate of the Earth is not in the balance; there are no great CGI spectacles. It is a sci-fi tinged road movie, gritty and downbeat.

The plot is cobbled together and there’s an excess of eels in this style-over-substance (but not particularly stylish) thriller

Moonlight shows life at its toughest and its most real, making it a more than worthy Oscar contender

20th Century Women is so truthful it’s as though you lived it yourself, but all this truth is delivered at a pretty slow pace

Journalist, author and one third of Saint Etienne Bob Stanley talks about researching his forthcoming book and releasing a new album inspired by Brexit

Denzel Washington’s interpretation of August Wilson’s play is made magnificent by his and Viola Davis’ acting

Jeff Nichols’ true life story focuses on the little things in life and is as understated as its protagonists

Rachel Weisz stars in this true story as Deborah Lipstadt, who took to the stand to prove that the Holocaust happened

A bunch of animated gorillas, pigs, mice, sheep, giraffes, elephants, bears and porcupines regurgitate the last five decades of popular music

Famous Holocaust historian Lipstadt, Timothy Spall and Mick Jackson discuss Denial and proving that one of the worst massacres in recent history happened

Former comedian and comedy promoter Roddy Fraser is the brainfather, featuring short films coming from around the globe to promote the universal love of comedy

Nobody had to do this, unless it was worth doing. It wasn’t, but it is well made and fitfully entertaining

This is Jackie before the O, and right after the FK; America’s premier first lady in mourning, at a loss, cast adrift, trying to hastily erect a myth around her late husband

A man with multiple personalities abducts three teenage girls and subjects them to a gruesome fate – they are going to be acted at beyond endurance

ZOE PASKETT talks to the creators of a new series, My America, exploring conversations in the back of an Uber in the run up to the US election

Stone and Gosling steal the show with strong screen presence in a film that’s too much fun to win an Oscar

The latest film on Martin Scorsese’s directorial list, starring Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver, lacks the energy and invention of his previous works

Rogue One is something very familiar that has been given a whole new dimension

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rhys Ifans give convincing portrayals in Oliver Stone’s straightforward drama

The new film, conceived by comedian Kojo, follows three friends as they set out on a spending spree, only to find out the gangster who owns the money is less than pleased.

Clint Eastwood finds something unique in the true story of the pilot who landed a plane on the Hudson river

David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike star in the true story-telling of Seretse Kwama and his wife Ruth as they battle against apartheid

Spy movie set between Moroccan city of Casablanca and Highgate gets a carpeting for its fake set and script

Each year the Global Slavery Index releases the number of people living in modern slavery around the world. In 2016, an estimated 11,700 people live in slavery in the UK alone. Panic highlights this crisis on our doorstep

It is all you enjoyed in the Harry Potter films, but faster and funnier and with action set pieces a little more animated than extended stick pointing, but without so much of the talky bits.

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