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Picture - Barry Ward, Ken Loach, Michael... Dublin Ireland, Tuesday 27th May 2014

Barry Ward, Ken Loach, Michael D Higgins, Sabina Coyle and Simone Kirby - Guests attend the premiere of the Ken Loach film Jimmy's Hall at The Lighthouse Cinema... - Dublin, Ireland - Tuesday 27th May 2014

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Barry Ward

A Week In Movies: Cannes Winds Down, Episode VII And Batman v Superman Cranks Up, New Trailers Promise Lots Of Action For Summer And Autumn

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Cannes Film Festival

As the Cannes Film Festival winds down this weekend, a handful of films are emerging as frontrunners for the prestigious awards ceremony. Higher-profile contenders include David Cronenberg's 'Map to the Stars' starring Robert Pattinson, Mike Leigh's 'Mr Turner' starring Timothy Spall, the Dardenne brothers' 'Two Days One Night' starring Marion Cotillard and Tommy Lee Jones' 'The Homesman' starring Hilary Swank. Disappointments have included Olivier Dahan's 'Grace of Monaco' starring Nicole Kidman and Ryan Gosling's directing debut 'Lost River' starring Christina Hendricks. Take a look over our own top five Palme d'Or Winner predictions.

But for most movie fans, the even bigger news is that 'Star Wars: Episode VII' has started filming at Pinewood in London, complete with a competition fans can enter for a chance to actually appear in the movie. In a video clip for the charity initiative Star Wars: Force for Change, Jj Abrams explained this week that the programme will work with Unicef to help children around the world. Watch 'Star Wars: Force For Change' Trailer.

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Ken Loach Isn't Retiring At All: "It's A Hard Job to Give Up"

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Murmurs of Ken Loach’s retirement from feature films emanated from his long-time producer Rebecca O'Brien - via Screen Daily - who stated that he still has "a few documentary ideas kicking around." In ‘Jimmy’s Hall’, Loach’s 'final' feature was intended to be a thoughtful drama, deeply rooted in history.

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But Loach, a celebrated filmmaker with a glittering career, admitted that his retirement announcement was voiced in "a moment of maximum pressure" during the production of his ‘last’ film. "It's a hard job to give up, really," added the 77-year-old, according to The AP. 

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'Jimmy's Hall' Isn't The Swan Song Ken Loach's Career Deserves, Agree The Critics

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For a while it looked as though Jimmy’s Hall would be Ken Loach’s final feature film, considering those were the very words he uttered. But since retracting from that statement, the critics have had their say on the Palme d’Or contender, and Jimmy’s Hall doesn’t do the British film maker’s career the justice it deserves.

Ken LoachKen Loach will probably direct another feature following Jimmy's Hall

“This is exasperatingly thin stuff from Loach and Laverty, who have in the past built far more textured narratives, peopled by far richer characters, even while maintaining the fierce, politicised charge they aim for here. Think of The Angel’s Share, which won the Jury Prize here at Cannes in 2012, and of course The Wind That Shakes The Barley, which was awarded the Palme d’Or in 2006,” wrote The Telegraph’s Robbie Collin.

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Jimmy's Hall Trailer

Jimmy Gralton is a political activist in the 1930s with strong communist values. Unfortunately, this doesn't put him in the best light for Ireland's Catholic church, who consider he, his friends and associates to be antichrists. Jimmy runs a dance hall whereby he makes his views heard as the people of his town enjoy music and socialising as well as learning together and creating happy memories. The local priest doesn't see it as such a great thing though and he subsequently does his best to convince his parishioners that the hall brings nothing but evil to the neighbourhood. Those for the continuation of the hall's practises suddenly find themselves violently up against the protesting Catholic community, and two things that were always supposed to be about peace and civic spirit suddenly become armies who'll stop at nothing to defend their values.

'Jimmy's Hall' is a shocking Irish drama based on a true story during the 'Red Scare' in Ireland in the 1930s. BAFTA nominated director Ken Loach ('Sweet Sixteen', 'My Name Is Joe', 'The Navigators') is at the helm alongside screenwriter Paul Laverty ('The Wind That Shakes the Barley', 'The Angels' Share', 'Cargo'). It is scheduled to be released in the UK on May 30th 2014.

Picture - Cast of The Selfish Giant,... London United Kingdom, Monday 27th January 2014

Cast of The Selfish Giant, Clio Barnard, Tracy O'Riordan, Siobhan Finneran, Sean Gilder and Ken Loach - The South Bank Sky Arts Awards held at the Dorchester Hotel - Press Rooms. - London, United Kingdom - Monday 27th January 2014

Picture - Ken Loach - Moet British... London United Kingdom, Sunday 8th December 2013

Ken Loach - Moet British Independent Film Awards held at Old Billingsgate Market - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 8th December 2013

Picture - Jasmin Riggins, Gary Maitland, Ken... , Tuesday 29th May 2012

Ken Loach and William Ruane - Jasmin Riggins, Gary Maitland, Ken Loach, Paul Brannigan and William Ruane Tuesday 29th May 2012 UK premiere of 'The Angel's Share' at Cineworld Glasgow

The Angels' Share Trailer

Robbie is an ex-offender and new father who is looking for a new lease on life after narrowly escaping prison for his last offence. Upon seeing his newborn son for the first time he vow that his child will never have to endure the same mistakes he has. Along with the new found friends he has made on community service they visit one of the many whiskey distilleries in his native Scotland and he soon learns that turning to drink might very well change his life.

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