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Jimmy's Hall at The Lighthouse Cinema

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

Barry Ward
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.

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“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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South Bank Sky Arts Awards

Ken Loach - South Bank Sky Arts awards at Dorchester Hotel - London, United Kingdom - Monday 27th January 2014

Sky Arts Awards Press Room

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

Moet British Independent Film Awards

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

11'09''01 - September 11 Review


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Simple premise: Eleven filmmakers each get 11 minutes to put their thoughts about September 11, 2001 into film. Documentaries about 9/11 have certainly been made to date -- I'd be surprised if less than a dozen had been released -- and this very format has even been done before too (see our review of Underground Zero).

What September 11 has that the other films don't is star power and international perspective. The 11 directors who submit work here represent a walk of fame of international cinema. Though I'm not familiar with the work of Samira Makhmalbaf (Iran) or Idrissa Ouedraogo (Burkina-Faso), to name a few, names like Penn, Lelouch, Iñárritu, Nair, and Loach represent some major names.

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