Silver Screen Weekly - What's Coming Up At The Cinema - From Friday 2 December

Our film critic and media correspondent has been looking and trawling the new releases. Here's what you can see on the big screen this week! From Friday 2nd December Violent Night (15) David Harbour (Stranger Things, Hellboy, Black Widow) is Santa Claus, only this St. Nick isn’t so jolly, especially when a group of mercenaries (led by John Leguizamo) have taken a family hostage, with a little girl who is on his nice list, urging Santa into action. These baddies will be getting…

Silver Screen Weekly - What's Coming Up At The Cinema - From Friday 25 November

Our film critic and media correspondent has been looking and trawling the new releases. Here's what you can see on the big screen this week! From Friday 25th November Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical (PG) Based on the revered children’s book by Roald Dahl, and adapted from Matthew Warchus, Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin’s acclaimed stage musical, Matthew Warchus’ cinema version of Matilda The Musical stars Alisha Weir as the resilient little girl with extraordinary abilities, who faces turmoil at home from…

Silver Screen Weekly - What's Coming Up At The Cinema - From Friday 18 November

Our film critic and media correspondent has been looking and trawling the new releases. Here's what you can see on the big screen this week! Armageddon Time (15) From director James Gray (The Lost City of Z and Ad Astra), this ‘80s set coming of age drama is part inspired by Gray’s own childhood. The film looks at a young Jewish-American boy who befriends a rebellious African-American classmate, as he struggles to measure up to family expectations and the privileged unjust world…

Three Works – Victor Payares

Chris Shaw, owner of the Three Works Gallery, has done me a favour by going back to his original Three Works concept: only three pieces in any one exhibition. The ‘favour’ is to save me going through my usual routine of quickly walking round an entire exhibition, selecting just a few works for detailed viewing and then going back later.. Three Works encourages meticulous scrutiny rather than the superficial attention afforded to paintings in most larger galleries. It is the Three…

Silver Screen Weekly - What's Coming Up At The Cinema - From Friday 4 November

Our film critic and media correspondent has been looking and trawling the new releases. Here's what you can see on the big screen this week! Watcher (15) V/H/S/94 segment director Chloe Okuno makes her full feature length directorial debut with this unease inducing Hitchcockian horror/thriller. The story sees American couple Julia (It Follows’ Maika Monroe) and Francis (The Neon Demon’s Karl Glusman) relocate to Bucharest, moving into a new apartment, as Francis pursues his career. However, one rainy night, Julia notices that…

Film Review : Emily

Forms of Art that play fast and loose with supposed biographical truth will always attract opprobrium amongst purists. And in amongst the generally approving reviews of actor and director, Frances O’Connor’s, latest film-making venture, we find a ubiquity of knee-jerk reactions. Predicated on distaste – it is noticeable that some observers have refused even to see Emily on grounds that the film is an affront to the sanctity of Emily Brontë’s memory – the commonest cavil relates to what is…

Orpheus. An Extraordinary Reimagining Of Monteverdi's Classic Opera

At least four years in the making and drawing on the talents of many dozens of people, the long-term South Asian Arts and Opera North collaboration has finally emerged. Like a butterfly blossoming from a chrysalis and, after a long gestation where the component parts dissolve into each other to make something entirely new, this collaboration has produced a thing of great beauty. Based on Monteverdi’s late Renaissance/early Baroque opera Orpheus, with a libretto by Alessandro Striggio, the opera draws on…

Silver Screen Weekly - What's Coming Up At The Cinema - From 7 October

Our film critic and media correspondent has been looking and trawling the new releases. Here's what you can see on the big screen this week! From Friday 7th October Amsterdam (15) From the Oscar nominated director of Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, Amsterdam is a 1930s set star-laden mystery comedy drama, which centres on three friends - a doctor, a lawyer and a nurse (Christian Bale, John David Washington and Margot Robbie) - who become entangled in the murder plot of a…

Dancing And Ice At The Piece Hall This Christmas

The Piece Hall has announced its spectacular festive programme for 2022, which is set to see the iconic heritage site transformed into a wintry wonderland. This year, the Halifax venue will play host to a stunning ice-skating rink and a series of stellar performances and heart-warming activities, including Winter Makers Markets, live gigs, classical music, comedy shows, brass bands, mini raves, craft workshops and festive family films. Once again, the venue’s 66,000 sq ft courtyard will capture the spirit of Christmas and…

Silver Screen Weekly - What's Coming Up At The Cinema - From 30 September

Our film critic and media correspondent has been looking and trawling the new releases. Here's what you can see on the big screen this week! From 30 September Mrs. Harris Goes To Paris (PG) Based on Paul Gallico’s 1958 novel, this acclaimed comedy drama stars Lesley Manville as the titular Mrs. Harris, a widowed cleaner who, in 50s London, spots a couture Dior dress and absolutely loves it. So much so that she is determined to get one herself. A simple old fashioned…

Romance, Horror And Live Piano Accompaniment At City Screen York To launch Local Author’s New Historical Page-Turner

York-based independent publisher Stairwell Books and City Screen York are showing a special gala performance of Lon Chaney’s horror-romance,The Phantom of the Opera (1925). This silent classic will be accompanied by live music from the sensational Neil Brand. The performance is to celebrate the launch of Tim Murgatroyd’s new novel, THE ELECTRIC, described by one reviewer as ‘poignant, charming, and wryly funny, with a cast of beautifully drawn and unforgettable characters. Not to be missed.' Special Gala Silent Cinema Performance The Phantom

Idris Elba Voted UK's Choice To Play Bond

Sean Connery crowned the best James Bond of all time with Roger Moore coming in second; Goldfinger came out on top as the nation’s favourite ever Bond film; More than one in ten Brits want the next Bond to be a woman. The name’s Elba…Idris Elba! The UK wants Idris Elba to take up the iconic role of James Bond, new national research has revealed – despite the star distancing himself from the part in recent…

Films: Nope

When it comes to writer/director Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us) you know you are not getting something conventional, so when the equally simply - but ambiguously - titled Nope seemed to bare the trademarks of an alien invasion offering, I expected something a bit different. I expected Nope to be weird and a different spin on things, and yet even I was still taken aback by just how wonderfully odd a cinema experience it was. Telling the story of the…

Films: Elvis

Director Baz Luhrmann is a director of a certain flair, so seeing that grand and exuberant style stung with “The King’s” showmanship was always going to be a cinema event worth purchasing a ticket for. But how well would Baz capture the much larger story behind the on-stage spectacle? Well, as it happens, brilliantly. No wonder audiences can’t help falling in love with this one…which has now become the second highest grossing music biopic behind Bohemian Rhapsody. Charting (so to speak)…

Trapezium Gallery Online Gallery And Xmas Exhibition

Bradford's Trapezium Arts' Online Gallery is open to artists from across the Bradford district and is inviting submissions, which will all be considered for a Xmas Open exhibition at Trapezium Gallery on Kirkgate. {clear} Ken Woods of Trapezium Arts said: "Our gallery on Kirkgate in the centre of Bradford is open again for full exhibitions, but we're still very keen to continue showing art made by local people online. The Online Gallery was so successful over lockdown, many people have asked if…

Review: Prey

Since its inception in 1987, Predator has gone on to enjoy quite a unique legacy in cinema history. Starting off as a testosterone-fuelled entry into the ‘80s action landscape, with a sci-fi/horror twist, the film has since been embraced in different ways by new generations and nowadays enjoys its standing as a classic, with an awful lot to say beneath its rippling muscles and camouflaged alien menace thrills. The franchise it has inspired, despite being one of mostly good quality (barring…

Thousands Expected As Stars Line Up For First Ever Chase Pride Festival

Thousands of people are expected to flock to the first ever Chase Pride festival next month for a star-studded day of celebration and entertainment. Around 4,000 people are expected at Hednesford Park on Saturday, September 3, for the event which will celebrate diversity, support the local LGBTQ+ community and break down barriers. Festival director Kathryn Downs said more than a thousand tickets had already been sold for the event, which promises a packed day of entertainment and activities for all, including a…

Review: The Railway Children Return

Hard to believe it has been 52 years since Lionel Jeffries adapted Edith Nesbit’s The Railway Children for the big screen and in the process created a revered British classic that has stood the test of time and has been passed down through generations as one of the greatest homegrown pictures in history. Now, all these decades on, producer Jemma Rodgers (who heavily influenced the story with her work) had a brainchild of an idea for a sequel, and we…

The Railway Children Return Goes Full Steam Ahead At An Amazing Keighley Picture House World Premiere!

It has been just over five decades since Lionel Jeffries big screen adaptation of Edith Nesbit’s The Railway Children reached its cinematic destination, and yet it is a trip generations of viewers cannot resist to keep on taking. This is one of many adaptations of screen and stage for the story, but the 1970 film has become revered as the gold standard, and has been crowned a British classic by the many eras of viewers who have since fallen in…

Farewell Mr Bond – Your Time Is Up

Bradford was honoured last night as one of the few cities given the chance to say a final farewell to the magnificent ‘James Bond’ orchestra, as its players prepare to hang up their boots after 18 years paying homage to the likes of John Barry, Paul McCartney and Don Black. Bond movies have an army of followers and, last night, ‘Bondites’ turned out in number at St George’s Hall for another appearance by Q The Music, a 13-piece orchestra whose primary…

Review: The Lost City

Who doesn’t love a good treasure hunt? And, as we venture nearer and nearer to summer blockbuster season, a film like The Lost City feels most welcome on our big screens. However, despite the comparisons to Steven Spielberg’s landmark Raiders of the Lost Ark, it is the blood of Robert Zemeckis’ Romancing the Stone which races through the veins of the Nee Brothers’ enormously enjoyable throwback jungle action/comedy romp, which comes with some modernised trope twists. The film stars Sandra Bullock…

Portrait Of Three Talented Yorkshire Artists At Sunny Bank Mills

Three talented young Yorkshire artists are currently showing their work at one of the county’s most prestigious annual exhibitions. Sophie Jones, Kristina Nenova and Sam Henty are part of a wealth of creative talent on show in the Ones to Watch 2022 exhibition at the Sunny Bank Mills Art Gallery in Farsley, between Leeds and Bradford. This is ninth year that the gallery has hosted its renowned Ones To Watch exhibition and Arts Director and curator Jane Kay believes this is one…

Review: The Nan Movie

TV creations are very often marmite at the best of times but there is a proven track record of many British TV to film leaps not quite working out. Enter, The Nan Movie, which I had no clue was even a thing until a month or two back! Yet, even as someone who rather enjoyed Catherine Tate's foul mouthed Nan character (probably the breakout creation from her hit noughties sketch show The Catherine Tate Show) I approached the Nan The

Review: The Phantom Of The Open

If film has shown us anything about sport, it’s that you don’t even have to be a fan of it to get something out of a really good - often remarkably true - story from that field (so to speak). The likes of The Damned United, Moneyball and Fighting with My Family, all stand as evidence of exceptional dramas, which craft a sports story so rich and compelling, even haters of said sport will be engrossed, and as sports go,…

Review: Scream

People keep talking about a slasher horror revival, what with the recent successes of Halloween, Candyman, the Chucky TV series and Halloween Kills, and with a new Texas Chainsaw Massacre on the horizon, it seems like things are very much heading that way. Well, with Scream (2022), the fifth instalment in the late great Wes Craven’s groundbreaking meta horror series, the return of slashers is not only confirmed, but we may be on the cusp of a new golden age,…

Review: Last Night in Soho

I expected to enjoy writer/director Edgar Wright's Last Night in Soho, but never expected it to be my film of 2021. Then again, you never quite know what you are getting from the ingenious mind behind Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Baby Driver…to name a few. Last Night in Soho stars Thomasin McKenzie (Jojo Rabbit) as young Eloise “Ellie” Turner, whose love of the swinging sixties has further inspired her dream of becoming a fashion designer. And as she…

Still Life Worth More Than £6m At Risk Of Leaving UK

A temporary export bar has been placed on Banquet Still Life by Dutch artist Jan Davidsz. de Heem Banquet Still Life by Jan Davidsz. de Heem, which is valued at £6,109,200, is at risk of leaving the country unless a UK buyer can be found. One of the most important still life painters in the 17th century, de Heem was typically known for smaller paintings, making this monumental work incredibly rare within his body of work and one of just four he…

Review: Ghostbusters: Afterlife

We have all waited a long time for 'Ghostbusters 3’. Hell, we have waited years for a worthwhile follow-up at all really. After Something strange went on in the neighbourhood back in 1984, we could not resist wanting to see more from the ghoul-snatching gang, but director Ivan Reitman’s 1989 sequel to his own classic was - and remains - one of the most polarising movie sequels ever made. And as everyone waited for the inevitable part three, it just never…

Interview: Alison Bartram Of The Heart Gallery, Hebden Bridge

Anyone strolling through the bohemian delights of Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire is likely to benefit from the palpable, resolutely resilient creative energy which connects its denizens with each other. A vibrant array of local businesses crowd together, each amplifying the unique essence of this culturally diverse crucible of inclusivity, community spirit and non-judgemental tolerance, all grounded in good old Yorkshire grit. To establish herself with those she hoped to support. "Some were cautious, some were brave – all of them…

Review: Dune

It has been said about a great many written stories that they are “unfilmable”. Some have remained that way, but others have managed to make it to the silver screen against all odds. Among this crop you can count the likes of Zack Snyder’s Watchmen, based on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ influential graphic novel; The Wachowskis' and Tom Tykwer’s Cloud Atlas, based on David Mitchell’s vast book; and David Cronenberg’s Naked Lunch, based on William S. Burroughs’ challenging text.…