Movies

Dated or Delightful? Howard's End

Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson in "Howard's End" (Courtesy of Ivory Merchant Productions)

How well do British movies from the past hold up? This time our Dated or Delightful series takes a look at the Academy Award-winning Howard's End on the occasion of its 25th anniversary.  Is it as enchanting and timeless as it was in 1992 or has it lost some of its Edwardian charm?

British Film Directors You Should Know

The cast of Gareth Edwards' "Star Wars" prequel "Rogue One" (Photo: Lucasfilm)

So the 2017 awards season has come to a close with that wild finale of an Oscars ceremony no less! While no British directors were nominated for an Academy Award this year, there are plenty working today who are making their presence felt in the UK and around the world. Veterans like Ken Loach, Mike Leigh, Stephen Frears and Oscar-winner Danny Boyle are active and continue to tell important and innovate stories. For this post, however, I’d like to concentrate on a younger generation of influential British filmmakers you may want to check out. Here are five under 50 that you might see holding that golden statuette one day.

British True Love Stories

From John Keats and Fanny Brawne to Stephen Hawking and Jane Wilde, British history is full of beautfully heartbreaking love stories.

Read on as we explore a few of the couples who loved despite the obstacles and whose stories have been immortalized on the big screen.

"Me Before You" starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin. (image courtesy of Alex Bailey, Warner Bros.)

Summer Films with a British Flavor

Summer is unofficially here and that means so is the summer movie season. Our blogger Carmen has compiled a list of British films to keep you entertained (and inside a nice cool theater) throughout the hot and muggy months ahead.

‘Absolutely Fabulous’ is Coming Back as a Movie. But Should It?

Eddie and Patsy are coming back on the big screen. (Photo: Fox Searchlight/BBC Films)

It’s official, sweetie darlings: Absolutely Fabulous is coming soon to a cinema near you.

Yes, the long-rumored, frequently assumed to be mythical feature film version of ridiculous adventures of desperate to be hip PR agent Edina Monsoon and her chain-smoking, hard-partying best friend Patsy Stone is finally arriving on the big screen. It will be titled, simply, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.

We don’t know a lot about the film’s plot just yet, though Entertainment Weekly reported that the story finds Edina and Patsy reeling from “a major incident at an uber fashionable launch party” and decamping to the French Riviera. 

Stephen Fry's comments about Jenny Beavan caused BAFTA controversy. (Photo: British Academy Film Awards)

BAFTA Film Awards 2016 – Winners and Highlights

Another British Academy Film Awards ceremony is in the books. From frigid conditions on the Red Carpet to the able and familiar hosting skills of Stephen Fry, by all accounts the star-studded presentation of golden masks went off pretty much as usual.

Right now is the time I should probably admit that I did not, in fact, watch the actual broadcast. (One of the few reasons I regret giving up my BBC America subscription.) However, I feel confident that my scanning of social media and YouTube has given me enough to go on to write this recap of Sunday night’s  events at London’s Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.

Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander. (Photo: Warner Bros.)

Watch the First Trailer for ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’

The teaser trailer for the highly anticipated Harry Potter spinoff/sort-of prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been released, and while it may not give much of anything away regarding the film’s characters or plot, if you – or anyone you know – happen to be a Potter fanatic, you’re going to be screaming about it anyway.

Oscar winner and general British acting darling of the moment Eddie Redmayne stars as Newt Scamander, a “magizoologist” who eventually authors the famous Hogwarts textbook that gives the film its name. 

British Movies You Can Stream to Get Into the Holiday Mood

Hugh Grant and Martine McCutcheon in "Love Actually". (Photo: Universal/Studio Canal)

Now that we're into December, I feel we can safely proceed full-steam towards all things Yuletide. If you need a little nudge to get you into the spirit of the season, here are a half a dozen films you might want to try out. The bonus is they’re British so you can enjoy Christmas number ones, those little paper crowns and a healthy helping Father Christmas!

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