Arts & Life

London comic con rises

June 6, 2014 No Comments »

Batman is coming to London. The caped crusader will be one of countless colorful characters brimming Centennial Hall June 14 and 15 for the Forest City’s inaugural Comic Con. The comic convention will offer entertainment for the whole family and ... Read More »

Uncovering talented London musicians

June 6, 2014 No Comments »

It may not be officially called “London’s Got Talent,” but that’s exactly what the “London Covers” contest displayed this past Saturday: excellent musical prowess. Five finalists, ranging in age from 18 to 23, performed live at the London Music Hall ... Read More »

The Railway Man: Great performances keep film from derailing

The Railway Man: Great performances keep film from derailing
June 5, 2014 No Comments »

The Railway Man Director: Jonathan Teplitzky Starring: Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgård, Jeremy Irvine, and Hiroyuki Sanada.  The Railway Man will be playing at the Hyland Cinema until June 12th.  When Patti Wallace (Nicole Kidman) meets Eric Lomax (Colin ... Read More »

Maleficent: A coma-inducing retelling of Sleeping Beauty

Maleficent: A coma-inducing retelling of Sleeping Beauty
June 2, 2014 No Comments »

Director: Robert Stromberg Starring: Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley and Elle Fanning When Sleeping Beauty graced cinemas in 1959 Walt Disney’s heart was no longer in animation. Disneyland had taken hold. The resultant movie was extravagant and hollow but stylistically innovative. Maleficent, which reimagines the ... Read More »

Joe: Nicholas Cage finds redemption

Joe: Nicholas Cage finds redemption
May 28, 2014 No Comments »

Joe Director: David Gordon Green Starring: Nicolas Cage, Gary Poulter, Tye Sheridan Joe will be playing at the Hyland until Thursday, June 6th.  Thwack. Thwack. Your hatchet strikes the Longleaf Pine tree. Thwack. The hatchet’s dripping in poison supplied from ... Read More »

X-Men: Days of Future Past: Enter the superhero movie retcon

X-Men: Days of Future Past: Enter the superhero movie retcon
May 28, 2014 No Comments »

X-Men: Days of Future Past Director: Bryan Singer Starring: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, Peter Dinklage, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page and Evan Peters This review contains spoilers: In 2006, Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last ... Read More »

Under the Skin: The existential terrestrial

Under the Skin: The existential terrestrial
May 27, 2014 No Comments »

Under the Skin Director: Jonathan Glazer Starring: Scarlett Johansson Under the Skin is playing at the Hyland until Thursday, May 29th. However, it may be brought back for another week if requested at adlan@hylandcinema.com  Under the Skin is probably the most ... Read More »

Only Lovers Left Alive: The good kind of melancholic vampires

Only Lovers Left Alive: The good kind of melancholic vampires
May 23, 2014 1 Comment »

Only Lovers Left Alive  Director: Jim Jarmusch Starring: Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, John Hurt, Mia Wasikowska and Anton Yelchin Only Lovers Left Alive will be playing at the Hyland Cinema on Wharncliffe until May 29th. Anyone with a semi-artistic mind ... Read More »

Godzilla: Large lizard looms over lofty leads

Godzilla: Large lizard looms over lofty leads
May 21, 2014 No Comments »

Godzilla Director: Gareth Edwards Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Bryan Cranston Godzilla isn’t a bad movie. It checks the boxes. But for an extravagant behemoth with a superlative cast tooled to dazzle, it fails to drop jaws ... Read More »

Faces of Western: Western student interns at Cannes

Faces of Western: Western student interns at Cannes
May 17, 2014 No Comments »

A Western student has landed a job working as an intern at the biggest film festival in the world. Alissa Chater, a fourth-year film studies student, will be bumping shoulders with at the Cannes International Film Festival this month. “What ... Read More »

Fringe Fest

Fringe Fest
May 16, 2014 No Comments »

Theatre is fun. For 15 years the London Fringe Festival has been delighting the Forest City community with exciting stage productions and unique live arts experiences, turning downtown into a world of wonder and theatre skeptics into believers. From June ... Read More »

Enemy — Spinning an intricate web

Enemy — Spinning an intricate web
May 12, 2014 No Comments »

  Enemy  Director: Denis Villeneuve  Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, and Isabella Rossellini.  In Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, Gregor Samsa is surprised to find himself transformed into a monstrous insect. Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy depicts a similar transformation from understood to ... Read More »