Film

 sam macgregor

Review: Carrie – Yet Another Needless Remake

Review: Carrie – Yet Another Needless Remake

The re-imagining of the 1976 horror classic comes up a little short on the imagination

I find it rather strange that us Brits strive to copy the ideal stereotypical American prom. In films over the years, what’s supposed to be a romantic, first ‘young love’ event where one might lose their virginity, has been shadowed by cruelty, anxiety and especially humiliation. Two rather notable occasions where this happens is in There’s […]

 Angus Saul

Preview: Nebraska

Preview: Nebraska

Nebraska is the story of how an old man and his son must trek from Montana to Nebraska to collect $1 million in prize money. It’s an impressive cast of mainly B-list actors, that move this very indie-ish film along, but it will be that sort of anonymity which makes each and every character seem […]

 Benjamin Kuwas

Review: Saving Mr. Banks – Sweet, Even Without A Spoonful Of Sugar

Review: Saving Mr. Banks – Sweet, Even Without A Spoonful Of Sugar

Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson charm and delight in equal measure in a story behind a classic story

Saving Mr. Banks is an incredibly uplifting yet deeply emotional film for all to engage with, as it gives a deeper understanding of the process of Walt Disney attempting to acquire the rights of Mary Poppins. The Blind Side director John Lee Hancock constructs a powerful story by allowing the characters to have room to […]

 Angus Saul

Review: Parkland – Plenty Of Guts, But No Glory

Review: Parkland – Plenty Of Guts, But No Glory

Angus Saul tells us why the latest look at the JFK assassination ironically limited in scope

Parkland was released on the 50th anniversary of John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s assassination and, unsurprisingly, it’s a glimpse into the lives of those who were directly affected by the then president’s death. It’s emotional at times, and it’s moving at times, but for the most part, it falls flat. Written and directed by Peter Landesman (his […]

 sam macgregor

Preview: Carrie

Preview: Carrie

Can Chloe Mortez deliver a performance deserving of the "Horror Movie of The Year" hype?

For all vintage horror movie fans out there, the original Carrie film leaves the somewhat disturbing image of a fire-wrecked, bloody senior prom. The 1976 classic, based on the novel written by Stephen King (The Shining, Green Mile) left viewers both stunned and scared by its horrific scenes of pigs’ blood, gore and teenage telekinesis. […]

 Jake Trelease

Review: Don Jon – Hold Me Closer, Tony Danza

Review: Don Jon – Hold Me Closer, Tony Danza

Joseph Gordon-Levitt writes, directs, and stars in a film with Scarlett Johansson. Clever.

Directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore. On the surface of things Don Jon markets itself around a masturbation addiction and the pursuit of good looking women. Within the first couple of scenes, Jon, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, tells us the few things that mean the most to him in his […]

 Josh Hollis

The Hunger Games Premiere @ Empire Cinema, Sunderland

Josh Hollis heads down to Sunderland's Empire Theatre for the long-awaited launch of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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 Josh Hollis

Welcome To Northern Lights

Welcome To Northern Lights

Hello and welcome weary internet traveller; you have made it to Northern Lights, the newly launched website dedicated to covering arts and culture in our beloved North East. From film to comedy, music to theatre, our dedicated and passionate team of contributors will seek to cover all things cultural around the region, bringing you the […]

 Kieran Murray

Tyneside Cinema: The Exciting Future Of A Historical Venue

Tyneside Cinema: The Exciting Future Of A Historical Venue

We meet the Tyneside Cinema's venue manager to talk new events and ambitious redevelopment

Last week saw the opening night of Electric Comedy, the Tyneside Cinema’s new stand-up comedy show displaying talent from the local area. Host Seymour Mace was joined by Lauren Pattison, Andy Fury and Thom Tuck for the night that incorporated well with the wide range of arts already available at the cinema such as live music, […]

 Christabel Howdon-Bancroft

Review: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – An Encouraging Third Quarter

Review: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – An Encouraging Third Quarter

The second instalment of the Hunger Games trilogy hit screens nationwide

Directed by Francis Lawrence (12A) Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Lenny Kravitz, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks This is the second instalment of the Hunger Games four-film franchise and Catching Fire finds a tormented Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) re-adjusting to life in District 12 after winning the 74th Hunger Games […]