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TheatricalSource Code (2011)
01/04/2011 | Nikki Baughan

Thanks for the memories... Like many new filmmakers, British director Duncan Jones has an awful lot to prove with his second feature – particularly as his 2009 debut, Moon, iswidely regarded as one [ ... ]


TheatricalHereafter (2010)
28/01/2011 | Nikki Baughan

Life Lessons If his performance in 2008’s Gran Torino was Clint Eastwood reflecting on his career, then Hereafter must surely be the 80-year-old filmmaker’s musings on what might come next. He cl [ ... ]


DVDSomewhere (DVD)
02/04/2011 | Simon Edwards

La-la land... Somewhere feels very much as if hewn from the same cloth as Lost In Translation, and one suspects is a return to a more personal place, after Sofia Coppola’s period production Marie A [ ... ]


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I have been writing about international film for various print and online publications for the past decade, and currently edit bi-monthly UK film mag movieScope. Dedicated to the craft of filmmaking and the art of cinema, it's a must-read whether you're a movie maker or film fan.

I have loved films ever since I saw Gone With the Wind on TV one Sunday morning, and while studying cinema at Leicester University I became a reviewer for the student paper, Ripple, taking over as Film Editor in my final year.

After graduating I got a job at the UK's longest running movie mag Film Review where I worked my way up from producation assistant to becoming the first female Editor in its history. I have written about film and culture for a variety of magazines and websites, including BBC Online, Little White Lies, Filmstar and Kodak's In Camera, and am a member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists and British Society of Magazine Editors.

I am currenly in the process of updating and streamling Roll Credits; apologies for any out of date content and thank you for your patience!

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Written by Nikki Baughan Monday, 13 February 2012 20:48
Feature

A few days ago I read and thoroughly enjoyed Film Critic Hulk’s wonderful list of reasons why he loves the movies over at Badass Digital. And earlier today I read Quint’s equally as fascinating list of his reasons why he has a passion for the cinema at Aint It Cool; a list he’d put together with the blessing of Film Critic Hulk of course. In fact, with both Quint and Film Critic Hulk encouraging us to think about and share our own reasons for loving the movies, I was inspired to do so myself.

Read more: Why I Love Movies

Written by Sheila Roberts Friday, 10 February 2012 08:39
Interview

Director Michael Sucsy knows how to deliver on the promise of a great script. After his successful HBO film, Grey Gardens, he was the perfect choice to helm The Vow because he was able to discover things about the story that no one else had thought about. “I just thought it sounded like an incredible premise for a film,” says Sucsy. “The fact that two people are already in love when the movie starts, and then they’re ripped apart, and then they have to find a way back to each other. That really touched me.”

Roll Credits sat down with Sucsy to talk about filming The Vow and how he found the right talent to bring the characters to life. He told us about the casting process and reteaming with Jessica Lange, why the budget and day count were major challenges on this shoot, and what it was like collaborating creatively with a terrific editor like Nancy Richardson.

Read more: Director Michael Sucsy Takes The Vow

Written by Nikki Baughan Friday, 03 February 2012 00:00
Theatrical

For his feature debut, Danish filmmaker Asger Leth follows his 2006 documentary Ghosts of Cite Soleil (co-directed with Milos Loncarevic) with something entirely different; a high concept action thriller that is about as Hollywood as they come. That’s to say that everything is overblown, from premise to location and effects, and – like so many of its genre – it’s entirely throwaway.

Read more: Man on a Ledge (2012)

Written by Nikki Baughan Sunday, 22 May 2011 20:20
DVD

Our reviews of the best home entertainment releases for the week of May 23, 2011

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Written by Nikki Baughan Sunday, 22 May 2011 19:48
Theatrical

Tides are turning...

Has Jack Sparrow met his match? He’s in London, facing piracy charges, has no crew, no ship and – seemingly – no hope. But, of course, keeping Jack behind bars wouldn’t make for much of a film and so, following a beautifully-choreographed escape through the streets of London, a scene-stealing cameo from Keith Richards as Jack’s worldly-wise father and reunion with feisty former love Angelica (Penelope Cruz), Jack is soon ensconced on the ship of the legendary Blackbeard (Ian McShane), on the hunt for the fabled Fountain of Youth. On his tail is pirate nemesis Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) but, as the journey gets increasingly dangerous, the old foes may find that they need to work together if they are to make it home alive…

Read more: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

Written by Nikki Baughan Tuesday, 17 May 2011 20:28
DVD

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The Woman in Black

Having relaunched in 2010 with the promise of delivering solid horror films for a modern audience, the output from the rebooted Hammer Films has been something of a mixed bag. While its inaugural release, remake Let Me In, was received with great fanfare, subsequent films The Resident and Wake Wood have been less successful. So with its first big release, The Woman in Black, Hammer has much to prove – and has piled on the pressure by choosing to adapt a story that’s not only a bestselling novel but also a long running West End play.

An additional challenge is that tale is so effective because of its simplicity; there are no big set pieces for a filmmaker to hide behind. So it’s reassuring to see that, while some elements of Susan Hill’s story have been tweaked to give it more of a cinematic scope, the narrative runs fairly true. At its heart is young lawyer Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) who, still reeling from the death of his wife in childbirth four years previously, is sent to a remote village in order to organise the paperwork at the isolated Eel Marsh House. On his arrival he finds the locals most unwelcoming, believing that anyone disturbing the peace at the house brings tragedy to the village. Although initially sceptical, Kipps soon discovers that the mansion holds horrifying secrets, and that one of its former occupants is determined to exact terrifying revenge…

READ FULL REVIEW:  The Woman in Black

DVD Highlight

The Walking Dead

The living dead have been a mainstay of horror cinema for decades. Now they maraud onto the small screen in Frank Darabont’s adaptation of the graphic novel by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard.

Brit favourite Andrew Lincoln (This LifeTeachers) adopts a convincing drawl to take on the role of sheriff Rick Grimes, who wakes from a coma to find the local residents have become flesh-eating ghouls. While the initial set-up is reminiscent of 28 Days Later, these zombies are not Danny Boyle’s fast moving monsters, but the lumbering breed of tradition. That doesn’t dilute their impact; as Rick teams up with other survivors, the zombies are relentless in their pursuit and the tension builds to unbearable levels.

READ FULL REVIEW: The Walking Dead

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