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DVDThe King's Speech (DVD)
12/05/2011 | Nikki Baughan

Fit for a king... The King’s Speech has an awful lot to live up to as it makes its home entertainment debut. Not only did it win a clutch of awards, including four Oscars, but it’s been proclaime [ ... ]

DVDBlue Valentine (DVD)
13/05/2011 | Nikki Baughan

Heartbreak hotel... Hollywood may be the home of the happy ending, but America’s independent landscape has proved to be the habitat of braver, more brutal truths. In the case of Blue Valentine, tho [ ... ]

DVDThe Walking Dead (DVD)
17/05/2011 | Nikki Baughan

I'm a survivor... 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, T [ ... ]

Nikki's Bio

I have been writing about international film for various print and online publications for the past decade, and currently edit film industry mag movieScope.

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 Critics Circle, Women in Film and TV, Alliance of Women Film Journalists and British Society of Magazine Editors.

I am currently in the process of updating and streamlining Roll Credits; apologies for any out of date content and thank you for your patience!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

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 Nikki Baughan Friday, 03 February 2012 00:00

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

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

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

The best DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of May 16, 2011...

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Written by Nikki Baughan Thursday, 12 May 2011 20:48

Here's our pick of the best DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of May 9, 2011

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Movie Highlight

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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