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Peter Cushing in Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope. LucasFilm

A genuinely believable CGI actor? It won’t be long

Despite the furore over the 'ghosting' of Peter Cushing in Rogue One, directors will continue to push for improved technology enabling digital replication of actors.
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in La La Land. Black Label Media

Beyond La La Land: the top ten toe-tapping film musicals

Musicals are back in vogue, with La La Land cleaning up at the Golden Globes. The film is, among other things, an homage to the classic musicals of old. So what are the must see movies of the genre?
Debbie Reynolds poses with her daughter Carrie Fisher backstage after accepting her Lifetime Achievement award at the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Bright Lights – a TV farewell to Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

After the deaths of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher in the last days of 2016, the release of a new documentary about their lives, Bright Lights, feels serendipitous. Already shown to some film festivals…
Dev Patel as Saroo Brierley in Lion (2016). Long Way Home Productions

Lion is a well-made melodrama with a rather disturbing message

Lion, which has screened to critical acclaim around the world, seems to think it's a political film. In reality it's an effective melodrama that uncritically embraces a colonial fantasy of white saviours.
Monroe never performed in a formal theatre production, despite many key people in her life encouraging her to do so. Siddhesh Mangela/Flickr

Would Marilyn Monroe’s career (and life) have been different if she had acted on stage?

Marilyn Monroe was a magnetic film star, but she had the potential to be a truly great stage actress. Clues in her life point to a missed chance: to escape the pressure of Hollywood and blossom as a serious thespian.
In virtual reality cinema, the audience chooses what to look at and when. What does this mean for traditional narrative storytelling? Virtual reality cinema in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Sander Koning/ANP

VR cinema is here – and audiences are in the drivers’ seat

VR cinema explodes the frame, placing the spectator inside the space of the film. Audiences effectively edit it themselves, by choosing what to look at and when.
Melissa McCarthy in The Boss: ‘yet another bad choice on her part’. Gary Sanchez Productions

2016: the Year of the Mediocre Film

In a year characterised by some good films but few great ones, Paul Verhoeven’s Elle stood out as the best.
The oil rig explosion in Deepwater Horizon (2016), a film about the worst oil spill in US history. © Lionsgate

Friday essay: the Rise and Fall of oil in popular culture

The search for oil was once depicted in movies and books as a boys' own adventure. But as films such as Deepwater Horizon show, in an age of anxieties over fossil fuels, oil's story is now a darker one.
Using the same network analysis used to identify criminal organisations, new research examines how men work in the film industry. Shutterstock

Women aren’t the problem in the film industry, men are

Women are underrepresented in the film industry, but it's not their fault. New research analyses the system that ensures male dominance and identifies the 'gender offenders': men who work predominantly with men.

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