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3. Captain Phillips

A master of the modern handheld thriller, Paul Greengrass can turn the screw like few others. In this case, those screws are of the propellery kind as he boards the Maersk Alabama off the coast of east Africa to recount the events of April 2009, when US seaman Richard Phillips and his crew were hijacked by armed Somalis and placed very firmly in harm’s way. It’s the opening gala and bound to be an LFF hit, so get in early for tickets. Whatever you do, don't ask for seats to ‘Pirates! In An Adventure With Tom Hanks’.

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1 Did you guys look into the programme properly?
Your list of 10 films contains 6 films from the list of 18 Galas. There are obver 200 films showing at the LFF yet 60% of your must see list is plucked from less than 10% of the film population...............lazy feature I think. Might I also add that they are all English language films are non of the foreign language films worth watching then? I am one of the lucky BFI members who managed to get tickets and I haven't booked any of your selections because I decided to look at films where the LFF would likely be the only oppotunity that I will get to see them. More

Posted by MadMikeWow on Monday September 23, 2013, 13:41

2 Did you guys actually look into the film progrannme properly.............
...............the list of Galas. More

Posted by MadMikeWow on Monday September 23, 2013, 13:34

3 winner
i hope 12 years will win the's the best film of this event. More

Posted by MarsKK on Saturday September 21, 2013, 13:40

4 No public tickets this year
I was all set refreshing as tickets went on sale and they we're instantly sold out so they can't even have kept seats for the general public this year. I was looking forward to a triple bill on Sunday of the double, under the skin and the zero theorum (the second two of which, how are they not in this list). More

Posted by Wozza31 on Saturday September 21, 2013, 10:23

5 all sold out
all very well, but main ones are all sold out, so no chance unless your a bfi member or live in london More

Posted by palmerantony on Friday September 20, 2013, 12:06

6 Awful adverts
Great Selection, but the adverts between each are just painful. I would have thought that a magazine as prestigious as empire would be able to take a stand against the bane of todays cinema experience. Don't force feed me adverts for "shit we don't need". I'll go elsewhere. More

Posted by drduvel on Friday September 20, 2013, 11:51

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