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Futureworld Blu-ray Review
Futureworld Blu-ray Review
Futureworld Blu-ray Review

Futureworld Blu-ray Review

In 1973 Michael Crichton directed his first feature: Westworld. This film successfully fused together two genres: the western and science-fiction and is text book Crichton in which some kind of amusement park with technological...
 
Cinema Reviews
 
A Walk Among The Tombstones Review
A Walk Among The Tombstones Review
A Walk Among The Tombstones Review

A Walk Among The Tombstones Review

Liam Neeson is back in action/thriller territory – but he seems to have hung up the Euro-trash spurs for now and instead has placed himself in the capable hands of writer/director Scott Frank (The Lookout). Matthew Scudder (Nee...
 

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Killer Klowns From Outer Space Blu-ray Review
Killer Klowns From Outer Space Blu-ray Review
Killer Klowns From Outer Space Blu-ray Review

Killer Klowns From Outer Space Blu-ray Review

A true instant video classic from the late 80’s – Killer Klowns From Outer Space makes a return to home entertainment courtesy of Arrow Video, and despite its “So naff it’s good” reputation, it’s surprising how well the film st...
 
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The Burbs Blu-ray Review
The Burbs Blu-ray Review
The Burbs Blu-ray Review

The Burbs Blu-ray Review

Just what are the new mysterious neighbours up to?  That’s the question on the locals minds when the Klopecs move in. A shady looking family unit who keep to themselves, fire up the basement furnace at night, and indulge in a b...
 

Cinema Reviews
 
The Guest Review
The Guest Review
The Guest Review

The Guest Review

Adam Wingard made a few waves over the years with his genre pictures A Horrible Way To Die, the V/H/S movies and then the belated release last year of You’re Next. You’re Next in particular generated some good buzz and box offi...
 
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Frau Im Mond Review
Frau Im Mond Review
Frau Im Mond Review

Frau Im Mond Review

The release of Frau im Mond, or as it was known in the USA and Britain, Woman on the Moon is one of the more curious of Fritz Lang’s films from the pre-Hollywood career. At just under 3 hours it is a very long grind getting thr...
 

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Bound Blu-ray Review
Bound Blu-ray Review
Bound Blu-ray Review

Bound Blu-ray Review

A little edgy thriller that was perhaps more reknowned for its lesbian context with a few nifty camera moves has matured now beyond the consensus of its own day and become a strong example of noir cinema today. Jennifer Tilly p...
 
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Branded To Kill Review
Branded To Kill Review
Branded To Kill Review

Branded To Kill Review

In the early 1960s the Japanese crime film, or Yakuza film fell under the spell of the worldwide phenomenon of the James Bond films, as did many national cinemas. The Japanese crime film though brought in other elements beyond ...
 

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Prisoner Of War Review
Prisoner Of War Review
Prisoner Of War Review

Prisoner Of War Review

It always takes a few years before big news stories, events and even wars hit the big screen as subject matter. The Vietnam War took several years to became a subject Americans can deal with in popular culture, the modern troub...
 
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Locke Blu-ray Review
Locke Blu-ray Review
Locke Blu-ray Review

Locke Blu-ray Review

Ivan Locke’s life is about to unfurl before us – and it will all take place in the car journey from Birmingham to London one night when he makes a decision that will alter the course of his life. His family, work and relationsh...
 

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Lucy Review
Lucy Review
Lucy Review

Lucy Review

Lucy is a young woman living in Taiwan, duped by her boyfriend into delivering a suitcase to a hotel and finds herself captured and used as an delivery girl for a new drug on the market. But after one brutal encounter the packa...
 
Disc Reviews
 
Faust Blu-ray Review
Faust Blu-ray Review
Faust Blu-ray Review

Faust Blu-ray Review

In 1947 German film historian Siegfried Kracauer wrote of Faust as “not so much a cultural moment as a monumental display of artifices captilizing on the prestige of national culture.” Meanwhile Faust was seen abroad as a piece...
 

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Porky's Blu-ray Review
Porky's Blu-ray Review
Porky's Blu-ray Review

Porky’s Blu-ray Review

It never ceases to amaze me how out of touch major Hollywood studios appear to be when considering green lighting a script. Sure, there are always surprise hits either critically or at the box office, but after the financial su...
 
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Killing Season Review
Killing Season Review
Killing Season Review

Killing Season Review

Benjamin Ford (De Niro) a retired soldier lives a solitary life away from the world (including from his family) in the woods. Emil Kovac (Travolta) a Serbian soldier comes looking for Ford. Both are relics of the Bosnian war an...
 

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The Raid 2 Blu-ray Review
The Raid 2 Blu-ray Review
The Raid 2 Blu-ray Review

The Raid 2 Blu-ray Review

Gareth Evans returns in style with this true sequel to his magnificent debut from a couple of years back. The sequel follows lead character Rama once again immediately after events of the first film. Instead of subjecting him t...
 
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Calvary Blu-ray Review
Calvary Blu-ray Review
Calvary Blu-ray Review

Calvary Blu-ray Review

Brendan Gleeson reteams with his The Guard director and brings this darkly comic, but thoughtful piece about a Priest given a week to put his affairs in order before he is murdered. Yes you read that right, Father James Lavelle...
 

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Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe Blu-ray Review
Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe Blu-ray Review
Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe Blu-ray Review

Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe Blu-ray Review

Kathy Bates is Evelyn, a woman hemmed in by the narrow constraints of life as a surburban southern housewife, who changes everything about herself after she meets Ninny Threadgood, Jessica Tandy, at an old people’s home.  As Ni...
 
Cinema Reviews
 
The Expendables 3 Review
The Expendables 3 Review
The Expendables 3 Review

The Expendables 3 Review

Action movies are a funny thing. You are invited to watch men twice your size perform feats of bravos and exemplary force in a nature that would almost never happen in real life. Couple this with the fact that the men in questi...
 

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Divergent Blu-ray Review
Divergent Blu-ray Review
Divergent Blu-ray Review

Divergent Blu-ray Review

Divergent is the latest teeny-dystopia sci-fi novel series to hit the big screens. In this future the city of Chicago has been divided up into various factions. Each faction is a way of life, a breed of people who serve a speci...
 
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The Essential Jacques Tati Collection Blu-ray review
The Essential Jacques Tati Collection Blu-ray review
The Essential Jacques Tati Collection Blu-ray review

The Essential Jacques Tati Collection Blu-ray review

Just released by StudioCanal is the Essential Jacques Tati Collection, a box set on Blu-ray of all of six of Tati’s feature films and an additional disc with most of his short films. Tati’s cinema career began with a handful of...
 

Film Reviews
 
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Soundtrack Review
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Soundtrack Review
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Soundtrack Review

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Soundtrack Review

Michael Giacchio steps in to have a bash and a bong on the Apes soundtrack. And there are plenty of bongs and bashes to hear on this decent foray into soundtrack work for the long running franchise. And franchise work seems to ...
 
Disc Reviews
 
Rapture Blu-ray
Rapture Blu-ray
Rapture Blu-ray

Rapture Blu-ray

Rapture is one of those old films that are a treat to come across. On viewing one wonders: why a) haven’t I seen this before? or b) how could I have missed this one? The same could be said on its release: why did it play in so ...
 

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Cheap Thrills Blu-ray Review
Cheap Thrills Blu-ray Review
Cheap Thrills Blu-ray Review

Cheap Thrills Blu-ray Review

Craig is down on his luck. On a particularly horrid day after losing his job he finds himself in a dive bar where he runs into old time friend, Vince. Drowning their sorrows together, Craig and Vince’s night takes a turn for th...
 
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Sophie's Choice Blu-ray Review
Sophie's Choice Blu-ray Review
Sophie's Choice Blu-ray Review

Sophie’s Choice Blu-ray Review

Meryl Streep deservedly won the Oscar that year for her simply astonishing performance as the tragic Sophie Zawistowski, a Polish immigrant to Brooklyn with a dark and desperate past who begins a relationship with the unstable ...
 

Cinema Reviews
 
Guardians Of The Galaxy Review
Guardians Of The Galaxy Review
Guardians Of The Galaxy Review

Guardians Of The Galaxy Review

Marvel’s tenth picture is the launch of almost an entirely new universe. Yes GOTG goes way out there into the universe, introduces five main characters and a colourful supporting cast (literally! there is a whole rainbow’s wort...
 
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Too Late Blues Blu-ray Review
Too Late Blues Blu-ray Review
Too Late Blues Blu-ray Review

Too Late Blues Blu-ray Review

John Cassavettes was a director known for his experimental drama films. His first was the independently made Shadows (1959), pretty much a talking heads film. It is a rather dull affair and very much an actor’s film made with f...
 

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Harold And Maude Blu-ray Review
Harold And Maude Blu-ray Review
Harold And Maude Blu-ray Review

Harold And Maude Blu-ray Review

There are some films that were cult films from the moment they were released; there are others that can take many years before they fall into the cult club. Harold and Maude falls into both camps. The second film for eccentric ...
 
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A Long Way Down Review
A Long Way Down Review
A Long Way Down Review

A Long Way Down Review

Nick Hornby gets the go around again on screen with this adaptation of his book. The story concerns four suicidal strangers who decide on a New Year’s Eve to end their lives by dropping off the rooftop of the same building at t...
 

Cinema Reviews
 
Earth To Echo Review
Earth To Echo Review
Earth To Echo Review

Earth To Echo Review

This budget sci-fi kids adventure finds three best friends facing separation by property development. It seems their once joyful lives are about to be interrupted by the diggers, cranes and mixers than have come to create the n...
 
Cinema Reviews
 
The Purge: Anarchy Review
The Purge: Anarchy Review
The Purge: Anarchy Review

The Purge: Anarchy Review

In the not too distant future the United States has decreed that for a 12 hour period on a marked day – any citizen can take part in the Purge. This is a window of opportunity for anyone to unleash the devil from within and com...