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Magic Magic Review
Magic Magic Review
Magic Magic Review

Magic Magic Review

Alice is a young woman who travels to Chile to be with her cousin Sarah and her friends. Only Sarah leaves her slightly in the lurch. Left to travel on with Sarah’s friends she instantly feels like the gooseberry of the bunch. ...
 
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Bomb Girls Series Two Review
Bomb Girls Series Two Review
Bomb Girls Series Two Review

Bomb Girls Series Two Review

I recently discovered and got through series one of Bomb Girls in the space of a day, so I was looking forward to getting stuck into series two. The first series was only six episodes long, but now we have a great twelve episod...
 

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The War Lord Review
The War Lord Review
The War Lord Review

The War Lord Review

Hollywood Medieval history films had tended to be more like westerns with swords and armour showing little interest in any historical detail or even attempt at some kind of historical accuracy. This was the case in both Hollywo...
 
Cinema Reviews
 
The Sea Review
The Sea Review
The Sea Review

The Sea Review

Ciaran Hinds gets to take centre stage in this drama about Max, a recently widowed man, who takes a trip back to a place where he spent as a boy, during a summer where he met a rather aloof family. In flashback we see the inter...
 

Cinema Reviews
 
Locke Review
Locke Review
Locke Review

Locke Review

Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy) is not on his way home. Instead he appears to be abandoning his life and work in Birmingham and is headed to London to be at the side of a woman he barely knows who is about to have his baby. On the journ...
 
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Orca: The Killer Whale - DVD Review
Orca: The Killer Whale - DVD Review
Orca: The Killer Whale - DVD Review

Orca: The Killer Whale – DVD Review

Here we have one of the more forgotten ‘post JAWS’ killer fish movies, re-released on DVD. Directed by Michael Anderson, and starring Richard Harris, and Charlotte Rampling; Orca: The Killer Whale is the story of a fishing boat...
 

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 picks up almost immediately where the reboot left off – Peter Parker is graduating from high school with his classmate and sweetheart Gwen Stacy, though is constantly at ends about their relations...
 
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Antisocial Review
Antisocial Review
Antisocial Review

Antisocial Review

Antisocial sees five university friends gather at a house party to ring in the New Year – but outside an outbreak of a virus is infecting the world. They become trapped in the house, they lock themselves in with nothing b...
 

Cinema Reviews
 
Patema Inverted Review
Patema Inverted Review
Patema Inverted Review

Patema Inverted Review

Is a Japanese anime written and directed by Yasuhiro Yoshiura. It stars Patema, a restless explorer confined by the world she lives. Trapped inside a warren of endless underground tunnels, she regularly heads to the ‘forbidden ...
 
Cinema Reviews
 
The Raid 2 Review
The Raid 2 Review
The Raid 2 Review

The Raid 2 Review

Quite how any of the actors (or stuntmen for that matter) make it to the end of a shoot that includes so many elongated and gruelling bouts of fisti-(and footy)cuffs is beyond anyone’s comprehension. Except maybe Gareth Evans –...
 

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Blind Woman’s Curse Blu-ray Review
Blind Woman’s Curse Blu-ray Review
Blind Woman’s Curse Blu-ray Review

Blind Woman’s Curse Blu-ray Review

With many of the late 60s, early 1970s Japanese films there is a quirkiness which makes them ripe for cult status. The latest offering from Arrow is no exception. This is the sort of film that would influence the likes of Quent...
 
Cinema Reviews
 
Pioneer Review
Pioneer Review
Pioneer Review

Pioneer Review

Set in the 1970’s at during Norway’s harvesting of oil in the deep seas (along with an American business partner). We find Petter (Aksel Hennie) an offshore diver taking part in a venture that will see them laying pipe at a dep...
 

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Pit Stop Blu-ray Review
Pit Stop Blu-ray Review
Pit Stop Blu-ray Review

Pit Stop Blu-ray Review

Last year Arrow released two cult classics by Jack Hill, one a relatively unknown, quirky and underrated film called Spider Baby (1965) as well as the cult Blaxploitation classic, Foxy Brown (1974). This year Arrow are continui...
 
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Le Mani Sulla Città (Hands Over The City) Blu-ray Review
Le Mani Sulla Città (Hands Over The City) Blu-ray Review
Le Mani Sulla Città (Hands Over The City) Blu-ray Review

Le Mani Sulla Città (Hands Over The City) Blu-ray Review

During the Second World War and most certainly after the war a movement or style emerged in Italy that became known as neo-realism. Perhaps the most important or arguably the best of these was Vittorio De Sica’s The Bicycle Thi...
 

Cinema Reviews
 
The Double Review
The Double Review
The Double Review

The Double Review

The Double is Richard Ayoade’s newest offering to the big screen and is based on the novella of the same name by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Mind-bending doesn’t even begin to cover it. Lost, shy and uncomfortable; Simon James (Jesse E...
 
Disc Reviews
 
White Dog Review
White Dog Review
White Dog Review

White Dog Review

On its original release in 1982, White Dog was faced with a whole load of accusations about it being racist and offensive, both here and in the United States. As a result the film bombed and showed very poorly everywhere. Even ...
 

Cinema Reviews
 
Divergent Review
Divergent Review
Divergent Review

Divergent Review

In a post apocalyptic future – the city of Chicago has a large wall built around it to keep the city safe. Society itself has been conditioned so that people follow a certain code beyond the age of 16. At that stage you take a ...
 
Cinema Reviews
 
The Motel Life Review
The Motel Life Review
The Motel Life Review

The Motel Life Review

The Nevada, low life, grim lifestyle gets a look in with The Motel Life. Frank (Emile Hirsch) and Jerry Lee (Stephen Dorff) are orphaned brothers bonded together by their mother shortly before her death and have since relied on...
 

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Black Water Vampire Review
Black Water Vampire Review
Black Water Vampire Review

Black Water Vampire Review

Black Water Vampire is the latest in a new sub-genre of the horror film – the ‘found footage’ horror. The first of these was The Blair Witch Project (1999), one of the most successful profit : budget ratio films ever made. It c...
 
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How To Survive A Plague Review
How To Survive A Plague Review
How To Survive A Plague Review

How To Survive A Plague Review

‘How to survive a plague’ is a deeply moving and inspirational documentary feature from Director David France which in my view fully deserved its Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature. An engaging an...
 

Film Reviews
 
The Lego Movie Soundtrack Review
The Lego Movie Soundtrack Review
The Lego Movie Soundtrack Review

The Lego Movie Soundtrack Review

Mark Mothersbaugh has been scoring films since the early 90’s as well as various TV and video games (Crash Bandicoot series). He also penned the score for the Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (which was also directed by Phil l...
 
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Escape Plan Blu-ray Review
Escape Plan Blu-ray Review
Escape Plan Blu-ray Review

Escape Plan Blu-ray Review

After careers that have run (often in direct competition), with each other for decades; Escape Plan finally brings Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger together in a way that has been somewhat hyperbolically likened to ...
 

Film Reviews
 
300: Rise of An Empire Soundtrack Review
300: Rise of An Empire Soundtrack Review
300: Rise of An Empire Soundtrack Review

300: Rise of An Empire Soundtrack Review

This is a surprisingly layered soundtrack that matches the visual style of the 300 series and offers plenty of varied themes along with the expected thundering and crashing of percussion you might expect for such a visceral fea...
 
Cinema Reviews
 
Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review
Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review
Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review

Marvel’s latest solo venture sees the return of Steve Rogers, but instead of establishing the character in the WWII era and leaving him stranded and alone at the films close – here we pick up, post avengers as Steve has day by ...
 

Disc Reviews
 
Roma Blu-ray Review
Roma Blu-ray Review
Roma Blu-ray Review

Roma Blu-ray Review

Fellini’s Roma (also known simply as Roma) (1972) is the kind of arthouse film that is very much of its time. It is the Master’s love letter to his city. There is very little narrative in Roma but is subtitled as ‘1931-1972: th...
 
Film Reviews
 
Robocop Soundtrack Review
Robocop Soundtrack Review
Robocop Soundtrack Review

Robocop Soundtrack Review

Whilst there is plenty to get on board with in the action department – the score misses out any of the “Theme” based glories of Robocop’s past. OK, there is also a quick revisit to Basil Poledouri’s Robocop Theme from the origi...
 

Film Reviews
 
The Monument’s Men Soundtrack Review
The Monument’s Men Soundtrack Review
The Monument’s Men Soundtrack Review

The Monument’s Men Soundtrack Review

French composer Alexandre Desplat is fast becoming one of the big boys in Hollywood with 6 nominations for score under his belt.  And whilst he has his name on some huge blockbusters liek the last two films in the Harry Potter ...
 
Disc Reviews
 
Jeune & Jolie Review
Jeune & Jolie Review
Jeune & Jolie Review

Jeune & Jolie Review

François Ozon is a French director who has an ability to shock with his films; not in any exploitative way but rather in exploring sexuality, gender and relationships. Ozon is still fairly young (at 47 years-young) but has cert...
 

Disc Reviews
 
Sparks Review
Sparks Review
Sparks Review

Sparks Review

Chase Williamson is Ian Sparks, an orphan whose parents are tragically killed in car accident. Ian sparks survives to become a very angry young man, scrapping through the years with everyone he comes across. His path eventually...
 
Cinema Reviews
 
Veronica Mars Review
Veronica Mars Review
Veronica Mars Review

Veronica Mars Review

Ok Marshmallows, I know you’ve been waiting for this as long as I have, and like several of you I’m also a proud member of the Veronica Mars The Movie Kickstarter campaign. And finally the wait is over! And she is back! Oh Vero...