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Extraterrestrial Review
Extraterrestrial Review
Extraterrestrial Review

Extraterrestrial Review

Group of youths head to a cabin in the woods, monsters appear, violence ensues. Yeah ok we’ve been here before. But Extraterrestrial brings its own bag of tricks to help entertain audiences beyond what you might expect from thi...
 
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The Imitation Game Review
The Imitation Game Review
The Imitation Game Review

The Imitation Game Review

Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a brilliant mathematician called in to work with the cryptography team after Britain goes to war with Germany in 1939. Alan’s abrupt and superior attitude offends his co-workers and on vari...
 

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The Other Review
The Other Review
The Other Review

The Other Review

There is something about children in horror films and psychological thrillers that add a degree of subtlety and an edgy frisson of terror that is often missing in other sub-genre horror films. Think of the creepy children in th...
 
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My Life Directed By Nicolas Wending Refn Review
My Life Directed By Nicolas Wending Refn Review
My Life Directed By Nicolas Wending Refn Review

My Life Directed By Nicolas Wending Refn Review

The Danish director, Nicolas Wending Refn is the hot name director in Hollywood right now. In 2011 he made the intelligent crime drama Drive starring Ryan Gosling and followed this with Only God Forgives which was released last...
 

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Rec Apocalypse Review
Rec Apocalypse Review
Rec Apocalypse Review

Rec Apocalypse Review

And so the Rec movies end here so it seems and on the high seas to boot! We find a few survivors of the last couple of movies isolated and being tested on by a group of military scientists. And what better way to isolate anothe...
 
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'71 Blu-Ray Review
'71 Blu-Ray Review
'71 Blu-Ray Review

’71 Blu-Ray Review

Here for review we have the Blu-Ray release of Yann Demange’s gritty period action drama ’71. As you might have guessed; the title refers to the year 1971, and the story takes place during the height of the ‘Troubles’ in Northe...
 

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Love, Rosie Review
Love, Rosie Review
Love, Rosie Review

Love, Rosie Review

Love, Rosie wasn’t particularly well received at its cinematic release. Reviewers called it “feeble”, “overwrought” and “schmaltzy”, praising female lead Lily Collins as the only bright spark in it. Not so. Saying that Collins ...
 
Cinema Reviews
 
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Review
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Review
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Review

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Review

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – the title of John Madden’s sequel to his 2011 surprise success is obviously intended as a pun, both inside and outside the world of the film. It is impossible not to wonder, however, if t...
 

Disc Reviews
 
Nightcrawler Review
Nightcrawler Review
Nightcrawler Review

Nightcrawler Review

Jake Gyllenhaal may not be getting much in the way of awards at the moment, but he is continuing a strong streak of films (After Prisoners, Enemy) with Nightcrawler. Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom – a shady character scavenging his...
 
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Playing It Cool Review
Playing It Cool Review
Playing It Cool Review

Playing It Cool Review

There are Romcoms and there are Romcoms. The first variety is the usual, bog-standard version of the Boy meets Girl tale of which there are, let’s face it, far too many. Playing it Cool, for the most part, is of the second vari...
 

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Fury Review
Fury Review
Fury Review

Fury Review

David Ayer’s Fury was generally well-received at its cinematic release and, far from being a fan of the WWII movie genre, this time I agree with the general tenor. It is a remarkable piece of cinema, combining a unique perspect...
 
Cinema Reviews
 
It Follows Review
It Follows Review
It Follows Review

It Follows Review

It Follows opens up with a great teaser of what is to follow.  We are introduced to a random teenager fleeing from her house into the street outside. But instead of engaging with the neighbours, or even continuing her “flight” ...
 

Cinema Reviews
 
Hinterland Review
Hinterland Review
Hinterland Review

Hinterland Review

If I had one line to review HINTERLAND it would be: this film is precious. The independent film community is undoubtedly already aware of this but for those of you who would like a little more detail, here goes. Harry Macqueen’...
 
Disc Reviews
 
The Babadook DVD Review
The Babadook DVD Review
The Babadook DVD Review

The Babadook DVD Review

The current state of mainstream horror cinema is dominated by a seemingly endless litany of dull formula sequels to decidedly average movies. To be fair, this mid ground in the horror scene i.e. the 15 (sometimes even 12A) cert...
 

Disc Reviews
 
Rabid Blu-Ray Review
Rabid Blu-Ray Review
Rabid Blu-Ray Review

Rabid Blu-Ray Review

Another classic horror title given new life by Arrow Video. This time it is David Cronenberg’s early back catalogue that comes under the knife (so to speak), with this new high definition restoration of his 2nd feature film Rab...
 
Disc Reviews
 
Shoah Review
Shoah Review
Shoah Review

Shoah Review

This year saw the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz (27th January). To mark this Eureka! have re-released Claude Lanzmann’s epic 566 minute documentary about the Holocaust both as a stand-alone documentary a...
 

Disc Reviews
 
Exorcism Review
Exorcism Review
Exorcism Review

Exorcism Review

The latest ‘found footage’ sub-genre horror film (this time from the UK) is a demonic possession low budget horror. Near the start of the film, a film director travelling by car with some of other members of the cas...
 
Cinema Reviews
 
Predestination Review
Predestination Review
Predestination Review

Predestination Review

The Spierig Brothers have re-teamed with their Daybreakers star Ethan Hawke for this mind-bending time travel Sci-fi drama (Based on a Robert Heinlein short) which perhaps becomes more open to implausibility and even prediction...
 

Disc Reviews
 
Drew: The Man Behind The Poster Review
Drew: The Man Behind The Poster Review
Drew: The Man Behind The Poster Review

Drew: The Man Behind The Poster Review

This is story of film poster artist Drew Struzan. Blade Runner, Big Trouble in Little China, Back to the Future Trilogy, Indiana Jones movies, Harry Potter, Star Wars special editions (and episodes 1-III) – You are familiar wit...
 
Disc Reviews
 
Hardware 25th Anniversary DVD Review
Hardware 25th Anniversary DVD Review
Hardware 25th Anniversary DVD Review

Hardware 25th Anniversary DVD Review

Before there was Steampunk and with Cyberpunk becoming popular in cinematic terms with Blade Runner in 1982 there emerged a UK variant in the form of Hardware, a low budget, much maligned but cult success of a horror and scienc...
 

Disc Reviews
 
No Country For Old Men/ True Grit Review
No Country For Old Men/ True Grit Review
No Country For Old Men/ True Grit Review

No Country For Old Men/ True Grit Review

Paramount have released both of these award contenders from the Coen Brothers onto blue-ray, we are running a comp for people to win a set. Here’s what we made of them:   No Country For Old Men Moss (Josh Brolin) happens upon t...
 
Cinema Reviews
 
The Wedding Ringer Review
The Wedding Ringer Review
The Wedding Ringer Review

The Wedding Ringer Review

Jeremy Garelick’s directorial debut The Wedding Ringer tells the story of likeable but socially awkward Doug Harris (Josh Gad) who realises that he might have trouble finding a best man two weeks before his wedding to Gretchen ...
 

Disc Reviews
 
Ganja & Hess Review
Ganja & Hess Review
Ganja & Hess Review

Ganja & Hess Review

In 1972 a cult success arrived at the cinema in the shape of Blacula (1972), a streetwise African-American orientated twist on the Dracula vampire films bringing the legend to present day Los Angeles. It was a big success and a...
 
Cinema Reviews
 
Love Is Strange Review
Love Is Strange Review
Love Is Strange Review

Love Is Strange Review

Love isn’t strange. Or at least it doesn’t seem that way for the two protagonists of Ira Sachs’ wonderful film. For Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) love is finally getting married after 39 years together. Love is ...
 

Disc Reviews
 
The Rewrite Review
The Rewrite Review
The Rewrite Review

The Rewrite Review

The Rewrite seems to have trouble making up its mind about quite what kind of film it aspires to be. It is a Romcom but with some of the familiar elements missing (like snogging, for one), although that isn’t necessarily a bad ...
 
Disc Reviews
 
Dracula Untold Blu-ray Review
Dracula Untold Blu-ray Review
Dracula Untold Blu-ray Review

Dracula Untold Blu-ray Review

Vlad the Impaler gets another shot at the big screen in this alternative retread of the origin story of the leader. Forced into the position of Rock/Hard place and having to make dark decisions if he is to protect his family an...
 

Disc Reviews
 
4 Films After Shoah Review
4 Films After Shoah Review
4 Films After Shoah Review

4 Films After Shoah Review

I first watched Claude Lanzmann’s seminal almost 10 hour documentary Shoah shortly after its initial release in 1985. I was immediately captivated by it and despite having heard and read similar stories could not believe the te...
 
Cinema Reviews
 
Shaun The Sheep Movie
Shaun The Sheep Movie
Shaun The Sheep Movie

Shaun The Sheep Movie

Having become popular from the original Wallace and Gromitt short, and then been part of his own TV show – Shaun the Sheep now gets a shot at the big time. Tired of the daily routine, and looking for a way to take the day off –...
 

Disc Reviews
 
Two For The Road Review
Two For The Road Review
Two For The Road Review

Two For The Road Review

Two for the Road is an anti-romance romantic comedy. It is different that’s for sure and uses an interesting edited narrative to tell it’s story. It is also a road movie presenting the road as an endless cycle of li...
 
Cinema Reviews
 
Digging Up The Marrow Review (US RELEASE)
Digging Up The Marrow Review (US RELEASE)
Digging Up The Marrow Review (US RELEASE)

Digging Up The Marrow Review (US RELEASE)

Director Adam Green plays himself (or a version of himself) in this pseudo-documentary style fiction about a team of filmmakers (notably Green and his cinematography Will Barratt) who catch wind of a character named William Dek...