27th Mar2020

’21 Bridges’ Blu-ray Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Sienna Miller, Stephan James, Keith David, Alexander Siddig, Taylor Kitsch, J.K. Simmons, Louis Cancelmi, Victoria Cartagena | Written by Adam Mervis, Matthew Michael Carnahan | Directed by Brian Kirk Black Panther‘s Chadwick Boseman stars in this New York-set thriller produced by the Russo Brothers. Fast-paced and impressively acted, it’s a pleasingly old-fashioned […]

12th Mar2020

‘The Hunt’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Betty Gilpin, Ethan Suplee, Ike Barinholtz, Hilary Swank, Emma Roberts, Macon Blair, Amy Madigan, J.C. MacKenzie, Justin Hartley | Written by Nick Cuse, Damon Lindelof | Directed by Craig Zobel Genre specialists Blumhouse Productions deliver another winner with this violent and satirical thriller The Hunt, which sees liberal elites hunting “deplorables” for sport. Combining […]

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06th Mar2020

‘Fantasy Island’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Michael Peña, Maggie Q, Lucy Hale, Austin Stowell, Jimmy O. Yang, Portia Doubleday, Ryan Hansen, Michael Rooker | Written by Jeff Wadlow, Jillian Jacobs, Christopher Roach | Directed by Jeff Wadlow The latest venture from genre specialists Blumhouse Productions is this horror adaptation of the popular 1977 TV series that starred Ricardo Montalban and […]

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21st Feb2020

‘Brahms: The Boy II’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Katie Holmes, Owain Yeoman, Christopher Convery, Ralph Ineson, Anjali Jay, Oliver Rice, Natalie Moon, Daphne Hoskins, Joely Collins | Written by Stacey Menear | Directed by William Brent Bell Katie Holmes stars in this sequel to 2016′s little-seen creepy doll horror The Boy. It’s directed by William Brent Bell, who clearly has an affinity […]

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23rd Dec2019

‘The Gentlemen’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Hugh Grant, Colin Farrell, Michelle Dockery, Henry Golding, Eddie Marsan, Jeremy Strong | Written and Directed by Guy Ritchie Guy Ritchie returns to his Lock, Stock roots with The Gentlemen, a tale of gangsters and geezers headed up by an all-star cast. It’s a little less manic than his Snatch-era […]

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18th Dec2019

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Kelly Marie Tran, Ian McDiarmid, Billy Dee Williams, Richard E. Grant, Joonas Suotamo | Directed by J.J. Abrams The Skywalker Saga comes to a close with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the third film in […]

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02nd Dec2019

‘Anna and the Apocalypse’ Blu-ray Collector’s Edition Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Ella Hunt, Malcolm Cumming, Sarah Swire, Christopher Leveaux, Ben Wiggins, Marli Siu, Mark Benton, Paul Kaye | Written by Alan McDonald, Ryan McHenry | Directed by John McPhail Director John McPhail takes genre mash-up to new heights with this hugely entertaining Scottish horror comedy that plays like Shaun of the Dead meets High School […]

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29th Nov2019

‘Charlie’s Angels’ Review (2019)

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, Elizabeth Banks, Patrick Stewart, Djimon Hounsou, Sam Claflin, Noah Centineo, Jonathan Tucker, Nat Faxon, Chris Pang, Luis Gerardo Méndez | Written and Directed by Elizabeth Banks Elizabeth Banks writes and directs this second big screen reboot of the Charlie’s Angels franchise, following the McG-directed version in 2000 and […]

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21st Nov2019

’21 Bridges’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Sienna Miller, Stephan James, Keith David, Alexander Siddig, Taylor Kitsch, J.K. Simmons, Louis Cancelmi, Victoria Cartagena | Written by Adam Mervis, Matthew Michael Carnahan | Directed by Brian Kirk Black Panther‘s Chadwick Boseman stars in this New York-set thriller produced by the Russo Brothers. Fast-paced and impressively acted, it’s a pleasingly old-fashioned […]

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12th Nov2019

‘Gwen’ DVD Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Eleanor Worthington-Cox, Maxine Peake, Richard Harrington, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Mark Lewis Jones, Richard Elfyn, Jodi Innes, Dyfrig Evans | Written and Directed by William McGregor The debut feature from writer-director William McGregor, Gwen is a dark, chilling period drama that cleverly blends Gothic horror and social realism. As such, it’s an arresting and memorable first […]

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04th Oct2019

‘Suspiria (2018)’ Blu-ray Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Jessica Harper, Choe Grace Moretz, Doris Hick, Malgorzata Bela, Angela Winkler, Vanda Capriolo, Alex Wek, Elena Fokina | Written by David Kajganich | Directed by Luca Guadagnino Dario Argento’s 1977 horror classic Suspiria gets an arthouse remake, courtesy of Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino. Thankfully, […]

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20th Sep2019

‘Rambo: Last Blood’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Yvette Monreal, Paz Vega, Oscar Jaenada, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Adriana Barraza, Genie Kim AKA Yenah Han, Joaquin Cosio, Marco de la O | Written by Matthew Cirulnick, Sylvester Stallone | Directed by Adrian Grunberg Fresh from breathing new life into Rocky in the Creed movies, Sylvester Stallone (73 this year) brings his other […]

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17th Sep2019

‘John Wick: Chapter 3′ Blu-ray Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Anjelica Huston, Mark Dacascos, Asia Kate Dillon, Lance Reddick, Jason Mantzoukas, Jerome Flynn, Robin Lord Taylor | Written by Derek Kolstad, Shay Hatten, Chris Collins, Marc Abrams | Directed by Chad Stahelski John Wick is back, and this time he’s bringing a subtitle. Parabellum is both […]

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09th Sep2019

‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Blu-ray Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velasquez, Marisol Ramirez, Sean Patrick Thomas, Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen, Roman Christou | Written by Mikki Daughtry, Tobias Iaconis | Directed by Michael Chaves Linda Cardellini takes a starring role in this efficient ’70s-set horror from producer James Wan. Based on a genuine Latin American folk tale, The Curse of La […]

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30th Aug2019

Frightfest 2019: ‘Daniel Isn’t Real’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Miles Robbins, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Sasha Lane, Mary Stuart Masterson, Hannah Marks, Chukwudi Iwuji, Griffin Robert Faulkner, Nathan Reid, Chase Sui Wonders, Andrew Bridges, Peter McRobbie | Written by Adam Egypt Mortimer, Brian DeLeeuw | Directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer Based on co-writer Brian DeLeeuw’s novel In This Way I Was Saved, Daniel Isn’t Real is […]

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29th Aug2019

Frightfest 2019: ‘Mary’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Gary Oldman, Emily Mortimer, Stefanie Scott, Chloe Perrin, Jennifer Esposito, Owen Teague, Manuel Garcia-Ruffalo | Written by Anthony Jaswinski | Directed by Michael Goi Directed by Michael Goi, this aquatic chiller is a scary boat movie about a spooky yacht named Mary. As such, it has a decent cast and an intriguing set-up. However, […]

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28th Aug2019

Frightfest 2019: ‘Kindred Spirits’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Thora Birch, Caitlin Stasey, Macon Blair, Sasha Frolova, Shonagh Smith, Isai Torres | Written by Chris Sivertson | Directed by Lucky McKee Directed by Lucky McKee (The Woman) and co-written by Chris Sivertson, Kindred Spirits is an enjoyable throwback to the sort of Fill-in-the-blank From Hell thrillers that were all the rage in the […]

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25th Aug2019

Frightfest 2019: ‘Dark Sense’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: James Robinson, Maggie Bain, Jim Sturgeon, Siobhan Redmond, Gordon Kennedy, Corin Edgar Robert | Written by Geoff Dupuy-Holder, Alistair Rutherford | Directed by Magnus Wake The feature debut of Scottish director Magnus Wake, Dark Sense is adapted from the First and Only, the best-selling novel by Peter Flannery. Unfortunately, whatever virtues the novel possessed […]

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23rd Aug2019

Frightfest 2019: ‘Impossible Crimes’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Daniel Alvaredo, Federico Bal, Guido D’Albo, Sofía Del Tuffo, Gustavo Pardi, Carla Quevedo, Marcelo Sein | Written by Nora Leticia Sarti | Directed by Hernán Findling Directed by Hernan Findling, this Argentinian thriller has an intriguing set-up in its central idea of a detective tasked with solving impossible crimes. However, it quickly becomes clear […]

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23rd Aug2019

Frightfest 2019: ‘Dachra’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Hela Ayed, Yassmine Dimassi, Aziz Jabali, Bilel Slatnia | Written and Directed by Abdelhamid Bouchnak The feature debut of writer-director Abdelhamid Bouchnak, Dachra is a Tunisian folk horror that has broken box-office records in its native North Africa. Impressively acted and chillingly atmospheric, it represents a formidable calling card. Yassmine Dimassi, Aziz Jabali and […]

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31st Jul2019

‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Vanessa Kirby, Eiza González, Idris Elba, Helen Mirren, Eddie Marsan, Cliff Curtis | Written by Chris Morgan, Drew Pearce | Directed by David Leitch Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham ditch the rest of the Fast & Furious crew for this entertaining team-up that boasts big stunts, big fights and big […]

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24th Jul2019

‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Blu-ray Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Casper Van Dien, Jackie Earle Haley, Michelle Rodriguez, Jeff Fahey, Ed Skrein, Keean Johnson | Written by James Cameron, Laeta Kalogridis, Robert Rodriguez | Directed by Robert Rodriguez Director Robert Rodriguez and producer James Cameron collaborate on this sci-fi action adventure that’s intended to kick-start a […]

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