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, […]

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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22nd Jul2019

‘Gwen’ 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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15th Jul2019

EIFF 2019: ‘Body at Brighton Rock’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Karina Fontes, Casey Adams, Emily Althaus, Miranda Bailey, Martin Spanjers, Matt Peters, Susan Burke, John Getz | Written and Directed by Roxanne Benjamin Writer-director Roxanne Benjamin makes her feature debut with this slow-burning survival thriller, having previously contributed to horror anthology movies Southbound and XX. Showcasing a command of tension and atmosphere, the film […]

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12th Jul2019

‘Stuber’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Kumail Nanjiani, Dave Bautista, Iko Uwais, Natalie Morales, Betty Gilpin, Jimmy Tatro, Steve Howey, Mira Sorvino, Karen Gillan | Written by Tripper Clancy | Directed by Michael Dowse Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani star as a burly cop and his reluctant Uber driver in this action comedy from the director of Goon. Sadly, despite […]

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12th Jul2019

‘The Hole in the Ground’ DVD Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Seána Kerslake, James Quinn Markey, James Cosmo, Kati Outinen, Simone Kirby, Steve Wall | Written by Lee Cronin, Stephen Shields | Directed by Lee Cronin Director Lee Cronin serves up some pleasingly old-fashioned supernatural scares in creepy Irish horror The Hole in the Ground. Seána Kerslake (A Date for Mad Mary) stars as single […]

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11th Jul2019

‘The Dead Don’t Die’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, Selena Gomez, Austin Butler, Luka Sabbat, Rosie Perez, Eszter Balint, Iggy Pop, Sara Driver, RZA, Carol Kane, Larry Fessenden, Tom Waits | Written and Directed by Jim Jarmusch Jim Jarmusch brings his signature deadpan style to this ensemble horror comedy, which […]

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09th Jul2019

EIFF 2019: ‘Darlin’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Lauren Canny, Bryan Batt, Nora-Jane Noone, Cooper Andrews, Pollyanna McIntosh, John Spud McConnell, Geraldine Singer, Maddie Nichols, Mackenzie Michelle Graham, Jeff Pope, Eugenie Bonderant, Sabrina Gennarino, Thomas Francis Murphy | Written and Directed by Pollyanna McIntosh The debut feature from actor-turned-writer-director Pollyanna McIntosh (The Walking Dead), Darlin’ is a stand-alone sequel to Lucky McKee’s […]

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28th Jun2019

EIFF 2019: ‘The Furies’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Airlie Dodds, Linda Ngo, Taylor Ferguson, Ebony Vagulans, Helana Sawires, Harriet Davies, Kaitlyn Boye, Jessica Baker, Danielle Horvat | Written and Directed by Tony D’Aquino This supremely gory outback slasher is an efficient, smartly paced horror flick that puts a series of inventive twists on some familiar genre ideas. As such, it represents a […]

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21st Jun2019

‘Toy Story 4′ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Madeleine McGraw, Christina Hendricks, Jordan Peele, Keanu Reeves, Ally Maki, Jay Hernandez, Lori Alan, Joan Cusack, Bonnie Hunt, Kristen Schaal, Emily Davis, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, June Squibb, Carl Weathers, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, Laurie Metcalf, Mel Brooks, Carol Burnett, Betty White, Carl Reiner, […]

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21st Jun2019

‘Nightmare Cinema’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Mickey Rourke, Sarah Withers, Faly Rakotohavana, Maurice Benard, Elizabeth Reaser, Zarah Mahler, Mark Grossman, Eric Nelsen, Richard Chamberlain, Adam Godley, Annabeth Gish | Written by Lawrence C. Connolly, David Slade, Alejandro Brugués, Richard Christian Matheson, Sandra Becerril, Mick Garris | Directed by Mick Garris, Alejandro Brugues, Joe Dante, Ryuhei Kitamura, David Slade Mick Garris, […]

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20th Jun2019

‘Child’s Play’ Review (2019)

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Gabriel Bateman, Aubrey Plaza, Mark Hamill, Brian Tyree Henry, Tim Matheson, Marlon Kazadi, Ty Consiglio, Beatrice Kitsos, David Lewis, Anantjot S. Aneja | Written by Tyler Burton Smith | Directed by Lars Klevberg This reboot / remake of 1988′s killer doll movie Child’s Play is in an unusual position because the original franchise is […]

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