10th Sep2021

‘Malignant’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Annabelle Wallis, Maddie Hasson, George Young, Michole Briana White, Jacqueline McKenzie, Jake Abel, Ingrid Bisu | Written by Ingrid Bisu, James Wan, Akela Cooper | Directed by James Wan The latest horror flick from director James Wan (The Conjuring, Insidious), Malignant is a bizarre mixture of the brilliant and the terrible. It’s hard to […]

09th Sep2021

‘The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’ Blu-ray Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas, Morgan Freeman, Richard E. Grant, Frank Grillo, Rebecca Front | Written by Tom O’Connor, Brandon Murphy, Phillip Murphy | Directed by Patrick Hughes Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek reunite with director Patrick Hughes for a sequel to 2017’s disappointing action caper The […]

08th Sep2021

‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Florian Munteanu, Benedict Wong, Yuen Wah, Ronny Chieng, Zach Cherry, Dallas Liu, Michelle Yeoh, Tony Leung | Written by Dave Callaham, Destin Daniel Cretton, Andrew Lanham | Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton The MCU takes a flying leap forward with their latest superhero blockbuster, Shang-Chi and the […]

01st Sep2021

‘A Quiet Place: Part II’ Blu-ray Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Djimon Hounsou, John Krasinski, Scoot McNairy | Written and Directed by John Krasinski The terrifying monsters are back in writer-director John Krasinski’s sequel to the 2018 hit, in which humans have to stay very, very quiet to avoid being eaten. Krasinski’s accomplished follow-up duly serves up […]

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27th Aug2021

‘Candyman (2021)’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Tony Todd, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, Brian King, Carl Clemons-Hopkins, Rebecca Spence, Kyle Kaminsky, Vanessa Estelle Williams | Written by Nia DaCosta, Jordan Peele, Win Rosenfeld | Directed by Nia DaCosta Director Nia DaCosta and producer Jordan Peele resurrect the Candyman in this part-sequel, part-reboot of the 1992 cult […]

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25th Aug2021

EIFF 2021: ‘Mandibles’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Grégoire Ludig, David Marsais, Adèle Exarchopoulos, India Hair, Roméo Elvis, Coralie Russier, Bruno Lochet | Written and Directed by Quentin Dupieux DJ-turned-writer-director-cinematographer-editor-composer Quentin Dupieux returns with another inspired one-joke movie, this time about two dumb losers and their giant fly. Warm-hearted, brilliantly acted and packed with big laughs, it’s a delightful comic treat with […]

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24th Aug2021

EIFF 2021: ‘The Night House’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Rebecca Hall, Sarah Goldberg, Vondie Curtis Hall, Evan Jonigkeit, Stacy Martin, David Abeles, Christina Jackson, Patrick Klein | Written by Ben Collins, Luke Piotrowski | Directed by David Bruckner A widow uncovers disturbing secrets about her recently deceased husband in this terrific haunted house chiller from director David Bruckner (The Ritual). Smartly written, superbly […]

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03rd Aug2021

Sundance London 2021: ‘Censor’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Niamh Algar, Nicholas Burns, Vincent Franklin, Sophia La Porta, Adrian Schiller, Michael Smiley | Written by Prano Bailey-Bond, Anthony Fletcher | Directed by Prano Bailey-Bond Debut director Prano Bailey-Bond adapts her acclaimed short film Nasty into this feature length British horror set at the height of the panic over “video nasties”. Stylish and richly […]

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03rd Aug2021

Sundance London 2021: ‘The Blazing World’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Carlson Young, Udo Kier, Vinessa Shaw, Dermot Mulroney, John Karna, Soko, Lillie Frank, Liz Mikel | Written and Directed by Carlson Young Actress Carlson Young (best known for Scream: The TV Series) turns writer-director-star with this trippy horror debut, adapted from her own 2018 short film. Inspired by a 1666 sci-fi novel by pioneering […]

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02nd Aug2021

Sundance London 2021: ‘Pleasure’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Sofia Kappel, Revika Anne Reustle, Evelyn Claire, Chris Cock, Dana Dearmond, Kendra Spade, Jason Toler, Lance Hart, Mark Spiegler | Written by Ninja Thyberg, Peter Modestij | Directed by Ninja Thyberg Swedish writer-director Ninja Thyberg makes an impressive debut with this documentary-like exploration of the Los Angeles porn industry. Centred on the experience of […]

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02nd Aug2021

Sundance London 2021: ‘First Date’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Tyson Brown, Shelby Duclos, Jesse Janzen, Nicole Berry, Samuel Ademola, Ryan Quinn Adams, Angela Barber, Dave Reimer, Jake Howard, Samantha Laurenti, Scott Noble, Leah Finity, Josh Fesler, Brandon Kraus | Written and Directed by Manuel Crosby, Darren Knapp The ‘One Crazy Night’ genre gets a new entry in the form of First Date, a […]

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26th Jul2021

‘Old’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Gael García Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Ken Leung, Alex Wolff, Abbey Lee, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Eliza Scanlen, Kathleen Chalfant, Gustaf Hammarsten, Thomasin McKenzie, Embeth Davidtz, M. Night Shyamalan | Written and Directed by M. Night Shyamalan A day at the beach turns into the nightmare of a lifetime in Old, a supernatural thriller that […]

16th Jul2021

‘The Forever Purge’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Ana de la Reguera, Tenoch Huerta, Josh Lucas, Cassidy Freeman, Leven Rambin, Alejandro Edda, Will Patton | Written by James DeMonaco | Directed by Everardo Gout The Forever Purge, the fifth movie in the Purge franchise, gives the basic set-up a little tweak but otherwise delivers more of the same, namely angry violence mixed […]

16th Jul2021

‘Escape Room: Tournament of Champions’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Indya Moore, Holland Roden, Thomas Cocquerel, Carlito Olivero, Deborah Ann Woll | Written by Will Honley, Maria Melnik, Daniel Tuch, Oren Uziel | Directed by Adam Robitel Director Adam Robitel reunites with surviving cast members Taylor Russell and Logan Miller for this sequel to 2019’s puzzles-and-deathtraps franchise-starter. Unfortunately, the film […]

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08th Jul2021

‘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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28th Jun2021

‘Senior Moment’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: William Shatner, Jean Smart, Christopher Lloyd, Esai Morales, Katrina Bowden, Carlos Miranda, Don McManus | Written by Kurt Brungardt, Christopher Momenee | Directed by Giorgio Serafini William Shatner proves he’s still got it by headlining this romantic comedy at the grand old age of 90. Admittedly, the script’s a little creaky, but the film […]

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25th Jun2021

‘Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Features the voices of: Tomás Ayuso, Karina Matas Piper, Scott Cleverdon, Stephen Hughes, Elisabeth Gray, Robbie K. Jones, Blair Holmes | Written by Doug Langdale | Directed by Toni García Beloved 1980s children’s cartoon Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds gets the big screen adaptation treatment in this feature-length animated adventure, which, like the series, sticks […]

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24th Jun2021

‘Fast & Furious 9’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordanna Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, John Cena, Kurt Russell, Charlize Theron, Sung Kang, Anna Sawai, Helen Mirren, Lucas Black, Thue Ersted Rasmussen | Written by Justin Lin, Daniel Casey | Directed by Justin Lin Super-charge your engines – the ninth (or tenth, if you count spin-off […]

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16th Jun2021

‘The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas, Morgan Freeman, Richard E. Grant, Frank Grillo, Rebecca Front | Written by Tom O’Connor, Brandon Murphy, Phillip Murphy | Directed by Patrick Hughes Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek reunite with director Patrick Hughes for a sequel to 2017’s disappointing action caper The […]

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09th Jun2021

‘Nobody’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Bob Odenkirk, Connie Nielsen, Alexey Serebryakov, Christopher Lloyd, RZA, Michael Ironside, Colin Salmon, Billy MacLellan, Gage Munroe | Written by Derek Kolstad | Directed by Ilya Naishuller Mild-mannered Bob Odenkirk goes all John Wick in this gleefully violent action thriller that has a few surprises up its sleeve. How violent is it? Well, director […]

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31st May2021

‘A Quiet Place Part II’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Djimon Hounsou, John Krasinski, Scoot McNairy | Written and Directed by John Krasinski The terrifying monsters are back in writer-director John Krasinski’s sequel to the 2018 hit, in which humans have to stay very, very quiet to avoid being eaten. Krasinski’s accomplished follow-up duly serves up […]

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28th May2021

‘Cruella’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, Emily Beecham, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Mark Strong | Written by Dana Fox, Tony McNamara | Directed by Craig Gillespie The iconic villainess of Disney’s 101 Dalmatians receives the prequel treatment in this live-action origin story that stars Emmas Stone AND Thompson. Stylish, smartly written and superbly […]

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