05th Aug2022

‘Prey’ Review (Disney+)

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Amber Midthunder, Dane DiLiegro, Harlan Blayne Kytwayhat, Dakota Beavers, Michelle Thrush, Geronimo Vela, Stefany Mathias, Stormee Kipp, Mike Paterson, Julian Black Antelope | Written by Patrick Aison, Dan Trachtenberg | Directed by Dan Trachtenberg The Predator franchise gets a stealth prequel in the shape of this smartly written sci-fi thriller that has the dreadlocked […]

03rd Aug2022

‘DC League of Super-Pets’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Features the voices of: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Kate McKinnon, John Krasinski, Vanessa Bayer, Natasha Lyonne, Diego Luna, Marc Maron, Keanu Reeves, Thomas Middleditch, Ben Schwartz, Olivia Wilde | Written by Jared Stern, John Whittington | Directed by Jared Stern, Sam Levine An animated adventure containing both talking animals and popular superheroes was always going […]

25th Jul2022

‘Valley of the Dead (Malnazidos)’ Review (Netflix)

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Miki Esparbé, Aura Garrido, Luis Callejo, Álvaro Cervantes, Jesús Carroza, María Botto, Mouad Ghazouan, Sergio Torrico | Written by Jaime Marques, Cristian Conti | Directed by Javier Ruiz Caldera, Alberto de Toro Netflix’s Spanish Civil War zombie movie Valley of the Dead (Malnazidos) is an entertaining stumble through familiar undead territory, courtesy of co-directors […]

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05th Jul2022

‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, Tessa Thompson, Taika Waititi | Written by Taika Waititi, Jennifer Kaytin Robinson | Directed by Taika Waititi Chris Hemsworth reteams with director Taika Waititi for Thor: Love and Thunder, a direct sequel to Thor: Ragnarok and the 29th film in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). As […]

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29th Jun2022

‘Ambulance’ Blu-ray Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Eiza González, Garret Dillahunt, Jackson White, Moses Ingram, Keir O’Donnell | Written by Chris Fedak | Directed by Michael Bay Remaking a foreign language movie might seem like an unusual step for master-of-mayhem Michael Bay, but that’s what’s happened with his latest movie Ambulance, which is based on the […]

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24th Jun2022

Sundance London 2022: ‘Hatching’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Jani Volanen, Siiri Solalinna, Sophia Heikkilä, Saija Lentonen, Reino Nordin, Oiva Ollila | Written by Hanna Bergholm, Ilja Rautsi | Directed by Hanna Bergholm A young girl secretly hatches a large bird-like creature in Hatching, a deliciously twisted coming-of-age horror from Finnish director Hanna Bergholm. Anchored by a terrific performance by young newcomer Siiri […]

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23rd Jun2022

Sundance London 2022: ‘Resurrection’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Rebecca Hall, Tim Roth, Grace Kaufman, Michael Esper, Angela Wong Carbone | Written and Directed by Andrew Semans Rebecca Hall follows her terrific turn in The Night House with yet another stunning horror performance in Resurrection, a twisted psychological thriller from writer-director Andrew Semans (his second feature, after 2012’s Nancy, Please). By turns chilling […]

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22nd Jun2022

‘The Black Phone’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Ethan Hawke, Mason Thames, Madeleine McGraw, Jeremy Davies, E. Roger Mitchell, Troy Rudeseal, James Ransone | Written by Scott Derrickson, Robert Cargill | Directed by Scott Derrickson Ethan Hawke reteams with Sinister director Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange) for this ’70s-set serial killer thriller with a supernatural twist or two. Despite some flaws, it’s an […]

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17th Jun2022

Sundance London 2022: ‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, Pete Davidson, Rachel Sennott, Myha’la Herrold, Chase Sui Wonders, Lee Pace | Written by Sarah DeLappe, Kristen Roupenian | Directed by Halina Reijn A murder mystery game turns deadly in this terrific Agatha Christie-style Gen Z slasher farce from actress-turned-director Halina Reijn. Darkly funny, superbly acted and razor-sharp, it’s one […]

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08th Jun2022

‘Dashcam’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Annie Hardy, Amar Chadha-Patel, Angela Enahoro, Jemma Moore | Written by Gemma Hurley, Rob Savage, Jed Shepherd | Directed by Rob Savage The filmmaking team behind lockdown hit Host return with this Blumhouse-produced follow-up, shot by the cast and crew on iPhone cameras. Amusingly provocative, fast-paced and filled with shocks and scares, it’s the […]

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06th Jun2022

‘Licorice Pizza’ Blu-ray Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Alana Haim, Cooper Hoffman, Sean Penn, Tom Waits, Bradley Cooper, Benny Safdie, Joseph Cross, Christine Ebersole, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Skyler Gisondo, Harriet Sansom Harris, John Michael Higgins, John C. Reilly, Maya Rudolph | Written and Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson Director Paul Thomas Anderson makes movie stars out of Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman […]

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30th May2022

‘Dual’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Karen Gillan, Beulah Koale, Aaron Paul, Theo James, Maija Paunio, June Hyde | Written and Directed by Riley Stearns Karen Gillan plays dual roles in this sci-fi black comedy about a terminally ill woman who clashes with the clone she orders to replace her after she’s gone. The third feature from writer-director Riley Stearns […]

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30th May2022

‘Memory’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Liam Neeson, Guy Pearce, Monica Bellucci, Taj Atwal, Ray Fearon, Harold Torres, Ray Stevenson | Written by Dario Scardapane | Directed by Martin Campbell Liam Neeson plays a rogue hitman with Alzheimer’s in this remake of the 2003 Belgian action thriller Memory of a Killer. Directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, The Legend of […]

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13th May2022

‘Firestarter (2022)’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Zac Efron, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Sydney Lemmon, Kurtwood Smith, John Beasley, Michael Greyeyes, Gloria Reuben | Written by Scott Teems | Directed by Keith Thomas Zac Efron stars in this Blumhouse-produced remake of the 1984 thriller, based on a novel by Stephen King. Unfortunately, though the Blumhouse name is usually a sign of reasonable […]

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04th May2022

‘Uncharted’ VOD Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, Antonio Banderas, Sophia Ali, Tati Gabrielle, Rudy Pankow | Written by Rafe Judkins, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway | Directed by Ruben Fleischer Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg do some modern-day swashbuckling in this action adventure movie based on the popular treasure hunter video game series Uncharted. Pacily directed by Ruben […]

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03rd May2022

‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ Review *SPOILER FREE*

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Xochitl Gomez, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Bruce Campbell | Written by Michael Waldron | Directed by Sam Raimi Sam Raimi directs this ambitious Doctor Strange sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, in which Marvel’s resident magician has to save the entire Multiverse from a sinister threat. […]

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28th Apr2022

‘Jackass Forever’ Blu-ray Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Eric André, Machine Gun Kelly, Chris Pontius, Rachel Wolfson, Jeff Tremaine, Jason “Wee Man” Acuña, Rachel Wolfson | Directed by Jeff Tremaine The tagline for Jackass Forever reads, “Some people never learn.” Thank goodness for that, because if they did, we wouldn’t have had this fourth instalment in the series, twelve […]

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28th Apr2022

‘Moonfall’ Blu-ray Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Halle Berry, Patrick Wilson, John Bradley, Michael Peña, Charlie Plummer, Kelly Yu, Donald Sutherland | Written by Roland Emmerich, Harald Kloser, Spenser Cohen | Directed by Roland Emmerich [NOTE: With the film now out on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital, here’s a reposting of our Moonfall review from earlier this year] Sometimes, all you want […]

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26th Apr2022

‘Umma’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Sandra Oh, Fivel Stewart, MeeWha Alana Lee, Tom Yi, Odeya Rush, Dermot Mulroney | Written and Directed by Iris K. Shim Sandra Oh fears she’s turning into her mother in Umma, the Sam Raimi-produced debut from writer-director Iris K. Shim. Using horror tropes to explore various elements of personal trauma, it’s light on scares, […]

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22nd Apr2022

‘The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Nicolas Cage, Pedro Pascal, Sharon Horgan, Lily Sheen, Tiffany Haddish, Ike Barinholtz, Alessandra Mastronardi, Jacob Scipio, Neil Patrick Harris | Written by Tom Gormican, Kevin Etten | Directed by Tom Gormican Nicolas Cage plays a tongue-in-cheek version of himself in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, a gleefully meta action comedy from co-writer / director […]

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15th Apr2022

‘The Lost City’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Oscar Nuñez, Patti Harrison, Bowen Yang | Written by Adam Nee, Aaron Nee, Dana Fox, Oren Uziel | Directed by Adam Nee, Aaron Nee Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum headline this treasure-seeking adventure comedy that harks back to Romancing the Stone (1984). Co-directed by Adam and […]

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13th Apr2022

‘You Are Not My Mother’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Hazel Doupe, Carolyn Bracken, Ingrid Craigie, Jordanne Jones, Paul Reid, Katie White, Florence Adebambo | Written and Directed by Kate Dolan A North Dublin teenager suspects her mother may be afflicted by more than just a psychological condition in this striking horror debut from writer-director Kate Dolan. Cleverly blending folklore elements and relatable real-life […]

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