11th Jan2021

‘Becky’ DVD Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Lulu Wilson, Kevin James, Joel McHale, Ryan McDonald, Robert Mailett, Amanda Brugel, Isaiah Rockcliffe, James McDougall | Written by Nick Morris, Ruckus Skye, Lane Skye | Directed by Jonathan Milott, Cary Murnion [NOTE: With the film finally releasing on DVD, here’s a reposting of our review of Becky from last year] Co-directing duo Jonathan […]

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30th Dec2020

‘The New Mutants’ Blu-ray Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Blu Hunt, Henry Zaga, Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga | Written by Josh Boone, Knate Lee | Directed by Josh Boone Between postproduction issues, Disney buying Fox and the coronavirus pandemic, X-Men spin-off The New Mutants has been subject to so many delays that it was becoming the subject of internet […]

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24th Dec2020

‘The Vigil’ DVD Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Dave Davis, Fred Melamed, Ronald Cohen, Lynn Cohen, Menashe Lustig, Malky Goldman | Written and Directed by Keith Thomas The debut feature from writer-director Keith Thomas, engaging and atmospheric horror The Vigil centres on Yakov Ronen (Dave Davis), a young man who has recently joined a self-help group for Jews struggling to adjust after […]

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16th Dec2020

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, Lilly Aspell | Written by Patty Jenkins, Geoff Johns, Dave Callaham | Directed by Patty Jenkins Wonder Woman returns in Patty Jenkins’ eagerly anticipated set-in-the-’80s superhero sequel, starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine. Striking a confident balance of action, emotion and character, […]

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14th Dec2020

‘Tenet’ Blu-ray Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Kenneth Branagh, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Himesh Patel, Clémence Poésy, Michael Caine, Martin Donovan | Written and Directed by Christopher Nolan “Don’t try to understand it”, says a character near the beginning of Christopher Nolan’s brain bending sci-fi blockbuster Tenet. That turns out to be excellent advice […]

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04th Dec2020

‘An American Pickle’ DVD Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Seth Rogen, Sarah Snook, Jorma Taccome, Molly Evensen, Eliot Glazer, Kalen Allen | Written by Simon Rich | Directed by Brandon Trost Seth Rogen pulls double duty in this bittersweet fish-out-of-water comedy based on an acclaimed short story by comic writer Simon Rich. It’s an entertaining, oddly touching picture that finds Rogen on top […]

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27th Nov2020

‘Possessor’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Christopher Abbott, Andrea Riseborough, Rossif Sutherland, Tuppence Middleton, Sean Bean, Jennifer Jason Leigh | Written and Directed by Brandon Cronenberg Writer-director Brandon Cronenberg proves a proper chip off the old block with his second feature, Possessor, a brilliantly directed and startlingly original sci-fi horror that’s worthy of instant classic status. In fact, it’s fully […]

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23rd Nov2020

‘Unhinged’ Blu-ray Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Russell Crowe, Caren Pistorius, Jimmi Simpson, Gabriel Bateman, Austin P. McKenzie, Anne Leighton | Written by Carl Ellsworth | Directed by Derrick Borte Russell Crowe stars as a psycho trucker in Unhinged, an exciting thriller from director Derrick Borte. Given that it’s one of the first mainstream films to receive an actual theatrical release […]

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02nd Nov2020

‘Black Water: Abyss’ DVD Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Luke Mitchell, Jessica McNamee, Amali Golden, Benjamin Hoetjes, Anthony J. Sharpe | Written by John Ridley, Sarah Smith | Directed by Andrew Traucki Director Andrew Traucki returns to croc-infested waters for Black Water: Abyss, a stand-alone sequel to his 2007 crocky horror Black Water. As crocsploitation pictures go, it’s a largely toothless affair, but […]

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02nd Oct2020

‘The Binge’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Skyler Gisondo, Dexter Darden, Vince Vaughn, Eduardo Franco, Grave Van Dien, Zainne Saleh, Esteban Benito, Tony Cavalero, Hayes MacArthur | Written by Jordan VanDina | Directed by Jeremy Garelick You’ve heard of The Purge, now here’s The Binge, a satirical teen comedy with a similar set-up to the horror franchise, only focused on drugs […]

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30th Sep2020

‘The War With Grandpa’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, Cheech Marin, Jane Seymour, Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle, Oakes Fegley, Juliocesar Chavez, Laura Marano | Written by Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember | Directed by Tim Hill Robert De Niro adds another grandpa comedy to his filmography with the serviceable but uninspired family comedy The War With Grandpa. Still, […]

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04th Sep2020

‘Relic’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Emily Mortimer, Robyn Nevin, Bella Heathcote, Chris Bunton, Jeremy Stanford, Steve Rodgers | Written by Natalie Erika James, Christian White | Directed by Natalie Erika James Co-written and directed by debut filmmaker Natalie Erika James, Relic is a creepy and disturbing horror that taps into some all-too familiar fears. It’s also superbly acted and […]

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03rd Sep2020

‘The New Mutants’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Blu Hunt, Henry Zaga, Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga | Writteen by Josh Boone, Knate Lee | Directed by Josh Boone Between postproduction issues, Disney buying Fox and the coronavirus pandemic, X-Men spin-off The New Mutants has been subject to so many delays that it was becoming the subject of internet […]

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02nd Sep2020

Frightfest 2020: ‘I Am Lisa’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Kristen Vaganos, Jennifer Seward, Manon Halliburton, Carmen Anello, Chris Bylsma, Cinnamon Schultz | Written by Eric Winkler | Directed by Patrick Rea Part werewolf movie, part female revenge flick, entertaining small town horror I Am Lisa does a decent job of genre blending, thanks to a smart script and savvy direction from Patrick Rea. […]

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25th Aug2020

‘Tenet’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Kenneth Branagh, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Himesh Patel, Clémence Poésy, Michael Caine, Martin Donovan | Written and Directed by Christopher Nolan “Don’t try to understand it”, says a character near the beginning of Christopher Nolan’s brain bending sci-fi blockbuster Tenet. That turns out to be excellent advice […]

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20th Aug2020

‘The Outpost’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Scott Eastwood, Caleb Landry Jones, Orlando Bloom, Jack Kesy, Cory Hardrict, Milo Gibson, Jacob Scipio, Taylor John Smith, James Jagger, Jonathan Yunger | Written by Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson | Directed by Rod Lurie An isolated unit of American soldiers have to defend themselves against an overwhelming attack by Taliban forces in this gripping […]

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19th Aug2020

‘Amulet’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Carla Juri, Alec Secareanu, Angeliki Papoulia, Imelda Staunton, Anah Ruddin | Written and Directed by Romola Garai Actor Romola Garai debuts as writer-director with Amulet, a creepy, slow building horror starring Alec Secareanu and Imelda Staunton. Stylish and unsettling, it marks out Garai as a horror talent to watch. Right from the start, Garai […]

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10th Aug2020

‘An American Pickle’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Seth Rogen, Sarah Snook, Jorma Taccome, Molly Evensen, Eliot Glazer, Kalen Allen | Written by Simon Rich | Directed by Brandon Trost Seth Rogen pulls double duty in this bittersweet fish-out-of-water comedy based on an acclaimed short story by comic writer Simon Rich. It’s an entertaining, oddly touching picture that finds Rogen on top […]

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31st Jul2020

‘Unhinged’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Russell Crowe, Caren Pistorius, Jimmi Simpson, Gabriel Bateman, Austin P. McKenzie, Anne Leighton | Written by Carl Ellsworth | Directed by Derrick Borte Russell Crowe stars as a psycho trucker in Unhinged, an exciting thriller from director Derrick Borte. Given that it’s one of the first mainstream films to receive an actual theatrical release […]

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24th Jul2020

‘The Vigil’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Dave Davis, Fred Melamed, Ronald Cohen, Lynn Cohen, Menashe Lustig, Malky Goldman | Written and Directed by Keith Thomas The debut feature from writer-director Keith Thomas, engaging and atmospheric horror The Vigil centres on Yakov Ronen (Dave Davis), a young man who has recently joined a self-help group for Jews struggling to adjust after […]

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10th Jul2020

‘Black Water: Abyss’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Luke Mitchell, Jessica McNamee, Amali Golden, Benjamin Hoetjes, Anthony J. Sharpe | Written by John Ridley, Sarah Smith | Directed by Andrew Traucki Director Andrew Traucki returns to croc-infested waters for Black Water: Abyss, a stand-alone sequel to his 2007 crocky horror Black Water. As crocsploitation pictures go, it’s a largely toothless affair, but […]

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08th Jul2020

‘Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island’ Blu-ray 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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