09th Jul2018

EIFF 2018: ‘Possum’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Sean Harris, Alun Armstrong, Simon Bubb, Andy Blithe, Charlie Eales, Ryan Enever, Raphel Famotibe, Joe Gallucci, Pamela Cook | Written and Directed by Matthew Holness “Can you spy him deep within? Little Possum. Black as sin.” That’s just part of the creepy children’s poem that accentuates the sheer bloody terror in Possum, a supremely […]

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09th Jul2018

EIFF 2018: ‘Piercing’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska, Laia Costa, Marin Ireland, Maria Dizzia, Wendell Pierce | Written and Directed by Nicolas Pesce Christopher Abbott and Mia Wasikowska star in Piercing, a deliciously dark psycho-sexual horror;  the second feature from director Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes of my Mother). Adapted from a novel by Ryû Murakami (who wrote the source […]

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09th Jul2018

EIFF 2018: ‘Anna and the Apocalypse’ 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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05th Jul2018

EXCLUSIVE Interview: Joe Dante on Trailers From Hell, directing for TV and more..!

by Matthew Turner

We caught up with legendary director Joe Dante at the Edinburgh Film Festival for a chat about Trailers From Hell, directing for TV and his least favourite horror clichés. Can we talk a little about Trailers From Hell? The love for that project is overwhelming, the critical love in particular… Well, it took a long […]

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05th Jul2018

EIFF 2018: ‘Blood Fest’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Robbie Kay, Jacob Batalon, Seychelle Gabriel, Jacob Batalon, Barbara Dunkelman, Tate Donovan, Zachary Levi | Written and Directed by Owen Egerton Produced by popular YouTube outfit Rooster Teeth, Blood Fest aims to follow in the footsteps of self-aware meta horrors like Scream and Cabin in the Woods. Unfortunately, while there’s no doubting the filmmakers’ […]

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04th Jul2018

‘The First Purge’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Y’lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Marisa Tomei, Patch Darragh, Luna Lauren Velez, Kristen Solis, Rotimi Paul | Written by James DeMonaco | Directed by Gerard McMurray As the title indicates, the fourth movie in the Purge franchise is a prequel that depicts the events of the first ever Purge, an annual night […]

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21st Jun2018

EIFF 2018: ‘Searching’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: John Cho, Debra Messing, Joseph Lee, Michelle La, Sara Sohn | Written by Aneesh Chaganty, Sev Ohanian | Directed by Aneesh Chaganty John Cho stars in this inventively told missing person mystery that plays out entirely on computer screens. The result is a gripping and surprisingly moving thriller that shines an uncomfortable light on […]

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15th Jun2018

‘Ocean’s 8′ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, Richard Armitage, James Corden | Written by Gary Ross, Olivia Milch | Directed by Gary Ross “Don’t do it for me. Don’t do it for you. Somewhere out there is an eight year old girl, lying in bed, dreaming […]

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07th Jun2018

‘Den of Thieves’ Blu-ray Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Dawn Olivieri, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Evan Jones, Cooper Andrews, Lewis Tan, Maurice Compte, Mo McRae | Written by Christian Gudegast, Paul Scheuring | Directed by Christian Gudegast Gerard Butler and Pablo Schreiber star in this off-the-boil Heat knock-off from writer-director Christian Gudegast, the screenwriter of London […]

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07th Jun2018

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeff Goldblum, Ted Levine, James Cromwell, Toby Jones, B.D. Wong, Rafe Spall, Daniella Pineda, Geraldine Chaplin, Kamil Lemieszewski, Justice Smith, Peter Jason | Written by Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly | Directed by J.A. Bayona “Oh, yeah, ooh, ahhh, that’s how it always starts – then later there’s running and […]

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05th Jun2018

‘Birth of the Dragon’ DVD Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Billy Magnussen, Philip Ng, Xia Yu, Qu Jingjing, Jin Xing, Simon Yin, Van Ness Wu, Ron Yuan, Terry Chen | Written by Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson | Directed by George Nolfi Directed by George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau), this account of a life-changing real-life fight between kung fu superstar-in-waiting Bruce Lee and martial […]

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01st Jun2018

‘Winchester’ DVD Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke, Sarah Snook, Angus Sampson, Laura Brent, Tyler Coppin, Eamon Farren, Thor Carlsson, Emm Wiseman | Written by Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig, Tom Vaughan | Directed by Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig Helen Mirren and Jason Clarke star in this haunted house horror that’s based on the true story of The Winchester […]

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28th May2018

‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ DVD Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Giancarlo Esposito, Rosa Salazar, Aidan Gillen, Walton Goggins, Ki Hong Lee, Barry Pepper, Will Poulter, Patricia Clarkson | Written by T.S. Nowlin | Directed by Wes Ball This third and final entry in the Maze Runner franchise gives the YA series a rousing send-off, stream-lining the books’ overly complex […]

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24th May2018

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Paul Bettany, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, Jon Favreau | Written by Jonathan Kasdan, Lawrence Kasdan | Directed by Ron Howard Fans of the Star Wars movies could be forgiven for having “a bad feeling about this” when it was announced that director Ron Howard […]

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21st May2018

‘Coco’ Blu-ray Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Jaime Camil, Alfonso Arau, Sofía Espinosa, Edward James Olmos | Written by Adrian Molina, Matthew Aldrich | Directed by Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina Having explored the inner workings of human consciousness in Inside Out, the animation geniuses at Pixar turn their collective imaginations to the […]

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15th May2018

‘Deadpool 2′ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz, Morena Baccarin, Brianna Hildebrand, Julian Dennison, Stefan Kapicic, T.J. Miller, Terry Crews, Bill Skarsgard, Rob Delaney, Shioli Kutsuna, Leslie Uggams, Karan Soni | Written by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Ryan Reynolds | Directed by David Leitch The Merc with the Mouth is back! Hot on the heels of […]

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11th May2018

‘Revenge’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe, Guillaume Bouchède | Written and Directed by Coralie Fargeat French writer-director Coralie Fargeat makes a spectacular debut with Revenge, a stylish and super-violent thriller that brings a female perspective to the rape revenge genre and delivers a powerful kick to the unmentionables in the process. The […]

11th May2018

‘Anon’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Clive Owen, Amanda Seyfried, Colm Feore, Sonya Walger, Mark O’Brien, Joe Pingue, Iddo Goldberg, Sebastian Pigott, Rachel Roberts, Ethan Tavares, Marco Grazzini, Conrad Coates | Written and Directed by Andrew Niccol Writer-director Andrew Niccol has made a career out of depicting tech-enhanced dystopias, whether it’s his 1997 debut Gattaca (genetic engineering), his script for […]

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01st May2018

‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Blu-ray Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Bobby Cannavale, Nick Jonas, Alex Wolff, Madison Iseman, Ser’Darius Blain, Morgan Turner | Written by Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner | Directed by Jake Kasdan Directed by Jake Kasdan, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is only a sequel to its 1995 predecessor in […]

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27th Apr2018

‘The Strangers: Prey at Night’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison, Lewis Pullman, Emma Bellomy, Damian Maffei, Lea Enslin | Written by Bryan Bertino, Ben Ketai | Directed by Johannes Roberts Loosely inspired by the Manson Family murders (that’s what it means when it says “Based on a true story”), creepy slasher flick The Strangers became a hit back […]

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25th Apr2018

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Josh Brolin, Chadwick Boseman, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Chris Pratt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dave Bautista, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Karen Gillan, Peter Dinklage, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Vin Diesel, Benicio del Toro | Written […]

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20th Apr2018

‘Every Day’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Angourie Rice, Justice Smith, Jeni Ross, Lucas Jade Zumann, Rory McDonald, Katie Douglas, Jacob Batalon, Ian Alexander, Colin Ford, Jake Sim, Nicole Law, Karena Evans, Owen Teague, Maria Bello, Michael Cram | Written by Jesse Andrews | Directed by Michael Sucsy Based on the 2012 novel by David Levithan, Every Day serves up an […]

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