30th Nov2017

’47 Metres Down’ DVD Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Matthew Modine, Chris Johnson, Yani Gellman, Santiago Segura | Written by Johannes Roberts, Ernest Riera | Directed by Johannes Roberts Directed by Johannes Roberts (The Other Side of the Door), this ladies-in-peril shark thriller might lack the bite of last year’s The Shallows, but it delivers enough of the requisite […]

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22nd Nov2017

‘The Wall’ Blu-ray Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena, Laith Nakli | Written by Dwain Worrell | Directed by Doug Liman Review by Matthew Turner Director Doug Liman follows up Edge of Tomorrow with this stripped down Iraqi sniper thriller that plays like an Iraq War version of Joel Schumacher’s Phone Booth. Set in 2007 – at the tail-end […]

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17th Nov2017

‘Justice League’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Review by Matthew Turner Stars: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, JK Simmons, Ciarán Hinds | Written by Chris Terrio, Joss Whedon | Directed by Zack Snyder DC’s Justice League has had a famously troubled production history, from panicked reshoots and […]

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03rd Nov2017

‘Thelma’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Review by Matthew Turner Stars: Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Henrik Rafaelsen, Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Grethe Eltervag, Oskar Pask, Steiner Klouman Hallert | Written by Joachim Trier, Eskil Vogt | Directed by Joachim Trier Co-written and directed by Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Trier (Louder Than Bombs), this compelling psychological thriller is part coming-of-age drama and part supernatural chiller, layered […]

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24th Oct2017

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Review by Matthew Turner Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins, Taika Waititi | Written by Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost | Directed by Taika Waititi After sixteen superhero movies, audiences and critics are used to seeing Marvel Studios’ director choices pay […]

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18th Oct2017

LFF 2017: ‘Let the Corpses Tan’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Review by Matthew Turner Stars: Elina Lowensohn, Stephane Ferrara, Bernie Bonvoisin, Herve Sogne, Michelangelo Marchese, Marc Barbe, Pierre Nisse, Marine Sainsily, Dorilya Calmel, Aline Stevens, Dominique Troyes, Bamba | Written and Directed by Helene Cattet, Bruno Forzani Belgian co-directors Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani garnered an instant cult following with Amer (2009) and The Strange […]

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17th Oct2017

LFF 2017: ‘Brigsby Bear’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Review by Matthew Turner Stars: Kyle Mooney, Mark Hamill, Jane Adams, Greg Kinnear, Matt Walsh, Michaela Watkins, Ryan Simpkins, Alexa Demie, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Claire Danes, Chance Crimin, Beck Bennett, Andy Samberg | Written by Kevin Costello, Kyle Mooney | Directed by Dave McCary Saturday Night Live alumnus Dave McCary makes his directorial debut with […]

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16th Oct2017

LFF 2017: ‘Brawl in Cell Block 99′ Review

by Matthew Turner

Review by Matthew Turner Stars: Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, Don Johnson, Marc Blucas, Tom Guiry, Udo Kier, Rob Morgan, Geno Segers, Fred Melamed | Written and Directed by S. Craig Zahler The second feature from Bone Tomahawk writer/director S. Craig Zahler, stylishly executed, ultra-violent prison flick Brawl in Cell Block 99 features a revelatory performance […]

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11th Oct2017

LFF 2017: ’1%’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Review by Matthew Turner Stars: Ryan Corr, Abbey Lee, Simone Kessell, Josh McConville, Matt Nable, Aaron Pederson | Written by Matt Nable | Directed by Stephen McCallum The debut feature from Australian director Stephen McCallum, this gritty biker gang thriller achieves a certain level of sweaty intensity and largely pulls off its Shakespearean parallels, though […]

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09th Oct2017

LFF 2017: ‘Ingrid Goes West’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Review by Matthew Turner Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Wyatt Russell, Billy Magnussen, Pom Klementieff | Written by Matt Spicer, David Branson Smith | Directed by Matt Spicer A Single White Female for the Instagram generation, this sharp-edged stalker comedy from co-writer / director Matt Spicer succeeds as both scathing social media […]

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09th Sep2017

‘Goon: Last of the Enforcers’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Review by Matthew Turner Stars: Seann William Scott, Alison Pill, Marc-Andre Grondin, Liev Schreiber, Wyatt Russell, Kim Coates, Elisha Cuthbert, Jay Baruchel, Callum Keith Rennie, Jonathan Mark Cherry | Written by Jay Baruchel, Jesse Chabot | Directed by Jay Baruchel Back in 2011, Michael Dowse’s Canadian sports comedy Goon was a minor hit with critics, […]

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08th Sep2017

‘Wind River’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Review by Matthew Turner Stars: Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Gil Birmingham, Graham Greene, Jon Bernthal, Julia Jones, Kelsey Asbille, James Jordan | Written and Directed by Taylor Sheridan Avengers co-stars Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen headline this snowbound mystery thriller from Taylor Sheridan, the writer of Sicario and Hell or High Water. Gripping and moving […]

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02nd Sep2017

‘Stratton’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Review by Matthew Turner Stars: Dominic Cooper, Gemma Chan, Connie Nielsen, Tom Felton, Tyler Hoechlin, Derek Jacobi, Austin Stowell, Thomas Kretschmann | Written by Warren Davis II, Duncan Falconer | Directed by Simon West Directed by Simon West (Con Air), this British spy thriller clearly fancies itself as the basis of a lucrative action franchise […]

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02nd Sep2017

‘Eat Locals’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Review by Matthew Turner Stars: Charlie Cox, Billy Cook, Freema Agyeman, Robert Portal, Mackenzie Crook, Eve Myles, Vincent Regan, Tony Curran, Dexter Fletcher, Ruth Jones, Annette Crosbie | Written by Danny King | Directed by Jason Flemyng The directorial debut of actor Jason Flemyng, this low budget British horror-comedy has a solid cast and a […]

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02nd Sep2017

‘The Limehouse Golem’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Review by Matthew Turner Stars: Bill Nighy, Olivia Cooke, Douglas Booth, Daniel Mays, Sam Reid, Maria Valverde, Henry Goodman, Eddie Marsan | Written by Jane Goldman | Directed by Juan Carlos Medina If you know your mythical creatures, the title (and, indeed, the IMDb synopsis) of this period horror movie might give you unreasonable expectations […]

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01st Sep2017

‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Review by Matthew Turner Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick, Joe Morton, Earl Boen, Jenette Goldstein, Xander Berkeley | Written by James Cameron, William Wisher Jr. | Directed by James Cameron Twenty-six years after it blasted onto screens in the summer of 1991, James Cameron’s smash-hit Terminator sequel Terminator 2: Judgment Day […]

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26th Aug2017

‘American Made’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Review by Matthew Turner Stars: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright Olsen, Alejandro Edda, Caleb Landry Jones, Jayma Mays, Jesse Plemons, Lola Kirke | Written by Gary Spinelli | Directed by Doug Liman Tom Cruise reteams with Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman for this slickly entertaining, if slightly familiar comedy thriller based on the true […]

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26th Aug2017

‘Detroit’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Review by Matthew Turner Stars: John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Jacob Latimore, Jason Mitchell, Hannah Murray, Kaitlyn Dever, Jack Reynor, Ben O’Toole | Written by Mark Boal | Directed by Kathryn Bigelow Kathryn Bigelow’s third collaboration with screenwriter Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) is a powerful, angry drama about racism, police […]

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25th Aug2017

‘Bushwick’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Review by Matthew Turner Stars: Brittany Snow, Dave Bautista, Angelic Zambrana, Jeremie Harris, Myra Lucretia Taylor, Alex Breaux, Arturo Castro | Written by Nick Damici, Graham Reznick | Directed by Cary Murnion, Jonathan Milott Directed by Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott (Cooties), this pacey U.S. invasion thriller picks up points for its premise, performances and […]

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18th Aug2017

‘The Untamed (La Region Salvaje)’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Review by Matthew Turner Stars: Ruth Ramos, Simone Bucio, Jesús Meza, Eden Villavicencio, Andrea Peláez, Oscar Escalante, Bernarda Trueba | Written by Amat Escalante, Gibrán Portela | Directed by Amat Escalante The fourth film from Mexican writer-director Amat Escalante (Heli) mixes social realism and weird sci-fi eroticism to mesmerising effect. Co-written by Escalante and Gibrán Portela, The […]

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14th Aug2017

‘Atomic Blonde’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Review by Matthew Turner Stars: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Sofia Boutella, Bill Skarsgård, John Goodman, Toby Jones, Roland Moller | Written by Kurt Johnstad | Based on “The Coldest City” by Antony Johnston & Sam Hart | Directed by David Leitch An ice cool Charlize Theron kicks plenty of ass in this stylish Cold War […]

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31st Jul2017

‘The Wall’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Review by Matthew Turner Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena, Laith Nakli | Written by Dwain Worrell | Directed by Doug Liman Director Doug Liman follows up Edge of Tomorrow with this stripped down Iraqi sniper thriller that plays like an Iraq War version of Joel Schumacher’s Phone Booth. Set in 2007 – at the tail-end […]

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