28th Aug2014

‘Let’s Be Cops’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr., Nina Dobrev, Andy Garcia, Rob Riggle, James D’Arcy, Keegan-Michael Key, Jonathan Lajoie, Tom Mardirosian, Natasha Leggero | Written by Luke Greenfield, Nicholas Thomas | Directed by Luke Greenfield There are few things as quietly distressing and disappointing to the film fan as seeing people you like and admire feature […]

26th Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘Creep’ Review

by Jack Kirby

 Stars: Patrick Brice, Mark Duplass | Written by Patrick Brice, Mark Duplass | Directed by Patrick Brice In selecting my films for Frightfest this year, I employed a special strategic choosing system that I think worked very well indeed. I would take the festival’s programme a read out one word at random from each line of the film’s […]

24th Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘Another’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Ana Paula Redding, David Landry, Lillian Pennypacker, Michael St. Michaels, Nancy Wolfe | Written and Directed by Jason Bognacki There’s a joke in Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, the under-seen but superlative comedy about the making of a fictional eighties horror programme, that is too good not to repeat at any given opportunity. In it, the show’s […]

24th Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘The Expedition’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Daniel Caren, Sarah Mac, Ben Loyd-Holmes, Neil Newbon, Emma Lillie Lees, Simon Burbage, Dolores Reynals, Ross O’Hennessey, Ernesto Cantu, Angela Peters | Written by Adam Spinks, Ben Loyd-Holmes | Directed by Adam Spinks Yet again the cheap, occasionally effective but utterly done to death format of the found footage film finds its way onto our screens once […]

21st Aug2014

Frightfest 2014: ‘The Guest’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Ethan Embry, Joel David Moore, Candice Patton, Lance Reddick, Brendan Meyer, Jesse Luken | Written by Simon Barrett | Directed by Adam Wingard You’re Next was my favourite films of last year, so I was very excited to see director Adam Wingard’s latest, The Guest. We’re introduced to the Petersons, a […]

20th Aug2014

‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis, Eva Green, Powers Boothe, Dennis Haysbert, Ray Liotta, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Christopher Lloyd, Jaime King, Juno Temple | Written by Frank Miller | Directed by Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller It was an invite to a screening like any other, or so […]

04th Aug2014

Book Review: ‘The Mind’s Eye: The Art of Omni’

by Jack Kirby

Edited by Jeremy Frommer and Rick Schwartz | Introduction by Ben Bova | Published by powerHouse Books | Format: Hardcover, 224pp Omni was a magazine published from the late-seventies to the mid-nineties mostly covering science and science fiction. I was a bit young to have been a reader of it, but having researched the magazine […]

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23rd Jul2014

‘Goof: Issues 1-3′ Comic Review

by Jack Kirby

Written by Guy Hasson | Art by Guillermo Ramirez (#1), Borja Pindado (#2 & #3) | Published by New Worlds Comics | Format: Digital Only Whilst skewering the conventions of the superhero genre in comic books has become if not old hat then certainly well-trodden ground, that isn’t to say there isn’t still fun to […]

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07th Jul2014

‘Need For Speed’ Blu-ray Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi), Dakota Johnson, Imogen Poots, Michael Keaton, Rami Malek, Sir Maejor, Nick Chinlund, Carmela Zumbado | Written by George Gatins | Directed by Scott Waugh I approached Need for Speed with all the enthusiasm you might expect of a recent Breaking Bad convert who, having binged his way through the whole series, is desperate for […]

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12th Jun2014

‘Devil’s Due’ DVD Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Zach Gilford, Allison Miller, Sam Anderson, Roger Payano, Vanessa Ray | Written by Lindsay Devlin | Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett If this was the first found-footage horror you’d ever seen, then Devil’s Due would probably strike you as a fairly shocking tour de force. Unfortunately, it’s 2014 now and 78% of all mainstream horror […]

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08th Jun2014

‘Oculus’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Katee Sackoff, Rory Cochrane | Written by Mike Flanagan, Jeff Howard | Directed by Mike Flanagan Creepy kids have been a staple ingredient of horror films for a long time and recent examples of the genre such as the Insidious films, Dark Touch, Mama and The Quiet Ones show that our fear […]

02nd Jun2014

‘Cold in July’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson, Vinessa Shaw, Wyatt Russell, Nick Damici, Lanny Flaherty, Kristin Griffith, Dorothea Swiac, Joe Lanza, Rachel Zeiger-Haag | Written by Jim Mickle, Nick Damici, Joe R. Lansdale | Directed by Jim Mickle In the middle of the night, a sound alerts a young couple that an intruder has entered their home. […]

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02nd Jun2014

‘Cuban Fury’ DVD Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Nick Frost, Rashida Jones, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Chris O’Dowd, Ian McShane, Olivia Colman, Alexandra Roach, Rory Kinnear, Kayvan Novak | Written by Jon Brown | Directed by James Griffiths Tubby funster Nick Frost steps out as the lead in salsa-based rom-com Cuban Fury. Frost plays Bruce, a former teenage salsa dancing extraordinaire who dons his […]

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28th May2014

‘Robocop’ Blu-ray Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Joel Kinnaman, Douglas Urbanski, Abbie Cornish, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Samuel L. Jackson, Aimee Garcia | Written by Joshua Zetumer | Directed by Jose Padilha Remakes eh? They’re not going away are they? I’m not going to proselytize in favour or against […]

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22nd May2014

Blended ‘Review’

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Kevin Nealon, Terry Crews, Joel McHale, Bella Thorne, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Shaquille O’Neal | Written by Ivan Menchell, Clare Sera | Directed by Frank Coraci If the phrase ‘Adam Sandler-starring romantic comedy’ doesn’t fill your heart with dread and terror then you’ve probably not been paying too much attention to film criticism in […]

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29th Mar2014

‘Frozen’ Blu-ray Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Santino Fontana, Alan Tudyk, Edie McClurg | Written and Directed by Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee Loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen and apparently inspired by the scenery of Norway, Frozen is the tale of a pair of royal sisters, the reclusive Elsa (Idina […]

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21st Mar2014

‘Cheap Thrills’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, Sara Paxton, David Koechner, Amanda Fuller | Written by David Chirchirillo, Trent Haaga | Directed by E.L. Katz Unemployed and down on his luck, Craig finds himself drowning his sorrows in an attempt to forget the mounting debts threatening to tear his family apart. When a chance meeting with an […]

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21st Mar2014

‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Sebastian Stan, Hayley Atwell, Emily VanCamp, Dominic Cooper, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Toby Jones | Written by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely | Directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo Back in 2011, when Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor: No Subtitle Required were released, I […]

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18th Mar2014

‘Homefront’ Blu-ray Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: James Franco, Jason Statham, Rachelle Lefevre, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth | Written by Sylvester Stallone | Directed by Gary Fleder As regular readers will know, I always start reviews of Jason Statham films with a with an acknowledgment that regular readers will already know that I really like Jason Statham films, perhaps with a witty aside to the […]

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18th Mar2014

‘The Borderlands’ DVD Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Gordon Kennedy, Robin Hill, Luke Neal, Aidan McArdle, Sarah Annis, Lee Arnold, Patrick Godfrey, Marcus Cunningham | Written and Directed by Elliot Goldner Elliot Goldner directs this British horror following a team of specialists from the Vatican who are drawn to a remote West Country church by reports of mysterious occurrences in the area.  The Borderlands sees a […]

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12th Mar2014

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: The Muppets, Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, Ty Burrell, Tom Hiddleston | Written by James Bobin, Nicholas Stoller | Directed by James Bobin Muppets Most Wanted arrives in what feels like no time at all since the long-awaited previous film. I was honestly quite shocked to see the screening invite in my inbox. After the […]

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09th Mar2014

‘Need for Speed’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi), Dakota Johnson, Imogen Poots, Michael Keaton, Rami Malek, Sir Maejor, Nick Chinlund, Carmela Zumbado | Written by George Gatins | Directed by Scott Waugh I approached Need for Speed with all the enthusiasm you might expect of a recent Breaking Bad convert who, having binged […]

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