22nd Jan2018

‘Surviving the Wild’ Review

by Philip Rogers

Stars: Jon Voight, Aidan Cullen, Jamie Kennedy, Vail Bloom, Derick Van Orden, Matthew Davis, Sheri Carbone, Susan Coleman | Written by Mark Hefti | Directed by Patrick Alessandrin Following the death of Gus (Jon Voight), his grandson Shaun (Aidan Cullen) can’t seem to let go. So when Gus appears at his own reception, unstartled by his unexpected appearance […]

22nd Jan2018

VOD Vault #9 – Sasq-Watch / Gun Shy

by Phil Wheat

Another week, another installment of VOD Vault – taking a look at some on-demand releases that have hit various VOD platforms recently. It’s been more than a few months since our last installment, so what say we kick off this debut edition for 2018 with two films that share something in common… Comedy! Sasq-Watch Stars: […]

22nd Jan2018

‘Downsizing’ Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Matt Damon, Hong Chau, Christoph Waltz, Rolf Lassgård, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis | Written by Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor | Directed by Alexander Payne One could argue that all of Alexander Payne’s major works – Election, Sideways, The Descendants et al – are about man’s search for meaning. Specifically, a middle-aged man’s search for meaning. […]

19th Jan2018

‘#3Minute Horror: Episode 1 – The Mime’ Review

by Philip Rogers

A business woman (Amelia Gardham) is walking through an underpass whilst texting, when she accidently drops her bag, spilling the contents onto the floor. As she starts to collect her items, she is suddenly notices a mysterious looking figure is stood front of her, a mime who is copying her every move. Although unsettled, she […]

19th Jan2018

‘Coco’ 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 […]

18th Jan2018

‘The Shanghai Job’ Review

by Kevin Haldon

Stars: Orlando Bloom, Simon Yam, Lynn Hung, Xing Yu, Hannah Quinlivan, Thomas Price, Lei Wu, Jing Liang, Da Ying, Rong Chang, Lyon Zhang, Ruoxi Wang | Written by Kevin Bernhardt | Directed by Charles Martin Hey everybody, its Britain’s sweetheart Orlando Bloom… You remember Orlando Bloom, the bow and arrow fella from The Lord of […]

17th Jan2018

‘Bad Day For the Cut’ Review

by Kevin Haldon

Stars: Nigel O’Neill, Susan Lynch, Józef Pawlowski, Stuart Graham, David Pearse, Anna Próchniak, Stella McCusker, Ian McElhinney, Brian Milligan, Shashi Rami, Lalor Roddy, Ryan McParland | Written by Chris Baugh, Brendan Mullin | Directed by Chris Baugh Northern Ireland is pretty well known for having its fair share of “troubles” and as such makes for […]

16th Jan2018

‘Viking Siege’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Michelle McTernan, Rosanna Hoult, Craig Russell, Owain Rhys Davies, Alan Booty, Andrew David, Leon Davies, Phil Deguara, Sarah Driver, Philip Dyas, Richard Elis, Michael Geary, James Groom, Charlotte Hughes, Les Kenny-Green | Written by Philip Dyas, Alastar Kirton | Directed by Jack Burton During a wild night of debauchery, a gang of vengeful women […]

16th Jan2018

‘Battalion’ VOD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Jesse Richardson, Ellen Williams, Michael Thomson, James Storer, Leigh Walker, Darrell Plumridge, Samuel Peacock, Katie Anderson | Written and Directed by Michael Miller Obviously inspired by Independence Day and Pacific Rim, and no doubt released now to cash-in on the subsequent sequel which is coming very soon, Battalion is a low-budget sci-fi action flick […]

15th Jan2018

‘Maze’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Barry Ward, Martin McCann, Eileen Walsh, Aaron Monaghan, Niamh McGrady, Ross McKinney, Elva Trill, Tim Creed, Cillian O’Sullivan, Patrick Buchanan, Andy Kellegher | Written and Directed by Stephen Burke Prison break movies are always interesting things. Sometimes you get the high-octane thrillers where action is the main focus, but other times you get […]

12th Jan2018

‘Madtown’ Review

by Philip Rogers

Stars: Milo Ventimiglia, John Billingsley, Bonita Friedericy, Rachel Melvin, Amanda Aday | Written and Directed by Charles Moore A troubled young man flashes back to the demons of his past when his sister is released from her twenty-year prison sentence for the murder of their parents. He must confront his estranged sister and deal with the past, while fighting to […]

11th Jan2018

‘Detroit’ Blu-ray 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 brutality and the complicity […]

10th Jan2018

‘Beyond Skyline’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Frank Grillo, Bojana Novakovic, Jonny Weston, Iko Uwais, Callan Mulvey, Betty Gabriel, Antonio Fargas, Lindsey Morgan | Written and Directed by Liam O’Donnell Los Angeles Detective Mark Corley (Frank Grillo) thought bailing out his eighteen-year-old son, Trent (Jonny Weston), was the worst part of his day. But on the ride home, the skies above […]

08th Jan2018

‘Leatherface’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Stephen Dorff, James Bloor, Vanessa Grasse, Sam Coleman, Sam Strike, Jessica Madsen, Finn Jones, Lili Taylor, Nicole Andrews | Written by Seth M. Sherwood | Directed by Julien Maury, Alexandre Bustillo Want to know the shocking incidents, twisted psychology and outrageous bloodshed that led up to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the classic 1974 horror? […]

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05th Jan2018

‘The Adventurers’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Jean Reno, Qi Shu, Andy Lau, Tony Yang, Jingchu Zhang, Eric Tsang, Karel Dobry, Gen Seto, David Bowles, Yi Sha, Tianyi You | Written by Chi Kwong Cheung, Stephen Fung, Steve Ha, Andy Lo | Directed by Stephen Fung Infamous and charismatic thief Cheung Tan (Andy Lau) has recently been released from prison. Cheung […]

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04th Jan2018

‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Caleb Landry-Jones, Abbie Cornish | Written and Directed by Martin McDonagh A series of sombre, foggy opening shots seems to denote a different Martin McDonagh, formerly best-known for the foul-mouthed black comedy In Bruges and the Tarantino-like Seven Psychopaths. But once the characters open their mouths – once […]

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03rd Jan2018

‘Wish Upon’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Joey King, Ryan Phillippe, Ki Hong Lee, Mitchell Slaggert, Shannon Purser, Sydney Park, Elisabeth Rohm, Josephine Langford, Alexander Nunez, Sherilyn Fenn | Written by Barbara Marshall | Directed by John R Leonetti You get what you wish for. It’s a trope that has proliferated movies and literature since the dawn of time. When the […]

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02nd Jan2018

‘Driving While Black’ Review

by Kevin Haldon

Stars: Dominique Purdy, Sheila Tejada, John Mead, Joseph Ansalvish, Richard Assad, Julian Bane, Mayank Bhatter, Joni Bovill | Written by Dominique Purdy | Directed by Paul Sapiano What to say about Driving While Black..? A dark comedy spending a week in the life with a young black male living in Los Angeles, having to deal […]

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01st Jan2018

‘Our Evil’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Ademir Esteves, Ricardo Casella, Sonia Morena, Anthony Mello, Luara Pepita, Fernando Cardoso, Walderrama Dos Santos | Written and Directed by Samuel Galli Arthur, a man with spiritualist powers, is told that a demonic entity is coming to destroy his daughter’s soul, and that he should take drastic measures to stop this from happening. He […]

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01st Jan2018

‘Stratton’ Blu-ray 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 in the Bond or […]

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29th Dec2017

‘Armageddon America’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Dina Meyer, Diane Ladd, AnnaLynne McCord, Gary Heavin, Mike Norris, Marshall R. Teague, India Eisley, Aliya Astaphan, Rich Bentz, Jonny Cruz, Chuck Huber, Giovannie Cruz, Spencer Neville, Carey Scott, Alex Jones | Written by Gary Heavin | Directed by Mike Norris Originally entitled AmeriGeddon, Armageddon America is the second collaboration between director, and son […]

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29th Dec2017

‘American Made’ Blu-ray 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 story of pilot-turned-drug […]

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