03rd May2016

‘Only Angels Have Wings’ Blu-ray Review

by Mark Allen

Stars: Jean Arthur, Cary Grant, Richard Barthelmess, Rita Hayworth, Thomas Mitchell, Allyn Joslyn, Sig Ruman, Victor Kilian | Screenplay by Jules Furthman | Directed by Howard Hawks When thinking about the great flying pictures of Hollywood’s Golden Age, many would immediately turn to war films containing dogfights, high political drama and the sense that all the death we […]

03rd May2016

‘Xmoor’ DVD Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Melia Kreiling, Nick Blood, Mark Bonner, Simone Kirby, Olivia Popica, Sophie Harkness, Fergal McElherron, Jemma Obrien, James Lecky | Written and Directed by Luke Hymans Written and directed by Luke Hymans (Dubplate Drama), this horror film, shot in Belfast, tells the story of American documentary film-makers Georgia (Melia Kreiling – Cold) and Matt (Nick […]

03rd May2016

‘Yakuza Apocalypse’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Yayan Ruhian, Rirî Furankî, Hayato Ichihara, Mio Yûki, Pierre Taki, Denden, Tetsu Watanabe, Yoshiyuki Morishita, Riko Narumi, Reiko Takashima, Lily Frankie, Masanori Mimoto, Shô Aoyagi, Manzô Shinra, Kiyohiko Shibukawa | Written by Yoshitaka Yamaguchi | Directed by Takashi Miike I’m not sure if it’s from watching Battles Without Honour and Humanity or my love […]

02nd May2016

2016 Tribeca Film Festival: ‘Curmudgeons’ Review

by Catherina Gioino

Stars: Danny DeVito, David Margulies, Lucy DeVito, Sarah Hayon, Kett Turton | Written by Joshua Conkel | Directed by Danny DeVito Danny DeVito. The late David Margulies. A senior citizen home. Love. Curmudgeons. Need I say more? Written by first time writer Joshua Conkel, the short stars DeVito and Margulies as Jackie and Ralphie, respectively, as […]

02nd May2016

2016 Tribeca Film Festival: ‘The Family Fang’ Review

by Catherina Gioino

Stars: Jason Bateman, Nicole Kidman, Kathryn Hahn, Christopher Walken, Marin Ireland, Harris Yulin, Eugenia Kuzmina, Michael Chernus, Josh Pais, Maryann Plunkett | Written by David Lindsay-Abaire | Directed by Jason Bateman Performance artists. What good are they anyhow? It’s not like they put their lives on the line, or make a strong statement about anything going on […]

02nd May2016

‘The Forgotten’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Clem Tibber, Shaun Dingwall, Elarica Gallacher, Lyndsey Marshal, Isaura Barbé-Brown, James Capel, James Doherty, Carys Lewis | Written by Oliver Frampton, James Hall | Directed by Oliver Frampton [NB: With the film now – finally – available to buy in the UK (The Forgotten is out today from Metrodome), here’s a repost of my […]

29th Apr2016

‘Cherry Tree’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Anna Walton, Naomi Battrick, Sam Hazeldine, Patrick Gibson, Minnie Phipps | Written by Brendan McCarthy | Directed by David Keating Faith’s world is turned upside down when she finds out her father is dying. When the mysteriously alluring Sissy Young becomes her field hockey coach, Faith finds a compassionate spirit and much-needed mother figure. […]

29th Apr2016

‘The Antwerp Dolls’ Review

by Mondo Squallido

Stars: Jason Wing, Bruce Payne, Sean Cronin, Sabastien Foucan, Terrence Anderson, Danny Cutler | Written and Directed by Jake. L. Reid Love them or hate them, low-budget British crime and gangster films will never die. I know some see these types of films as guilty pleasures, but I have a genuine soft spot and overall […]

29th Apr2016

‘Captain America: Civil War’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland, Daniel Brühl | Written by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely | Directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo Captain America: Civil War picks up where Avengers: Age of Ultron […]

28th Apr2016

‘Sharknado: The Collection’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Combining Sharknado, Sharknado 2: The Second One, and Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!  – Sharknado: The Collection is a 3-disc boxset filled with shark-infested splatter-fest action! With the set due for release on May 2nd, here’s our review of all three Sharknado movies… SHARKNADO Stars: Ian Ziering, Jaason Simmons, Tara Reid, Cassie Scerbo, John Heard, Alex Arleo, […]

28th Apr2016

‘The Phoenix Incident’ Review

by John Squires

Stars: Michael Adamthwaite, Troy Baker, James L. Brewster, James C. Burns, Holgie Forrester, Karl Girolamo, Matthew Grant Godbey, William Goldman, Yuri Lowenthal, Elise Muller, Liam O’Brien | Written and Directed by Keith Arem Strange and otherwise terrifying things tend to happen on Friday the 13th, at least according to superstition and a certain horror franchise featuring a […]

27th Apr2016

’13 Cameras’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: PJ McCabe, Sean Carrigan, Sarah Baldwin, Brianne Moncrief, Neville Archambault | Written and Directed by Victor Zarcoff Newlyweds Claire and Ryan have just moved into a new house. Both are hoping Claire’s pregnancy will be the cement needed to hold their already fraying relationship together. Little do they know their marital issues are the […]

27th Apr2016

‘Couple in a Hole’ VOD Review

by Mondo Squallido

Stars: Paul Higgins, Kate Dickie, Jérôme Kircher, Corinne Masiero | Written and Directed by Tom Geens John (Higgins) and Karen (Dickie) used to have it all. They had uprooted from Scotland with their son to a small, yet idyllic cottage in the beautiful Pyrenees Mountain range of France. However, tragedy struck by the way of […]

25th Apr2016

‘Speedy’ Blu-ray Review

by Mark Allen

Stars: Harold Lloyd, Ann Christy, Bert Woodruff, Brooks Benedict, Babe Ruth | Written by John Grey, Lex Neal & Howard Emmett Rogers | Directed by Ted Wilde One of the three giants of silent cinema in Hollywood (the others were Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton), Harold Lloyd is well-known for his impressive stunt work (albeit overshadowed somewhat by Keaton’s own […]

24th Apr2016

VOD Vault #5 – Lazer Team / Mercury Plains

by Phil Wheat

It’s Sunday so it must be time for another installment of VOD Vault, taking a look at some of this weeks on-demand releases that have hit various VOD platforms. This time round we’re looking at a film only available via YouTube (to buy or view via the sites subscription service YouTube Red), the sci-fi comedy […]

24th Apr2016

‘The Passing’ Review

by Mondo Squallido

Stars: Dyfan Dwyfor, Annes Elwy, Mark Lewis Jones | Written by Ed Talfan | Directed by Gareth Bryn When it comes to ghost stories, I’m not the biggest fan. Even though I often get irrational fears such as someone grabbing my foot as I walk up the stairs or seeing a distorted reflection in the […]

24th Apr2016

‘Zombie Shark’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Cassie Steele, Jason London, Roger J. Timber, Ross Britz, Laura Cayouette, Sloane Coe, Becky Andrews, Ladson Deyne, Leslie Castay, Carter Burch, Flynn Foster, Jeff Pearson | Written by Greg Mitchell | Directed by Misty Talley Also known as Shark Island, a more generic title that would undoubtedly failed to sell more copies than the […]

24th Apr2016

‘Sharktopus vs Pteracuda’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Robert Carradine, Mario Ceara, Katie Savoy, Akari Endo, Tony Evangelista, Mario Arturo Hernández, Rib Hillis, Alan Nadal Piantini, Conan O’Brien | Written by Matt Yamashita | Directed by Kevin O’Neill If you thought it was only studios like The Asylum who were cranking out giant sea creature flicks for Syfy you’d be completely wrong […]

23rd Apr2016

‘I Am Wrath’ Review

by Dan Woolstencroft

Stars: John Travolta, Christopher Meloni, Rebecca De Mornay, Amanda Schull, Sam Trammell, Doris Morgado, Luis Da Silva Jr., Patrick St. Esprit | Written by Yvan Gauthier, Paul Sloan | Directed by Chuck Russell Anyone remember From Paris With Love? Director Pierre Morel followed up the 2008 Liam Neeson hit Taken with a similarly enjoyable, although […]

23rd Apr2016

‘Night People’ Review

by Dan Woolstencroft

Stars: Michael Parle, Jack Dean-Shepherd, Claire Blennerhassett, Sarah Louise Carney, Aidan O’Sullivan, Eoin Leahy, Kieran Kelly, Michael McLaughlin, Philip Doherty | Written and Directed by Gerard Lough Night People is an Irish anthology horror – comprising of three tales – from writer and director Gerard Lough. Clearly made on a low budget, that doesn’t dampen […]

21st Apr2016

‘The Invitation’ Review

by John Squires

Stars: Logan Marshall-Green, Tammy Blanchard, John Carroll Lynch, Michelle Krusiec, Aiden Lovekamp, Mike Doyle, Jordi Vilasuso, Marieh Delfino, Jay Larson, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Michiel Huisman | Written by Matt Manfredi, Phil Hay | Directed by Karyn Kusama Karyn Kusama’s latest film sells you the whole seat, but you’ll only need the edge. Written by Matt Manfredi and Phil […]

17th Apr2016

VOD Vault #4 – Krampus / Holidays

by Phil Wheat

Another Sunday and another installment of VOD Vault, taking a look at some of this weeks on-demand releases that have hit various VOD platforms here in the UK. This week we have a very seasonal edition, featuring two films that take a horrific look at the holidays… KRAMPUS Stars: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, […]

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