21st Apr2014

‘Phantom of the Opera’ Blu-ray Review (1989)

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Robert Englund, Jill Schoelen, Bill Nighy, Alex Hyde-White, Stephanie Lawrence, Terence Harvey, Nathan Lewis, Peter Clapham, Molly Shannon, Emma Rawson, Mark Ryan, Terence Beesley | Written by Duke Sandefur | Directed by Dwight H. Little Christine Day (Schoelen) is a young Broadway singer in New York City. She is auditioning for a show and […]

20th Apr2014

‘Dom Hemingway’ Review

by Dan Clark

Stars: Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demian Bichir, Luca Franzoni, Nick Raggett, Simeon Moore, Glenn Hirst | Written and Directed by Richard Shepard For a long time Jude Law was a character actor stuck in stale leading man roles. Recently he has loosened those restraints with work in recent films like Contagion. In his latest film […]

20th Apr2014

‘Joe’ Review

by Dan Clark

Stars: Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Gary Poulter, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Adriene Mishler, Brian Mays, Aj Wilson McPhaul, Sue Rock, Heather Kafka, Brenda Isaacs Booth, Anna Niemtschk, Elbert Hill III | Written by Gary Hawkins | Directed by David Gordon Green The pairing of director David Gordon Green and actor Nicholas Cage is an intriguing one. […]

20th Apr2014

‘In the Blood’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Gina Carano, Cam Gigandet, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Luis Guzman, Amaury Nolasco, Danny Trejo | Written by James Robert Johnston, Bennett Yellin | Directed by John Stockwell Former MMA star Gina Carano, who rose to fame following her starring role in Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 action-thriller film Haywire – although she had previously appeared in low-budget actioner […]

20th Apr2014

‘The Last Keepers’ Review

by Richard Axtell

Stars: Zosia Mamet, Sam Underwood, Aidan Quinn, Virginia Madsen, Olympia Dukakis, Nat Wolff, Joshua Bowman, Jee Young Han | Written by Peter Hutchings, Christina Mengert | Directed by Maggie Greenwald Rhea Carver (Mamet) is different. She makes art and clothes from rubbish she picks up from the ground, her family are reclusive artists and this […]

19th Apr2014

‘Dolls’ Blu-ray Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Ian Patrick Williams, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Carrie Lorraine, Guy Rolfe, Hilary Mason, Bunty Bailey, Cassie Stuart, Stephen Lee | Written by Ed Naha | Directed by Stuart Gordon The second collaboration between Stuart Gordon, Brian Yuzna and Charles Band, Dolls was originally lensed as a “stop-gap” feature between Gordon’s debut feature Re-Animator and its follow-up, […]

19th Apr2014

‘Under the Skin’ Review (2nd Opinion)

by Dan Clark

Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan, Jessica Mance, Joe Szula, Lynsey Taylor Mackay | Written by Walter Campbell | Directed by Jonathan Glazer When Jonathan Glazer last directed almost ten years ago he polarized audiences with his controversial film Birth. His latest effort will no doubt have a similar effect. Under the Skin is a Kubrikian-esque Science Fiction […]

17th Apr2014

‘Made In America’ Review

by Richard Axtell

Features: Jay-Z, Kanye West, Gary Clark Jr, Pearl Jam, Run DMC, Rita Ora, Santigold | Directed by Ron Howard **REVIEW EMBARGOED TILL MAY 12th** Come back then to read it…

16th Apr2014

‘The Raid 2: Berandal’ Review

by Dan Clark

Stars: Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra, Julie Estelle, Donny Alamsyah, Oka Antara, Alex Abbad, Tio Pakusodewo | Written and Directed by Gareth Evans In 2012 Gareth Evans burst onto the scene with The Raid: Redemption. He took a simple concept and filled it with some of the most engaging and inventive action seen in years. Now […]

15th Apr2014

‘The Last House’ Review

by Richard Axtell

Stars: Lindsey Haun, Blake Berris, RJ Mitte, Diane Dalton, Randy Schulman | Written and Directed by Michael Bartlett A mind bending supernatural thriller, The Last House follows Kelly (Lindsey Haun) as she is house-sits for an estranged couple who are taking a trip to Italy to escape their troubles and start afresh. But all is […]

13th Apr2014

‘Revenge For Jolly’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Brian Petsos, Oscar Isaac, Amy Seimetz, Elijah Wood, Ryan Phillippe, Kristen Wiig, Adam Brody | Written by Brian Petsos | Directed by Chadd Harbold Who doesn’t love a good revenge movie? From the likes of Charles Bronson in Death Wish to Camille Keaton in I Spit on Your Grave, revenge movies have been a […]

12th Apr2014

‘White Dog’ Blu-ray Review (Eureka MoC)

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Kristy McNichol, Paul Winfield, Jameson Parker, Helen Siff, Christa Lang, Vernon Weddle, Paul Bartel | Written by Samuel Fuller, Curtis Hanson | Directed by Samuel Fuller In 1982, the late Massachusetts film-maker, Samuel Fuller (The Big Red One, Shock Corridor) took his place behind the camera to tell a story of racism, hope, neglect and […]

10th Apr2014

‘Tourist Trap’ Blu-ray Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Chuck Connors, Jocelyn Jones, Jon Van Ness, Robin Sherwood, Tanya Roberts, Dawn Jeffory | Written by David Schmoeller, J. Larry Carroll | Directed by David Schmoeller The slasher film does not have that much of a history of being scary. Mostly it’s about some psychopathic killer who easily stalks down his/her victim while they […]

09th Apr2014

‘Antisocial’ Blu-ray Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Michelle Mylett, Cody Thompson, Adam Christie, Ana Alic, Romaine Waite | Written by Cody Calahan, Chad Archibald | Directed by Cody Calahan [NOTE: With the film finally set for a home entertainment release next week, here's a reposting of my review of Antisocial from its UK debut at last years Frightfest] It’s often been […]

09th Apr2014

‘Easy Money 2′ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Joel Kinnaman, Matias Varela, Dragomir Mrsic, Fares Fares, Madeleine Martin | Written by Maria Karlsson | Directed by Babak Najafi Let me start by saying “Nordic Noir” has a lot to answer for… Desperate to ride the popularity of Norwegian dramas such The Killing, Borgen and The Bridge, UK distributors are seemingly snatching up any and […]

06th Apr2014

‘Slumber Party Massacre’ Blu-ray Review (Scream Factory)

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Michelle Michaels , Robin Stille, Michael Villella, Brinke Stevens, Debra Deliso | Written by Rita Mae Brown | Directed by Amy Holden Jones A mass murdering maniac escapes from prison and, armed with a power drill, begins to decimate the nubile high schoolers of a Los Angeles suburb during their slumber party. That’s it. […]

05th Apr2014

‘The Lodge’ Blu-ray Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Deanna Cramer, Liz Jones, Elizabeth Kell, Mandi Kreisher, Kevin McClatchy, Owen Szabo | Written by Deb Havener | Directed by Brad Helmink, John Rauschelbach [NB: With The Lodge set for a long-awaited Blu-ray release next week, here's a repost of my review from the films DVD release back in January 2013] The Lodge sees […]

05th Apr2014

‘Oldboy’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Sharlto Copley, Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Imperioli, Pom Klementieff, James Ransone | Written by Mark Protosevich | Directed by Spike Lee Oldboy is a movie that has a huge question hanging over it.  It’s a shame really that the question has nothing to do with the plot, but rather the […]

05th Apr2014

‘Almost Married’ Review

by Richard Axtell

Stars: Philip McGinley, Emily Atack, Bill Fellows, Val McLane, Lynne Wilmot | Written and Directed by Ben Cookson It’s Kyle’s stag night. He’s with his best friend and best man Jarvis. Large amounts of alcohol are consumed. What could possibly go wrong? After a trip to a brothel… sorry, “Massage parlour”, Kyle finds himself in an […]

03rd Apr2014

‘Fargo 1×01 – The Crocodile’s Dilemma’ Review

by Nathan Smith

Stars: Joey King, Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks, Allison Tolman, Bob Odenkirk, Susan Park, Tom Musgrave | Based on the film by The Coen Brothers With FX’s new series, Fargo, (premiering April 15th at 10/9c), it would seem that the writers, producers, and any creative person behind the scenes would be facing the […]

02nd Apr2014

‘The Family’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron, John D’Leo, Jimmy Palumbo, Domenick Lombardozzi, Stan Carp, Vincent Pastore, Jon Freda, Michael J. Panichelli Jr. | Written by Luc Besson, Michael Caleo | Directed by Luc Besson Remember that Robert De Niro guy, the one that impressed us in movies like Mean Streets, Taxi Driver and Goodfellas? Along with Al Pacino […]

02nd Apr2014

‘Noah’ Review

by Dan Clark

Stars: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, Nick Nolte, Mark Margolis, Kevin Durand | Written by Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel | Directed by Darren Aronofsky Biblical epics were once a staple of the old school Hollywood. Movies like Ben-Hur and The Ten Commandments  were the big budget blockbusters of their day. […]

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