17th Jul2014

‘Too Late Blues’ Blu-ray Review (Masters of Cinema)

by Richard Axtell

Stars: Bobby Darin, Stella Stevens, Everett Chambers, Nick Dennis, Vince Edwards, Val Avery, Marilyn Clark, James Joyce, Rupert Crosse | Written by John Cassavetes, Richard Carr | Directed by John Cassavetes Ghost (Darin), is an idealistic musician who would rather play in the park to the birds and at other small time gigs than compromise himself by […]

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16th Jul2014

‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Review

by Dan Clark

Stars: Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kirk Acevedo, Nick Thurston, Terry Notary, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer | Written by Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver | Directed by Matt Reeves Dawn of the Planet of the Apes  will be categorized as a summer blockbuster because of its release date, […]

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16th Jul2014

‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: The Official Novelization’ Book Review

by Paul Metcalf

Written by Alex Irvine | Published by Titan Books | Format: Paperback, 320pp At the end of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm by Greg Keyes it was evident that the Simian Flu was taking over, the human race was in self-destruction mode and the apes had finally found a home that could sustain […]

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15th Jul2014

‘The Square’ Review

by Paul Metcalf

Features: Ahmed Hassan, Khalid Abdalla, Magdy Ashour, Ramy Essam, Buthayna Kamel, Aida Elkashef, Ragia Omran | Written and Directed by Jehane Noujaim Documentaries when done right can strike a nerve with the viewer, especially if the subject is something that they can connect to emotionally.  The Square is a documentary that everybody can relate to because of the themes […]

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14th Jul2014

‘Harold and Maude’ Blu-ray Review (Masters of Cinema)

by Richard Axtell

Stars: Bud Cort, Ruth Gordon, Vivian Pickles, Cyril Cusack, Charles Tyner, Ellen Geer, Eric Christmas | Written by Colin Higgins | Directed by Hal Ashby Harold (Cort) is young, rich, depressed, lonely and obsessed with death. His idea of fun is visiting funerals and pretending to commit suicide in a variety of gruesome and violent ways […]

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13th Jul2014

‘Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5′ VOD Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Johnny Knoxville, Jackson Nicoll, Greg Harris, Georgina Cates, Kamber Hejlik, Jill Kill, Spike Jonze, Catherine Keener | Written by Jeff Tremaine, Johnny Knoxville | Directed by Jeff Tremaine One thing I wondered when watching Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa was how many of the “real” people were actually planted, call me cynical but it is […]

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12th Jul2014

‘Haunter’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Abigail Breslin, Stephen McHattie, Peter Outerbridge, Michelle Nolden, Peter DaCunha, Samantha Weinstein, Eleanor Zichy, David Hewlett, Sarah Manninen | Written by Brian King, Matthew Brian King | Directed by Vincenzo Natali Often it feels like there are not enough ghost stories based horror films these days, but then when you think about it we’ve had Insidious, […]

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12th Jul2014

‘Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars (the voices of): Jason Mewes, Eliza Dushku, Marc Bernardin, Ming Chen, Kevin Conroy, Matt Cohen, Brian Faraldo, Walter Flanagan, James Franco Jr., Neil Gaiman, Ralph Garman, Ben Gleib, Bryan Johnson | Written by Kevin Smith | Directed by Steve Stark Anti-heroes Jay and Silent Bob are back in a new animated feature that sees […]

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12th Jul2014

‘Boyhood’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Lorelei Linklater  | Written and Directed by Richard Linklater The one thing I can rely on Richard Linklater for is his uncanny ability to produce a vision of an era and show it in subtle detail both in language and in visuals. He is able to take dialogue and […]

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11th Jul2014

‘The Trials of Cate McCall’ Review

by Richard Axtell

Stars: Kate Beckinsale, James Cromwell, Nick Nolte, Clancy Brown, Mark Pellegrino, David Lyons, Dale Dickey, Brendan Sexton III, Isaiah Washington  | Written and Directed by Karen Moncrieff Cate McCall (Kate Beckinsale) was once a hotshot lawyer before she put an innocent man away thinking him guilty. Now, she is a recovering alcoholic and on probation and must […]

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10th Jul2014

‘Abduction of an American Playgirl’ Review (Vinegar Syndrome)

by Mondo Squallido

Eric Edwards (Teenage Twins) and Alan Marlow (Rollerbabies) star as Will and Fred, two down and out guys who are just as desperate for money as they are some tail. Whilst contemplating their situation, they spot Jackie, a good looking socialite played by Darby Lloyd Rains (Naked Came the Stranger) exiting a small shop – […]

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10th Jul2014

‘Across the River’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Renzo Gariup, Marco Marchese, Lidia Zabrieszach | Written by Lorenzo Bianchini, Michela Bianchini | Directed by Lorenzo Bianchini While working in a remote woods, wildlife researcher Marco Contrada’s studies lead him to an abandoned village deep in the Italian countryside where he becomes trapped due to flooding. His presence in the village unleashes a […]

09th Jul2014

‘Expecting’ Review

by Richard Axtell

Stars: Radha Mitchell, Michelle Monaghan, John Dore, Michael Weston, Mimi Kennedy, Sarah Aldrich | Written and Directed by Jessie McCormack Radha Mitchell plays Lizzie, a woman who has been trying to conceive a child with her husband for years and has almost given up hope. But, when her best friend Andie (Michelle Monaghan) gets pregnant on a one […]

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08th Jul2014

‘Deliver Us From Evil’ Review

by Dan Clark

Stars: Eric Bana, Joel McHale, Édgar Ramírez, Olivia Munn, Chris Coy, Dorian Missick, Sean Harris, Mike Houston, Lulu Wilson | Written by Scott Derrickson, Paul Harris Boardman | Directed by Scott Derrickson Sometimes it can be easy to dismiss a horror film simply based on the premise. By now we have seen nearly every type or person […]

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08th Jul2014

‘Deception’ Review

by Richard Axtell

Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess, Sylvia Hoeks, Donald Sutherland, Philip Jackson, Dermot Crowley, Liya Kebede | Written and Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore Deception is a thriller about Virgil Oldman (Geoffrey Rush), a famous auctioneer and art appraiser who is called to go through an estate of Claire Ibbetson (Sylvia Hoeks). On arriving at the house, […]

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07th Jul2014

‘The LEGO Movie’ VOD Review

by Dan Clark

Stars: Chris Pratt, Liam Neeson, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Charlie Day | Written and Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller The directing and writing duo of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have quickly made a career out of taking concepts that appear ludicrous and crafting clever works full of inventive […]

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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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07th Jul2014

‘Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2 – Draconian Days’ Review

by Phil Wheat

The highly anticipated follow-up to their critically acclaimed Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorahip & Videotape documentary, director Jake West and producer Marc Morris continue uncovering the shocking story of home entertainment post the 1984 Video Recordings Act with Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2 – Draconian Days. A time when Britain plunged into a […]

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07th Jul2014

‘Under the Skin’ Blu-ray Review

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 […]

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06th Jul2014

‘Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Fred Ward, Joel Grey, Wilford Brimley, J.A. Preston, George Coe, Charles Cioffi, Kate Mulgrew, Patrick Kilpatrick, Michael Pataki | Written by Christopher Wood | Directed by Guy Hamilton Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Chuck Norris… the eighties action movie megastars, but what about Fred Ward? I’ll admit this is the first time I’ve seen […]

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05th Jul2014

EIFF 2014: ‘Coherence’ Review

by Guest

Stars: Emily Foxler, Maury Sterling, Nicholas Brendon, Lorene Scafaria, Elizabeth Gracen, Alex Manugian, Lauren Maher, Hugo Armstrong | Written and Directed by James Ward Byrkit Review by Andrew McArthur One of the surprise treats of this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival is low-key sci-fi thriller, Coherence: the sort of film where walking in with no […]

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05th Jul2014

EIFF 2014: ‘Hyena’ Review

by Guest

Stars: Peter Ferdinando, Stephen Graham ,Neil Maskell, Richard Domer, Myanna Burring | Written and Directed by Gerard Johnson Review by Andrew McArthur In the past years the Edinburgh International Film Festival has been opened by some excellent features (William Friedkin’s Killer Joe) and some less exciting fare (Breathe In). Settling somewhere towards the latter of these […]

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