30th Oct2017

‘Zoology’ Blu-ray Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Natalya Pavlenkova, Dmitriy Groshev, Irina Chipizhenko, Aleksandr Nekhoroshikh | Written and Directed by Ivan I. Tverdovskiy The sophomore directorial feature of Russian youngster Ivan I. Tverdovskiy (he debuted in 2014 with Corrections Class), Zoology is an intriguing and sad slice of magical realism. Natasha (Natalya Pavlenkova) is an asthenic middle-aged middle-manager, working at a […]

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27th Oct2017

‘Nails’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Shauna Macdonald, Leah McNamara, Ross Noble, Steve Wall, Dennis Bartok, Charlotte Bradley, Richard Foster-King, Robert O’Mahoney, Muireann D’Arcy | Written by Tom Abrams, Dennis Bartok | Directed by Dennis Bartok Dana Milgrom is a track coach, who having survived a near-death car accident, finds herself almost completely paralysed and trapped inside her own body. […]

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26th Oct2017

‘Cabin 28′ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Terri Dwyer, Brendee Green, Harriet Rees, Lee Bane, Derek Nelson, Gareth Lawrence, Jason Homewood, Linny Bushey, Sean Rhys-James, Alexander Bradwell, Jevan White, Ryan Michaels | Written by John Klyza | Directed by Andrew Jones Based on a true story, Cabin 28 is a collaboration between writer John Klyza – a man whose work in […]

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24th Oct2017

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Review by Matthew Turner Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins, Taika Waititi | Written by Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost | Directed by Taika Waititi After sixteen superhero movies, audiences and critics are used to seeing Marvel Studios’ director choices pay […]

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23rd Oct2017

‘Bring It On: Worldwide Showdown’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Vivica A. Fox, Christine Prosperi, Jordan Rodrigues, Sophie Vavasseur, Gio Lodge-O’Meally, Stephan Benson | Written by Alyson Fouse | Directed by Robert Adetuyi After being challenged to a global cheerleading showdown by an ambitious new rival, national champion Destiny (Prosperi) and her team set out to compete in a virtual cheerleading competition organised by […]

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23rd Oct2017

Celluloid Screams 2017: ‘M.F.A.’ Review

by Kevin Haldon

Stars: Francesca Eastwood, Clifton Collins Jr., Leah McKendrick, Peter Vack, Michael Welch, Andrew Caldwell, David Sullivan, Mike C. Manning, Adam Lazarre-White | Written by Leah McKendrick | Directed by Natalia Leite Every now and then a movie comes along that challenges the socially accepted. Films that take actual real life situations that are being completely […]

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20th Oct2017

‘The Shadow Man’ DVD Review

by Nik Holman

Stars: Sarah Jurgens, Nick Baillie, Adam Tomlinson, Rebecca Amzallag, Celest Chong, Alison Louder, Manuela Casinha | Written by Adam Tomlinson | Directed by Joshua Fraiman Rachel Darwin (Sarah Jurgens) is a young, mother-to-be, haunted by nightmares. When she wakes, looming over her is the shadowy image of a dark man with a brimmed hat. Her […]

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19th Oct2017

‘Armed Response’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Wesley Snipes, Seth Rollins, Anne Heche, Dave Annable, Kyle Clements, Morgan Roberts, Eyas Younis, Mo Gallini, Mike Seal | Written by Matt Savelloni | Directed by John Stockwell Another month, another Wesley Snipes film. He sure is on the comeback trail now right? OK, maybe not, especially given that this, like Final Recall, has […]

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18th Oct2017

LFF 2017: ‘Let the Corpses Tan’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Review by Matthew Turner Stars: Elina Lowensohn, Stephane Ferrara, Bernie Bonvoisin, Herve Sogne, Michelangelo Marchese, Marc Barbe, Pierre Nisse, Marine Sainsily, Dorilya Calmel, Aline Stevens, Dominique Troyes, Bamba | Written and Directed by Helene Cattet, Bruno Forzani Belgian co-directors Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani garnered an instant cult following with Amer (2009) and The Strange […]

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18th Oct2017

‘Cute Little Buggers’ Review

by Philip Rogers

Stars: Kristofer Dayne, Steve Aaron-Sipple, Dan Abrams, Lydie Misiek, John R. Walker, Caroline Munro, Honey Holmes, Gary Martin, Dani Thompson | Written by Garry Charles, Andy Davie, Tony Jopia, Kristofer Dayne | Directed by Tony Jopia If Monty Pythons and the Holy Grail (1975) and Watership Down (1978) taught me anything growing up, if it […]

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18th Oct2017

‘Getting Any?’ Blu-ray Review (Third Window)

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Dankan, Takeshi Kitano, Moeko Ezawa, Hakuryu, Tokie Hidari, Yojin Hino | Written and Directed by Takeshi Kitano From the acclaimed director Takeshi Kitano (Fireworks, Kikujiro) comes a bizarre, over the top and absurd comedy full of slapstick silliness and never ending gags. A great satire of Japanese society and popular cinema, Getting Any?, embraces […]

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17th Oct2017

LFF 2017: ‘Brigsby Bear’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Review by Matthew Turner Stars: Kyle Mooney, Mark Hamill, Jane Adams, Greg Kinnear, Matt Walsh, Michaela Watkins, Ryan Simpkins, Alexa Demie, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Claire Danes, Chance Crimin, Beck Bennett, Andy Samberg | Written by Kevin Costello, Kyle Mooney | Directed by Dave McCary Saturday Night Live alumnus Dave McCary makes his directorial debut with […]

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16th Oct2017

LFF 2017: ‘Brawl in Cell Block 99′ Review

by Matthew Turner

Review by Matthew Turner Stars: Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, Don Johnson, Marc Blucas, Tom Guiry, Udo Kier, Rob Morgan, Geno Segers, Fred Melamed | Written and Directed by S. Craig Zahler The second feature from Bone Tomahawk writer/director S. Craig Zahler, stylishly executed, ultra-violent prison flick Brawl in Cell Block 99 features a revelatory performance […]

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13th Oct2017

‘Wonder Woman’ Blu-ray Review

by Joel Harley

Stars: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Saïd Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner, Eugene Brave Rock, Lucy Davis, Elena Anaya, Ann Wolfe, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Ann Ogbomo, James Cosmo, Martin Bishop | Written by Allan Heinberg | Directed by Patty Jenkins Following her scene-stealing appearance in Batman v Superman, Wonder Woman […]

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13th Oct2017

‘Monster Island’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Features the voices of: Fiona Hardingham, Roger Jackson, Jenifer Beth Kaplan, Eric Larsen, Katie Leigh, Michael Robles, Johnny Rose, Nancy Sullivan, Phillip Vasquez | Written by Billy Frolick, Alicia Núñez Puerto | Directed by Leopoldo Aguilar When young Lucas finds out he’s not really a human; the news changes his whole world. Especially since his […]

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12th Oct2017

‘Resurrection of Evil’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Julie Benz, Danielle Harris, Fionnula Flannagan, Belle Shouse, Josh Stamberg, Toby Huss, Jennifer Blanc, Matt Lasky, Douglas Tait | Written by Andrew C. Erin, Daniel Farrands | Directed by Andrew C. Erin [NOTE: With the film finally released in the UK, under the new title of Resurrection of Evil, here’s a re-posting of my […]

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12th Oct2017

‘Cage Dive’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Megan Peta Hill, Joel Hogan, Josh Potthoff, Pete Valley, Mark Fell, Tara Wraith | Written and Directed by Gerald Rascionato OK, so you want to know whether or not Cage Dive is for you… Let me get straight to the point before you read any further. Answer the following questions: 1) Do you love […]

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11th Oct2017

‘The Unraveling’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Zack Gold, Jason Tobias, Bennett Viso, Bob Turton, Jake Crumbine, James C. Burns, Cooper Harris, George Ketsios, Michael Mercurio, Rachel Clentworth | Written by Thomas Jakobsen, Justin S. Monroe | Directed by Thomas Jakobsen Michael has been trying to shake his heroin addiction. He has promised his pregnant girlfriend, to whom he is about […]

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11th Oct2017

LFF 2017: ’1%’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Review by Matthew Turner Stars: Ryan Corr, Abbey Lee, Simone Kessell, Josh McConville, Matt Nable, Aaron Pederson | Written by Matt Nable | Directed by Stephen McCallum The debut feature from Australian director Stephen McCallum, this gritty biker gang thriller achieves a certain level of sweaty intensity and largely pulls off its Shakespearean parallels, though […]

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09th Oct2017

LFF 2017: ‘Ingrid Goes West’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Review by Matthew Turner Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Wyatt Russell, Billy Magnussen, Pom Klementieff | Written by Matt Spicer, David Branson Smith | Directed by Matt Spicer A Single White Female for the Instagram generation, this sharp-edged stalker comedy from co-writer / director Matt Spicer succeeds as both scathing social media […]

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09th Oct2017

‘Unhinged’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Kate Lister, Lucy-Jane Quinlan, Becca Hirani, Lorena Andrea, Louisa Warren, Michelle Archer, Faye Goodwin, Zak Russell-Jones, Tommy Vilés | Written by Dan Allen, Scott Jeffrey | Directed by Dan Allen Four American best friends decide to take the back roads travelling to a wedding in England, on their way a deadly secret forces the […]

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09th Oct2017

Grimmfest 2017: ‘Better Watch Out’ & ‘Double Date’ Review

by Phil Wheat

BETTER WATCH OUT Stars: Virginia Madsen, Patrick Warburton, Olivia DeJonge, Dacre Montgomery, Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould, Aleks Mikic | Written by Zack Kahn, Chris Peckover | Directed by Chris Peckover On a quiet suburban street tucked within a ‘safe neighbourhood’, Ashley has turned up to babysit 12-year-old Luke for the evening while his parents are […]

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