12th May2016

‘Desecrated’ DVD Review

by Richard Axtell

Stars: Haylie Duff, Wilmer Calderon, Michael Ironside, Paul James, Gib Gerard, Gonzalo Menendez, Heather Sossaman, Adam Daniels | Written by Cecil Chambers | Directed by Rob Garcia After finding his family murdered by vagrant squatters, an ex-military operative and survivalist is hired by the man who bought his land to watch over the acreage and […]

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12th May2016

‘Captain America: Civil War’ Review #2

by Dan Clark

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 It is rather insane that we are already eight years in […]

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11th May2016

‘Room’ Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers, Wendy Crewson, Sandy McMaster, Matt Gordon, Amanda Brugel, Joe Pingue, Joan Allen, William H. Macy | Written by Emma Donoghue | Directed by Lenny Abrahamson A room is an enclosed space, no matter how many windows it has. It is a confinement that restricts our world while we are […]

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11th May2016

‘It Happened One Night’ Blu-Ray Review

by Mark Allen

Stars: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns, Jameson Thomas, Alan Hale, Arthur Hoyt, Blanche Friderici | Screenplay by Robert Riskin | Directed by Frank Capra Spoiled but spirited socialite Ellie (Claudette Colbert) flees her privileged life commandeered by her overbearing father and ends up sharing a bus ride across America with cynical, hard-drinking newspaperman Peter (Clark Gable). If […]

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10th May2016

‘The Curse of Sleeping Beauty’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Ethan Peck, India Eisley, Natalie Hall, Bruce Davison, James Adam Lim, Scott Alan Smith, Zack Ward, Mim Drew, Dallas Hart, Madelaine Petsch, Anna Harr | Written by Pearry Teo, Josh Nadler | Based on the comic by Everette Hartsoe | Directed by Pearry Teo If there’s one director whose films I will watch without […]

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10th May2016

VOD Vault #6 – Decay / Tabloid Vivant

by Phil Wheat

Another week, another installment of VOD Vault – taking a look at some of this weeks on-demand releases that have hit various VOD platforms. This week we’re focusing on independent US horror, in particular two new VOD titles which share a similar “odd” theme: Decay and Tabloid Vivant. DECAY Stars: Rob Zabrecky, Lisa Howard, Elisha […]

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08th May2016

Sci-Fi London 2016 Review: ‘Einstein’s God Model’ & ‘Teleios’

by Phil Wheat

Now in its 15th year, Sci-Fi London is an annual international film festival that enjoys an unrivalled reputation as a launchpad for genre film. Always keen to challenge stereotypes and push the definition of what ‘sci-fi’ means, the festival has a reputation for programming a variety of exciting and independent films, bringing together the best […]

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08th May2016

‘Ran’ Blu-ray Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryû, Mieko Harada, Yoshiko Miyazaki, Hisashi Igawa, Masayuki Yui, Kazuo Katô, Norio Matsui | Written by Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, Masato Ide | Directed by Akira Kurosawa When aging warlord Hidetori Ichimonji (Tatsuya Nakadai) decides it is time for him to retire, he divides the lands he […]

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08th May2016

‘Betrothed’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Mikayla Gibson, Trae Ireland, Omar Gooding, Reatha Grey, Joey Bell, David Brown, Elizabeth Castillo, Jamie B.Cline, Adam Dunnells, Bunny Gibson, Bill Oberst Jr. | Written by Jeff Rosenberg | Directed by Jim Lane A trip to the store turns into a surreal nightmare when a college student is kidnapped by a deranged, dysfunctional family. […]

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06th May2016

Sci-Fi London 2016: ‘Kill Command’ Review

by Mark Allen

Stars: Vanessa Kirby, Thure Lindhart, David Ajala, Tom McKay, Mike Noble, Bentley Kalu, Deborah Rosan, Osi Okerafor | Written and Directed by Steven Gomez In Kill Command, a group of military meatheads travel to a remote island for a training exercise involving ten-foot-tall combat robots designed to give the soldiers a run for their money […]

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06th May2016

‘Submerged’ Review

by John Squires

Stars: Jonathan Bennett, Talulah Riley, Rosa Salazar, Samuel Hunt, Cody Christian, Giles Matthey, Denzel Whitaker, Willa Ford, Mario Van Peebles, Tim Daly | Written by Scott Milam | Directed by Steven C. Miller Horror movies that trap a character or group of characters in one confined location can be quite effective in the right hands, and […]

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06th May2016

Sci-Fi London 2016: ‘The Call Up’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Max Deacon, Morfydd Clark, Ali Cook, Parker Sawyers, Tom Benedict Knight, Boris Ler, Adriana Randall | Written and Directed by Charles Barker The debut feature of writer/director Charles Barker, The Call Up comes from producers Red & Black Films, the company behind the well-regarded UK sci-fi thriller The Machine, and tells a very timely […]

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05th May2016

‘The Zero Boys’ Blu-ray Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Daniel Hirsch, Kelli Maroney, Nicole Rio, Tom Shell, Jared Moses, Crystal Carson, Joe Estevez, John Michaels | Written by Robert Gilliam, Nico Mastorakis, Fred Perry | Directed by Nico Mastorakis You could say that the 80s are the decade that just keeps on giving, especially when it comes to cult movies. There are some […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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