16th Dec2013

‘Big Trouble in Little China’ Review (Arrow Video)

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Kurt Russell, Dennis Dun, Kim Cattrall, James Hong, Victor Wong, Kate Burton, Donald Li, Carter Wong, James Pax | Written by Gary Goldman, David Z. Weinstein | Directed by John Carpenter When you have favourite movies it always comes as a surprise when you hear that they bombed on original release, even more of a surprise […]

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16th Dec2013

‘Psychotic’ Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Jenna Verdicchio, Steve Hope Wynne, Kristina Dargelyte, Rosie Cochrane, David Aldridge, Adam Lewis, Mark Carlisle | Written and Directed by Johnny Johnson When it comes to reviewing independent movies you tend to compensate for the low budget at times and feel that you have to be lenient in your criticism. I’ll admit I’ve done […]

16th Dec2013

‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Kristen Wiig, Steve Carell, Vince Vaughn, James Marsden, Meagan Good | Written by Adam McKay, Will Ferrell | Directed by Adam McKay Like many people in my age group, my friends and I fell in love with the first Anchorman film over beery evenings with piles […]

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15th Dec2013

‘Megaforce’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Barry Bostwick, Michael Beck, Persis Khambatta, Edward Mulhare, George Furth, Henry Silva | Written by Albert S. Ruddy | Directed by Hal Needham Oh the 80s, how I love thee so… From the fashion and the music to the video games and the movies. And oh, what movies! From the decades big blockbusters to […]

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15th Dec2013

‘Bounty Killer’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Matthew Marsden, Christian Pitre, Barak Hardley, Eve, Gary Busey, Kristanna Loken,, Abraham Benrubi, Kevin McNally, Beverly D’Angelo | Written by Jason Dodson | Directed by Henry Saine I hadn’t heard of Bounty Killer till a couple of YouTubers (Coolduder, Wetmovie1) mentioned the film in their usual DVD and Blu-ray round-ups. The title alone intrigued […]

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14th Dec2013

‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Benedict Cumberbatch | Written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro | Directed by Peter Jackson A year ago, December 2012, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released in theatres across the globe and the reaction was […]

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14th Dec2013

‘The Armstrong Lie’ Review

by Dan Clark

Lance Armstrong’s story was one of the closest things we ever got to a real life superhero origin—a  man overcoming a death sentence to rule one of the most grueling sporting events in human history. His iconic status was so large that acclaimed documentarian Alex Gibney was set to make a film that would cover […]

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10th Dec2013

‘The Conjuring’ Blu-ray Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor, Shanley Caswell, Hayley McFarland, Joey King, Mackenzie Foy, Kyla Deaver, Sterling Jerins | Written by Chad Hayes, Carey Hayes | Directed by James Wan Can horror movies be scary anymore? This is an interesting question because for the most part horror fans don’t watch horror expecting […]

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08th Dec2013

‘All Is Lost’ Review

by Dan Clark

Stars: Robert Redford | Written and Directed by J.C. Chandor There are many ways to tell a story. Certain stories focus on the use of words to translate unique experiences to general audiences. In rare occasions, like J.C. Chandor’s latest film All Is Lost, actions not words convey nearly every aspect of the narrative. In […]

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07th Dec2013

‘Nebraska’ Review

by Dan Clark

Stars: Bruce Dern, June Squibb, Will Forte, Stacy Keach, Bob Odenkirk | Written by Bob Nelson | Directed by Alexander Payne Alexander Payne’s latest film Nebraska  is a soothing venture that goes down easy like a gentle folksong. It embodies the personality of its rustic characters with a straightforward approach that is unaware of its own honesty. […]

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06th Dec2013

‘The Hangover Part III’ Blu-ray Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, John Goodman, Melissa McCarthy, Jeffrey Tambor, Heather Graham, Mike Epps, Sasha Barrese, Jamie Chung | Written by Todd Phillips, Craig Mazin | Directed by Todd Phillips The Hangover Part III bills itself as the ‘epic finale to the Hangover trilogy’, which is pretty bold stuff for what is ostensibly a fairly knock-about, […]

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04th Dec2013

‘Mrs Brown’s Boys Live Tour: Mrs Brown Rides Again’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

When you watch social media it’s always interesting to see what people find funny, or what they are a fan of.  One thing I’ve noticed when it comes to comedy on television is that some people see Mrs Brown’s Boys as the worst comedy you could watch, and I can’t help but wonder why? I […]

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03rd Dec2013

‘Only God Forgives’ Blu-ray Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm, Gordon Brown, Yayaying Rhatha Phongam, Tom Burke, Sahajak Boonthanakit, Pitchawat Petchayahon, Charlie Ruedpokanon | Written and Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn Written and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Bronson), Only God Forgives was released earlier this summer to critical acclaim, but a mixed response from audiences across the globe. […]

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02nd Dec2013

‘Homefront’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: James Franco, Jason Statham, Rachelle Lefevre, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth | Written by Sylvester Stallone | Directed by Gary Fleder As regular readers will know, I always start reviews of Jason Statham films with a with an acknowledgment that regular readers will already know that I really like Jason Statham films, perhaps with a […]

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02nd Dec2013

‘Vendetta’ Blu-ray Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Danny Dyer, Roxanne McKee, Vincent Regan, Bruce Payne, Emma Samms, Nick Nevern | Written and Directed by Stephen Reynolds Danny Dyer is an actor who tends to take a lot of flak for his acting.  In Vendetta I won’t say his performance is Oscar worthy but you get exactly what you expect, and that is Danny […]

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01st Dec2013

‘Adam Hills: Happyism Live’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

There are many things that make Adam Hills a good comedian, but the fact is he is more than that and it’s all from his own choice.  When the Special Olympics were riding the success of the Olympics and making people realise that this sports events were just as important, he became in many ways […]

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01st Dec2013

‘Josh Widdicombe Live: And Another Thing’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

I will admit this week feels like a long week, turns out watching so many stand-up comedy DVD releases is a tiring task.  I’ve sat through the comedy created to shock, the comedy related to make you think a little and comedy that didn’t really need brain power at all.  I’ve still got a few […]

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30th Nov2013

‘Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa’ Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney, Anna Maxwell Martin, Sean Pertwee, Jessica Knappett, Darren Boyd, Monica Dolan, Nigel Lindsay | Written by Neil Gibbons, Rob Gibbons, Peter Baynham, Steve Coogan, Armando Iannucci | Directed by Declan Lowney When it comes to British television if you were to mention Steve Coogan even the most cynical of fan […]

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30th Nov2013

‘Frozen’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Santino Fontana, Alan Tudyk, Edie McClurg | Written and Directed by Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee In a break from usual Sunday morning screening traditions, Disney’s Frozen was preceded by a performance of one of its songs by Willemijn Verkaik, star of the West End’s Wicked. Which […]

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29th Nov2013

‘Sean Lock: Purple Van Man’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

The name Sean Lock: Purple Van Man is very fitting.  I saw him do an interview about the release and he said that what he was aiming for was to be the “white van man” of comedy, only where a white van man believes he knows everything, the Purple Van Man doesn’t really know anything, […]

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29th Nov2013

‘Man of Steel’ Blu-ray Review

by Ian Loring

Stars: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Michael Shannon, Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Antje Traue, Richard Schiff, Christopher Meloni | Written by David S. Goyer | Directed by Zach Snyder Man of Steel sees the troubled cinematic journey of Superman take a rather bold new direction. After years of developments, 2006’s Superman Returns saw Bryan Singer unable to shoulder the burden […]

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27th Nov2013

‘Reginald D. Hunter Live: In The Midst of Crackers’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

I think it’s easy to say that Reginald D. Hunter didn’t have the best of years in 2013 in the United Kingdom, though he came out on top because of the idiocy of the people who took offence.  Let’s just say that the “Professional Footballers’ Association” really should have been aware of the language used […]

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