06th Aug2013

Fight Flick Fortnight: ‘Merantau’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Iko Uwais, Sisca Jessica, Christine Hakim, Mads Koudal | Written and Directed by Gareth Evans Interestingly, although an Indonesian kung-fu film, Merantau was written, directed and edited by Welshman Gareth Evans, a man who should be very proud of his well-made second feature film. Merantau is the name of the journey which must be undertaken by young men in order […]

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05th Aug2013

‘No One Lives’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Luke Evans, Adelaide Clemens, Lee Tergesen, Derek Magyar, Beau Knapp, America Olivo, Lindsey Shaw, Brodus Clay, Gary Grubbs | Written by David Cohen | Directed by Ryuhei Kitamura Ryuhei Kitamura’s second American film (his first was the Vinnie Jones starrer The Midnight Meat Train), No One Lives harks back to his early work – the […]

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04th Aug2013

Rewind: ‘Slumber Party Massacre’ Review

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. Thats it. Why mess with perfection and […]

04th Aug2013

‘The Initiation’ Review [Arrowdrome]

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Vera Miles, Clu Gulager, Daphne Zuniga, James Read, Marilyn Kagan, Hunter Tylo, Robert Dowdell, Frances Peterson, Christopher Bradley, Peter Malof | Written by Charles Pratt Jr. | Directed by Larry Stewart Like any blossoming all-American gal, Kelly is looking forward to her sorority initiation with a mixture of excitement and apprehension – and she […]

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31st Jul2013

‘Drinking Buddies’ Review

by Dan Clark

Stars: Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston, Ti West | Written and Directed by Joe Swanberg Director Joe Swanberg’s latest directorial effort Drinking Buddies is a charming little film about the messiness of human relationships. In many ways it reads as a reaction to the artificial interpretation of Hollywood’s current crop of romantic movies. Every cinematic […]

30th Jul2013

Rewind: ‘Forbidden World’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Jesse Vint, Dawn Dunlap, June Chadwick, Linden Chiles, Fox Harris, Raymond Oliver, Scott Paulin, Michael Bowen, Don Olivera | Written by Tim Curnen, Jim Wynorski | Directed by Allan Holzman | Produced by Roger Corman Set on a far off desert planet in a distant future, Forbidden World is a gory tale of a genetic experimentation that goes disastrously out of control. […]

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30th Jul2013

‘The Wolverine’ Review

by Dan Clark

Stars: Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Brian Tee, Hal Yamanouchi, Will Yun Lee, Famke Janssen | Written by Mark Bomback, Scott Frank | Directed by James Mangold Even Wolverine’s healing factor should not to be able to recover from the adamantium bullet to the head that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Based […]

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28th Jul2013

‘Java Heat’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Kellan Lutz, Ario Bayu, Mickey Rourke, Frans Tumbuan, Tio Pakusodewo, Atiqah Hasiholan, Mike Muliadro, Rio Dewanto, Astri Nurdin, T. Rifnu Wikana | Written by Conor Allyn, Rob Allyn | Directed by Conor Allyn After the suicide bombing of a party in Indonesia, American Marine/FBI agent Jake Travers (Lutz), posing as a grad student, is bent […]

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28th Jul2013

‘Halloween III’ Blu-ray Review [Scream Factory]

by Nathan Smith

Stars: Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, Dan O’Herlihy | Written by Tommy Lee Wallace, Nigel Kneale | Directed by Tommy Lee Wallace I really hate the bad rap that Halloween III gets. I mean, it’s a stinker reputation. People are either supremely dismissive or they appreciate it for what it is – a completely underrated film […]

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28th Jul2013

‘Halloween II’ Blu-ray Review [Scream Factory]

by Nathan Smith

Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Charles Cyphers, Lance Guest, Jeffrey Kramer, Pamela Susan Shoop, Dick Warlock, Leo Rossi | Written by John Carpenter, Debra Hill | Directed by Rick Rosenthal I wonder what John Carpenter was initially thinking when he ended his career making an undeniably genre defining film, Halloween. When he was writing […]

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27th Jul2013

‘The Banshee Chapter’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Katia Winder, Michael McMillian, Ted Levine | Written and Directed by Blair Erickson Much like the recently reviewed The Dyatlov Pass Incident, The Banshee Chapter (though the title is just Banshee Chapter on screen)is a blend of fact and fiction – this time based on real documents, actual test subject testimony and uncovered secrets […]

27th Jul2013

‘Antisocial’ 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 It’s often been said that people today wander about the streets in a zombie-like state – with their faces buried in their phones texting their friends, tweeting and checking out who likes what on Facebook […]

25th Jul2013

‘Nobody Gets Out Alive’ Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Jen Dance, Shaun Paul Costello, Chelsey Garner, Matthew Nadu, Nikki Bell, David J. Bonner, Chris Ready, Brian Gallagher, Clint Howard | Written and Directed by Jason Christopher At a time when a remake of a classic horror film has recently come out on Blu-ray, seemingly looking to humanise an iconic monster of the screen, […]

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24th Jul2013

EIFF 2013: ‘For Those in Peril’ Review

by Guest

Stars: Kate Dickie, Michael Smiley, George MacKay, Nichola Burley, Brian McCardie, Gavin Park, Jordan Young | Written and Directed by Paul Wright Review by Scott Clark of Cinehouse British cinema is great at taking quaint environments and turning them into Hell. We also have a penchant for misery and wasted lives, both of which you’ll find […]

24th Jul2013

‘Only God Forgives’ Review

by Dan Clark

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 Nicolas Winding Refn is a director who has taken the ‘Show Don’t Tell’ mantra to the nth degree. Valhalla Rising saw him center an entire movie on […]

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24th Jul2013

‘Before Midnight’ Review

by Dan Clark

Stars: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, Jennifer Prior, Charlotte Prior, Xenia Kalogeropoulou, Walter Lassally, Ariane Labed | Written and Directed by Richard Linklater Richard Linklater’s Before  series of films have a unique connection with their fans that most films could only dream about. Some have grown up with the characters of Jesse and Celine since […]

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23rd Jul2013

’100 Bloody Acres’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Damon Herriman, Angus Sampson, Anna McGahan, Oliver Ackland, Jamie Kristian, John Jarratt | Written and Directed by Cameron Cairnes, Colin Cairnes Australia and New Zealand have a fine tradition of mixing comedy and horror to superb effect. Be it the early work of Peter Jackson such as Bad Taste and Brain Dead, or more […]

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23rd Jul2013

‘What Doesn’t Kill You’ Review

by Mark Allen

Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Ethan Hawke, Amanda Peet, Donnie Wahlberg | Written by Brian Goodman, Paul T. Murray & Donnie Wahlberg | Directed by Brian Goodman There’s something of a recurring theme with my DVD reviews, that of the film with a protracted release schedule and incredibly misleading cover image. In the case of What Doesn’t Kill You the year was 2008 and […]

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22nd Jul2013

EIFF 2013: ‘Leviathan’ Review

by Guest

Stars: Declan Conneely, Johnny Gatcombe, Adrian Guillette |Written and Directed by Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel Review by Scott Clark of Cinehouse One of the most intriguing films of this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival is the experimental documentary piece Leviathan; an abstract look at the relationship between man and nature. It won’t be for everyone, in fact it will […]

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22nd Jul2013

‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’ Review

by Dan Clark

Stars: Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Mason Cook, Luke Vanek, Olivia Wilde, Jim Carrey, James Gandolfini, Alan Arkin, Jay Mohr, Michael Herbig | Written by Jonathan M. Goldstein, John Francis | Directed by Don Scardino Of all the genres the hardest one by far to critique is comedy. With genres like drama, action, and suspense there […]

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21st Jul2013

‘The Dyatlov Pass Incident’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Richard Reid, Gemma Atkinson, Matt Stokoe, Luke Albright, Holly Goss | Written by Vikram Weet | Directed by Renny Harlin Based on a true story: In February, 1959, nine Russians hikers ventured into the Ural Mountains on a trip that should have been manageable for a group with their vast experience. Two weeks later, […]

20th Jul2013

‘Entity’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Dervla Kirwan, Charlotte Riley, Branko Tomovic, Rupert Hill, Oliver Jackson, Michael David Worden | Written and Directed by Steve Stone In 1998, thirty four unidentified bodies were found in shallow graves in a remote Siberian forest. Despite subsequent police investigations no official explanation was ever offered by the Russian authorities for these deaths. The […]

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