28th Jun2013

EIFF 2013: ‘We Are the Freaks’ Review

by Guest

Stars: Jamie Blackley, Sean Teale , Michael Smiley, Danielle Bux | Written and Directed by Justin Edgar Review by Andrew MacArthur of Cinehouse Justin Edgar’s We Are the Freaks sets out to challenge the conventions of the traditional teen-comedy, and it mostly does so with a cheeky sense of humour and fond nostalgia for the nineties. […]

28th Jun2013

EIFF 2013: ‘Il Futuro’ Review

by Guest

Stars: Luigi Ciardo, Manuela Martelli, Rutger Hauer, Nicolas Vaporidis, Alessandro Giallocosta, Pino Calabrese | Written and Directed by Alicia Scherson Review by Andrew MacArthur of Cinehouse Alicia Scherson’s third feature-length film, Il Futuro, is a staggeringly impressive watch. Adapted from Chilean novel Una Novelita Lumpen by Roberto Bolano, Il Futuro is a thrilling tale of suspense, eroticism, […]

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28th Jun2013

‘This Is The End’ Review

by Ian Loring

Stars: Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera, Emma Watson, Mindy Kaling, David Krumholtz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Rihanna, Paul Rudd | Written and Directed by Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen With the halcyon years of their Apatow –backed adventures behind them, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg bring us their meditation on an unknown […]

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28th Jun2013

‘Confine’ Review

by Mark Allen

Starring: Daisy Lowe, Alfie Allen, Eliza Bennett | Written and Directed by Tobias Tobbell Okay, let’s start at the beginning for once: Confine is just an awful name for about anything that’s designed to entertain. Is it about confinement, or being confined? Or maybe it’s an order to confine someone? Whatever way you look at it, that […]

27th Jun2013

‘Bad Meat’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Jessica Parker Kennedy, Elisabeth Hartnois, Dave Franco, Mark Pellegrino, Taj Mwohry | Written by Paul Gerstenberger | Directed by Lulu Jarmen Bad Meat stars Jessica Parker Kennedy from the Kevin Williamson created The Secret Circle, in a low-budget splatter flick, scripted by an Englishman and lensed in Canada, playing a tough-as-nails teenager who, along with a group of her peers […]

27th Jun2013

‘Django Unchained’ Blu-ray Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins, Dennis Christopher, James Remar | Written and Directed by Quentin Tarantino Review by Joe Cronin Attracting a whirlwind of controversy on its way, Django Unchained hits UK cinemas this week. Tarantino returns after a three year hiatus, bringing his trademark mixture of sharp wit and gut-wrenching violence […]

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27th Jun2013

Rewind: ‘E.T.’ Review

by Dan Clark

Childhood should be a special time in all of our lives. Where we have yet to be ruined by the cynicism of our society, and our hopes and dreams reflect the purity of our souls. Childhood can also have its fair share of tribulations as well. Tragedy and heartbreak are not segregated to specific age […]

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25th Jun2013

EIFF 2013: ‘The Bling Ring’ Review

by Guest

Stars: Emma Watson, Katie Chang, Leslie Mann, Israel Broussard, Katie Chang | Written and Directed by Sofia Coppola Review by Andrew MacArthur of The Peoples Movies The Bling Ring marks Sofia Coppola’s first feature since 2010′s outstanding Somewhere and faces the challenge of living up to the quality of this and her previous body of work. Whilst The […]

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25th Jun2013

EIFF 2013: ‘The Complex (Kuroyuri danchi)’ Review

by Guest

Stars: Atsuko Maeda, Hiroki Narimiya, Masanobu Katsumura | Written by Junya Kato, Ryûta Miyake | Directed by Hideo Nakata Review by Andrew MacArthur of Cinehouse We should know better than to get excited when a once great horror director makes a back to basics comeback. It’s happened with John Carpenter (The Ward), George A. Romero (Survival of […]

25th Jun2013

Rewind: ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ Review

by Phil Wheat

In the immortal words of the legendary Rocky Balboa “It Ain’t How Hard You Hit… It’s How Hard You Can Get Hit and Keep Moving Forward”. Steven Spielberg certainly got hit hard when 1941  proved to be a massive disappointment. In many ways Spielberg was a victim of his own accomplishments, because 1941  was actually commercial success—just not as […]

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24th Jun2013

‘World War Z’ Review

by Ian Loring

Stars: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Ludi Boeken, Matthew Fox, Fana Mokoena, David Morse, Peter Capaldi | Written by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, Damon Lindelof | Directed by Marc Forster World War Z won’t win many if any awards but if there was a prize for a film being more […]

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24th Jun2013

‘Captain America (1990)’ Blu-ray Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Matt Salinger, Ronny Cox, Scott Paulin, Ned Beatty, Darren McGavin, Michael Nouri, Kim Gillingham, Melinda Dillon, Bill Mumy, Francesca Neri | Written by Stephen Tolkin | Directed by Albert Pyun Some twenty-odd years ago I was an unassuming teenager who used to spend most evenings trawling the shelves of my local video store looking […]

24th Jun2013

Rewind: ’1941′ Review

by Dan Clark

Well they can’t all be winners. After the phenomenal success of both Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind  Steven Spielberg was on top of the world.  He could do no wrong—or so they thought. For his third feature Spielberg directed the Pre-World War II comedy 1941. Taking place a few short days after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor it chronicles […]

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24th Jun2013

’12 Rounds 2: Reloaded’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Randy Orton, Cindy Busby, Brian Markinson, Chelsey Reist, Sean Rogerson, Jesse Hutch, Patrick Gilmore | Written by David Benullo | Directed by Roel Reiné I reviewed the original 12 Rounds, which starred the WWE’s John Cena way back in 2009 and now, some four years later, the clumsily titled 12 Rounds 2 is set […]

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24th Jun2013

‘Despicable Me 2′ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Ken Jeong, Russell Brand, Elsie Fisher, Moises Arias, Dana Gaier, Benjamin Bratt, Steve Coogan | Written by Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul | Directed by Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud Despicable Me was one of those films that came out at around about the same time as another very similar […]

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23rd Jun2013

EIFF 2013: ‘Frances Ha’ Review

by Guest

Stars: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Adam Driver, Michael Esper | Written by Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig | Directed by Noah Baumbach Review by Andrew MacArthur of Cinehouse Chances are the most charming film you will see at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival is Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha. The feature sees him team up with Greta […]

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23rd Jun2013

EIFF 2013: ‘Shooting Bigfoot’ Review

by Guest

Features: C. Thomas Biscardi, Wayne Burton, Rick Dyer | Directed by Morgan Matthews Review by Andrew MacArthur of Cinehouse Morgan Matthews’ Shooting Bigfoot is likely to be a firm fan favourite of this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival. Matthews’ feature is an amusing and occasionally dark look into the world of ‘bigfoot hunting’ with enough […]

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23rd Jun2013

EIFF 2013: ‘Before You Know It’ Review

by Guest

Directed by P J Raval Review by Andrew MacArthur of Cinehouse Despite all the big arrivals at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (we’ve had The Bling Ring, Monsters University, The East etc.), this year’s standout features have all been relatively low key documentaries. Whilst these documentaries may not have the star-power or budgets of this […]

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21st Jun2013

‘Maniac’ Blu-ray Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder, Liane Balaban, Morganne Slemp, Genevieve Alexandra, America Olivo, Sammi Rotibi, Sal Landi, Dan Hunter, Megan Duffy | Written by Alexander Aja, Gregory Levasseur | Directed by Franck Khalfoun After helming remakes of The Hills Have Eyes and Piranha, the gang behind the “trapped in a parking lot with a psycho” […]

21st Jun2013

‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: James Franco, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis, Zach Braff | Written by Mitchell Kapner, David Lindsay-Abaire | Directed by Sam Raimi Did you know that there’s a whole series of Wizard of Oz books? In addition to the story that was adapted into film in 1939, there are thirteen other books written by […]

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21st Jun2013

‘Stoker’ Review

by Mark Allen

Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Nicole Kidman, Jacki Weaver | Written by Wentworth Miller | Directed by Park Chan-Wook Wealthy, privileged but unfortunately deceased Richard Stoker has left behind something of a strange legacy: a widow in the repressed but oddly sexual Evie; a fatherless daughter in India, a sharply intelligent and   emotionally distant eighteen year-old; and Charlie, the […]

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21st Jun2013

‘You’re Next’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, AJ Bowen, Wendy Glenn, Joe Swanberg, Amy Seimetz, Ti West, Rob Moran, Barbara Crampton | Written by Simon Barrett | Directed by Adam Wingard Having had a fairly hectic day at work, I was very much looking forward to attending the screening of You’re Next recently. Few things can loosen the […]

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