31st Oct2013

‘Grown Ups 2′ Blu-ray Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maya Rudolph, Maria Bello, Nick Swardson, Steve Buscemi, Tim Meadows, Jon Lovitz, Shaquille O’Neal, Allen Covert, Steve Austin, Milo Ventimiglia| Written by Fred Wolf, Adam Sandler, Tim Herlihy | Directed by Dennis Dugan Adam Sandler is an actor we know very well. He’s been […]

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31st Oct2013

Frightfest 2013: ‘Nothing Left to Fear’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Clancy Brown, Anne Heche, Rebekah Brandes, Ethan Peck, James Tupper, Jennifer Stone | Written by Jonathan W.C. Mills | Directed by Anthony Leonardi III Nothing Left to Fear is the first terrific terror tale from Slasher Films (founded by Guns N’ Roses rock legend/horror nut Slash), directed by Gore Verbinski’s visionary protégé Anthony Leonardi III. […]

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30th Oct2013

31 Days of Horror: ‘Undead or Alive’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Chris Kattan, James Denton, Navi Rawat, Brian Posehn | Written by Glasgow Phillips, Scott Pourroy | Directed by Glasgow Phillips Undead or Alive tells the story of army deserter Elmer Winslow and local wannabe cowboy Luke Budd. The two go on the run after escaping from, and then robbing, the corrupt Sheriff Claypool. Whilst […]

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30th Oct2013

’12 Years a Slave’ Review

by Dan Clark

Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Williams, Michael Fassbender, Bryan Batt, Dwight Henry, Kelsey Scott, Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Zeigler, Scoot McNairy | Written by John Ridley | Directed by Steve McQueen Freedom is one of those buzzwords that has been thrown around a lot lately. How we define its reach, and what measures we should take […]

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29th Oct2013

‘Thor: The Dark World’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christopher Ecclestone, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Kat Dennings, Stellan Skarsgård  | Written by Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely | Directed by Alan Taylor When the first Thor film was released in 2011, within weeks of studio stable mate Captain America, I assumed that I’d like the latter film much more than the former. I […]

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29th Oct2013

‘Ender’s Game’ Review

by Ian Loring

Stars: Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Aramis Knight, Suraj Partha, Moises Arias | Written and Directed by Gavin Hood Already saddled with the “Star Wars meets Harry Potter” moniker which may get initial bums on seats but will surely risk alienating those who did encounter it, Ender’s Game […]

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29th Oct2013

Frightfest 2013: ‘The Station’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Gerhard Liebmann, Edita Malovcic, Hille Beseler, Brigitte Kren, Peter Knaac | Written by Benjamin Hessler | Directed by Marvin Kren Rammbock director Marvin Kren turns his hand to an ecological themed monster-movie that sees a group of technicians and scientists at an alpine research station discover a glacier of blood high in the mountains. Testing […]

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28th Oct2013

‘In Fear’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Alice Englert, Iain De Caestecker, Allen Leech | Written and Directed by Jeremy Lovering I missed In Fear at FrightFest so I was glad to catch a screening of this interesting-sounding horror. It stars Alice Englert and Iain De Caestecker (lately of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as a young new couple on a drive to a secluded […]

28th Oct2013

‘The Counselor’ Review

by Dan Clark

Stars: Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt, Bruno Ganz, Rosie Perez | Written by Cormac McCarthy | Directed by Ridley Scott Have you been bad? That is the question that permeates throughout Ridley Scott’s latest directorial effort The Counselor. Scott has crafted an erotic crime thriller that oozes sleaze with an enormous […]

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28th Oct2013

‘Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2′ Review

by Guest

Stars: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Will Forte, Andy Samberg, Benjamin Bratt, Neil Patrick Harris, Terry Crews, Kristen Schaal, Bruce Campbell | Written by John Francis Daley, Jonathan M. Goldstein, Erica Rivinoja | Directed by Cody Cameron, Kris Pearn Review by Glen Chapman Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 picks up immediately after […]

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27th Oct2013

‘The Bling Ring’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Emma Watson, Katie Chang, Leslie Mann, Israel Broussard, Katie Chang | Written and Directed by Sofia Coppola 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 Bling Ring is an enjoyable watch, it ultimately […]

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27th Oct2013

‘Snitch’ DVD Review

by Catherina Gioino

Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon, Jon Bernthal, Barry Pepper, Rafi Gavron | Written by Ric Roman Waugh, Justin Haythe | Directed by Ric Roman Waugh [With Snitch coming to DVD and Blu-ray this week, here’s a repost of Catherina’s review from the films American theatrical debut – Phil] I’m pretty sure most of you reading […]

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27th Oct2013

Frightfest 2013: ‘Discopath’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Jeremie Earp-Lavergne, Katharine Cleland, Ingrid Falaise, Pierre Lenoir, Ivan Freud | Written and Directed by Renaud Gauthier I’ve said it many times before and I’ve no doubt I’ll say it many times again, but Canadians know how to make damn good horror flicks and guess what? They also know how to do great retro-grindhouse flicks […]

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27th Oct2013

Frightfest 2013: ‘Patrick’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Charles Dance, Rachel Griffiths, Sharni Vinson, Martin Crewes, Peta Sergeant | Written by Justin King | Directed by Mark Hartley Former music video director Mark Hartley came to prominence, at least to me, in 2008 when his wonderful documentary Not Quite Hollywood, which detailed the “Ozploitation” genre, exploded on film blogs and movie sites across […]

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26th Oct2013

Frightfest 2013: ‘Soulmate’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Anna Walton, Tom Wisdom, Tanya Myers, Nick Brimble, Emma Cleasby | Written and Directed by Axelle Carolyn Actress Axelle Carolyn first turned her hand to directing with the well-received short The Last Post in 2011, she followed it up with the short The Halloween Kid, which screened as part of the International Short Film […]

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25th Oct2013

‘The People Under the Stairs’ Review (Arrow Video)

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Brandon Quintin Adams, Everett McGill, Wendy Robie, Sean Whalen, A.J. Langer, Ving Rhames, Bill Cobbs, Kelly Jo Minter | Written and Directed by Wes Craven In every neighbourhood there is one house that adults whisper about and children cross the street to avoid… “Fool” may be a streetwise kid, but he makes a decidedly […]

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25th Oct2013

‘Hummingbird’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Jason Statham, Agata Buzec, Vicky McClure, Benedict Wong | Written and Directed by Steven Knight Hummingbird, aka Redemption, sees The Stathe play Joey, who finds himself homeless on the streets after going on the run from a military court-martial. One night he breaks into an apartment in Covent Garden and finds that the luxury penthouse […]

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23rd Oct2013

31 Days of Horror: ‘Cradle Will Fall’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Colleen Porch, Joel Bryant, Ridege Canipe | Written by Lars Jacobson | Directed by Lars Jacobson, Amardeep Keleka Cradle Will Fall aka Baby Blues, the debut feature from the team of Lars Jacobson and Amardeep Keleka, is based (very loosely) on the true story of Andrea Yates – a Texan mother who drowned her […]

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22nd Oct2013

31 Days of Horror: ‘The Clinic’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Tabrett Bethell, Andy Whitfield, Freya Stafford | Written and Directed by James Rabbitts Allegedly inspired by true events, but seemingly more inspired by the urban legend of waking up in a bath of ice with an organ removed, The Clinic tells the story of Cameron (Whitfield) and his pregnant fiancee Beth (Bethell) who are […]

22nd Oct2013

‘Green Street 3: Never Back Down’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Scott Adkins, Joey Ansah, James Backhouse, Kacey Barnfield, David Cheung, Tony Crookes, Jack Doolan, Billy Cook | Written by Ronnie Thompson | Directed by James Nunn Let’s be brutally honest, I absolutely detest the “football hooligan” sub-genre of British cinema, a genre which has – for reasons I personally can’t fathom – flourished on DVD […]

21st Oct2013

Review: Escape Plan

by Ian Loring

Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Jim Caviezel, Vinnie Jones, Amy Ryan, 50 Cent | Written by Miles Chapman, Jason Keller | Directed by Mikael Halfstrom After two box office disappointments, The Last Stand and Bullet To The Head, two of action’s greatest ever stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone come together for the first film in which they properly, […]

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20th Oct2013

31 Days of Horror: ‘Birdemic’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Alan Bagh, Whitney Moore | Written and Directed by James Nguyen Birdemic, described by director James Nguyen as a romantic thriller, is a story about a young couple falling in love against the backdrop of a batshit insane tale of a town under siege by homicidal eagles! Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (in […]

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