17th Nov2014

‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Blu-ray Review

by Dan Clark

Stars: Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kirk Acevedo, Nick Thurston, Terry Notary, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer | Written by Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver | Directed by Matt Reeves Dawn of the Planet of the Apes  will be categorized as a summer blockbuster because of its release date, […]

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13th Nov2014

‘Felony’ VOD Review

by Richard Axtell

Stars: Jai Courtney, Joel Edgerton, Tom Wilkinson, Melissa George, Sarah Roberts, Rosie Lourde | Written by Joel Edgerton | Directed by Matthew Saville Felony follows three male detectives as they become embroiled in a tense struggle after a tragic accident that leaves a child in a coma with brain damage. One is guilty of a […]

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13th Nov2014

‘Begin Again’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, James Corden, Hailee Steinfeld, Mos Def, Catherine Keener, Mary Catherine Garrison, Marco Assante | Written and Directed by John Carney When I started to watch Begin Again my initial thoughts were of déjà vu.  Seemingly following the same style of plot similar to Not Another Happy Ending I […]

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12th Nov2014

‘Wolf’ DVD Review

by Richard Axtell

Stars: Marwan Kenzari, Chemseddine Amar, Mark Catuogno, Steef Cuijpers, Nasrdin Dchar, Jacob Derwig, Michael Knaap, Bo Maerten, Bjorn Niessen, Raymond Thiry, Cahit Ölmez | Written and Directed by Jim Taihuttu Maj-id (Kenzari) is a talented kick boxer from a gray, anonymous suburb in the Netherlands. Whilst trying to support his family through petty crime, his […]

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12th Nov2014

‘Kidnapped’ DVD Review (aka Secuestrados)

by Nicky Johnson

Stars: Fernando Cayo, Manuela Vellés, Ana Wagener, Guillermo Barrientos, Dritan Biba, Martijn Kuiper, Xoel Yáñez, Luis Iglesia | Written by Miguel Ángel Vivas, Javier García | Directed by Miguel Ángel Vivas This Spanish film is the figurative definition of ‘thriller’ (I get told off by my housemate for misuse of literality). Jaime (Fernando Cayo) has […]

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12th Nov2014

‘Breakup at a Wedding’ Review

by Nicky Johnson

Stars: Philip Quinaz, Alison Fyhrie, Chris Manley, Victor Quinaz, Chris Manley, Anna Martemucci, Brian Shoaf, Mary Grill | Written by Philip Quinaz, Victor Quinaz, Anna Martemucci | Directed by Victor Quinaz Breakup at a Wedding shows Vic (actually director Victor Quinaz) as he captures the events that happen around the wedding between Phil Havemeyer (Philip […]

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11th Nov2014

‘Withnail and I’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths, Ralph Brown, Michael Elphick | Written and Directed by Bruce Robinson I have a list of films inside my head that are ones that I haven’t seen yet, and each time I watch one of them I can tick them off.  Some of these sit there for years but deserve […]

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11th Nov2014

’22 Jump Street’ Blu-ray Review

by Dan Clark

Stars: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube, Jillian Bell, Peter Stormare, Amber Stevens, Nick Offerman, Wyatt Russell, The Lucas Brothers, Marc Evan Jackson, Rob Riggle | Written by Michael Bacall, Oren Uziel, Rodney Rothman | Directed by Phil Lord, Christopher Miller When 21 Jump Street came out it had little expectations. A reboot of a heavily dated […]

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10th Nov2014

‘True Blood: The Complete Seventh Season’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

They say everything must come to an end, and although True Blood was definitely showing signs of reaching that point it was still sad to hear that True Blood: The Complete Seventh Season would be the final chapter of the saga that was Sookie and Vampire Bill’s love story.  Giving this finality though at least […]

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10th Nov2014

‘Interstellar’ Review

by Ian Loring

Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, Timothée Chalamet, Francis X. McCarthy, Wes Bentley, William Devane, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, David Gayasi | Written by Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan | Directed by Christopher Nolan The prospect of reviewing Interstellar is an interesting one. The basic idea of reading a review […]

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10th Nov2014

‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ Blu-ray Review

by Richard Axtell

Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Titus Welliver, Sophia Myles, Bingbing Li, T.J. Miller, James Bachman, Thomas Lennon, Charles Parnell | Written by Ehren Kruger | Directed by Michael Bay After the battle of Chicago, the Transformers, both Autobot and Decepticon alike, are no longer welcome on earth. They are on the […]

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09th Nov2014

‘After Midnight’ VOD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Tim Abell, Marliss Amiea, Catherine Annette, Richard Grieco, Erika Jordan, Tawny Kitaen, Rya Meyers, David Novak, Christine Nguyen, Bobby Rice, Don Scribner | Written by Fred Olen Ray, Andrew Helm | Directed by Fred Olen Ray As a teen just getting into the world of low-budget horror movies, and straight to VHS fare, there […]

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09th Nov2014

‘Extraterrestrial’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Brittany Allen, Freddie Stroma, Melanie Papalia, Jesse Moss, Anja Savcic, Sean Rogerson, Emily Perkins, Mike Kovac, Fred Keating, Gil Bellows, Michael Ironside | Written and Directed by The Vicious Brothers The Vicious Brothers, writer/directors of the two popular Grave Encounters found-footage flicks, turn their hands to a more traditional narrative movie, mixing traditional filming […]

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08th Nov2014

‘Gutshot’ VOD Review

by Nicky Johnson

Stars: George Eads, AnnaLynne McCord, Stephen Lang, Ted Levine, Steven Seagal, Vinnie Jones, Tia Carrere, Fiona Dourif | Written by Jerry Rapp | Directed by Justin Steele Gutshot Straight (released in the UK under the shortened moniker of Gutshot) follows card shark Jack (George Eads), who while ignoring his kid and wife  and playing cards […]

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06th Nov2014

‘Taxi’ Blu-ray Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, Marion Cotillard, Manuela Gourary, Emma Sjöberg, Bernard Farcy, Georges Neri, Dan Herzberg, Sébastien Thiery, Philippe du Janerand | Written by Luc Besson | Directed by Gérard Pirès Classic high-octane car chase thriller Taxi, created by renowned writer/director/producer Luc Besson, is cult action comedy about a speed freak taxi driver who […]

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06th Nov2014

‘Blood Ties’ DVD Review

by Richard Axtell

Stars: Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard, Billy Crudup, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, Matthias Schoenaerts, James Caan, Noah Emmerich, Lili Taylor, Domenick Lombardozzi, John Ventimiglia,Griffin Dunne | Written by Guillaume Canet, James Gray | Directed by Guillaume Canet Two brothers, Chris (Owen), recently out of prison and Frank (Crudup), a respected policeman, are on either side of […]

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06th Nov2014

‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Blu-ray Review

by Joe Cronin

Stars: Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Ian McKellan, Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Bingbing Fan, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage | Written by Simon Kinberg | Directed by Bryan Singer It was with trepidation that I approached X-Men: Days of Future Past. Since X-Men broke the mould of cheesy 90s superhero films with their first modern outing 14 years ago, we’ve seen ground-breaking efforts from the […]

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05th Nov2014

‘The Shoot’ Review

by Mark Allen

Stars: John Adams, Toby Poser, Sam Rodd, John DiMaggio, Claire Denis, Doug Spearman | Written and Directed by John Adams, Toby Poser Put simply, this is a mess. And not the good kind of cinematic mess that’s so overflowing with ideas the filmmakers can’t fit them all onto the screen without throwing coherent storytelling out the window. No, this […]

05th Nov2014

‘Stray Cat Rock: The Collection’ Blu-ray Review

by Paul Metcalf

Bikers, hippies, drugs, sex and rock & roll…sounds perfect for an American movie set in the sixties.  Stray Cat Rock: The Collection though is a new box set from Arrow Video collecting a series of Japanese movies together that not only have all of the above, but also featured Lady Snowblood herself, Meiko Kaji. The […]

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04th Nov2014

Mayhem 2014: ‘Monsters – Dark Continent’ Review

by Dan Woolstencroft

Stars: Johnny Harris, Sam Keeley, Joe Dempsie, Sofia Boutella, Kyle Soller, Nicholas Pinnock, Parker Sawyers, Michaela Coel, Rajinikanth, Jesse Nagy | Written by Tom Green, Jay Basu | Directed by Tom Green Back in 2010, the Mayhem Festival hosted a screening of Gareth Edwards’ micro budget debut Monsters. Edwards was in attendance and took part […]

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04th Nov2014

Mayhem 2014: ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ Review

by Dan Woolstencroft

Stars: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stuart Rutherford, Ben Fransham, Jackie van Beek, Elena Stejko, Jason Hoyte, Karen O’Leary, Mike Minogue, Chelsie Preston Crayford, Ian Harcourt, Ethel Robinson, Brad Harding | Written and Directed by Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi Day three of Mayhem hosted a sold out screening of New Zealand vampire […]

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04th Nov2014

Mayhem 2014: ‘Predestination’ Review

by Dan Woolstencroft

Stars: Ethan Hawke, Noah Taylor, Sarah Snook, Elise Jansen, Christopher Kirby, Madeleine West, Cate Wolfe, Jim Knobeloch, Freya Stafford, Lucinda Armstrong Hall, Rob Jenkins, Christopher Stollery | Written by Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig | Directed by The Spierig Brothers Back in 2003, the Spierig Brothers directed a low budget farmhouse zombie horror called Undead. It […]

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