09th Aug2014

‘You Are Not Alone’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Nathan Nolan, Evie Brodie, Simon Dutton, Louise Houghton, Seth Sinclair | Written and Directed by Mark Ezra Here we go again. Another found footage movie. This time the premise steals heavily from the grand-daddy of found footage movies, Cannibal Holocaust, in so much that the film purportedly consists of ‘found’ material from the screen […]

08th Aug2014

‘Soulmate’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Anna Walton, Tom Wisdom, Tanya Myers, Nick Brimble, Emma Cleasby | Written and Directed by Axelle Carolyn [Note: This review is of the full UNCUT version of Soulmate shown at last years Frightfest Halloween All-Nighter, which is not the version being released on DVD. The BBFC requested cuts to the opening suicide scene due […]

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08th Aug2014

‘The Purge: Anarchy’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, Zoë Soul, Justina Machado, John Beasley, Jack Conley, Noel Gugliemi, Castulo Guerra, Michael K. Williams, Edwin Hodge, Keith Stanfield, Roberta Valderrama, Niko Nicotera | Written and Directed by James DeMonaco Written and directed by James DeMonaco, who wrote and directed the first film, The Purge: Anarchy takes the […]

07th Aug2014

‘Halley’ VOD Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Alberto Trujillo, Hugo Albores, Luly Trueba | Written by Sebastian Hofmann, Julio Chavezmontes | Directed by Sebastian Hofmann When watching movies you can take them on face value and just enjoy the explosions and entertainment value or you can look at the underlying meaning and see much more.  This takes more brain work but it […]

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06th Aug2014

‘The Expendables 3′ Review

by Dan Clark

Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren, Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson, Randy Couture, Harrison Ford, Kelsey Grammer, Antonio Banderas, Victor Ortiz, Ronda Rousey, Kellan Lutz | Written by Sylvester Stallone, Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt | Directed by Patrick Hughes The Expendables 3  is not your father’s action movie. Well, actually it […]

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05th Aug2014

‘Patrick: Evil Awakens’ 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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05th Aug2014

‘What If’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Adam Driver, Zoe Kazan, Rafe Spall, Megan Park, Mackenzie Davis, Lucius Hoyos, Jemima Rooper | Written by Elan Mastai | Directed by Michael Dowse I was lucky enough to see an advance screening of What If this week, a romantic comedy with a quirky edge to it that makes if feel somewhat fresh, like […]

04th Aug2014

‘We Are the Best!’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Mira Barkhammer, Mira Grosin, Liv LeMoyne, Johan Liljemark, Mattias Wiberg, Jonathan Salomonsson, Alvin Strollo, Charlie Falk | Written by Lukas Moodysson, Coco Moodysson | Directed by Lukas Moodysson One thing that always happens when we become adults is that we miss childhood.  Responsibility sucks but there is nothing we can do but just continue with […]

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04th Aug2014

‘Rapture’ Review (Masters of Cinema)

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Patricia Gozzi, Dean Stockwell, Melvyn Douglas, Gunnel Lindblom, Leslie Sands, Murray Evans, Sylvia Kay, Peter Sallis, Ellen Pollock | Written by Stanley Mann | Directed by John Guillermin John Guillermin, the London-born director of the classic disaster film The Towering Inferno directed this moving drama set in France called Rapture in 1965. I am familiar with some of […]

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03rd Aug2014

‘A Certain Justice’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Cung Le, Dolph Lundgren, Vinnie Jones, Gianni Capaldi, Briana Evigan, James C. Burns, Robert LaSardo, Sean O’Bryan | Written by James Coyne | Directed by Giorgio Serafini, James Coyne A Certain Justice, aka Puncture Wounds, is the latest film from the foursome of Giorgio Serafini, Dolph Lundgren, Vinnie Jones and Gianni Capaldi, who previously […]

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02nd Aug2014

‘Enemies Closer’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Tom Everett Scott, Orlando Jones, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Linzey Cocker, Christopher Robbie, Zahary Baharov, Dimo Alexiev, Kristopher Van Varenberg | Written by Eric Bromberg, James Bromberg | Directed by Peter Hyams After a major shipment of drugs goes missing on the US-Canadian border, forest ranger and former Navy SEAL Henry (Everett Scott) is plunged […]

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02nd Aug2014

‘Almost Human’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Graham Skipper, Vanessa Leigh, Josh Ethier, Susan T. Travers, Anthony Amaral III, Michael A. LoCicero, Jami Tennille, Chuck Doherty, John Palmer, Mark O’Leary | Written and Directed by Joe Begos Mark Fisher disappeared from home in a blinding blue light flash. His friend Seth Hampton was the last person to see him alive. Two […]

02nd Aug2014

‘The Double’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Noah Taylor, Chris O’Dowd, Wallace Shawn, James Fox, Sally Hawkins, Paddy Considine, Cathy Moriarty | Written by Richard Ayoade, Avi Korine | Directed by Richard Ayoade When Richard Ayoade directed Submarine he gave us this slightly quirky tale of teen love, it was all a little fluffy and silly but very good.  Moving onto […]

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01st Aug2014

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro, Peter Serafinowicz, Josh Brolin | Written by James Gunn, Nicole Perlman | Directed by James Gunn As a kid growing up in the late 80s/early 90s in a […]

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31st Jul2014

‘The Congress’ Review

by Dan Clark

Stars: Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Jon Hamm, Paul Giamatti, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Danny Huston, Sami Gayle, Michael Stahl-David, Michael Landes, Sarah Shahi | Written and Directed by Ari Folman When a film is complete there are a number of different emotions one can experience. You can be supremely elated with the masterful work you just witnessed. Anger […]

31st Jul2014

‘The Last Horror Movie’ Review

by Mark Allen

Starring: Kevin Howarth, Mark Stevenson, Antonia Beamish | Written by James Handel | Directed by Julian Richards Found footage horror films are usually a tough trick to pull off well. Not only do they require realistic performances and events so that audiences are (at least partly) convinced that what they’re seeing is real enough for the length of the […]

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30th Jul2014

‘L’Assassino’ Blu-ray Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Michelle Presle, Salvo Randone, Cristina Gaioni, Andrea Checchi, Francesco Grandjacquet, Marco Mariani, Franco Ressel | Written by Elio Petri, Tonino Guerra | Directed by Elio Petri When I think of the Italian film industry I often think of horror and the so-called Spaghetti Westerns but in fact the industry is bigger and far […]

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29th Jul2014

‘Hercules Reborn’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: John Hennigan, Christian Oliver, Marcus Shirock, James Duval, Dylan Vox, Christina Ulfsparre | Written by Jim Hemphill | Directed by Nick Lyon The second Hercules movie we’ve reviewed here in the space of a week, Hercules Reborn is a product of mockbuster kings The Asylum and unlike The Legend of Hercules, which told the […]

29th Jul2014

‘Happy Christmas’ VOD Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Anna Kendrick, Joe Swanberg, Mark Webber, Melanie Lynskey, Lena Dunham, Jude Swanberg | Written and Directed by Joe Swanberg Families can be forgiving, they can be giving and they can also be selfish. Happy Christmas is a film that looks at the more taking side of family, when they need help and you just can’t say no.  Letting […]

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28th Jul2014

‘Lucy’ Review

by Dan Clark

Stars: Scarlet Johnasson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi, Amr Waked, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Pilou Asbæk, Analeigh Tipton, Nicolas Phongpheth, Jan Oliver Schroeder | Written and Directed by Luc Besson Wow, this year has been full of some ambitious filmmaking. Movies like Under the Skin  have challenged the boundaries  of cinema to show that art should not abide by any sort of […]

28th Jul2014

‘Fruitvale Station’ DVD Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Durand, Chad Michael Murray, Ahna O’Reilly, Ariana Neal | Written and Directed by Ryan Coogler You may recall back in 2009 the news story about a young 22 year old man named Oscar Grant who was shot by a police officer in a train station in […]

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27th Jul2014

‘Apocalyptic’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Jane Elizabeth Barry, David Macrae, Geoff Pinfield, Tom McCathie, Rachel Torrance, Ashleigh Gregory, Zoe Imms, Janice Paull, Natalia Nespeca, Donna Pope, Nalini Vasudevan, Felicity Steel, Meghan Scerri | Written and Directed by Glenn Triggs By now you’re probably sick of me saying how much I detest found-footage films. After all I say the same […]

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