11th Jan2017

‘Manchester by the Sea’ Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler | Written and Directed by Kenneth Lonergan Kenneth Lonergan’s last film, Margaret – a vast New York opera which movingly explored the nature of subjectivity – was secretly one of the best American films of the century so far. But given that film’s “challenging” production and […]

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11th Jan2017

Review Round-Up: ‘Sausage Party’ & ‘Bad Moms’

by Phil Wheat

SAUSAGE PARTY Stars: Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, James Franco, Bill Hader, Salma Hayek, David Krumholtz, Danny McBride, Edward Norton, Paul Rudd | Directed by Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon The groceries at Shopwell’s live their lives by a code that helps them stay peaceful and happy until it’s time for them to […]

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10th Jan2017

‘Hell or High Water’ Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges, Gil Birmingham, Dale Dickey, William Sterchi, Buck Taylor, Kristin Berg, Jackamoe Buzzell, Katy Mixon, Keith Meriweather, Amber Midthunder, Joe Berryman | Written by Taylor Sheridan | Directed by David Mackenzie Two Texan brothers, Toby Howard (Chris Pine) and Tanner (Ben Foster) reunite and start robbing branches of a particular […]

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10th Jan2017

‘Ice Sharks’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Edward DeRuiter, Jenna Parker, Kaiwi Lyman-Mersereau, Clarissa Thibeaux, Travis Lincoln Cox | Written and Directed by Emile Edwin Smith By now you probably all know I have a soft spot for ridiculous shark movies, be they from Roger Corman, The Asylum, Syfy or anyone else… Which is why I always HAVE to subject myself […]

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09th Jan2017

‘Blood Punch’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Milo Cawthorne, Olivia Tennet, Ari Boyland, Adelaide Kane, Cohen Holloway, Fleur Saville, Mike Ginn, Amanda Reed | Written by Eddie Guzelian | Directed by Madellaine Paxson No doubt picked up for UK release following the hype surrounding actor Milo Cawthorne’s other horror flick, Deathgasm, Blood Punch is a Groundhog Day style horror that tells […]

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06th Jan2017

‘Masks’ Review (Reel Gore Releasing)

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Michael Balaun, Lucyna Bialy, Lisa Blaschke, Franziska Breite, Zübeyde Bulut | Written and Directed by Andreas Marschall Everybody wears a mask to the world. We create an image that we want people to see and create a character that becomes our public face. Actors have, or at least hope they have the ability to […]

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06th Jan2017

‘Hands of Steel’ Blu-ray Review (88 Films)

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Daniel Greene, Janet Agren, John Saxon, Claudio Cassinelli, Geroge Eastman, Roberto Bisacco, Andrea Coppola, Donald O’Brien, Amy Werba | Written by Sergio Martino, Elisa Briganti | Directed by Sergio Martino As someone who grew up reading The Dark Side magazine I was privileged to be made aware of a myriad of genre films that, […]

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05th Jan2017

‘Bornless Ones’ Review

by Kevin Haldon

Stars: Margaret Judson, Devin Goodsell, Michael Johnston, Mark Furze, Bobby T, David Banks, Victoria Clare, Gwen Holloway, Nick Saso, Rob Tepper, Lana Titov, Greg Travis | Written and Directed by Alexander Babaev Take four outrageously good looking guys and gals, a fifth guy with some sort of life challenging disease… Move them into a new […]

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05th Jan2017

‘Why Him?’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Bryan Cranston, Zoey Deutch, James Franco, Megan Mullally, Tangie Ambrose, Cedric the Entertainer, Griffin Gluck, Keegan-Michael Key, Jacob Kemp | Written by John Hamburg, Ian Helfer | Directed by John Hamburg In a change to their usual Christmas tradition, Ned (Bryan Cranston), the boss of a struggling printing company and overprotective but loving dad […]

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04th Jan2017

‘Call of Heroes’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Louis Koo, Ching Wan Lau, Eddie Peng, Jing Wu | Directed by Benny Chan From traditional martial arts arse-kicking, to fast and furious swordplay, with wire work which does NOT look fake and is used sparingly to emphasise the films fight scenes rather than be the centre of attention – unlike Crouching Tiger for […]

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03rd Jan2017

‘Pitchfork’ Review

by Andy Stewart

Stars: Daniel Wilkinson, Brian Raetz, Lindsey Nicole, Ryan Moore, Celina Beach,Nicole Dambro, Keith Webb, Sheila Leason, Vibhu Raghave, Rachel Carter, Andrew Dawe-Collins | Written by Glenn Douglas Packard, Darryl F. Gariglio | Directed by Glenn Douglas Packard I love slasher films. I always have. In fact, I would say that it is the slasher, more […]

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03rd Jan2017

‘Silence’ Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Issey Ogata, Tadanobu Asano, Ciarán Hinds, Shin’ya Tsukamoto, Yoshi Oida, Yôsuke Kubozuka | Written by Martin Scorsese, Jay Cocks (based on the novel Silence by Shūsaku Endō) | Directed by Martin Scorsese Having been in some kind of development for the past quarter of a century, Martin Scorsese’s Silence finally […]

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02nd Jan2017

‘I Am Not a Serial Killer’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Christopher Lloyd, Laura Fraser, Max Records, Karl Geary, Morgan Rysso, Matt Roy, Bruce Bohne, Elizabeth Belfiori | Written by Billy O’Brien, Christopher Hyde | Directed by Billy O’Brien I Am Not a Serial Killer is an offbeat take on the serial killer sub-genre of horror, told from the perspective of John (Max Records – […]

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02nd Jan2017

‘The Corpse of Anna Fritz’ Review (Shudder Exclusive)

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Alba Ribas, Cristian Valencia, Albert Carbó, Bernat Saumell, Belén Fabra, Montserrat Miralles | Written by Hèctor Hernández Vicens, Isaac P. Creus | Directed by Hèctor Hernández Vicens For those that don’t know already, Shudder is a new online streaming service that is basically Netflix with a catalogue exclusively composed of horror films. If you’re a fan […]

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02nd Jan2017

‘Broadway Danny Rose’ Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Nick Forte | Written and Directed by Woody Allen A clutch of comedians chat in a New York cafe, sharing stories about a legendary theatrical manager named Danny Rose (Woody Allen). A quirky fellow, Rose liked to throw his weight behind dead-end novelty acts: one-armed jugglers, one-legged tapdancers, and wine […]

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02nd Jan2017

‘The Purple Rose of Cairo’ Blu-ray Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels, Danny Aiello | Written and Directed by Woody Allen Sumptuously designed and realised, Woody Allen’s 1985 fable didn’t exactly set the box office alight and isn’t always cited as a classic. Yet Allen, here drawing upon his dual-coast adorations for New York and Hollywood, himself regards Purple Rose as a […]

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30th Dec2016

‘The Snare’ Review

by Andy Stewart

Stars: Eaoifa Forward, Dan Paton, Rachel Warren, Roman Kemp, Stuart Nurse, Sameera Steward, Maria Popska | Written and Directed by C.A. Cooper In the interest of full disclosure I feel I should say now that this is my first review in several years and with that in mind, I approached this review of C.A. Cooper’s […]

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28th Dec2016

‘The Darkest Universe’ Review

by Kevin Haldon

Stars: Will Sharpe, Tiani Ghosh, Joe Thomas, Sophia Di Martino, Raph Shirley, Chris Langham, Sharon D. Clarke, Ewan Bailey, Helen Cripps, Jamie Demetriou, Simon Bird | Written by Tiani Ghosh, Will Sharpe | Directed by Tom Kingsley, Will Sharpe Talk about a movie where you just don’t know where to start! With The Darkest Universe, […]

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28th Dec2016

‘Monster Trucks’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Barry Pepper, Amy Ryan, Rob Lowe, Danny Glover, Thomas Lennon, Holt McCallany | Written by Derek Connolly | Directed by Chris Wedge Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a monster truck from […]

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28th Dec2016

‘Marauders’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Bruce Willis, Christopher Meloni, Dave Bautista, Adrian Grenier, Johnathon Schaech, Lydia Hull, Tyler Jon Olson, Christopher Rob Bowen, Richie Chance, Chris Hill, Texas Battle, Tara Holt, Alyshia Ochse | Written by Michael Cody | Directed by Steven C. Miller In 2015 Steven C. Miller, director of horror hits such as The Aggression Scale, Under the Bed […]

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27th Dec2016

‘Apocalypse Pompeii’ Review

by Mondo Squallido

Stars: Adrian Paul, Jhey Castles, Georgina Beedle, John Rhys-Davies, Dylan Vox, Dan Cade | Written by Steve Bevilacqua, Jacob Cooney, Bill Hanstock | Directed by Ben Damaree We all know that those lovely folks over at The Asylum have a reputation for churning out low-budget, cash-ins of whatever the latest franchise or flavour of the month has currently hit […]

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22nd Dec2016

‘Mechanic: Resurrection’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Yeoh, Sam Hazeldine, John Cenatiempo, Toby Eddington, Femi Elufowoju Jr., Anteo Quintavalle, Rhatha Phongam | Written by Philip Shelby, Tony Mosher | Directed by Dennis Gansel Living with a Jason Statham “superfan” (aka my wife) means that his version of The Mechanic – a remake of […]

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