01st Feb2019

‘Opera’ Blu-ray Review (CultFilms)

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Cristina Marsillach, Ian Charleson, Urbano Barberini, Daria Nicolodi, Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni, Antonella Vitale, William McNamara, Barbara Cupisti | Written by Dario Argento, Franco Ferrini | Directed by Dario Argento Good god… Dario Argento is wildy over-rated isn’t he? Four Flies on Grey Velvet, Suspiria and now Opera, three so-called “classics” of Argento oeuvre released on […]

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31st Jan2019

‘The Domestics’ DVD Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Kate Bosworth, Tyler Hoechlin, David Dastmalchian, Sonoya Mizuno, Laura Cayouette, Lance Reddick | Written and Directed by Mike P. Nelson This entertaining post-apocalyptic thriller marks an auspicious feature debut for sound designer-turned-writer-director Mike P. Nelson. Essentially it’s The Road meets The Warriors, with a bit of Mad Max: The Road Warrior thrown in for […]

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30th Jan2019

‘The Mule’ Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Michael Peña, Laurence Fishburne, Alison Eastwood, Dianne West, Manny Montana, Taissa Farmiga, Andy Garcia, Jill Flint, Clifton Collins Jr. | Written by Nick Schenk, Dave Holstein | Directed by Clint Eastwood The Mule, directed by Clint Eastwood, is the actors first foray back into the world of acting since his supporting role in […]

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29th Jan2019

‘Distorted’ VOD Review

by Chris Thomas

Stars: Christina Ricci, John Cusack, Brendan Fletcher, Vicellous Shannon, Nicole Anthony, Oliver Rice, Gigi Jackman, Benjamin DeWalt, Maja Milkovich, Scott Olynek, Angela Quinn, Sophia Daly | Written by Arne Olsen | Directed by Rob King The premise here is modern, SAFE (they emphasise that a lot in the sales material and then throughout the film) out […]

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29th Jan2019

‘Anna and the Apocalypse’ Review – Second Opinion

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Ella Hunt, Malcolm Cumming, Sarah Swire, Christopher Leveaux, Ben Wiggins, Marli Siu, Mark Benton, Paul Kaye | Written by Alan McDonald, Ryan McHenry | Directed by John McPhail A zombie apocalypse threatens the sleepy town of Little Haven – at Christmas – forcing Anna and her friends to fight, slash and sing their way […]

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29th Jan2019

‘True Stories’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: John Goodman, David Byrne, Anne McEnroe, Spalding Gray, Jo Harvey Allen | Written by David Byrne, Stephen Tobolowsky, Beth Henley | Directed by David Byrne I have a soft spot for weird movies made by music artists who’ve been thrown a bunch of money. I guess this is why I’m the one person who […]

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29th Jan2019

‘Matangi – Maya – M.I.A.’ Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Features: Mathangi Arulpragasam (aka M.I.A), Diplo, Madonna, Nicki Minaj | Written and Directed by Stephen Loveridge Directed by close friend Stephen Loveridge, Matangi – Maya – M.I.A. follows the life of controversial, outspoken and influential rapper Mathangi Arulpragasam AKA M.I.A. From her refugee status in the U.K. at 11, humble beginnings as a documentary filmmaker in the […]

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28th Jan2019

‘Nightshooters’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Adam McNab, Nicky Evans, Rosanna Hoult, Jean-Paul Ly, Richard Sandling, Kaitlyn Riordan, Mica Proctor, Nicholas Aaron, Ben Shafik, Doug Allen, Karanja Yorke, Marcus Shakesheff , Hung Dante Dong, Phil Deguara, Daisy Aitkens | Written and Directed by Marc Price Nightshooters, from writer/director Marc Price (Colin), is a non-stop action-thriller about a group of filmmakers […]

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25th Jan2019

‘Dry Blood’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Clint Carney, Kelton Jones, Jaymie Valentine, Graham Sheldon, Rin Ehlers, Macy Johnson | Written by Clint Carney | Directed by Kelton Jones I have, unfortunately, not seen as many as the ‘Dread Central Presents’ titles as I would have liked but it’s great to see the site and, in the UK, ‘Frightfest Presents’, releasing movies that might not […]

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25th Jan2019

‘Close’ Review (Netflix Original)

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Noomi Rapace, Sophie Nélisse, Olivia Jewson, Abdellatif Chaouqi, Huw Parmenter, Cherise Silvestri, Indira Varma, Sargon Yelda, Robin Kermode, Charley Palmer Rothwell, Eoin Macken, Akin Gazi, Jonathan Jude | Written by Vicky Jewson, Rupert Whitaker| Directed by Vicky Jewson Close, directed by Vicky Jewson, is one of latest slug action thrillers from Netflix. Jewson’s film stars Noomi Rapace […]

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25th Jan2019

‘Panique’ Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Viviane Romance, Michel Simon, Paul Bernard, Lita Recio | Written by Julien Duvivier, Charles Spaak | Directed by Julien Duvivier The setting for this 1946 gem is a small French town, and the fast-moving plot concerns the murder of a local woman, Aurore Noblet. While the police are baffled by the killing, the locals […]

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24th Jan2019

‘IO’ Review (Netflix Original)

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Margaret Qualley, Anthony Mackie, Danny Huston, Tom Payne, Emma Fitzgerald, Justin Jamieson | Written by Clay Jeter, Charles Spano, Will Basanta | Directed by Jonathan Helpert Sam (Margaret Qualley), one of the last survivors on a post-cataclysmic Earth, is a young scientist dedicated to finding a way for humans to adapt and survive, rather […]

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24th Jan2019

‘FYRE’ Review (Netflix Original)

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Netflix latest investigative documentary FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened examines the outrageously unbelievable tale of Billy McFarland’s FYRE Festival scandal in 2017. A festival that promised golden beaches, clear blue water, yachts, supermodels and luxury villas of which resulted in tens of thousand attendees left stranded with no water, no power, no beds and […]

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24th Jan2019

‘Sawdust and Tinsel’ Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Åke Grönberg, Harriet Andersson, Erik Strandmark, Hasse Ekman, Anders Ek | Written and Directed by Ingmar Bergman In Skane, a county in southern Sweden, the bedraggled Alberti Circus caravan trundles through the rain and mud. They’ve had to leave half their costumes behind and they’re running out of food. Leader Albert (Åke Grönberg) is […]

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23rd Jan2019

‘Brexit: The Uncivil War’ Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Belcher, Malcolm Freeman, Lucy Russell, Liz White, Simon Paisley Day, John Heffernan, Lee Boardman, Paul Ryan, Kate O’Flynn, Tim Steed, Nicholas Day, Tim McMullan, Richard Goulding, Oliver Maltman | Written by James Graham | Directed by Toby Haynes Toby Hayne’s untimely and somewhat exploitive chartering of the creation and ultimately the execution […]

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22nd Jan2019

‘Monsters and Men’ Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: John David Washington, Anthony Ramos, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Chanté Adams, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Nicole Beharie, Rob Morgan, Cara Buono, Grant Jaeger, Josiah Gabriel, Emilia Allen, Brian Pollock, Joe Tippett, J.W. Cortes, Giuseppe Ardizzone | Written and Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green Monsters and Men tells a ripple-effect narrative: from an eye-witness (Ramos) who captures […]

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22nd Jan2019

‘West of Sunshine’ Review

by Kevin Haldon

Stars: Damian Hill, Ty Perham,  Kat Stewart, Tony Nikolakopoulos, Arthur Angel, Kaarin Fairfax, Faye Smythe | Written and Directed by Jason Raftopoulos It’s no secret that while these fair British Isles basically invented acting and movie-making, another country out there has a particular knack of making some tremendously emotional and jarringly real films and TV shows… Australia […]

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21st Jan2019

‘Under the Silver Lake’ Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, Topher Grace, Deborah Geffner, Riki Lindhome, Jeannine Cota, Chris Gann, Callie Hernandez, Jessica Makinson, Jimmi Simpson, Grace Van Patten | Written and Directed by David Robert Mitchell Sam (Andrew Garfield) is a disenchanted 33-year-old who discovers a mysterious woman, Sarah (Riley Keough), frolicking in his apartment’s swimming pool. When she […]

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21st Jan2019

‘Glass’ Review – Second Opinion

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, Samuel L. Jackson, Sarah Paulson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Spencer Treat Clark, Charlayne Woodard, Adam David Thompson, Luke Kirby | Written and Directed by M. Night Shyamalan M. Night Shyamalan’s grounded and enigmatic superhero trilogy concludes after a nineteen-year wait. Crafting the breadcrumbs in only his second feature Unbreakable, after his breakout […]

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18th Jan2019

Horror-On-Sea 2019: ‘Camp Death III in 2D’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Dave Peniuk, Angela Galanopoulos, Darren Andrichuk, Emma Docker, Chris Allen, Starlise Waschuk, Terry Mullett, Cynthia Chalmers, Gerald Varga, Hans Potter, Katherine Alpen, Jason Asuncion, Andrea Bang, Stephanie Bally, Léonie Armstrong | Written and Directed by Matt Frame [NOTE: With the film screening as part of this years Horror-On-Sea Film Festival, here’s a reposting of […]

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18th Jan2019

‘Vice’ Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Alison Pill, Eddie Marsan, Justin Kirk, LisaGay Hamilton, Jesse Plemons, Bill Camp, Don McManus, Lily Rabe, Shea Whigham, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Tyler Perry | Written and Directed by Adam McKay Director Adam McKay has found himself a new-found evolution at the forefront of dramatic narratives; beginning with […]

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18th Jan2019

‘Fighting The Sky’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Angela Cole, Roger Conners, Jinette Faraj, Judith A. Faraj, Alison Headrick, Matthew Ward, Nicole Ann Hicks, Logan Roberts, Larry Cahill, Brianna Burke, Joe Gotschall, Bailey Weaver, Theresa Wylie, Ed Conrad, Sean Keta | Written by David Matthew Cummings, Conrad Faraj, Roger Jones | Directed by Conrad Faraj Fighting The Sky got my interest through […]

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