06th Nov2018

LIFF 2018: ‘Suspiria’ Review (2018)

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Jessica Harper, Choe Grace Moretz, Doris Hick, Malgorzata Bela, Angela Winkler, Vanda Capriolo, Alex Wek, Elena Fokina | Written by David Kajganich | Directed by Luca Guadagnino Young American dancer Susie Bannion arrives in 1970s Berlin to audition for the world-renowned Helena Markos Dance Co. When she vaults […]

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06th Nov2018

‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot’ Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black, Tony Greenhand, Beth Ditto, Mark Webber, Ronnie Adrian, Kim Gordon, Udo Kier, Carrie Brownstein | Written and Directed by Gus Van Sant Gus Van Sant’s biopic Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot is a beautifully melancholic coy and frequently dark passage and resulting examination […]

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05th Nov2018

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Review

by Xenia Grounds

Stars: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Allen Leech, Tom Hollander, Mike Myers, Dickie Beau | Written by Anthony McCarten | Directed by Bryan Singer, Dexter Fletcher Fair warning: I’m not completely unbiased with this movie. Like many people, I absolutely love Queen and I think Freddie Mercury is […]

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05th Nov2018

‘Shampoo’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn, Jack Warden, Lee Grant | Written by Robert Towne, Warren Beatty | Directed by Hal Ashby Shampoo opens with the sounds of George (Warren Beatty) and Felicia (Lee Grant) having sex. It immediately establishes that hairdresser George is straight (his male colleagues at the salon are risible camp […]

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02nd Nov2018

‘Whitney’ Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Bobby Brown, Bobbi Kristina Brown, Clive Davis, Cissy Houston, Debra Martin Chase, Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds | Written and Directed by Kevin Macdonald Kevin Macdonald’s documentary Whitney is an extraordinarily deep and eye-opening venture into the life of its celebrated, yet, troubled global superstar subject, Whitney Houston. Given invaluable […]

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31st Oct2018

‘The Snarling’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Laurence Saunders, Chris Simmons, Ben Manning, Pablo Raybould, Ste Johnson, Joel Beckett, Julie Peasgood, Julia Deakin, Stephan Bessant | Written and Directed by Pablo Raybould Werewolf movies aren’t generally the most popular sub genre of horror and there doesn’t seem to be half as many made as say, zombie movies. So when a new […]

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31st Oct2018

’2001: A Space Odyssey’ 4K UHD 3-Disc Edition Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter, Douglas Rain, Leonard Rossiter | Written by Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke | Directed by Stanley Kubrick Stanley Kubrick’s mid-period masterpiece is almost as remarkable for how it has not influenced sci-fi filmmaking as for how it has. While special effects took a giant leap in […]

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30th Oct2018

‘Krampus: Origins’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Anna Harr, Maria Olsen, Amelia Haberman, Dustin Leighton, Katie Peabody, Luke Waxman, Linda Cushma, Shannyn Hall, Noah Clark, Helynn Castro, Ethan Drew | Written by Robert Conway | Directed by Joseph Mbah Robert Conway completes(?) his holiday horror franchise with Krampus: Origins, the third film in Conway’s Krampus series which goes back to the […]

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30th Oct2018

Pass Horror Notes: ‘Psychomanteum’ Review

by Aaron Shakespeare

PSYCHOMANTEUM Stars: Adrian Annis, Adam Bertenshaw, Sophie Bickerstaff, Jack Blanch, Ray Brady, Emer Brennan, Corey Bridgeman, Norma Butikofer, Arlo Cadbury, Ian Donnelly, Anastasia Drew, Aidan Eason, Angela Peters, John Rankin, Steve Roberts, Kate Sandison, Andrew Shire | Written by Ray Brady, Jamie Drew, Brian Evenson, Stuart Wright | Directed by Ray Brady, Andy Edwards Name: […]

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29th Oct2018

VOD Vault: ‘Serpent’ & ‘The Super’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Another week, another installment of VOD Vault – taking a look at some on-demand releases that have hit various VOD platforms recently. It’s been more than a few months since our last installment, so we’re diving into two brand-new films to have hit VOD services recently: Serpent, and The Super – both available on iTunes, […]

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29th Oct2018

‘Rushmore’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams, Brian Cox, Seymour Cassel | Written by Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson | Directed by Wes Anderson 15-year-old Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) dreams of greatness. Actually, he dreams he’s already achieved it. And why not? After all, he got a scholarship at the revered Rushmore private school. Except, according […]

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26th Oct2018

‘They Live: Collector’s Edition’ Blu-ray Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Roddy Piper, Keith David, Peter Jason, Meg Foster, George ‘Buck’ Flower | Written and Directed by John Carpenter They Live marked the end of an amazing run for John Carpenter, before his creative decline (in terms of filmmaking, at least) in the 1990s and beyond. Well, it had to end somewhere – and what […]

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26th Oct2018

‘Utoya – July 22′ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Andrea Berntzen, Aleksander Holmen, Elli Rhiannon Müller Osborne, Jenny Svennevig, Solveig Koløen Birkeland, Ingeborg Enes Kjevik, Sorosh Sadat, Brede Fristad, Aleksander Holmen, Karoline Schau | Written by Siv Rajendram Eliassen, Anna Bache-Wiig | Directed by Erik Poppe Directed by Erik Poppe, this award-winning Norwegian drama recreates the events of the Utoya massacre in a […]

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26th Oct2018

‘Mail Order Monster’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Charisma Carpenter, Josh Hopkins, Madison Horcher, Emma Rayne Lyle, Jeremy Aubrey | Written by Paulina Laguidi, Marc Prey | Directed by Paulina Laguidi I will watch anything that features any of the main cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It actually hasn’t covered too much lately but in the case of Charisma Carpenter it […]

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26th Oct2018

‘The Fog: Collector’s Edition’ Blu-ray Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Atkins, Janet Leigh, Hal Holbrook, Rob Bottin | Written by John Carpenter, Debra Hill | Directed by John Carpenter I have a feeling The Fog is underpraised because it’s not Halloween and it’s not The Thing. Too traditional, maybe. Too hokey. Too folkloric. But for me it’s the equal of […]

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25th Oct2018

‘Blindspotting’ Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Ethan Embry, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Kevin Carroll, Nyambi Nyambi, Jon Chaffin, Wayne Knight, Margo Hall, Ziggy Baitinger, Travis Parker, Lance Holloway | Written by Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casa | Directed by Carlos López Estrada Collin (Daveed Diggs) must make it through his final three […]

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25th Oct2018

‘Operation Finale’ Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley, Mélanie Laurent, Lior Raz, Nick Kroll, Michael Aronov, Ohad Knoller, Greg Hill, Torben Liebrecht, Michael Benjamin Hernandez, Joe Alwyn, Greta Scacchi, Peter Strauss, Haley Lu Richardson | Written by Matthew Orton | Directed by Chris Weitz In 1960 a team of secret agents, led by Mossad agent Peter Malkin, set […]

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24th Oct2018

LFF 2018: ‘All the Gods in the Sky’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Jean-Luc Couchard, Mélanie Gaydos, Thierry Frémont, Zelie Rixhon, Albert Delpy, Loïc Houdré, Xavier Mussel, Adeline Walter | Written and Directed by Quarxx Expanded from his own short (A Nearly Perfect Blue Sky), this unsettling body horror from self-monikered director Quarxx slots neatly into the New French Extremity movement, popularised by the likes of Martyrs, […]

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24th Oct2018

‘Hold the Dark’ Review (Netflix)

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Jeffrey Wright, Alexander Skarsgård, James Badge Dale, Beckam Crawford, Riley Keough, Michael Tayles, Julian Black Antelope, Conor Boru | Written by Macon Blair | Directed by Jeremy Saulnier In the grim Alaskan winter, a naturalist hunts for wolves blamed for killing a local boy, but he soon finds himself swept into a chilling mystery. […]

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23rd Oct2018

‘Await Further Instructions’ VOD Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Sam Gittins, Neerja Naik, David Bradley, Grant Masters, Holly Weston, Abigail Cruttenden | Written by Gavin Williams | Directed by Johnny Kevorkian It’s nearly that time of year again, my favourite time of year…..no not Halloween! I’m talking about Christmas! And despite its slightly unusual title Await Further Instructions is indeed a Christmas horror film. Taking […]

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23rd Oct2018

‘Ocean’s 8′ Blu-ray Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, Richard Armitage, James Corden | Written by Gary Ross, Olivia Milch | Directed by Gary Ross “Don’t do it for me. Don’t do it for you. Somewhere out there is an eight year old girl, lying in bed, dreaming […]

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22nd Oct2018

‘Halloween’ Review (Second Opinion)

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Nick Castle, Andi Matichak, James Jude Courtney, Haluk Bilginer, Will Patton, Rhian Rees, Jefferson Hall, Toby Huss | Written by David Gordon Green, Danny McBride, Jeff Fradley | Directed by David Gordon Green David Gordon Green and Danny McBride’s Halloween has set itself up as the forty year sequel […]

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