26th Mar2024

Rewind: ‘Molly’s Game (2017)’ Review

by James Rodrigues

Stars: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Michael Cera, Kevin Costner, Graham Greene, Chris O’Dowd, Bill Camp | Written and Directed by Aaron Sorkin Known for his acclaimed screenplays with The Social Network, A Few Good Men, and TV’s The West Wing, Aaron Sorkin made his directorial debut in 2017 with Molly’s Game, an adaptation of Molly […]

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13th Feb2024

Rewind: ‘The Vanishing (1988)’ Review

by James Rodrigues

Stars: Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Gene Bervoets, Johanna ter Steege, Gwen Eckhaus, Bernadette Le Saché, Tania Latarjet, Lucille Glenn, Roger Souza | Written and Directed by George Sluizer Adapting Tim Krabbé’s novel The Golden Egg, writer/director George Sluizer begins The Vanishing with Dutch couple Rex (Gene Bervoets) and Saskia (Johanna Ter Steege) enjoy a biking holiday in […]

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01st Feb2024

Rewind: ‘Take This Waltz’ Review

by James Rodrigues

Stars: Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby, Sarah Silverman, Jennifer Podemski, Diane D’Aquila, Vanessa Carter, Graham Abbey | Written and Directed by Sarah Polley Opening on a soft focus into a kitchen, Margot (Michelle Williams) is busy baking something. While the light shining through the window gives the scene a cosy feeling, this seemingly perfect […]

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08th Dec2023

Rewind: ‘Anima’ Review

by James Rodrigues

Stars: Thom Yorke, Dajana Roncione, Frida Dam Seidel, Joseba Yerro Izaguirre, Jean Michael Sinisterra Munoz, Takuya Fujisawa | Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson In between feature films Phantom Thread and Licorice Pizza, Paul Thomas Anderson directed a 15-minute musical film that was released on Netflix in June 2019. This accompaniment to Thom Yorke’s titular album […]

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06th Dec2023

Rewind: ‘Next Goal Wins (2014)’ Review

by James Rodrigues

With the Taika Waititi-directed feature-film version of this story coming to cinemas soon, here’s our review of the original 2014 documentary of the same name, Next Goal Wins from directors Mike Brett and Steve Jamison. In 2001, American Samoa made history by receiving what was then the worst loss in football history during a qualifying […]

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14th Nov2023

Rewind: ‘Passing’ Review

by James Rodrigues

Stars: Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga, Alexander Skarsgård, André Holland | Written by Rebecca Hall, Nella Larsen | Directed by Rebecca Hall After a career delivering tremendous performances, Rebecca Hall steps behind the camera for her feature debut as writer/director. Unfolding in black-and-white from the opening logos, the story begins with muffled voices and smudged visuals […]

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01st Nov2023

Rewind: ‘Veronica (2017)’ Review

by James Rodrigues

Stars: Sandra Escacena, Bruna González, Claudia Placer, Iván Chavero, Ana Torrent, Consuelo Trujillo, Ángela Fabián, Carla Campra, Chema Adeva | Written by Paco Plaza, Fernando Navarro, Coral Cruz | Directed by Paco Plaza Opening the film on 15th June 1991, [REC] co-director Paco Plaza sets the scene with a distressing phone call where a panicked […]

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26th Oct2023

Rewind: ‘Tetsuo II: Body Hammer’ Review

by James Rodrigues

Stars: Tomorô Taguchi, Shinya Tsukamoto, Nobu Kanaoka, Sujin Kim, Hideaki Tezuka, Tomoo Asada, Iwata, Keinosuke Tomioka | Written and Directed by Shinya Tsukamoto After kickstarting his career with 1989’s Tetsuo: The Iron Man, writer/director Shinya Tsukamoto returned to the Japanese body horror series 3 years later with Tetsuo II: Body Hammer – an unconnected sequel which […]

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17th Oct2023

Rewind: ‘Funny Games (1997)’ Review

by James Rodrigues

Stars: Ulrich Mühe, Susanne Lothar, Stefan Clapczynski, Arno Frisch, Frank Giering | Written and Directed by Michael Haneke An innocuous sight opens this feature from writer/director Michael Haneke, as a car travels while containing the Schober family – made up of husband Georg (Ulrich Mühe), wife Anna (Susanne Lothar), young son Georgie (Stefan Clapczynski), and […]

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11th Oct2023

Rewind: ‘Tetsuo: The Iron Man’ Review

by James Rodrigues

Stars: Tomorô Taguchi, Kei Fujiwara, Nobu Kanaoka, Shinya Tsukamoto, Renji Ishibashi, Naomasa Musaka | Written and Directed by Shinya Tsukamoto After spending his youth creating short films and entering experimental theatre, Shinya Tsukamoto made an indelible mark on Japanese horror cinema with his feature debut, Tetsuo: The Iron Man. The writer/director/producer/editor also appears on-screen as a […]

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13th Sep2023

Rewind: ‘Lords of Chaos’ Review

by Chris Thomas

Stars: Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, Jack Kilmer, Sky Ferreira, Valter Skarsgard, Anthony De La Torre, Jonathan Barnwell, Sam Coleman, Wilson Gonzalez, Lucian Charles Collier | Written by Jonas Akerlund, Dennis Magnusson | Directed by Jonas Akerlund Rory Culkin, starring in one of the most interesting and weird true stories of all time should be a […]

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04th Nov2022

Rewind: ‘The Kid Who Would Be King’ Review

by Chris Thomas

Stars: Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Denise Gough, Dean Chaumoo, Tom Taylor, Rhianna Dorris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Noma Dumezweni, Rebecca Ferguson, Mark Bonnar, Angus Imrie, Alexandra Roach, Patrick Stewart | Written and Directed by Joe Cornish As a wise man (or woman) once said, “Good intentions doth butter no Parsnips” Never have truer words been said, and nor […]

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08th Jun2021

Rewind: ‘Color Out of Space’ Review

by Chris Thomas

Stars: Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Madeleine Arthur, Elliot Knight, Tommy Chong, Brendan Meyer, Julian Hilliard, Josh C. Waller, Q’orianka Kilcher | Written by Richard Stanley, Scarlett Amaris | Directed by Richard Stanley I consider myself to be a big fan of HP Lovecraft’s work. However, much like the band “Guided by Voices” I tend to […]

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22nd Apr2021

Rewind: ‘Resident Evil VII’ Review

by Xenia Grounds

With Resident Evil Village about to release, it’s more important than ever to revisit Resident Evil 7 because Ethan’s story is set to continue to Village and potentially come to a final conclusion if the foreboding line from the first trailer, “His story comes to a close”, doesn’t end up being something to throw us […]

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30th Nov2020

Rewind: ‘Apocalypse Now – Final Cut’ Review

by Chris Thomas

Stars: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest, Sam Bottoms, Laurence Fishburne, Harrison Ford, Albert Hall, Dennis Hopper, Scott Glenn | Written by John Milius, Francis Ford Coppola | Directed by Francis Ford Coppola You don’t have to be mad to work here (but it helps)… I love Apocalypse Now. As a piece of […]

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30th Oct2020

Rewind: ‘Psycho’ Review

by Xenia Grounds

Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam, John McIntire, Simon Oakland, Frank Albertson | Written by Joseph Stefano | Directed by Alfred Hitchcock There’s no denying that when we look back on the horror film genre, one of the directors that we strongly associate with it is Alfred Hitchcock. Yes, there […]

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22nd Oct2020

Rewind: ‘Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Nathan Baesel, Angela Goethals, Zelda Rubinstein, Scott Wilson, Robert Englund, Bridgett Newton | Written by Scott Glosserman, David J. Stieve | Directed by Scott Glosserman I don’t always have a reason to go back to older movies for review, but having just recently revisited this movie, I had to talk about it. Why? Well, […]

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07th Sep2020

Rewind: ‘Guns Akimbo’ Review

by Jason Brigger

Stars: Samara Weaving, Daniel Radcliffe, Rhys Darby, Ned Dennehy, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Milo Cawthorne, Grant Bowler, Rhys Darby | Written and Directed by Jason Lei Howden Guns Akimbo is a little-known 2019 New Zealand film which has recently been added to Amazon Prime in the United States. It’s a film that has flown under the […]

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21st Aug2020

Rewind: ‘Free Fire’ Review

by Chris Thomas

In the latest in his series of Rewind reviews looking back at the career of writer/director Ben Wheatley, Chris takes a look at his 2017 film, Free Fire. Stars: Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Michael Smiley, Sam Riley, Jack Reynor | Written by Ben Wheatley, Amy Jump | Directed by Ben Wheatley […]

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18th Aug2020

Rewind: ‘High Rise’ Review

by Chris Thomas

In the latest in his series of Rewind reviews looking back at the career of writer/director Ben Wheatley, Chris takes a look at his 2015 film, High Rise. Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss, James Purefoy, Keeley Hawes, Peter Ferdinando, Sienna Guillory, Reece Shearsmith | Written by Amy Jump | […]

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14th Aug2020

Rewind: ‘Kill List’ Review

by Chris Thomas

In the first of a new series of Rewind reviews looking back at the career of writer/director Ben Wheatley, Chris takes a look at his 2011 hit, Kill List. Stars: Neil Maskell, Michael Smiley, MyAnna Buring, Harry Simpson, Emma Fryer, Struan Rodger | Written by Ben Wheatley, Amy Jump | Directed by Ben Wheatley My […]

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01st Apr2020

Rewind: ‘Hellboy 2: The Golden Army’ Review

by Chris Thomas

Stars: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, John Alexander, James Dodd, Seth MacFarlane, Luke Goss, Anna Walton, Jeffrey Tambor, John Hurt | Written and Directed by Guillermo del Toro In ten years time everyone is going to be saying “The Marvel films were actually quite rubbish, for the most part, weren’t they?”. This is because, […]

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