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DVD Review – Bastille Day

August 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

With two excellent horror films already under his belt, fledgeling British writer/director James Watkins (Eden Lake, The Woman in Black) turns his attention to the action genre with Bastille Day. The result is a tightly constructed piece of work, driven by a scintillating leading man performance by Idris Elba (The Wire). The film’s narrative centres around a...

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DVD Review – The Huntsman: Winter’s War

August 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

A prequel, sequel and origin story all rolled into one, this follow up to Snow White and the Huntsman is a derivative and disjointed slice of formulaic fantasy hokum, which suffers from a convoluted script and glaring lack of originality. It is also curiously entertaining thanks to a sublime cast working their hardest to inject some magic...

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DVD Review – A Bigger Splash

August 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

A Bigger Splash, is a film equal parts thriller, drama and erotica, and yet has an underlining humour that brings each element together. Loosely based on Jacques Deray’s La Piscine (1969) and directed by Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino (I am Love), Splash is a dangerous and seductive journey that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats. Marianne...

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DVD Review – Eye in the Sky

August 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

This timely and thought provoking political thriller analyses the operational, emotional and moral complexities of modern warfare. The central dilemma at the heart of the story revolves around a simple question which has no easy answer: Is one life worth risking if many could be saved? The subject is tackled in an intelligent and informative...

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Shailene Woodley and Theo James return to save dystopian Chicago as the Tris and Four in the third instalment, The Divergent Series: Allegiant.  After the death and downfall of Jeanine (Kate Winslet) and her regime, Evelyn (Naomi Watts) takes control of the citizens of Chicago and assumes the responsibility of holding trials for Erudite and Dauntless...

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Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zach Snyder must have been under an enormous amount of pressure to deliver something special for Warner Bros. With no fewer than 5 spin-off films either in production or announced, it’s pretty obvious how much the studio has riding on the success of the film in their attempt...

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DVD Review – Gods of Egypt

June 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

Having already faced controversy for its blatant casting of white actors in roles of colour, Gods of Egypt faces another uphill battle in drawing audiences to what is a rather chaotic and over done production. Directed by Alex Proyas, who delivered such classics as The Crow (1994) and Dark City (1998), but is more recently known for the less than stellar I,...

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DVD Review – Dirty Grandpa

June 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Dirty Grandpa does exactly what it’s supposed to; it makes you laugh at things you shouldn’t. Starring Robert De Niro and Zac Efron as grandpa and grandson respectively, Dirty Grandpa is chock full of politically incorrect jokes and down right dirty moments. Jason Kelly (Efron) is as uptight as they come; his girlfriend Meredith (Julianne Hough) plays him...

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DVD Review – Zoolander No. 2

May 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Fans of the 2001 cult classic Zoolander have had to wait 15 years for the sequel, Zoolander No. 2. Director Ben Stiller reprises his role as Derek Zoolander (and somehow looks as if he hasn’t aged a day), with many other original stars returning as well including Owen Wilson as Hansel, Justin Theroux as Evil DJ (who also...

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DVD Review – Spotlight

May 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

Sporting an A-list cast, and with Tom McCarthy (Win Win) at the helm, Spotlight is a fascinating look behind the curtain of one of the Boston Globe’s biggest stories. Slow burning and meticulous in its execution, Spotlight is a candid look into the true world of investigative journalism, with the sense not to Hollywood-ise the players or processes of the...

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DVD Review – Hateful Eight

May 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film, and one that almost never was, is the American epic, The Hateful Eight. Released on 70 mm, and clocking in at around 187 minutes with overture and intermission included, the mere spectacle of the film’s presentation harks back to old western and road films of the sixties, but Eight actually has more in-line with the...

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DVD Review – Like You Mean It

April 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Philipp Karner’s directorial debut, Like You Mean It, is an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish. Karner’s character, Mark, is a struggling actor who has been with his boyfriend Jonah (Denver Milord) for three years. Their relationship has lost its spark, and when Mark’s sister tells him that his estranged father has died, more cracks...

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DVD Review: The Lobster

April 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Lobster is the latest film from Greek director, Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth), which is surely to be the strangest you’ll see this year, but will also be one of the best. Having premiered at the Cannes film festival, the film is a dark twist on the rom-com genre that skewers a range of social norms, but...

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