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Atomic Blonde

It’s no secret that there simply aren’t enough female led films made. The fact that this year’s Wonder Woman was so heralded in the industry not only shines a light of hope but also illustrates how much the male dominated narra...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ghost In The Shell

Based on a manga and cult favourite anime Ghost In The Shell should be a slam dunk of a live action adaption. Especially given it stars Hollywood’s biggest grossing actress Scarlett Johansson and is directed by the visual prowe...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Patriots Day

Given recent terror attacks in London and Manchester Patriots Day’s home release could not have come at a worst time. That is far from being a damning indictment of the film, if anything it is quite the opposite. Because Patrio...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mulholland Drive

It is more than a coincidence that in the year David Lynch’s Twin Peaks returns to screens we also get a spruced up 4K edition of his masterpiece Mulholland Drive. Because, back when Lynch was beavering away with Agent Cooper a...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Snowden Review

At one point touted as a potential Oscar contender Oliver Stone’s Snowden seemingly came and went without a trace. Swamped beneath the more politically safe LA LA Land and Moonlight, Snowden is a film that is potentially too vo...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hell Or High Water

Thinking of the reimagined Westerns of today, it’s easy to be immediately drawn to the Coen Brothers’ No Country for Old Men, and quite rightly so. It’s an absolute behemoth of a film and brought a cinematic experience back to ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Shallows

Oh to be a fly on the wall in the original pitch for The Shallows. You can picture it now. A cigar smoke filled room, a group of stuffy looking studio executives smugly nodding as the concept of girl stranded on a rock being st...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Assault on Precinct 13

Within the first few seconds of Assault on Precinct 13, you know you’re in the company of John Carpenter. As his foreboding synth score pounds over the opening credits, the film is immediately unmistakably Carpenter. Amazing, t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nerve

Recent studies have shown that millennials are having less sex than any generation in 60 years. The speculated reasons for this are countless, too much porn, too much online dating, worry over consent, too much career worries, ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Body Double

The year is 1984. The world is anxiously waiting for Brian De Palma’s next film after the now-classic Scarface received a mixed reception in ’83. In October, they got what they were waiting for – the dark and erotic Body Double...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Conjuring 2

It is interesting that throughout cinema the same ‘based on true event’ ghost stories keep cropping up. Anyone would think there is a lack of them around which to focus a film. Thankfully for The Conjuring 2 it manages to cram ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Money Monster

It is a crying shame that Money Monster didn’t do better box office business or garner better critical reception. Because it does a lot of things that Hollywood should be doing right now. It tells an original story, engages in ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Nice Guys

It’s fair to assume that as a child, while other boys his age were out playing baseball and trying to score with the chicks, Shane Black was hiding in a basement somewhere pouring over Raymond Chandler novels. Because the forme...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Green Room

Modern day horror films have fine-tuned everything from blood, gore, pin-point jump-scare accuracy with shocks and skin-crawling nerves. But it is a genre that is never interested in realism. Even when a horror film aims to be ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Eye In The Sky

Cinema can do any number of things to a person as the lights dim and the films begins. It can entertain, it can inspire, it can cause emotion, the possibilities are endless. But if you can plant a question in the audience’s min...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Batman: The Killing Joke

Even if you haven’t read the graphic novel of Batman: The Killing Joke you will be familiar with it. Because Alan Moore’s seminal Batman story, first published in 1988, has, in one way or another, influenced almost every Batman...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Disorder

The plot for Disorder feels like a host of Kevin Costner movies rolled into one. The concept of The Bodyguard slowly falling for his ward, the lavish world meets violence of Revenge and the mystery of No Way Out. But this isn’t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

High-Rise

Based on JG Ballard’s cult novel High-Rise, for many, was deemed ‘unfilmable’. In order to bring such delectable chaos to the screen it would take a filmmaker not only brave but with their finger on the pulse of how to update, ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Ones Below

You don’t see many thrillers days. They tend to be played out on either a much grander scale via the saturated market place of the superhero genre or on the smaller, more intimate, character building medium of television. The O...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gilda

There never was a girl like Gilda. Or so the slogan goes. But for many Gilda became memorable not for Rita Haworth’s iconic film but for its fleeting and crucial appearance in The Shawshanks Redemption. Yes, this is the film in...