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Ride Along

Remember that episode of Friends where Ross, Joey and Chandler went for a Ride Along with Phoebe’s boyfriend Mike? You know the one; there was a stakeout, a meatball sub and a car backfiring, it was funny. Well Ride Along takes...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thunderbolt And Lightfoot

The last golden age of American film ended with the collapse of a major Hollywood studio. The era known as New Hollywood began in the late 1960s with the production of vital, urgent films such as Bonnie & Clyde, Easy Rider ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Her

Never a filmmaker to stick to convention, Spike Jonze’s Her is both a heartwarming love letter to romance and a parable on our increasingly intimate reliance on technology. In a near future Theodore, played with a warming, almo...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Porky’s

Back in the days when Stifler’s Mom was still a young woman and the main cast of American Pie were only just learning how to read, it was films like Porky’s that were busy laying the foundations of the American High School come...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Delivery Man

On a list of pointless remakes over the last year you’d probably be hard pressed to top the likes of Let Me In and Carrie. However with original director Ken Scott transporting his Montreal-set tale Starbuck just a little furth...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Cuban Fury

While Nick Frost and Simon Pegg are like two peas in a pod the pair have not always faired so well as leading-men. Pegg has found success as the loveable supporting character in big franchise fair such as Star Trek and Mission ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Downhill

The premise of four friends reuniting to tackle a monumental crawl might sound familiar to anyone who watched last year’s enjoyable Cornetto-closer The World’s End. With the same booze count but no aliens in sight t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars; a tough talking, smart, feisty high schooler who moonlights as a private detective and about a decade ago had a, moderately, hit TV show.  For fans of Miss Mars it all ended a bit abruptly, Veronica was supposed ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gregory’s Girl

Bill Forsyth is not what you would call a lifelong film lover. Born in Glasgow in the immediate aftermath of World War 2, his early experiences of cinema were formed by Saturday film clubs filled with noisy children and a thick...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Big Bad Wolves

Dark and disturbingly captivating the directors of Big Bad Wolves Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado flirt with a Quentin Tarantino type style to create a multi-layered thriller that’s pointedly chilling in every sense of the ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Unlikely Hero

You have to wonder how a film such as Unlikely Hero, that stars Hollywood darlings Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone and Jeff Daniels, can find its way straight to DVD rather than getting a glitzy cinema release.  That is until you see...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hatchet 3

In 2006, an unlikely new horror franchise appeared at a time when modern horror had lost its sense of fun in a midst of torture porn and nihilism; a low-budget old school slasher with as many (good) bad jokes as memorable kills...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Family

The genesis of Luc Besson‘s The Family, a weak comedy, can be traced back to 1999’s Analyze This, in which Robert De Niro played it for laughs on Billy Crystal‘s couch. That was the moment when Bobby tried to ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dom Hemingway

‘If it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ seems to be the adage of Dom Hemingway which comes close to falling into the realms of British cockney geeza gangsters cliché.  Like Guy Ritchie’s Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels though it ma...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Don Jon

The whole ‘Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus’ thing has been done to death in cinema but Don Jon finds a modern and unique way of exploring it.  Romantic comedies are a dime a dozen, clichéd and normally forgettable, some...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Stuff

Larry Cohen is a name known in film for very off-beat projects, often blending in old-school elements updated with a sense of modern satire.  From the notorious killer baby movie It’s Alive, to the insane areas God Told M...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The English Teacher

Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore) is The English Teacher, living and working in smalltown America. Passionate about her subject and her students, she lives a simple life and since childhood has been devoted to books above all els...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Phantom of the Paradise

Originally a dutiful student of the French New Wave, Brian De Palma soon migrated towards populist films with a hint of artificiality: Carrie and The Fury mused over psychic powers while thrillers such as Body Double and Dresse...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Safety Not Guaranteed

Some how failing to gain traction at the UK box office Safety Not Guaranteed makes a long over-due appearance on the home entertainment market.  And it’s a good thing too, for this is a film that will almost invariably find its...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Stalled

Ever since Night of the Living Dead (and arguably Invisible Invaders to get really obscure), the zombie siege has been an ever-reliable format for low budget horror.  However, never before Stalled has a feature confined the sie...