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Pixie

A crime comedy set in Ireland that has all the hallmarks of an early Guy Ritchie film sounds like it should be a lot of fun. And in many ways that’s exactly what Pixie is but like it’s titular character it remains something of ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lilyhammer: The Complete Series

In 2021, Netflix continue to dominate the TV landscape with shows like The Witcher, Stranger Things and Bridgerton in their catalogue, alongside their hugely popular documentaries like Tiger King and the recent Cecil Hotel seri...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Cut Throat City

Legendary film critic Roger Ebert once said, “no movie featuring either Harry Dean Stanton or M. Emmet Walsh in a supporting role can be altogether bad”. I would add four-time Academy Award-nominee Ethan Hawke to this rule – wh...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Don is Dead

The gangster genre is packed with undisputed all-time classics, from Francis Ford Coppola’s legendary Godfather films to Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas and Casino. But some films in the genre never stood the test of time, falling...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone

Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather and The Godfather Part II are among the most highly regarded films in the history of cinema. Winning 9 Oscars between them, they are masterpieces of the crime genre and simply untouchable. T...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Irishman

There’s not much that can be said about Martin Scorsese’s sprawling 3.5 hour crime epic that hasn’t been said already, but thanks to a gorgeous new DVD and Blu-ray release courtesy of The Criterion Collection, we are once again...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Le Cercle Rouge

One of the most famous heist movies of all time, acclaimed filmmaker Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Cercle Rouge (The Red Circle) celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. StudioCanal are marking the milestone with a beautiful new ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

King of New York 4K

Director Abel Ferrara is primarily known for the provocative and controversial content in his films, having made his debut in pornography in 1976 before first drawing his cult audience in ’79 with his ultraviolent urban slasher...
 
 
 
 
 
 

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

Seven years after Badfinger’s Baby Blue played out the story of Heisenberg on our screens, there are few people who will disagree with the notion that Breaking Bad is one of the all-time greats in TV drama. Over 62 unforgettabl...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Coogan’s Bluff

With a back catalogue that includes seminal Spaghetti Westerns such as A Fistful Of Dollars and gritty dramas like Play Misty For Me, it’s perhaps no surprise that Coogan’s Bluff tends to get lost amongst Clint Eastwood’s large...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Maroc 7

Maroc 7 is a curious beast. Cyd Charisse doesn’t dance. Comedy icon Leslie Phillips plays a psychopathic ex-con. And Denholm Elliott puts in a deliciously nuianced performance which proves that all those directors who hired him...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Arsenal Stadium Mystery

The Arsenal Stadium Mystery wears its affiliations boldly. It’s a football film. It’s a who-done-it. And it’s as British as fish and chips. Amateur team The Trojans face their toughest challenge yet: a charity...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Knives Out

Knives Out director Rian Johnson likes to take traditional genre pieces and skew them. His debut film Brick was a film noir set in the high-drama high-stakes world of a high school. He even had the audacity to make a Star Wars ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Villain

Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais may be better known as the creators of comic masterpieces such as Porridge and The Likely Lads but Villain is perhaps one of their greatest—and most neglected works. Adapted for the big screen fr...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Old Man & The Gun

There aren’t many stars who have the longevity and the iconic status of Robert Redford. Over a career spanning close to 60 years Redford has done it all, including winning a Best Director Oscar for 1981’s Ordinary People. So Th...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Widows

It’s taken its sweet time about it but Hollywood is finally coming around to the fact that films with a predominantly female cast can still do Wonders at the box office. But too often the strategy seems to be, ‘take what worked...
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Simple Favour

They don’t make the kind of ‘90s airport read type thrillers anymore. When they do they tend to be longform TV shows. The kind of shows that allow for a cliffhanger ending of each episode while twisting and turning forcing you ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Murder On The Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express was published in 1934, but it’s a testament to the lasting power of Agatha Christie’s storytelling that her genre-changing murder mystery remains as fresh and compelling today as it did 80 years ago...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wind River

Despite it’s stars (Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen) Wind River is not The Avenger’s Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch investigating a murder. Although, Marvel, we’d watch that. Instead Wind River is from writer, and here also direct...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Handmaiden

Whatever happened to the erotic thrillers of the ‘80s and ‘90s? Films like Fatal Attraction, Basic Instinct and The Last Seduction in which sex and betrayal were the most natural of bedfellows. Perhaps in the era of new feminis...