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Full Metal Jacket

In the pantheon of war movies, there are some that have stood the test of time as true masterpieces. Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket is one of those films. Raw, powerful, and often disturbing, this haunting snapshot of the ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Finding the Way Back

Finding the Way Back sees Ben Affleck and director Gavin O’Connor reunite after 2016’s underrated action thriller The Accountant, this time crafting a more subtle and reflective piece. The result is Finding the Way Back, a powe...
 
 
 
 
 
 

300

Finally making its highly anticipated debut on 4K Blu-ray from Warner Bros Home Entertainment, Zack Snyder’s stunningly stylised epic has certainly never looked or sounded better. But how does the film hold up, 14 years since i...
 
 
 
 
 
 

One Summer: The Complete Series

Written by award-winning playwright Willy Russell, One Summer aired on Channel 4 in 1983 to critical acclaim, praised for its emotional drama, hard-hitting realism, and subtle humour. Starring David Morrissey (The Walking Dead)...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monkey: The Complete Series

“In the worlds before Monkey, primal chaos reigned. Heaven sought order. But the Phoenix can fly only when it’s feathers are grown. The four worlds formed again and yet again, as endless aeons wheeled and passed. Time and the p...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Beau Travail

Loosely based on Herman Melville’s 1888 novella Billy Budd, Claire Denis’ Beau Travail is a stunning film of immense beauty – so it’s no surprise that the film is making its UK Blu-ray debut as part of the Criterion Collection....
 
 
 
 
 
 

Blackbird

With an all-star cast including Kate Winslet, Susan Sarandon and Sam Neill, it’s shocking that the wonderful Blackbird has had such a tiny release. In a non-Covid parallel universe, this could’ve been one of the biggest dramas ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Show Boat

From famed horror director James Whale (Frankenstein, The Invisible Man), Show Boat is a charming 1936 musical romance based on the 1927 musical of the same name by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II. Now available in the UK ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The High Note

After tackling some interesting films in the last few years (presumably to wash away the stench of Fifty Shades), Dakota Johnson has proven herself to be an immensely talented actress in recent titles like Suspiria, Wounds and ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Quantum Leap: The Complete Series

Running from 1989-1993, Quantum Leap is one of sci-fi’s most fondly remembered shows. Like many of the best series, it wasn’t a huge hit—but it won itself a dedicated following and a permanent place in sci-fi fandom. Scott Baku...
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood

For many non-American audiences Mr. Rogers will not be a familiar name. But across the pond he is a veritable institution of children’s television. And, unlike many UK childrens entertainers, his reputation remained intact to t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

1917

1917 is a sprawling, up-close-and-personal trip through the horrors of World War I. That Sam Mendes, aided no end by his regular director of photography Roger Deakins, chooses to tell said story in one long tracking shot is bot...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Winslow Boy

Based on the real-life 1908 case of George Archer-Shee, The Winslow Boy is a thoroughly British drama about one family’s fight against bureaucracy. It’s also a tale about a quest for truth— and the sacrifices that can som...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Blinded By The Light

For the uninitiated the music of Bruce Springsteen could easily be adapted into any number of films. Pick a random Springsteen song and chances are it will tell a narrative. Of guys in cars, love lost, highways that disappear i...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Halfway House

Ealing is one of those evergreen brands–so entrenched in our psyches that the names of their films trip off the tongue. Kind Hearts And Coronets, Whiskey Galore!, Passport To Pimlico…Theirs is a back catalogue of nostalgi...
 
 
 
 
 
 

We The Animals

Based on the novel by Justin Torres’ and winner of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival Innovator Award, We The Animals is a visceral coming of age story set against a background of working class family and racial inequality. Told t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lock Up

This autumn, StudioCanal releases a brand new, uncut 4k restoration of the ‘80s cult action thriller, Lock Up, starring Sylvester Stallone at the height of his Rocky his fame. Stallone plays Frank Leone, a model prisoner reachi...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mid90s

Mid90s is labelled as a comedy from Jonah Hill. So you know what you’re going to get, right? Dick-jokes delivered by freaks and geeks, right? Wrong. It’s easy to sell Mid90s off the back of Hill’s success as an actor but as a f...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Third Wife

Inspired by the history of director Ash Mayfair’s family, The Third Wife is a coming-of-age story in a time when women were rarely given a voice.  Set in late 19th Century rural Vietnam, fourteen-year-old May is given away in a...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Doors: The Final Cut

With films celebrating the lives of Freddie Mercury and Elton John currently doing big business StudioCanal’s 4k restoration of Oliver Stone’s seminal Jim Morrison biopic couldn’t be more timely— or more impressive. Remastered ...