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Van Helsing

It was panned by the critics. Nominated for several Stinkers Bad Movie awards. Yet, it grossed over $300 million and has gone on to become a cult-classic, with rumours of a reboot upcoming. So, Fabulous Films’ new 2-disc DVD an...
 
 
 
 
 
 

His Dark Materials Seasons 1 & 2 Boxset

Is there anything more appealing than settling down, on a cold Winter’s evening, with a hot cocoa and a BBC serial on the TV? Fortunately this festive season, as a certain chocolate brand might have put it, the BBC is really sp...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Erik The Viking

Just five years before his iconic performance as Andy Dufresne in 1994’s The Shawshank Redemption, Tim Robbins delivered his most bizarre work in Terry Jones’ madcap Viking spoof Erik the Viking. Released for the first time on ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Hobbit Trilogy

Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential film sagas ever made, winning 17 Academy Awards and earning just shy of $3 billion in worldwide box office. Their infl...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Birds of Prey And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn

DC’s latest comic bookspin-off sees the magnificent Harley Quinn liberated from the baggage that goes with being ‘the Joker’s gall’ and given her own stand-alone movie. And there’s no doubt that Margot Robbie deserves the oppor...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Zu Warriors From The Magic Mountain

Back in the ’90s—when Enter The Dragon was pretty much the only Hong Kong movie most of us had ever seen—Jonathan Ross presented a run of films for Channel 4 under the banner Chinese Ghost Stories. Screenings at The Scala...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wonder Woman: Bloodlines

Arguably DC have some of comic-book-land’s most iconic characters. Yet since Marvel began its Infinity Gauntlet arc they’ve struggled to win big screen success. On the small screen they do much better, with shows like Gotham, D...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hellboy

Back in 2004 when Del Toro brought Mike Mignola’s seminal superhero to life, there was a lot of fan bitching but, with wit, charm, and vision the director quickly won-over his critics. A second, highly-lauded, film followed and...
 
 
 
 
 
 

November

Imagine a film that channels Jan Švankmajer’s Alice, Wiene’s Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari, and Bergman’s Seventh Seal. Imagine a film that feels like a lost silent classic, but was made in 2018. Imagine a film suffused with Gothic m...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The White Reindeer

The directorial debut of Finnish cinematographer Erik Blomberg, The White Reindeer won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. A vampiric fairy-tale set amongst the starkly beautiful fells of Finnish Lapland, Blomberg combines an almost do...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Aquaman

Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman. DC may own some of the most recognisable superhero ‘brands’ but ever since the launch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008, its lagged woefully behind its rival. Which is strange because, in ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Swamp Thing

There are good films and bad films but, while the good films may tell us important things about life, the universe, and everything, they’re rarely the films that we rewatch. The bad films? Even the very bad films? Well, they se...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thelma

Mainstream cinema is currently in the throws of a love affair with all things superhero. In an era when there is political turmoil and a fear of the future, superheroes offer a form of much needed escapism. But for the most par...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Dark Tower

They said it was unfilmable. The Dark Tower, Stephen King’s opus, the series of novels that is at the centre of the King-universe of almost all his stories. They said it would never get out of development hell with Ron Howard d...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wonder Woman

There is a moment in Wonder Woman that perfectly sums up the appeal of this latest entry into the saturated market of super heroes. In true hero super-slo-mo Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) rises above the parapet of a World War I tre...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Great Wall

Boasting a budget of £120 million, Zhang Yimou’s (House Of Flying Daggers) English-language debut film is China’s most expensive co-production. And the result of all those accumulated zeros is impressive: an eye-popping movie, ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

We thought JK Rowling’s world of wizarding and witchcraft had run its course with The Boy Who Lived aka Harry Potter living happily ever after. But with that franchise raking in close to $8 billion at the global box office ther...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice

Boring. Over-inflated. Self-important. Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice has endured a lot of abuse since it lumbered onto the big screen back in June. But the release of the Ultimate Edition on DVD, Blu-Ray, and UV, gives fan...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Highlander

Highlander is one of those films that has, either in spite or because of it’s bizarre and kitsch ways, always held a cult following. The original 1986 film spawned a franchise that turned into a TV show that has repeatedly harb...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Songs of the Sea

Heartache and loss spur Songs of the Sea into action when one family’s happiness is shattered following mother, Bronaugh’s, disappearance immediately after giving birth to daughter Saoirse. Time doesn’t appear to have healed ol...