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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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

X-Men Days Of Future Past: The Rogue Cut

As director’s cut re-titles go it doesn’t get much more on the nose than X-Men: Days Of Future Past – The Rogue Cut. Because if you cast your minds back to the promotional material for the cinematic release of Days Of Future Pa...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lost River

Lost River is the debut feature film of Ryan Gosling. Yes, that Ryan Gosling, the same Ryan Gosling who starred in Drive, Crazy Stupid Love and of course The Notebook. The same Ryan Gosling who oozes that effortless Steve McQue...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Hobbit Trilogy

There was a time when The Hobbit trilogy was a trilogy. There was a time when The Hobbit Trilogy was not meant to be directed by Peter Jackson. But with the departure of slated director Guillermo del Toro someone saw an opportu...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dracula: Untold

It seems Twilight’s determination to bury all things Vampire for a while has come to an end with Dracula Untold taking a Batman Begins mentality towards the king of all bloodsuckers. But with Universal looking to go down a seem...
 
 
 
 
 
 

How To Train Your Dragon 2

Disputing Pixar’s dominance over animated films How To Train Your Dragon was hands down one of the most exciting and enjoyable family films in recent memory. With the first film’s success comes the inevitable sequel but does Ho...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Super Mario Bros.

Back in the early nineties, Nintendo ruled the world, having a massive impact on pop-culture. With their mascot Mario already a massive icon, with a strong run of games from the original Donkey Kong onwards, and already markete...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Beast

The early years of Walerian ‘Boro’ Borowczyk’s career seemed filled with promise: An award-winning director of short films who demanded to be involved in every stage of the production process from actor-coaching to set-painting...