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The Kid Detective

There are few as rewarding a narrative troupe than a good mystery. Watching it gradually unfold as we the audience or reader, along with the protagonist, realise everything is not quite what it seems. It is a staple that The Ki...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Come True

Following their recent releases of Rent-a-Pal and Sator, Lightbulb Film Distribution continue to shine a light (pun intended) on incredible independent horror cinema with Come True, a hauntingly beautiful and frequently disturb...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Charade

Often described as “the best Hitchcock film that Hitchcock never made”, the late Stanley Donen’s 1963 favourite Charade is a film packed with enough twists and turns to inspire the Master of Suspense comparison – but thanks to ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Relic

Given the horror-show that was 2020 it’s hardly surprising to see the year gave us some genuinely great horror films. Films such as Saint Maud and Possessor were hugely celebrated and made a number of best of lists for the year...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tenet

In 2020 the world is in crisis, COVD-19 has put a halt to life as we know it. Cinemas across the world lie empty, popcorn rotting in bags, precious film releases being put on hold. The fate of cinema is in the balance. Could it...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Perry Mason: The Complete First Season

While perhaps not quite as well known on this side of the pond, Erle Stanley Gardner’s beloved criminal defence lawyer and PI Perry Mason is one of the most iconic characters in US literature. Across 82 novels, 4 short stories ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Orson Welles Great Mysteries: Volume Two

Airing for only one 26-episode season from late 1973 into early ’74, Orson Welles’ little-known Great Mysteries series certainly failed to achieve the same success of Alfred Hitchcock’s shows that Welles was clearly trying to i...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Invisible Man

Back in 2014, with Marvel having proven the sheer box office ker-ching of a long running, multiple character franchise, Universal looked at their back-catalogue of properties and found their iconic monster movies. It started wi...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Suspiria

For some a film like Suspiria should never be remade. It is, after all, a cult-classic. Argento at his very Arengto-ish. So it is with some trepidation that one embarks upon Call Me By Your Name’s Luca Guadagnino’s remake. The ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Searching

How often do you see a trailer for a film which is essentially a ‘found-footage’ that looks amazing but the end product never lives up to the concept’s promise? Watching the trailer for Searching you would be forgiven for think...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Beast

Part psychological thriller, part twisted fairy tale, part character drama Beast is a film that manages, like its lead character, to never conform to one thing. As such it is a film that demands your attention, but never allows...

Annihilation

Annihilation should have been seen in cinemas. It is one of the most visually cinematic films in recent memory. But a paranoid studio head saw to it that what he considered to be an overly intellectualised piece of sci-fi would...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mulholland Drive

It is more than a coincidence that in the year David Lynch’s Twin Peaks returns to screens we also get a spruced up 4K edition of his masterpiece Mulholland Drive. Because, back when Lynch was beavering away with Agent Cooper a...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dark Places

Based on the book by Gone Girl’s Gillian Flynn you could be forgiven for approaching Dark Places with a sense of hope. It is, after all, a film that promises much: an unsolved murder mystery, a woman on the edge of society, a g...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sicario

The war on drugs has long been a favourite of film. But if Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic illustrated it with a tapestry of characters and story Sicario gets into the nitty gritty. Because in the world of Sicario the emphasis is o...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Gift

The Gift director, writer and star Joel Edgerton is one of those actors who is endlessly dependable in every film he’s appeared in. He’s rarely the headline name, arguably not a fully-fledged “star” in the sense many of the act...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Falling

Carol Morley’s follow-up to her acclaimed, haunting doc Dreams of a Life sees her branch out into fictional territory with no less intoxicating results. 1969 and at a strict rural Girls’ School somewhere deep in the British cou...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Loft

Remaking a foreign film can always be a tricky path to tread but when, as is the case with The Loft, you maintain the same director of the original there is always a chance. Taking the same premise from his 2008 film director E...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice director Paul Thomas Anderson has long cemented himself as one of cinema’s most intelligent and fascinating filmmakers. What PTA does better than most is tell interesting, deep and immersive stories through the ey...