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Nobody

A lot of shocking things have happened in the last two years. It’s been a monumental time that the history books will speak of for many years to come. But perhaps one of the biggest surprises came in the form of Nobody, a blood...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

If there’s one thing everyone knows about horror franchises, it’s that they never manage to maintain a consistent quality. Despite often launching with modern classics that still holds up as essential horror titles – Paranormal...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Those Who Wish Me Dead

You might not necessarily be aware of who Taylor Sheridan – the co-writer/director of Those Who Wish Me Dead – is as a filmmaker but it’s likely you’ve seen some of his work. Over the past few years he’s been etchin...
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Quiet Place Part II

Back in 2018, one horror film silently took the genre by storm with its originality, surprisingly developed characters, and terrifying use of silence in its impeccable sound design. It was deservedly a huge success, both commer...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Midnight in the Switchgrass

Watching Midnight in the Switchgrass, I was repeatedly struck with two rather simple questions: why, and how, is this film a thing? This pitiful and formulaic and derivative murder-mystery has no justifiable reason to exist. Th...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage – 4K

51 years ago, a young, fresh-faced director made his debut – and cinema changed forever. Dario Argento, beloved for films including Suspiria, Deep Red, Tenebrae and more, boasts an incredible filmography packed with timeless cl...
 
 
 
 
 
 

True Romance – 4K

Hans Zimmer’s iconic theme. Christopher Walken and Dennis Hopper’s ‘Sicilian scene’. Gary Oldman’s crazy performance. True Romance is certainly a film packed with unforgettable elements, and almost 30 years on, the complete pro...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Shock Wave: Hong Kong Destruction

Reuniting star Andy Lau and director Herman Yau after 2017’s brilliant Shock Wave, this standalone sequel in-title-only refreshes the series with a new storyline and characters. The disappointingly bland and paint-by-numbers th...
 
 
 
 
 
 

In the Line of Fire 4K

In one of a very limited number of films the great Clint Eastwood starred in since 1990 that he didn’t also direct, Wolfgang Petersen’s In the Line of Fire is a rather basic and unsurprising 90s thriller that offers nothing par...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saw (4K UHD)

With the long-delayed ninth film in the series Spiral due for theatrical release when cinemas reopen next week, Lionsgate Home Entertainment have made the excellent decision to remind us how it all began with a 4K UHD debut for...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Battle Royale (4K UHD)

Arrow Video are truly spoiling us at the moment. One of the first boutique labels to make the move over to 4K UHD, they’ve been passionately bringing some unforgettable cult cinema to the sparkling premium format. Their latest ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

ZeroZeroZero

Adapted from the investigative book of the same name by Gomorrah author Roberto Saviano, the epic and sprawling ZeroZeroZero is the sort of story that the miniseries format was made for. Providing a complex and layered look at ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Virtuoso

To date, there has been not one but two film adaptations of the celebrated video game series Hitman. Both failed pretty miserably to capture the spirit of the games – the methodical planning and anxiety-inducing tension t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Godzilla 4K

4K RELEASE REVIEW BY SAMUEL LOVE: After a controversial home video release back in 2014 that led to many viewers complaining the film was simply ‘too dark’, Warner Bros Home Entertainment have put out a 4K UHD release that prom...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Elysium 4K

When director Neill Blomkamp burst onto the scene in 2009 with his acclaimed debut District 9, the world took notice. Here was a new name to watch in sci-fi cinema, delivering with his first film a powerful and thrilling flick ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rent-A-Pal

Every once in a while, a film comes along – often with little fanfare – that just completely floors you. It could be a cerebral sci-fi from Benson & Moorhead or a thought-provoking drama from the other side of the world, or...
 
 
 
 
 
 

2012 – 4K

Early in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Roland Emmerich’s disaster epic 2012 received renewed interest and became the second-most popular film on Netflix in March. Almost a year on, the pandemic is sadly still going st...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

Elio Petri is a name that any self-respecting film fan should know. Between 1961 and 1979 he directed 11 remarkable films, earning international acclaim and a much-deserved Academy Award for his 1970 masterpiece Investigation o...