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Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For

Nearly nine years after the original film was released Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For has been a long time in the pipeline.  At one point it was slated to star Angelina Jolie in the title role, a part that only she could seemin...
 
 
 
 
 
 

3 Days to Kill

The success of Taken has led to the rise of a new sub genre in the past few years, which one might call Dad-Action. This consists of older actors showing they can kick-arse just as much as their modern counterparts. Liam Neeson...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Godzilla

Godzilla, arguably cinema’s most iconic of monsters, has in recent memory been relegated to an also ran thanks to a misguided film in1998 followed by films such as Cloverfield and Pacific Rim that rift on the premise to a grand...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Cold In July

In his production notes for Cold In July writer-director Jim Mickle states part of the appeal of making the film was that it balked the trend of most genre movies in so far as it refuses to conform to what it sets out to do in ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Open Grave

Mysteries in stories are only as interesting as their resolutions, both in terms of what the solution is and how the reveal is handled. It’s not just about showing what’s actually been going on, it’s what know...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Blood Ties

Guillaume Canet is one of life’s horribly talented people. As if it isn’t unfair enough that he’s dashingly good-looking, has an Oscar winning actress girlfriend, in the shape of Marion Cotillard, but he also acts and more impo...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lesson Of Evil

To call Tajashi Miike a prolific filmmaker is an understatement, since 2010 alone he has managed to some how find the time to make ten films which goes some way to explaining how he’s been able to wrack up no less than ninety o...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Two Faces of January

Based on the book by Patricia Highsmith The Two Faces Of January marks the directorial debut of Drive writer Hossein Amini. With those two names alone you would expect a tight thriller with fascinating characters. Half of which...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Blue Ruin

Seemingly managing to blend a Western with a contemporary revenge thriller, Blue Ruin is never quite what you expect. Tinged with biting grit and occasional horror writer-director Jeremy Saulnier conjures something minimalistic...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Locke

Locke is one of those films that invariably gains traction thanks to good word-of-mouth. A film that, while almost effortlessly simple, manages to capture the audience through a perfect script and a stunning, almost solo, perfo...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Transcendence

Great sci-fi films have the ability to tap into very real issues that potentially face mankind in the future. Artificial Intelligence is nothing new to cinema, dating back as far as Fritz Lang’s 1927 Metropolis and then cemente...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Killing Season

Director Mark Steven Johnson takes a blunt approach to this action–thriller starring Hollywood bigwigs, John Travolta and Robert De Niro. Johnson shies away from none of the brutality in this two-man showdown (with a few small ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Double

Seeped in drab grays and browns Richard Ayoade’s The Double is, aesthetically speaking, far removed from his debut film Submarine.  And yet, two films into his directing career he has established a style and tone that is quinte...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Raid 2

Searing itself into the cinematic lexicon Gareth Evans’ The Raid didn’t so much re-invent the action genre as give it an adrenaline injection to the heart. He would no doubt have been inundated with offers from Hollywood to go ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Sacrament

Given how tried, tested and frankly stagnant the “Found Footage” sub-horror-genre has become you may be inclined to avoid The Sacrament. But you’d be missing out on a film that doesn’t so much revolutionise the genre as reinvig...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Under The Skin

The less you know going into Under The Skin the better. The reason being that what director Jonathan Glazer has created is an often daunting, visually arresting experience that taps into a very primal fear of the unknown. Hence...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lone Survivor

Entering Lone Survivor with a hint of trepidation is to be expected given it comes from director Peter Berg, the man whose last film was the also military-based sinkhole Battleship.  Fear not though for Lone Survivor is based o...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Out Of The Furnace

Having played Batman for close to a decade it would have been a fair assumption that Christian Bale was done with going all vigilante. But it seems that his strong jaw-line is never far from a bit of well-timed revenge and such...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Stranger By The Lake

Stranger By The Lake wastes no time in setting out its idyllic look and terrifying premise. A gay cruising spot in the woods adjoining the lake of the title means men from all walks of life come here to either observe or engage...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ninja: Tear Of A Shadow

It begins somewhat like this, boy is happily in love with wife, wife is happily in love with boy, disaster strikes as the pregnant girl is brutally murdered. Boy temporarily loses his sanity trying to avenge her death. Lots of ...