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Confine

If the psychological thriller genre lends itself to clichés – and some would certainly argue it does – Confine seems determined to pack as many of these in to its opening minute as possible. The first shot shows main character ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Broken City

Early on in Broken City Kyle Chandler turns to Mark Wahlberg and asks if Private Investigators still exist.  While they almost certainly do, it seems they’re in small numbers these days and yet appear to have had a long-standin...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Foxy Brown

After 39 years of roaming the standard definition-wilderness, Foxy Brown is finally given the chance to strut its stuff in sparkling HD. Certainly, it’s a culture clash of some irony – releasing a film famed for its...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Neighbouring Sounds

Subtlety is the name of the game in Kleber Mendonca Filho’s debut feature Neighbouring Sounds. Through discreet actions and clever camera techniques Neighbouring Sounds suggests to us that not all is well in this Brazilia...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mama

Annabel and Lucas are faced with the challenge of raising his young nieces that were left alone in the forest for 5 years.... but how alone were they.
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Good Day To Die Hard

Given the influence of the original 1988 Die Hard film it would be a fair question to ask where A Good Day To Die Hard could go?  So seminal was John McClane’s first outing that it’s still inspiring action movies more than 25 y...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Apartment 1303

It’s never easy moving into a new home the first time, as rebellious teen Janet Slate (Julianne Michelle) discovers. After enduring her alcoholic, attention-seeking mother Maddie (Rebecca De Mornay – The Hand That R...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Good Doctor

Plausibility is a nebulous concept at the best of times. Yet, whatever the context – from the ordinary and every day, to the bizarre and otherworldly – cinema strives always to convince; to make its audience believe...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bullet To The Head

Fittingly, Bullet To The Head begins in a burnt-out, sepia palette. And while wholly insignificant in narrative terms, it’s almost as though Walter Hill is visibly winking from behind the camera lens – as if to say ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Last Stand

The Last Stand marks the return to the big screen for one of Hollywood’s biggest stars; Arnold Schwarzenegger.  The former Governor of California, at one point in his illustrious career, was the highest paid actor on the planet...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Numbers Station

It’s always slightly unfortunate when the first moments you spend with a new film are spent remembering something similar. It’s even more unfortunate, when the similarities emanate from a film starring the same acto...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Blow Out

Blow Out director Brian De Palma has spent most of his career paying tribute to other filmmakers.  Whether it’s the gangster movies of the 1940s, with Scarface and The Untouchables, or his unashamed homage to Alfred Hitchcock, ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lore DVD Review

It’s not exactly an enviable task; to make a Hitler Youth member and daughter of an SS Officer a sympathetic figure, but it’s to director Cate Shortland’s credit that she manages it without causing the viewer too much of a mora...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Impossible Review

On December 26th 2004 most of us were recovering from over-indulging on Christmas Day with a well-earned leftover sandwich.  Until we turned on the TV to the news that one of the biggest natural disasters in recorded history, T...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Collection

2009’s The Collector, the directorial debut of Marcus Dunstan and co-written with his screenplay partner Patrick Melton (the duo having worked on the last four entries in the Saw saga, the Feast trilogy and Piranha 3DD for Jon ...