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The Signal

Indi Sci-Fi is never an easy trick to pull off but in some ways The Signal does manage it. Despite its relatively low budget co-writer and director William Eubank demonstrates a visual flair that is often staggering and always ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Chappie

Having stunned with his debut District 9, Chappie director Neil Blomkamp’s sophomore film Elysium had grand ideas but a difficult narrative thread. So for his robot-come-to-life latest Chappie it makes sense for Blomkamp to ret...
 
 
 
 
 
 

White Bird In A Blizzard

White Bird In A Blizzard writer director Gregg Araki has spent most of his career telling subverted coming of age stories. A director who revels in youth in revolt but White Bird doesn’t focus so much on a rebellious teenager a...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Catch Me Daddy

Prior to Catch Me Daddy, Daniel Wolfe‘s exhilarating modern-day western, its director was best known for The Shoes’ music video Time to Dance, in which Jake Gyllenhaal sporadically kills off hipsters in Dalston with...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Blackhat

A big dollop of form over function, Blackhat exhibits the usual lovely digital visuals we’ve come to expect from Michael Mann of late and some decent suspense and tension for what is essentially a computer-hacker thriller...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ex Machina

For those following the career of Alex Garland closely there will be a sense of dread (pun intended) about seeing Ex Machina. Not dread for fear of it being bad but the worry that, given his track record, he may get in your hea...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dying Of The Light

Dying Of The Light director Paul Schrader doesn’t want you to see Dying Of The Light. Nor for that matter does its star Nicolas Cage or executive producer Nicolas Winding Refn. Because they believe that the producers of the fil...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Picking up just after where Catching Fire left off, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 should come with the warning: if you haven’t seen anything up to this point you’re not welcome. That being said if you have seen the films ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Imitation Game

Benedict Cumberbatch is no stranger to playing troubled men of great intellect; it is arguably how he made his name with BBC’s Sherlock. So in many ways The Imitation Game seems tailor-made to his talents but what is quite magn...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nightcrawler

Jake Gyllenhaal is Lou Bloom, a down-on-his-luck nobody who’s looking for his calling and finding nothing. A chance encounter one night sucks him into the underworld of guerrilla journalism, which fuels his desire and aspiratio...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fury

You’d be forgiven for supposing director David Ayer (End of Watch) and producer/lead star Brad Pitt’s latest offering, Fury, serves as a scholastic depiction of military strategy during wartime or the exploitation of key histor...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Babadook

Whilst on the surface just another foray into the ‘monster in the attic’ genre, The Babadook serves a slightly more thoughtful entry into the world of scary cinema. Positioning itself as a psychological thriller rat...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gone Girl

Gone Girl director David Fincher has always been a filmmaker who likes to plant dark thoughts in his audiences’ mind. Films that stay with you long after the credits have rolled and you’re back home realising the sheer impact a...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Equalizer

If you’d never seen a movie before, you’d be forgiven for thinking The Equalizer is a stylish action thriller with a bit of weight at its core. But you have seen movies before and, more particularly, you’ve seen this movi...
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Most Wanted Man

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final film, A Most Wanted Man, is one of sombre conviction and tight drama as he dons the heavy duties of a German espionage agent on the brink of capturing key members of Al Qaeda. Heading a team of at...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Guest

Last time director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett decided to toy with genre they delivered the homage-paying come genre pastiche brilliance that was You’re Next.  For their next trick Wingard and Barrett gives us T...
 
 
 
 
 
 

In Order Of Disappearance

Scandinavian crime drama has had a recent discovery over here, in films, TV and books. There are shows like The Killing and The Bridge, books like those of Jo Nesbo, and many movies. The latest in this cycle is In Order of Disa...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For

You get an idea of just how ridiculous Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For is from its opening sequence. The action kicks off with Marv (the hulking brute from the first film who’s basically indestructible) punishing a group of frat...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Edge of Tomorrow

When an insurmountable alien horde invade planet Earth and threaten to wipe out humanity itself, who else would be fighting our corner than perennially youthful action hero Tom Cruise. Along with an, it must be said, impressive...