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Prisoners

Coming after his much lauded, and Oscar nominated, Incendies, all eyes are on Prisoners’ director Denis Villeneuve to see if he can repeat the trick of making an engaging drama mystery for a more mainstream audience.  With the ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Wicker Man – The Final Cut

Given 2013 marks The Wicker Man’s 40th Anniversary it is a high accolade indeed that it is still considered one of the greatest horror films of all time.  With an original, previously thought lost, cut recently discovered, the ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Riddick

Vin Diesel has never been “out” of action movies, what with the regular paycheck of the Fast And Furious franchise.  Yet it’s been nearly a decade since he last portrayed the character that first got him major...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Haunter – FrightFest Review

Surprise; they were dead all long!  It’s been used in many horror films over the years, but nearly always at the last minute as a final “what a twist!”.  However, Haunter does things very differently, as, thou...
 
 
 
 
 
 

You’re Next

The home invasion subgenre of horror has grown steadily over the last few years with the likes of Funny Games and this year’s The Purge.  An off-shot of the slasher genre, the main reason these can have such resonance is ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Conjuring

The scares begin almost immediately with The Conjuring as we are informed that real-life demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga); famous for investigating The Amityville Horror, found the case we ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Now You See Me Review

Louis Leterrier’s latest, Now You See Me, is a contemporary look at illusion and revenge, where magic is used as a diversion to outwit corporate greed and give back to the American people. Our Robin Hood quartet are a bunch of ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The East

So far this year there have been many larger summer studio action spectaculars that deliver the thrills but lack any heart or intelligence. Thankfully The East has arrived to give us something to think about, both while we watc...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hummingbird

A tough and uncompromising look at life on the streets of London after dark for homeless ex-servicemen, from the writer of Eastern Promises and the cinematographer of The Mission and The Killing Fields – are not words one...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Iceman

The killer is huge, 6’4 1/2″, 300 pounds of hard muscle running to fat.  Dark, almost black, eyes stare implacably at you from under heavy, sleepy lids.  There’s no mercy, no feeling in those eyes; he’s a black hole...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Purge

It appears to be a very good season for folk in masks taking over the neighbourhood. Over the past few years, home invasion horrors featuring masked assailants have scared many an audience, most notably in Liv Tyler-starrer The...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fast And Furious 6

There is something of an internal conflict happening after seeing Fast & Furious 6. Brain and heart are having a punch-up of Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee proportions. Brain can’t quite fathom how heart can possibly think the ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Liability

A swaggering, immature waster and petty criminal, Adam (Jack O’Connell) is the titular ‘liability.’  After crashing his gangster stepfather Peter’s (Peter Mullan) car, Adam is forced to take on a little job to pay for the damag...
 
 
 
 
 
 

In Fear

Sundance London Review  Tom (Iain De Caestecker – The Secret Of Crickley Hall, Filth) and Lucy (Alice Englert – Ginger & Rosa, Beautiful Creatures) have known each other for just two weeks but things are already...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Deadfall

Thanksgiving is one of America’s gifts to the movie world and Deadfall, a violent thriller from a promising Austrian director, joins a litany of movies (as diverse as Grumpy Old Men, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Hannah...
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Hijacking

How much can a man take before he breaks? That’s the question posed and answered – in some style – by A Hijacking, a big screen offering from one of Denmark’s small-screen maestros. Partly set on a tramp...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Olympus Has Fallen

When the most secure, impregnable building in the Free World, the White House, is attacked and easily captured by an army of ruthless North Korean terrorists and the U.S. President (constipated Robert Redford-impersonator Aaron...