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Lost Girls Review

According to the International Labor Organisation, 4.5 million people are victims of sex trafficking worldwide including the US’. This fact is part of the final words on screen of Julia Verdin's harrowing short film, Lost Girls. The British producer was inspired to write the script for this, her directorial debut, after volunteering at Children of the Night, a shelter for...

The Sweeney: Paris Review – English Classic Rebooted by the French leaves a lot to be desired.

Can the French take a good old English Classic and reboot it to fit with today’s modern times. Well, that’s what Director Benjamin Rocher has done with The Sweeney: Paris, a  70’s classic, filling it full of action and bravado with an end result that will satisfy any hardcore action fan. With The Sweeney: Paris, Familiar face, Jean Reno takes...

Kill Command Review – Basic viewing at its best.

As far as Sci-Fi thrillers Director Steven Gomez, better known for his visual effects work with The Cannibal in the Jungle than as a director, hasn’t delivered anything of any note with Kill Command. Basic viewing at best only describes the latest in an over saturated market. Kill Command goes straight in for the kill, there is no build up...

Nanny Culture Review

Nanny Culture is a documentary that tells the story of a British Nanny (Julie C. Mcilvenny) who moves to the United Arab Emirates to look after the children of a wealthy family. Set up’s for fish out of water tales don’t come much better than this; the potential is squandered in spectacular fashion however due to a number of bizarre...

The Hard Stop Review

Back in 2011, the young life of Mark Duggan was taken at the hands of the police after a Hard Stop on the London roads of Tottenham, North London. This killing caused one of the biggest riots in British History fuelled by racist tension which dates back to at least 1985 after PC Blakelock was murdered on the Broadwater...

Ben-Hur Review

With an epic biblical classic such as Ben-Hur, which was originally a novel by Lew Wallace published in 1880, comes with it the desire to remake the hell out of it, from films to TV series and 2016 see’s yet another remake. One that excites all too rarely and is full of cringe-worthy moments to make the best of...

Dog Eat Dog Review

Dog Eat Dog is the latest directorial effort from Paul Schrader, who is perhaps most famous for penning such classics as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and The Yakuza. The Martin Scorsese directed Taxi Driver contains Travis Bickle’s infamous monologue in which he proclaims “All the animals come out at night - whores, skunk pussies, buggers, queens, fairies, dopers, junkies. Sick,...

Green Room Review – Gruesomely Gripping and Brutal.

For only his second outing, Director Jeremy Saulnier has cranked up the heat in Green Room not only has he shown a flare for gruesome brutality but has landed the likes of legendary veteran actor Patrick Stewart along with Imogen Poots and Anton Yelchin to deliver a skinhead vs rockers horror that will shake you to your very core. The...

Blood Father Review

When Blood Father opens with a scene showing a young girl buying a copious amount of bullets but only when she asks for a packet of cigarettes is asked for ID you know you’re in for one hell of a tongue in cheek brutal ride of pure action packed frivolity. Aiding the shoot-em-up party in Blood Father is the return...

Sleeping with Other People – DVD Review

As audiences grow and change so does their need to have something new. Not everyone owns up to liking the odd rom-com or two but with Sleeping with Other People there is something for everyone in the form of raunchiness and romance, it smugly hits the right (g) spot. In Sleeping with Other People Jake and Lainey, played by Jason...

Grimsby Review – Prepare to be hilariously horrified

When you think of Sacha Baron Cohen and his past creative ventures of Ali G, Borat and Bruno you know you’re in for one hell of a non-PC, vulgar, stereotyping yet hilarious ride. By no means does Grimsby disappoint in any of these areas. If your faint of heart or easily offended walk away now. With Grimsby, we see a...

Alice Through The Looking Glass Review – Same Old Faces, Same Old Alice just a little less mediocre.

Back in 2010, the zany Tim Burton brought us the first dose in fantastical childhood literally madness to the big screen with Alice in Wonderland, with an exceptionally colourful and otherworldly imagery and personalities and even though it’s box office figures impressed the movie didn’t. Now in 2016, the next chapter in this story, Alice through the Looking Glass, arrives...

The Light Between Oceans Review

M.L. Steadman’s novel The Light Between Oceans became an instant hit when published back in 2012, A classic romantic story set after the first world war which has a theme of deep rooted love, loyalty and the question of right and wrong playing on the moralistic values of an impossibly difficult situation. Writer and Director Derek Cianfrance – known for...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of The Shadows Review

One thing is for certain when it comes to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of the Shadows; it’s not about making a movie full of entertainment and gusto than making a movie as it’s a sure fire way of making a large amount of cash from the disillusioned kids of today. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of the Shadows is...

Goosebumps Review – Just One Long Average Teen Fantasy Chase Movie.

In Goosebumps we get to see the monsters created by author R.L. Stine in his book series brought to life for the big screen, full of scary monsters and an evil ventriloquist dummy that seems to take its inspiration from the 1945 movie Dead of Night. That’s not the only movie reference which may seem familiar with any of the...

The Boss Review – Did someone say this was a comedy?

With a Melissa McCarthy film, you know exactly what to expect and with The Boss, where she plays a fallen business tycoon they story is no different. Which is a major shame as with the right storyline and script McCarthy could really shine as she deserves? This time, McCarthy teams up with her husband, Ben Falcone (Bridesmaids,Spy) to put pen...

Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words DVD Review

If there is one thing that Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words shows about one of Hollywood’s legendary award winning actresses is that in her thinking and ideals she was way ahead of her time. A strong charismatic woman who stood up to anyone but with such an elegant grace that mesmerised. Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words follows Bergman...

Zoolander 2 Review – Ridiculously Average Tired Comedy or Cult Classic?

It’s been 15 years since the man behind Blue steel, Derek Zoolander, hit the big screen but can this kind of humour stand the test of time and evolve into the new world? The answer is a big resounding no, not even the endless cameos can save this run(a)way disaster. A lot has happened in the 15 years since we...

I.T. Review

In a world that’s just seen a third series of technology horror anthology Black Mirror, it’s impossible not to compare thrillers with the same theme to the standard which the show has created, which is a test Pierce Brosnan-starring film I.T.  must also face. Despite the challenging circumstances, I.T is overall a surprisingly worthy action-thriller centred around the idea of...

Imperium DVD Review

Daniel Radcliffe in Imperium may be a role that will shock you right out of your underwear, but even with a shaven head and his neo-nazi appearance, it’s still hard to shake off his Harry Potter persona even with a superbly intelligent performance that fools his white supremacist brethren. Radcliffe plays Nate Foster, a straight-laced FBI agent who lacks the...

The Pass Review

It’s only been three years since playwright, John Donnelly’s The Pass opened on the stage to rave reviews, so it was only a matter of time that this socially topical play made it onto the big screen bringing with it 99% of its original stage cast. Russell Tovey takes up his role again as Jason, a closeted premier league footballer...

The Ivory Game Review

The Ivory Game is a groundbreaking documentary that tracks wildlife activists as they take on poachers in an effort to end the illegal ivory trade in Africa. It is a harrowing globe-trotting affair as we meet the people who put their lives on the line –entrenched in the deep heart of darkness fighting for the survival of the elephants. As...

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Review

What you should know is that Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is loosely based around two real brothers called, well, Mike and Dave, in their search to find dates for their straight-laced sister’s wedding under her strict orders. What this culminates in is a film which is a one trick pony which relies too heavily on trying to...

The 9th Life of Louis Drax Review

Before the novel, The 9th Life of Louis Drax was even published back in 2004, the late Director, Anthony Minghella, had already optioned the story for his production company, but with his many successful projects already in the pipeline never quite got round to making the film. The film, however, was later picked up by Anthony’s Son, actor Max Minghella,...

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again Review

Long-awaited sequels seem to be the special of the month. 10 long years after Mamma Mia hit our screens; the Abba musical is back and promises to be just as big a hit as its original big screen adaptation. Filled to the brim with a number of Abba bangers and the return of the original cast; be prepared for...

The Nice Guys Review – Gosling & Crowe are a formidable pair in this 70’s Detective Buddy Caper

The Nice Guys official film still

When writer and Director Shane Black teamed up with producer Joel Silver 30 years ago for Lethal Weapon it was the start of a beautiful friendship, one that has blossomed and matured into their new venture - The Nice Guys - for an explosive 70’s bromance comedy with disastrous moments that will truly make you laugh out loud. The Nice...

Journey’s End Review

RC’ Sheriff’s poignant war story has been adapted for the stage and film on numerous occasions over the years. In Saul Dibbs latest adaptation for the big screen, we are engulfed in a deeply affecting era of hope and despair on a personal and emotionally charged level. Stripping back to just the essentials and delving deep into the souls of those forced onto the front...

Kong: Skull Island Review

Since 1933, the giant ape, Kong, has been the subject of at least seven movies either in an original storyline or via remakes including the last offering with Peter Jackson’s 2005 remake of the 1933 original, King Kong.  Whilst Jackson’s offering was not quite up to epic proportions, Kong: Skull Island only out ape’s it with its CGI battles...

Born to be Blue Review

Born to be Blue adds its name to this year’s expanding list of biopics with a difference. This time looking at a period in the life of Jazz musician Chet Baker played here by an exceptional Ethan Hawke. It's Hawke’s performance that uplifts this story from what can be a very slow almost humdrum of a film. Following in slightly...

Salt And Fire DVD Review

Take an ecological disaster, missing luggage and a tablet with possibly the longest battery life in the world, and what have you got?  The latest from auteur director Werner Herzog. Herzog’s career reaches its fiftieth anniversary next year: his first feature, Signs Of Life, was released in 1968.  During that time, he’s directed titles that frequently find their way onto...

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