Film Review: A Caribbean Dream

Shakirah Bourne’s A Caribbean Dream is an amiable reimagining of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In Barbados, Hermia is set to marry Demetrius, even though she is in love with Lysander. During a festival, the mischievous Puck decides to play tricks on the islanders, Under love spells, chaos ensues… Writer and director Shakirah Bourne transport Shakespeare’s whimsical play to […]

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Film Review: The Mercy

James Marsh’s The Mercy offers strong performances and decent storytelling. The only real fault is that the film eschews the most fascinating aspect of the story. When he hears about the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, Donald Crowhurst decides to take part. The only problem is that he lacks the experience and vehicle to do so, being an amateur […]

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Film Review: Last Flag Flying

On paper, Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying looks like a winner. However, the actual film is a hit and miss affair, despite the talent involved. Thirty years after they served in Vietnam together, Doc seeks out his old army buddies Sal and Richard. As they reunite, Doc tells his old friends the reason he looked them up. Doc needs their […]

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Film Review: The Commuter

Jaume Collet-Serra’s The Commuter is very much a Liam Neeson action thriller. As such it is a bit silly but entertaining throughout. Michael MacCauley is an insurance salesman who has done the same commute to work for ten years. On his way home one day, he is given an intriguing proposition. Yet things aren’t quite what they seem… One of the more […]

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Film Review: Leatherface

Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury’s Leatherface certainly offers the gore viewers may expect. However, the film fails to match the terror of its progenitor. Young Jed Sawyer is taken away from his deranged family and placed in an institution. Years later, he comes back into contact with the Sawyer clan… A prequel to Tobe Hooper’s genre seminal The Texas Chainsaw […]

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Film Review: Persona

Ingmar Bergman’s 1966 classic Persona has an ageless quality. The film offers a mystery which will intrigue viewers throughout. Nurse Alma is tasked with looking after Elisabet, an actress who is mute following a psychological break. Alma takes Elisabet to an isolated cottage in order try to help her recover… Ingmar Bergman’s 1966 film gets a re-release as part of […]

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Film Review: The Binding

Gus Krieger’s The Binding is a decent thriller. The film loses momentum at times, but is engaging for the most part and offers nervy finale. With a young baby, Sarah is at first in awe at her preacher husband’s visions. As she finds out more, Sarah becomes increasingly concerned for her baby’s safety. She seeks the help in discovering the truth… Written, […]

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Film Review: The Unseen

Writer-director Gary Sinyor’s The Unseen works well to build atmosphere for the first two thirds, but is let down by a risible final act. Gemma and Will are struggling to come to terms with a family tragedy. Gemma begins to have panic attacks, which cause a temporary loss of vision. Will, meanwhile, is convinced he is hearing things that can’t […]

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Film Review: Anna

Michael Crum’s low-budget horror Anna lacks the scares which would make a decent genre film. Two friends decide to steal a doll from a paranormal museum, hoping to capture its supernatural powers for their online show. The pair get more than they bargain for when they lose control of the situation… Directed by Michael Crum, Anna at first appears like a […]

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