• 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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  • Previews: Dark River Poster, Oceans 8, More!

    Plenty in this pre-Christmas preview of coming events, including the new Dark River poster, Gringo, Oceans 8, and more… Dark River Poster Here is the new Dark River poster. The […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Film Review: Breathe

Breathe is a by-the-numbers period drama which offers few surprises. Andy Serkis directs well, but the film feels rather generic. When Robin and Diana fall in love, Diana follows him and his job to Kenya. When Robin contracts polio, he thinks his life is over. The couple and their friends must find a way forward that gives Robin a chance […]

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Film Review: The Glass Castle

Director and co-writer Destiny Daniel Cretton’s The Glass Castle is an engaging watch, thanks to its good performances and good storytelling. Jeanette has an unconventional childhood. As an adult about to introduce her partner to her parents, Jeanette reflects on her upbringing with her eccentric artist mother and her alcoholic father… Based on Writer Jeanette Walls’s memoirs, The Glass Castle focuses […]

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What to Watch on Shudder: Antiviral and More

This week’s guide of what to watch on Shudder features Brandon Cronenberg’s Antiviral, zombie sequel [Rec] 2, and Dark Skies… What to Watch on Shudder: Antiviral Brandon Cronenberg carries on his father David’s tradition of science fiction/body horror with Antiviral. At times uncomfortable viewing, the film nevertheless compels. Antiviral is about the employee of a clinic which sells injections of viruses harvested […]

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Previews: Annihilation Trailer, Darkest Hour, More!

Plenty in this week’s preview of coming attractions, including the Annihilation trailer, Darkest Hour, Isle of Dogs and more… Annihilation Trailer Above is the new Annihilation trailer. The film is based on the best-selling Southern Reach trilogy, and is directed by Alex Garland. The film features an all-star cast, including Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Tessa Thompson. Annihilation is set […]

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Film Review: Pecking Order

Pecking Order, Slavko Martinov’s documentary on a poultry competition in New Zealand, is interesting but never fascinating. Chicken breeders turn their attention to the 2015 National Poultry Show. A local breeders’ club in Christchurch great up to the event, in spite of some leadership issues and strong personalities… Written and directed by Slavko Martinov, Pecking Order has dual strands. One is […]

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Previews: The Commuter Trailer, Tomb Raider, More!

Lots to see in this week’s preview of coming attractions, including the brand new The Commuter trailer, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Tomb Raider, and more… The Commuter Trailer Here is the brand new The Commuter trailer. The action thriller is about a regular commuter who is forced to find a hidden passenger on his train. The film sees director Jaume […]

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Film Review: Victoria & Abdul

Stephen Frears’ Victoria & Abdul is a by-the-numbers comedy drama that offers decent performances from its two leads. In her later years, Queen Victoria is cantankerous and weary of the constant royal functions. She strikes up an unlikely friendship with Abdul, a young Indian clerk who is stacked with presenting her with a commemorative coin… For those who have viewed the […]

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