Film Review: Mandy

Panos Cosmatos’ Mandy is quite the trip. At its best moments, the film is dazzling. Red and Mandy live an idyllic existence in their secluded home in the forest. When a nefarious group crosses them, the couple are plunged into a nightmare…  Director and co-writer Panos Cosmatos has crafted a revenge thriller with its own unique flair. The premise is fairly […]

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BFI London Film Festival 2018 Launch

Today saw the BFI London Film Festival 2018 launch. Now in its 62nd year, the festival is screening 225 feature films, including 21 world premieres. Here are some highlights from the festival programme… Headline Galas The Opening and Closing Gala films had already been announced. The BFI London Film Festival 2018 opens with Steve McQueen’s hotly anticipated Widows, starring Viola […]

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Film Review: Mom and Dad

Brian Taylor’s Mom and Dad is an amusing thriller that acts as a showcase for Nicolas Cage to go ‘full Cage’. A good premise and some outlandish scenes make for an entertaining movie. Teenager Carly and her younger brother Josh are used to their normal, suburban existence. When a mass hysteria hits their town, the siblings must protect themselves from the […]

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Film Review: Snowden

Oliver Stone’s Snowden mixes biopic with political thriller. It is an enjoyable enough watch. In June 2013, Edward Snowden meets with filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald in a hotel room in Hong Kong. Intelligence contractor Snowden wishes to blow the whistle on mass surveillance techniques by the NSA… How do you make a recent and very well publicised […]

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Film Review: The Frozen Ground

The Frozen Ground in a crime thriller that offers some good tension and an interesting case. In Alaska, 1983, Cindy, a young prostitute narrowly escapes the clutches of a client who attempts to kill her. Seeing similarities between her experience and a number of missing girls, State Trooper Jack Halcombe starts to track the serial killer, but he needs Cindy’s […]

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Trailer Round-Up

Plenty of new trailers this week, including The Call, The Frozen Ground,and Only God Forgives… The Call Halle Berry plays an emergency call operator in The Call. Also starring Abigail Breslin, film looks like a fast-paced thriller, from the trailer at least. It at least serves as a warning to always keep your phone adequately charged. The Call is out […]

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Justice Trailer

Justice is a new thriller staring Nicolas Cage, Guy Pearce and January Jones. I’m not sure if Nicolas Cage and January Jones would be married in real life, but that’s not really the point. From the trailer, the plot appears fairly predictable. However the film looks like it could be a lot of fun. And Guy Pearce is always good, […]

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Film Review: Season of the Witch

Inexplicable accents and Nicolas Cage’s inexplicable hair are just two of the more superficial problems with Season of the Witch. The film reeks of corner cutting, and neither the narrative nor the action sequences engage viewers. Knights Behmen and Felson depart from the Crusades, uneasy with commands to slaughter unarmed people. After arriving in a plague-ravaged village, the knights are asked to […]

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