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Anton van Beek  |  Feb 10, 2018  |  0 comments

Enjoyably silly creature-feature It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955) kicks off this three-film boxset in fine style with its story of a giant radioactive octopus attacking San Francisco. While the human characters are as dull as you'd expect, Harryhausen's beast is an absolute triumph – even if it does only have six tentacles because the budget wouldn't stretch to animating eight of them.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 28, 2018  |  0 comments

When it comes to the Evil Dead franchise, there's nothing that Bruce Campbell won't put himself through. Over the course of three films and two seasons of this belated TV spin-off, the actor has been bruised and abused on a regular basis.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 25, 2018  |  0 comments

When American intelligence officer Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crashes near the island of Themyscira, hidden home to the Amazonian race of warrior women, he is rescued by Diana (Gal Gadot), demigod daughter of Zeus and Amazon queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen). Learning of the war that currently ravages the outside world, Diana is sure that it can only be the work of Ares, God of War, and vows to accompany Steve back to 'Man's World' and restore peace.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 23, 2018  |  0 comments

When the ancient, soul-sucking mummy of Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella) is freed from her tomb in Iraq and unleashed in present-day England, the only people that stand in her way are treasure-hunting US soldier Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) and archaeologist Jennifer Halsey (Annabelle Wallis). But Ahmanet has her own plan for Nick, one that could release an even greater evil on the world…

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 21, 2018  |  0 comments

A small group of highly skilled mercenaries are brought together in France by an Irish operative to steal a mysterious briefcase. What follows is a modern action classic of the kind they sadly don't make any more…

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 19, 2018  |  0 comments

Loosely based on Sarah Waters' 2002 Victorian crime novel Fingersmith (previously adapted for TV by the BBC in 2005), The Handmaiden relocates the story to the Japanese-ruled Korea of the 1930s and transforms it into an outrageously sexy yet curiously heartfelt thriller that is surely director Park Chan-wook's most accomplished work to date.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 15, 2018  |  0 comments

Based on Masamune Shirow's legendary late '80s manga series of the same name, this Hollywood production of Ghost in the Shell follows the exploits of the Major (Scarlett Johansson), a highly-advanced cyborg working for counterterrorist taskforce Section 9. The first of her kind, the Major is an entirely artificial body housing a brain rescued from a dying young woman.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 12, 2018  |  0 comments

Set 30 years after the events of its dystopian predecessor, Blade Runner 2049 finds that things have only gotten much worse for everyone in the interim. Pollution is more pronounced, a 10-day electronic blackout has left a gaping wound in humanity’s digital history, mass-starvation was only averted through the development of bug farms and the new breed of Nexus replicants developed by the Wallace Corporation (which has taken over from the defunct Tyrell Corp) are treated little better than slaves by society.

Team HCC  |  Dec 08, 2017  |  0 comments

Warner Bros. has announced the US home entertainment release date for Blade Runner 2049. According to the official announcement from Warner Bros. director Denis Villenueve's spectacular science-fiction sequel will be released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray and DVD on January 16. The lack of any mention of Dolby Vision (something that was specifically referenced in the same studio's recent announcement for the 4K release of Stephen King's IT) would appear to indicate that the 4K platter will only offer HDR10. Dolby Atmos soundtracks will be featured on both the 4K and Blu-ray versions of the film.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 01, 2017  |  0 comments

Based on the popular French comic book series Valérian and Laureline (1967-2010), Luc Besson's long-awaited return to outer space is a madcap explosion of imagination and spectacle that serves up more weird aliens and gimmicks than all of the Star Wars films combined.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 10, 2017  |  0 comments

When a probe carrying samples from Mars docks with the International Space Station, the small crew discover that they've got more than they bargained for. Amongst the soil they discover a dormant alien microbe that, once free from its confinement, starts growing at a rapid rate and hunting them down.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 09, 2017  |  0 comments

A family comedy act that hit it big on the stage during the 1920s, the Marx Brothers' reliance on humorous wordplay as much as other visual vaudeville humour meant a move to the bigscreen was basically a nonstarter until the arrival of the 'talkies'. But as soon as that technology was established, Hollywood – in the form of Paramount Pictures – came calling for Groucho, Chico, Harpo and Zeppo.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 07, 2017  |  0 comments

Sam Dalmas (Tony Musante), an American writer living in Rome, witnesses a woman (Eva Renzi) being attacked in an art gallery. Attempting to help, Sam ends up trapped in a glass atrium and can only watch as the woman is stabbed and the attacker gets away. Following the incident, Sam grows increasingly obsessed by the idea that something he witnessed during the attack didn't make sense. But as he embarks on his own investigation, Sam and his girlfriend Giulia (Suzy Kendall) become targets for the mysterious killer.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 06, 2017  |  0 comments

1958's The 7th Voyage of Sinbad finds the legendary adventurer (Kerwin Matthews) planning to settle down and marry Princess Parisa (Kathryn Grant). Luckily for us things don't go to plan and a scheming magician (Torin Thatcher) shrinks Parisa down to the size of a Barbie doll, forcing Sinbad to set sail in search of a cure.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 05, 2017  |  0 comments

When African-American Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) agrees to spend the weekend in the country with his white girlfriend Rose Armitage (Allison Williams), visiting her wealthy parents, he can't help but feel nervous about how they will react to his presence. Despite being welcomed with open arms by neurosurgeon Dean (Bradley Whitford) and psychiatrist Missy (Catherine Keener), Chris is still left feeling uneasy by the subdued behaviour of their black servants. The next day, things get even more uncomfortable when Chris finds himself the centre of attention at a rather unusual family gathering…

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