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Anton van Beek  |  Dec 13, 2015  |  0 comments

The day before he becomes a teenager, 12-year-old Oscari (Onni Tommila) is sent off into the Finnish woods with a bow and arrow in order to prove himself a man. Despite being barely able to pull back the string on his weapon, Oscari dreams of bagging a bear just like his father once did. Instead, he finds himself having to help save beleaguered President of the United States (Samuel L. Jackson) when Air Force One is downed by terrorists.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 12, 2015  |  0 comments

When California is devastated by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake, Los Angeles Air Rescue pilot Ray Gaines (Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson) and his ex-wife Emma (Carla Gugino) set out to find their daughter Blake (Alexandra Daddario) in the ruins of San Francisco.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 11, 2015  |  0 comments

Cited by many as the first film to feature running zombies, Umberto Lenzi's absolutely bonkers 1980 Italian-Spanish splatter flick (known in the U.S. as City of the Walking Dead) finds a city overrun with pizza-faced blood-drinking ghouls in the wake of an accident at a nuclear power station.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 10, 2015  |  0 comments

Struck by lightning and doused with unknown radiation when an advanced particle accelerator malfunctions, crime scene investigator Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) discovers he has gained the ability to move at superhuman speeds. With the aid of a trio of science boffins from S.T.A.R. Labs, Allen transforms himself into the Flash and sets about stopping those other 'metahumans' who were transformed by the same radiation wave and are using their superpowers to criminal ends.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 09, 2015  |  0 comments

Carol Reed's celebrated 1949 British noir stars Joseph Cotten as Holly Martins, a pulp novelist who accepts a job offer in post-war Vienna from childhood friend Harry Lime (Orson Welles) – only to learn on his arrival that Lime has been killed in a traffic accident. Unconvinced by the story he's told by the local military police, Martins teams up with Lime's girlfriend Anna (Alida Vali) in an attempt to uncover the identity of the mysterious 'third man' seen at the site of the accident and find out what really happened to his old chum.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 08, 2015  |  0 comments

Jason Statham tries his hand at some 'Capital-A' acting playing Nick Wild, a Las Vegas bodyguard and recovering gambling addict who sets out to help an old girlfriend (Dominik Garcia-Lorido) after she's assaulted by sadistic mobster (Milo Ventimiglia).

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 07, 2015  |  0 comments

Former lawman Wyatt Earp (Henry Fonda) takes up the mantle of sheriff in the town of Tombstone in an effort to bring his youngest brother's killers to justice. Along the way he strikes up an unlikely friendship with Doc Holliday (Victor Mature), the gambler who runs the town, and falls in love with Clementine (Cathy Downs), one of Doc's former girlfriends who has come looking for him.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 06, 2015  |  0 comments

The original Pitch Perfect was one of 2012's biggest cinematic surprises, balancing its toe-tapping a cappella numbers with plenty of acerbic humour.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 05, 2015  |  0 comments

Following a car crash that leaves his daughter Christiane (Edith Scob) facially disfigured, obsessive plastic surgeon Dr. Genessier (Pierre Brasseur) gets his assistant Louise (Alida Valli) to lure unwitting young women to his secluded chateau in order to use them as a source of skin grafts.

Anton van Beek & Steve May  |  Dec 04, 2015  |  0 comments

With all of the world-building taken care of in last year's slightly creaky Divergent, this 'Young Adult' sci-fi sequel can get down to the business of driving the narrative forward while exploring the characters in even greater detail.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 03, 2015  |  0 comments

A case a cannibalism in a New York hospital leads to a group of investigators coming face-to-face with flesh-eating natives, ghastly ghouls and a mad scientist in this 1980 horror. A mash-up of two of the most popular strains of Italian horror cinema at the time (zombies and cannibals), Zombi Holocaust (aka Doctor Butcher, M.D.) is unquestionably a weak film. However, in delivering such a delirious mix of laughable dialogue, terrible acting and unconvincing gore, it's also a lot more fun than modern genre trash like Cockneys vs. Zombies or Ouija.

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 30, 2015  |  0 comments

Since it started airing back in 2005, the CW's fantasy-horror series has gone from strength-to-strength, becoming a must-watch for savvy genre fans. For those unfamilar with the show, Supernatural follows the adventures of brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) as they travel the US in their iconic 1967 Chevrolet Impala hunting ghosts, monsters, demons and other things that go bump in the night. And while it may have started off as a way of doing 'homages' to popular horror films and urban legends, as Supernatural has progressed and become more confident in its abilities, the show has developed into something much more expansive, building its own mythology around the war between demons and angels, introducing fan-favourite characters Castiel (Mischa Collins) and Crowley (Mark Sheppard) into the mix to spice up the format.

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 22, 2015  |  0 comments

Two decades after the disastrous events of Jurassic Park, John Hammond's dream has become a reality and Isla Nublar is home to Jurassic World, a fully-functioning prehistoric theme park/biological preserve. But in order to stave off audience apathy regarding dinosaurs, the park's scientist team – led by Jurassic Park survivor Dr. Henry Wu (B. D. Wong) – have been working on cooking up a new, genetically-modified hybrid: the Indominus rex.

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 16, 2015  |  0 comments

Back in 2004 Anchor Bay gave UK-based fright-fans a real treat with its Hellraiser: Limited Edition 4-Disc Lament Configuration DVD boxset, which collected together the first three films in the long-running horror franchise alongside a bumper crop of bonus goodies. Now, a little over a decade later, Arrow Video has finally given those same fans a chance to ditch their DVDs and upgrade to hi-def with its own deluxe boxset.

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 09, 2015  |  0 comments

It's been 30 years since 'mad' Max Rockatansky last graced the silver screen with a new adventure. Judging from this two-hour filmic firecracker, time has done nothing to diminish the character nor the ambitions of his creator, 70-year-old Australian writer-director George Miller, who returns to the wastelands for a spectacular sequel/reboot of operatic proportions.