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Anton van Beek  |  Sep 04, 2015  |  0 comments

The idea of being relentlessly stalked by an unstoppable force is one of the most familiar notions in the horror genre. But rarely has the concept been used as efficiently or as effectively as in writer-director David Robert Mitchell's minimalist supernatural chiller It Follows.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 02, 2015  |  0 comments

Based on Nicholas Pileggi's best-selling nonfiction book Wiseguy, Martin Scorsese's kinetic 1990 crime epic spans three decades as it charts the rise and fall of three gangsters – Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), Jimmy 'The Gent' Conway (Robert De Niro) and Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci).

Mark Craven  |  Aug 31, 2015  |  0 comments

The title may recall memories of direct-to-video thrillers gone by, but there's nothing B-movie about this adaptation of the best-selling biography by US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Hollywood fave Bradley Cooper, it's a handsomely-staged A-list endeavour. Unfortunately, it's immensely serious and rather lacking in thrills.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 29, 2015  |  0 comments

During the late 1950s Hammer Film Productions reinvented itself as the UK's leading purveyor of cinematic shockers with The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) and Dracula (1958). But in 1959 the studio took a brief break from raiding Universal's catalogue of classic monsters to tackle one of Britain's best-loved literary icons – Sherlock Holmes.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 27, 2015  |  0 comments

Best known for playing the superhero Birdman in a series of Hollywood blockbusters a decade earlier, washed-up actor Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) is out to reinvent himself on Broadway. To this end, he has written a stage adaptation of a Raymond Carver short story, which he is also directing and starring in. However, as opening night looms, Riggan must contend with both his brilliant-but-volatile co-star Mike Shiner (Edward Norton) and recovering addict daughter, Sam (Emma Stone). And there's also the fact that Birdman himself keeps turning up to mock and criticise him…

Mark Craven  |  Aug 25, 2015  |  0 comments

Universal Studios doesn't have a superhero franchise to rival Marvel's Avengers, Warner's Batman or Fox's X-Men. But it doesn't need one, does it? The characters in the long-running Fast & Furious series are now so superheroic they will soon need to start donning capes.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 23, 2015  |  0 comments

Following the box office success of both Alice in Wonderland (2010) and Maleficent (2014), Disney recently embarked on producing live-action remakes of some of its most beloved animated classics. While the idea of one day having to endure Tim Burton's Dumbo (yes, really) fills us with an unspeakable dread, the series has got off to a surprisingly strong start with this live-action retelling of Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 21, 2015  |  0 comments

The quintessential Cannon Films action franchise, the American Ninja films continue to hold a special place in the hearts of those who grew up in the '80s.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 19, 2015  |  0 comments

It's the dying days of the 20th Century and as L.A. teeters on the brink of chaos, ex-cop-turned-hustler Lenny (Ralph Fiennes) is content to carry on making a living peddling black market 'clips': recordings of other people's memories that can be experienced with the aid of a digital headpiece. But when he comes into possession of a clip showing a rapper/political activist being executed by cops, Lenny finds himself caught up in a conspiracy of silence and pursued by people on both sides of the law.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 16, 2015  |  0 comments

Re-Animator producer Brian Yuzna made his directorial debut in 1989 with this enjoyably gloopy mix of satire and surreal body horror.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 14, 2015  |  0 comments

Following the downright bizarre misfire of 2013's crime drama The Counsellor, Ridley Scott went back to doing what he does best – epic blockbuster spectacle – with this lavish re-telling of the story of Moses. Every bit of the film's $140million budget is there on the screen for all to see, although some of the storytelling decisions that have been made serve to make Exodus… a bit of a mess when you get past all of the epic grandeur. It's no Gladiator, basically.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 12, 2015  |  0 comments

Michael Mann's latest stars Chris (Thor) Hemsworth as Nicholas Hathaway, a former cyber-crook released from jail in order to aid a joint U.S.-Chinese investigation into a cyber terrorist who has used some of Hathaway's old code to bring down a nuclear reactor in Hong Kong. As the team cautiously track the mysterious reactor hacker through Hong Kong, Malaysia and Indonesia, they find themselves a target in his ongoing campaign of terror.

Mark Craven  |  Aug 10, 2015  |  0 comments

Telling the real story of Italian-American Olympic athlete turned WW2 USAF bombardier Louis Zamperini – who endured and survived more than two years in a Japanese POW camp – Unbroken was at one stage tipped for Oscar recognition. Yet director Angelina Jolie went away empty-handed, and it's easy to see why. While handsomely-staged (especially the aerial combat scenes) and well-acted, it never really grips in the way that it should, focusing too much on hammering home the 'never give up' life lesson instead of nailing the dramas of Zamperini's remarkable tale. You'll end up wondering what a director like Oliver Stone would have done with the source material.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 08, 2015  |  0 comments

The apotheosis of Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg's obsession with body horror and the externalising of psychological terrors, the worryingly prescient Videodrome deals with a TV exec (James Woods) looking for ever more extreme content to show on his sensationalist station. When he chances across a pirate broadcast featuring what appears to be scenes of real torture he becomes obsessed, leading him into a world of terrifying hallucinations and violent conspiracies.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 06, 2015  |  0 comments

This saucy blockbuster tells the tale of sexually naive college student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson), who begins a relationship with hunky businessman Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), only to learn that he is even more dominant in the bedroom (or, more accurately, his 'red room of pain') than he is in the corporate boardroom.