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Anton van Beek  |  Nov 04, 2013  |  0 comments

After violating Starfleet's prime directive while attempting to save the indigenous population of an alien planet from a volcano, Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) is stripped of command of the U.S.S. Enterprise. However, when rogue Federation agent John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) starts a one-man war against Starfleet that results in the deaths of several high-ranking officers, Kirk is reinstated and the Enterprise is sent on a mission to track down and terminate the galactic terrorist.

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 31, 2013  |  0 comments

Just like a fine wine or actress/model Monica Bellucci, John Carpenter's 1978 slasher just keeps getting better with age. Pared back to the absolute essentials, but shot through with Carpenter's widescreen artistry, Halloween eschews the gross-out gore that would become the hallmark of its countless imitators (and sequels) in favour of the far more basic – and rewarding – fun that comes from scaring the bejeezus out of its audience. It's a film that's both brilliant in its simplicity and quite simply brilliant.

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 18, 2013  |  0 comments

A box office flop in the Summer of 1985, Tobe Hooper's $25million sci-fi-horror epic has since been relegated to the status of a 'guilty pleasure', mainly remembered for leading lady Mathilda May's many nude scenes. However, time has been surprisingly kind to the film and – while not without its flaws – today Lifeforce stands out from the bland Hollywood blockbusters that followed in its wake as a unique, astonishingly audacious and brilliantly bonkers special effects extravaganza.

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 16, 2013  |  0 comments

Set in the Lamorna artists colony in Cornwall in 1913, this period drama tells of the ill-fated love triangle that developed between artists Alfred Munnings (Dominic Cooper) and Florence Carter-Wood (Emily Browning), and Alfred's friend Gilbert Evans (Dan Stevens).

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 28, 2013  |  0 comments

Inspired by Rudyard Kipling's stories of the same name, The Jungle Book is notable for being the last Disney film that Walt really had a hand in prior to his death, and for the place it maintains in the hearts of the legions of the animation studio's fans.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 26, 2013  |  0 comments

Enter the Dragon is far from being Bruce Lee's best movie. Lacking the fury, fluidity and creativity of his trio of Asian martial arts films, this 1973 effort often feels like a fairly standard post-007 Hollywood action flick that just happens to have had Bruce Lee dropped into it.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 18, 2013  |  0 comments

Now here's a curious thing: a film that is both a sequel to a recent action blockbuster as well as being a reboot of the entire franchise.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 08, 2013  |  0 comments

Neither a true remake or sequel, this reboot of the Evil Dead franchise sees five friends descend on that cabin in the middle of nowhere to help one of their number, Mia (Jane Levy), kick her drug addiction. However, when they find a mysterious book hidden away in the basement – a book that holds the secret to summoning up an ancient evil – cold turkey is the least of their worries.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 06, 2013  |  0 comments

Phase One of Marvel Studios' interconnected movie universe spent so much of its time laying the groundwork for Avengers Assembled that we simply didn't know what to expect from Phase Two. If Iron Man 3 is any indication, the films released under that banner will be more focused and confident that any of their predecessors.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 05, 2013  |  0 comments

Reuniting two stars of his earlier horror smash Re-Animator (Jeffrey Combes and Barbara Crampton), Castle Freak tells the story of an American family who inherit an Italian castle. Of course, this being a horror film, the castle comes with a nasty secret in the form of a deformed freak who has been locked up in one of its basement cells for decades. And when he gets loose, there's going to be hell to pay...

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 01, 2013  |  0 comments

This brilliant 1970 serial is notable for marking a number of firsts for Doctor Who. For one thing, It marks the debut appearance of John Pertwee as the third incarnation of the Doctor. The story also introduces those deadly shop window dummies, the Autons. And on top of that, it was also the first Doctor Who story ever to be shot in colour.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 29, 2013  |  0 comments

Equal parts coming-of-age story, family melodrama, exploration of femininity and homage to Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt, the Hollywood debut of director Park Chan-wook is just as unusual and twisted as his earlier Korean thrillers Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, OldBoy and Lady Vengeance.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 26, 2013  |  0 comments

It's been 18 long months since the fifth season of sci-fi cartoon Futurama hit Blu-ray in the UK. During this time two further seasons have been released to buy in the US and the show has been cancelled all over again. But let's not dwell on the negatives. Instead, let's simply be happy that UK fans have another 13 episodes to enjoy in hi-def with this belated release of the show's sixth season.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 26, 2013  |  0 comments

When the White House is overrun by North Korean terrorists and the President (Aaron Eckhart) is held hostage there's only one man who can save the day. No, not John McClane – the man of action this time is Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), the Secret Service agent the President still blames for the death of the First Lady (Ashley Judd) 18 months earlier.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 24, 2013  |  0 comments

When underachieving chemistry teacher Walter White (Bryan Cranston) is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, he comes up with an unusual plan to ensure that his family won't be left with crippling debt when he dies. Teaming up with former student Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), the duo start producing the purest crystal meth around.