NOT ANOTHER HAPPY ENDING

3 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

Director: John McKay (We’ll Take Manhattan / Piccadilly Jim / Crush (2001))

Cast: Karen Gillan, Stanley Weber, Gary Lewis, Iain De Caestecker, Amy Manson, Freya Mavor with Kate Dickie and Henry Ian Cusick

Writer: David Solomons

Trailer: NOT ANOTHER HAPPY ENDING

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8 MINUTES IDLE

4 out of 10

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Release Date: 14th February 2014

Director: Mark Simon Hewis

Cast: Tom Hughes, Ophelia Lovibond, Monserrat Lombard, Antonia Thomas, Jack Ashton, Divian Ladwa with Paul Kaye and Pippa Haywood

Writer: Nicholas Blincoe / Matt Thorne

Trailer: 8 MINUTES IDLE

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EXHIBITION

4 out of 10

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Release Date: 25th April 2014

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Director: Joanna Hogg (Archipelago / Unrelated)

Cast: Viv Albertine, Liam Gillick, Mary Roscoe, Christopher McWatters, Harry Kershaw and Tom Hiddleston

Writer: Joanna Hogg

Trailer: EXHIBITION

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

  • Mary Roscoe: Unrelated
  • Tom Hiddleston: High Rise, Crimson Peak, Muppets Most Wanted, Only Lovers Left Alive, Thor 2, Avengers Assemble, The Deep Blue Sea (2011), War Horse, Midnight In Paris, Thor, Archipelago, Unrelatedr

DEATH (2014)

3 out of 10

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Release Date: 4th March 2014 (DVD Premiere)

Director: Martin Gooch (The Search for Simon)

Cast: Claira Watson-Parr, Ben Shockley, David Wayman, Nicola Goodchild, Jonathan Hansler, Linal Haft, Genevieve Berkeley-Steele, David Acton, Michael McKell and Leslie Phillips with Nick Moran and Paul Freeman

Writer: Martin Gooch

Trailer: DEATH

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

  • Ben Shockley: VendettaThe Shouting MenTen Dead Men, Bad Day
  • David Wayman: Art Ache, The Search for Simon, The Dead Inside (2013)Nazi Zombie Death Tales
  • Jonathan Hansler: Convention Of The Dead, Art Ache, The Search for SimonAxed, The Devil’s Business, Cash and Curry
  • Linal Haft: Eastenders (TV), Moulin Rouge, Soft Fruit, Shine On Harvey Moon (TV)
  • Michael McKell: Outpost 3, Emmerdale (TV), Freight, Doctors (TV), Essex Boys
  • Leslie Phillips: Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows 2 (voice), Is Anybody There?, Venus, Churchill – The Hollywood Years, Millions, Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets (voice), Thunderpants, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (voice), Lara Croft – Tomb Raider, Saving Grace, The Jackal (1997), August (1996), Carry On Columbus, King Ralph, Mountains of the Moon, Scandal, Empire of the Sun, Out of Africa, Not Now Comrade, Not Now Darling, Don’t Just Lie There Say Something, Doctor In Trouble, Some Will Some Won’t, The Longest Day, Doctor In Love, Carry On Constable, Carry On Teacher
  • Nick Moran: London Heist, Age of KillSt George’s Day, The Baby Juice Express, The Kid (dir),  Telstar (dir), Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Pt 1 & 2, Goal 3, Puritan, The Musketeer, Another Life, Rancid Aluminium, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
  • Paul Freeman: Getaway, Hard Boiled SweetsCenturionA Fantastic Fear Of Everything, Hot Fuzz, Powers Rangers – The Movie, Just Like a Woman, Indiana Jones and The Raiders Of The Lost Ark, The Long Good Friday

THE INVISIBLE WOMAN

7.5 out of 10

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Release Date: 21st February 2014

Director: Ralph Fiennes (Coriolanus)

Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristen Scott-Thomas, Joanna Scanlan, Tom Burke, John Kavanagh, Amanda Hale, Perdita Weeks, Michael Marcus with Michelle Fairley and Tom Hollander

Writer: Abi Morgan

Trailer: THE INVISIBLE WOMAN

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  • Ralph Fiennes: Hail Caesar, James Bond – Spectre, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Great Expectations (2012),  James Bond – Skyfall, Wrath Of The Titans, Coriolanus, Harry Potter- parts 3-8, Cemetery Junction, Clash Of The Titans (2010), Nanny McPhee 2, The Reader, The Hurt Locker, The Duchess, In Bruges, The Constant Gardener, Chromophobia, Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of The Were Rabbit (voice), Maid In Manhattan, Red Dragon, Spider, The End Of The Affair, Onegin, The Avengers (1998), Oscar & Lucinda, The English Patient, Strange Days, Quiz Show, Schindler’s List, The Baby Of Macon, Wuthering Heights (1992)
  • Felicity Jones: Star Wars – Rogue One, Autobahn, The Theory of Everything, Amazing Spider Man 2, Breathe In, Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, HysteriaAlbatross, Like Crazy, The Tempest (2010), Chalet GirlCemetery Junction, Cheri
  • Kristen Scott-Thomas: Suite Francaise, My Old Lady, Only God Forgives, In The House, Sarah’s Key, Love Crime, Leaving, Bel Ami, Salmon Fishing In The Yemen, The Woman In The Fifth,  Nowhere Boy, Confessions Of a Shopaholic, Largo Winch, Easy Virtue, The Other Boleyn Girl, I’ve Love You So Long, The Golden Compass (voice), The Walker, Keeping Mum, Chromophobia, Code 46, Gosford Park, Up At The Villa, Random Hearts, The horse Whisperer, The English Patient, Mission Impossible, Angels & Insects, Richard III (1995), Le Confessional, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bitter Moon, Autobus, A Handful Of Dust
  • Joanna Scanlan: Tulip Fever, The Bad Education Movie, Testament of Youth, Get Santa, The Thick of It (TV)
  • Tom Burke: Utopia (TV), The Musketeers (TV), The Hooligan Factory, Only God Forgives, CleanskinThird StarTelstar, Cheri, Donkey Punch
  • John Kavanagh: Vikings (TV), In Secret, The Stag,The Black Dahlia, Alexander, Dancing At Lughnasa, The Butcher’s Boy, Some Mother’s Son, Braveheart, Circle of Friends, Widows’ Peak, Into The West, Cal, Paddy
  • Amanda Hale: The White Queen (TV), Ripper Street (TV)
  • Perdita Weeks: As Above So Below, Titanic (TV), Prowl, The Tudors (TV), Stig of the Dump (TV), Spice World
  • Michelle Fairley: Heart of the Sea, 24 (TV), Montana, Ironclad 2Philomena, A Game Of Thrones (TV)
  • Tom Hollander: The Riot Club, Rev (TV), Muppets Most Wanted, About TimeByzantium, Hanna, The Soloist, In The Loop, Elizabeth- The Golden Age, Pirates Of The Caribbean- parts 2 & 3, Pride & Prejudice (2005), The Libertine, Paparazzi, Stage Beauty, Possession, Gosford Park, The Lawless Heart, Enigma, Maybe Baby, The Clandestine Marriage, Bedrooms and Hallways, Martha- Meets Frank Daniel and Laurence, True Blue, Some Mother’s Son

THE PATROL

6.5 out of 10

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Release Date: 7th February 2014

Director: Tom Petch

Cast: Nav Sidhu, Ben Righton, Nicholas Beveney, Daniel Fraser, Oliver Mott, Alex McNally and Owain Arthur

Writer: Tom Petch

Trailer: THE PATROL

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SHAME THE DEVIL

3.5 out of 10

Release date: 30th June 2014 (DVD Premiere)

Director: Paul Tanter (He Who Dares 2 / White Collar Hooligan 3 / The Hooligan Wars / He Who Dares / Essex Boys Retribution / White Collar Hooligan 2 / Fall of the Essex Boys / Rise of the White Collar Hooligan / Jack Falls)

Cast: Simon Phillips, Juliette Bennett, Will DeMeo, Kellie Shirley, Jack Murray, Peter Woodward, Bradford West, Lucy Clements, Martin Fisher, Leo Goodman with Peter Barrett and Doug Bradley 

Writer: Paul Tanter

Trailer: SHAME THE DEVIL

UnknownTo Be Proofread: According to IMDB.com, Shame The Devil’s original title was to be Jack Rises.  Thank god the makers had a change of heart and decided against adding a fourth instalment to their rancid ‘Jack’ trilogy (Jack Says / Jack Said / Jack Falls).  There’s very little else going for this British Saw rip-off that only serves to prove how good that series was. We were spoilt and we didn’t know it. Anyway, less about it’s inspiration and more about Shame The Devil itself, a Paul Tanter film that seems to have been lurking around for ages whilst more predictable hooligan-bait / Essex Boys got released.  (Curiously, the DVD cover credits this Shame The Devil as a Greg Hall (director of DANGEROUS MIND OF A HOOLIGAN) movie – but yet there’s no trace of him in the credits in the film or on the back cover? What went on there I wonder!?)

Again, Simon Phillips (STAGGER) miscasts himself as a grizzled London cop who is being targeted by a truth obsessed killer who is systematically killing his friends and acquaintances by method of a Q+A, a lie detector and a killing trap (a gun / a faulty pacemaker / an electric dog collar).  His mission takes him to NYC, USA where he hooks up with an old girlfriend (JULIETTE BENNETT) and serial killer profiler. Only thing is, the killer has followed him to America. Red herrings abound and despite the deep shit that Phillip’s cop James finds himself in he’s still got time to take in posh restaurants, wise crack and have Fisher Price level debates about religion and faith.

Shame The Devil‘s saving graces are in some of the performances. Down the cast-list are players that really should be getting better jobs as they easily outshine the terrible leads – we have Tanter/Phillips regular Peter Barrett (FALL OF THE ESSEX BOYS), Edward Woodward’s son Peter (THE LAST SCOUT) and Martin Fisher (VENDETTA). All of whom elevate the movie somewhat. Sadly, this another trumped up, ego trip for Mr Phillips who is a limited actor at best. He is great at comedy and is great at the sarcastic put down. In dramatic roles though he lacks the heft, menace, or conviction. No way can he play a grizzled cop or a criminal mastermind (see (or actually, please don’t see) HE WHO DARES) so the whole exercise collapses into a heap. The films plot is tighter than we’ve been lead to expect from previous Tanter/Phillips films but it’s still a pale rip-off of a successful American horror franchise – which was far from perfect itself but way better than this. The killer’s motives are are ludicrous and too far fetched even for this lunacy. And just who was Victor (DOUG BRADLEY – HELL RAISER) – did I miss something, or did it get axed in the edit?

3.5 out of 10 – Nearly watchable and better than most of Paul Tanter / Simon Phillips quickies. It’s more annoying than entertaining, but its worth watching for some good supporting turns. It just amounts to another lame ego-trip for it’s duff actor/producer. Lame The Devil.

Now read Matt ‘Plot Spoiler’ Usher’s hilarious review down below where he does tell the truth! Oh Yes!

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