BLACKWOOD

4 out of 10

Release Date: 1st August 2014

Director: Adam Wimpenny

Cast: Ed Stoppard, Sophia Myles, Russell Tovey, Paul Kaye, Isaac Andrews, Joanna Vanderham and Greg Wise

Writer: JS Hill

Trailer: BLACKWOOD

MV5BMjI1NDM5Mjk1Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTU2MDUxMjE@._V1_SX214_AL_Famous TV historian Ben Marshall (ED STOPPARD – PAPADOPOULOS AND SONS) has relocated his family to the titular countryside pile after a violent nervous breakdown. Now in recovery and with a new job at a local university as a lecturer he begins to suffer from vivid hallucinations at his new house. Are his pills too strong, or are ghosts trying to contact him? Could it be the that spooky gamekeeper (RUSSELL TOVEY – PRIDE), the former marine turned priest (PAUL KAYE – IT’S ALL GONE PETE TONG) and his best friend from the past (GREG WISE – EFFIE GRAY) are keeping secrets from him.

With a larger budget and a better calibre of actor present than in most britpics it would be reasonable to expect a degree of quality from Blackwood. Whilst it has more ideas than the redundant THE WOMAN IN BLACK sequel (another recent haunted house film) it still lacks the crucial scares. After building up the creepy atmosphere at the beginning the makers seem to forget to maintain the tension. A ghost story turns into a sleuth/amateur detective story before trying something ‘new’ but stupid. Blackwood seems to exist for it’s sleight of hand in the plot and sadly the proceedings don’t earn the right to try something new. The resolution as well as the journey are disappointing as scene after scene runs out of steam. Better films and TV shows are funnelled in like Pan’s Labyrinth, The Orphanage, and weirdly enough Midsomer Murders. The hero is insufferable, unsympathetic and cruel, I just wanted him to die most of the way through and that’s another one of the film’s problems. Most of the other characters are ciphers with the wife (SOPHIA MYLES – TRANSFORMERS 4) and son (ISAAC ANDREWS) stock types. Kaye and Tovey belong in Scooby Doo.

Blackwood gains a higher rating than normal because it looks like a real film. Somebody’s spent a lot of money on finding the perfect location, the production values, a good score and ace cinematography. It’s a shame it’s got such nice window dressing because the actual shop is empty.

4 out of 10 – Clunky haunted house film with a ludicrous twist in the tale. Disappointing and flat.

Another review below by Matt Usher!

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GONE TOO FAR

6 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release Date: 10th October 2014

Director: Destiny Ekaragha

Cast: Malachi Kirby, OC Ukeje, Shanika Warren-Markland, Adeleyo Adedayo, Golda John, Tosin Cole, Miles McDonald, Poojah Shah, Bhasker Patel, KG The Comedian, Michael Maris, Eddie Kadi, Ashley Chin and Kulvinder Ghir

Writer: Bola Agbaje

Trailer: GONE TOO FAR

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IN YOUR DREAMS

2.5 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release Date: 14th June 2009 (DVD Premiere)

Director: Gary Sinyor (United We Fall / The Bachelor / Stiff Upper Lips / Solitaire For 2 / Leon The Pig Farmer)

Cast: Dexter Fletcher, Parminder Nagra, Linda Hamilton, Susan George, Robert Portal, Elize Du Toit, Beatie Edney, David Horovitch, Maria Charles, Dana Haqjoo, Vanessa Feltz and Anouska Mond

Writer: Gary Sinyor

Trailer: IN YOUR DREAMS

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT PERSON IN BEFORE?

  • Dexter Fletcher: Eddie The Eagle (dir), Age of Kill, The Coven, Muppets Most Wanted, Sunshine On Leith (dir), Cockneys Vs. ZombiesSt. George’s DayWild Bill (2012) (dir),The Three Musketeers (2011), Everywhere + Nowhere,  Kick Ass, Jack FallsDead Cert, Baseline, Stardust, Below, Layer Cake, Doom, Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, The Rachel Papers, The Raggedy Rawney, Caravaggio, Press Gang (TV)
  • Parminder Nagra: Postman Pat (voice), Twenty8K, Horrid Henry, ER (TV), Bend It Like Beckham,
  • Linda Hamilton: Dante’s Peak, The Shadow Conspiracy, Separate Lives, Silent Fall, Terminator 2, Mr Destiny, Beauty & The Beast (TV), The Terminator, Children of the Corn
  • Susan George: Eastenders (TV), The Jigsaw Man, The House Where Evil Dwells, Enter The Ninja, Venom, Mandingo, Straw Dogs (1971), Fright, The Looking Glass War, Up The Junction, Cup Fever, The Sorcerers, Swallows and Amazons (TV)
  • Robert Portal: Kids In Love, United We FallMr Turner, Mother’s Milk, Stiff Upper Lips, Mrs Dalloway
  • Beatie Edney: Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day, Highlander 4, Mesmer, In The Name of the Father, The Lilac Bus, Mister Johnson, Trouble In Paradise, A Handful of Dust, Highlander
  • David Horovitch: Mr Turner, Young Victoria, Max, Solomon & Gaenor, Just William (TV)
  • Maria Charles: Coronation Street (TV), Never The Twain (TV)
  • Dana Haqjoo: United We Fall
  • Vanessa Feltz: Kill Keith, Once Upon a Time In The Midlands
  • Anouska Mond: We Still Steal The Old Way, Age of Kill, Assassin (2015)United We Fall, We Still Kill The Old Way, Evil Never Dies, Ill Manors

CELLULOID

2 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release Date: 27th January 2014 (DVD Premiere)

Director: Lloyd Eyre-Morgan  (Three In a Bed)

Cast: Janet Bamford, Daniel Booth, Olivia Sweeney, Coby Hamilton, Jody Latham, Josh Croft, James Devlin, Joe Watts and Ryan Pope

Writer: Lloyd Eyre-Morgan

Trailer: CELLULOID

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KINGSMAN – THE SECRET SERVICE

5 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release Date: 29th January 2015

Director: Matthew Vaughan (X Men-First Class / Kick Ass / Stardust / Layer Cake)

Cast: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L Jackson, Mark Strong, Sophie Cookson, Sofia Boutella, Samantha Womack, Geoff Bell, Edward Holcroft, Morgan Watkins, Tobi Bakare, Theo Barklem-Biggs, Ralph Ineson, Richard Brake, Corey Johnson with Mark Hamill, Jack Davenport and Michael Caine

Writer: Jane Goldstein & Matthew Vaughan

Trailer: KINGSMAN – THE SECRET SERVICE

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

  • Colin Firth: Bridget Jones Baby, Genius, Before I Go To Sleep, Magic In The Moonlight, Arthur & Mike, The Devil’s Knot, The Railway Man, Gambit (2012), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The King’s Speech, St Trinians 2, A Single Man, Dorian Gray, Easy Virtue, Genova, Mamma Mia!, The Accidental Husband, St Trinians, And When Did You Last See Your Father, The Last Legion, Nanny McPhee, Where The Heart Lies, Bridget Jones 2, Trauma (2004), Love Actually, The Girl With The Pearl Earring, Hope Springs, The Importance Of Being Ernest (2002), Bridget Jones, Relative Values, Shakespeare In Love, A Thousand Acres, Fever Pitch, The English Patient, Pride & Prejudice (TV), Circle Of Friends, The Hour Of The Pig, Valmont, Apartment Zero, A Month In The Country, Another Country
  • Taron Egeron: Eddie The Eagle, Legend (2015), Testament of Youth
  • Samuel L Jackson: Chiraq, Tarzan (2016), The Hateful 8, Barely Lethal, Avengers 2, Big Game, Agents of SHIELD (TV), Kite, Captain America 2, Robocop (2014), Oldboy (2013), Turbo (voice), Django Unchained, Captain America, Thor, The Other Guys, Iron Man 2, Inglourious Basterds (voice), The Spirit, Soulmen, Lakeview Terrace, Jumper, The Cleaner, 1408, Black Snake Moan, Snakes On a Plane, Freedomland, The Man (2005), Star Wars – Revenge of the Sith, xXx 2, Coach Carter, The Incredibles (voice), Kill Bill 2, Basic, SWAT, xXx, Star Wars – Attack of the Clones, Changing Lanes, 51st State, Unbreakable, Shaft (2000), Rules of Engagement, Deep Blue Sea, Star Wars – The Phantom Menace, The Red Violin, The Negotiator, Out of Sight, Sphere, Jackie Brown, Eve’s Bayou, 187, The Long Kiss Goodnight, A Time To Kill, Trees Lounge, The Great White Hype, Hard Eight, Fluke (voice), Die Hard 3, Kiss of Death, Losing Isaiah, The New Age, Pulp Fiction, Fresh, True Romance, Jurassic Park, Menace II Society, Amos and Andrew, National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1, Patriot Games, White Sands, Juice, Jumpin’ At The Boneyard, Johnny Suede, Jungle Fever, Goodfellas, The Exorcist 3, Mo Better Blue, Def by Temptation, Sea of Love, Do The Right Thing, Coming To America, School Daze
  • Mark Strong: 6 Days, Grimsby, The Imitation Game, Before I Go To SleepBlood (2013), Welcome To The Punch, Zero Dark Thirty, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Kick Ass, The Guard, John Carter, Black Gold,  The Eagle, Robin Hood (2010), The Green Lantern,  The Way Back, Sherlock Holmes (2009), Rock-N-Rolla, Body Of Lies, Young Victoria, Flashbacks Of a Fool, Sunshine (2007), Stardust, Scenes Of a Sexual Nature, Revolver, Syriana, The Long Firm (TV), Heartlands, The Martins, Elephant Juice, Fever Pitch, Hotel (2001), Our Friends In The North (TV), Captives
  • Sophie Cookson: Emperor (2015)
  • Sofia Boutella: Star Trek 3,  Jet Trash, Monsters 2, Streetdance 2
  • Samantha Womack: Eastenders (TV), One Crazy In Istanbul, The Baby Juice Express, Dead Man’s Cards, Liverpool 1 (TV), Up and Under, Game On (TV), Pie In The Sky (TV)
  • Geoff Bell: Mine, North vs South, Suffragette, Comedown, Comes a Bright Day, Storage 24, The Reeds, War Horse, Brighton Rock (2011), Big Fat Gypsy GangsterRoute IrishSolomon Kane, Mercenaries, Just For The RecordWild Target (2010), The Heavy, BotchedFreebirdLove Me Still, Tormented, Green Street, The Business, Mean Machine
  • Ed Holcroft: Wolf Hall (TV), Vampire Academy
  • Morgan Watkins: Chicken, Scottish Mussell, Suffragette, A Little Chaos, The Hooligan Factory
  • Tobi Bakare: Death In Paradise (TV)
  • Theo Barklem-Biggs: Borrowed Time, Hammer of the Gods, Silk (TV), The Man Inside (2012),  Keith LemonThe Age Of HeroesThe Inbetweeners Movie7Lives
  • Ralph Ineson: The Witch, The Selfish Giant, Sex & Drugs & Rock-n-Roll, Cass, Shoot On Sight, Coronation St (TV), The Office (TV)
  • Richard Brake: Cannibal In The Jungle, Bitter Harvest, Set Fire To The Stars, Spy (2015), The Counsellor, The Numbers Station,  The Incident, Water For Elephants, Cuckoo, Legacy – Black Ops, Halloween 2 (2009), Outpost, Hannibal Rising, The Black Dahlia,  Doom, Batman Begins, Cold Mountain, Death Machine
  • Corey Johnson: Captain Phillips, How I Live Now, Pimp, Black Gold, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bourne Legacy, Universal Soldier 3
  • Mark Hamill: Star Wars – The Force Awakens, Robot Chicken (voice) (TV), Airborne (2012), Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Village Of The Damned (1995), Batman – Mask Of Phatasm (voice), Slipstream, Star Wars – Return of The Jedi, Star Wars – The Empire Strikes Back, The Big Red One, Star Wars – A New Hope
  • Jack Davenport: Mother’s Milk, Pirates of the Caribbean 3, Pirates of the Caribbean 2, The Wedding Date, The Libertine, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Bunker, The Talented Mr Ripley, The Wisdom of Crocodiles
  • Michael Caine: Now You See Me 2, The Last Witch Hunter, Stonehearst Asylum, Interstellar, Mr Morgan’s Last Love, Now You See Me, The Dark Knight Rises, Cars 2 (voice), Gnomeo & Juliet (voice), Inception, Harry Brown, Is Anybody There?, The Dark Knight, Sleuth (2007), The Prestige, Children of Men, The Weather Man, Bewitched, Batman Begins, Secondhand Lions, The Actors, The Quiet American, Austin Powers 3, Last Orders, Miss Congeniality, Get Carter (2000), Cider House Rules, Shiner, Quills, Little Voice, Blood and Wine, On Deadly Ground, The Muppets Christmas Carol, Blue Ice, Noises Off, Bullseye, Mr Destiny, A Shock To The System, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Without a Clue, Jaws 4, The Fourth Protocol, Half Moon Street, Mona Lisa, Hannah and Her Sisters, Educating Rita, Beyond The Poseidon Adventure, Ashanti, The California Suite, The Swarm, The Eagle Has Landed, The Man Who Would Be King, Sleuth (1972), Get Carter (1971), Battle of Britain, The Italian Job (1969), Alfie (1966), Gambit (1966), The Ipcress Files, Zulu

UNITED WE FALL

3 out of 10

Release Date: 26th January 2015 (DVD Premiere)

Director: Gary Sinyor (In Your Dreams / The Bachelor / Stiff Upper Lips / Solitaire For 2 / Leon The Pig Farmer)

Cast: Jack Donnelly, Jonathan Broke, Ryan Pope, James Rastall, Matthew Avery, Robert Portal, Dana Haqjoo and Anouska Mond

Writer: Gary Sinyor

Trailer: UNITED WE FALL

Review by Matt Usher below

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