CATCH ME DADDY

9 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release Date: 27th February 2015

Director: Daniel Wolfe

Cast: Sameena Jabeen Ahmed, Conor McCarron, Gary Lewis, Barry Nunney, Anwar Hussain, Ali Ahmad, Wasim Zakir, Adrian Hussain, Shoby Kaman with Shahid Ahmed, Kate Dickie and Nichola Burley

Writer: Daniel Wolfe & Matthew Wolfe

Trailer: CATCH ME DADDY

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GLASSLAND

6 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

THIS IS AN IRISH FILM

Release Date: 17th April 2015

Director: Gerard Barrett

Cast: Jack Reynor, Toni Collette, Will Poulter, Darine Ni Dhonnchada, Harry Nagle and Michael Smiley

Writer: Gerard Barrett

Trailer:  GLASSLAND

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THE LONDON FIRM aka AB NEGATIVE

4.5 out of 10

Release Date: 26th October 2015 (DVD Premiere)

Director: Neil Horner

Cast: Vincent Regan, Seb Castang, Stephen Marcus, Robert Cavanah, Csilla Barath-Basaic, Samantha Glenn, Barry Smart, Jon Campling, Chris Ryman and Roger Ashton-Griffiths

Writer: Allen Beever

Trailer: THE LONDON FIRM

the-london-firmIt’s a shame that the makers were (probably) forced by the DVD distributors to swap it’s interesting title AB Negative, which refers to two contrasting hitmen, for the final one, The London Firm.  It’s a shame because although it’s a competent little gangster movie, this needed all the help it could get to stand out from the pack. The title only serves to make it anonymous. Yet, another liveried, red and white jacketed film for hard men who shop at Asda.

The film itself presents a riddle: two hitmen, the experienced and jaded A (VINCENT REGAN – VENDETTA) and the junior, modern, virtually clueless B (SEB CASTANG – TRAVELLER), are put together on  a job. They are delivered to their next hit in the back of a van, only to found that they’ve been kidnapped by persons unknown in order to discover the whereabouts of some missing contraband. Meanwhile, some hardmen have a card game which is somehow connected to the central events. What is the enigmatic Robert Cavanah (ASSASSIN) role in proceedings?

The film’s central performances are uniformly good, with newcomer Seb Castang having to do much of the donkey work. Vincent Regan can do this type of role in his sleep and it’s nice to see him wake up from time to time to help his opposite number. In the end the over elaborate plan seems a bit pointless considering what most gangsters resort to to recover lost money, drugs, jewels etc. Mind you the boring alternative has already been since 300 times before in less interesting films.  The London Firm may try a few new things, but they’re not tried with any panache or flare. The London Firm is reliable to a fault and like it’s new title, it does very little to stand out. There’s nothing to single out, positively or negatively. It just functions adequately and is a nice place holder for Vincent Regan, who is a fine actor who appears to biding his time (a lot) waiting for Hollywood to pick up the phone.

4.5 out of 10 – A timid, gangster film that has ideas but seems to scared to make a fuss about it. Solid acting keeps you watching.

Second review below by Joe Pesci II aka Matt Usher

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HOWL (2015)

3.5 out of 10

Release Date: 15th October 2015

Director: Paul Hyett (The Seasoning House)

Cast: Ed Speleers, Holly Weston, Shauna MacDonald, Elliot Cowan, Rosie Day, Amit Shah, Sam Gittins, Ania Marson, Calvin Dean, Ryan Oliva with Brett Goldstein, Sean Pertwee and Duncan Preston

Writer: Mark Huckerby & Nick Ostler

Trailer: HOWL (2015)

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Ed Speleers (ERAGON) and werewolves! Maybe the makers of Howl were such big fans of Love Bite that they had to have him face done lycans once more. Such a lack of imagination runs through this film like a streaker at a 70s football match.

As it is about 10 people find themselves under attack from werewolves as they travel home on a late commuter train. Fans of the ‘then there was one’ storyline may find this fun as they predict who’s first to get eaten. Horror fans will know the first victim will be easy to peg as the film cast Sean Pertwee (EVENT HORIZON) who gets a single line of dialogue before he goes “argggghhhh!” – splat.

Ed Speleers and Holly Weston (ASSASSIN) play our heroes. (Even Holly Weston has werewolf experience – see Splintered.) So never under estimate those in charge of the buffet cart next time you travel by train. They too could be monster fighters. The rest of the cast are a bunch of cliches who get picked off in no short order. The performances are uniformly good for this kind of thing, but why it attracted the number of established TV / low-budget film named stars is a mystery as there’s nothing in here that shouts ‘innovation’ or ‘I’m special’. It’s just workman-like and for horror films that’s not acceptable. I’ve also seen scarier werewolves in Jonathan Sothcott‘s looney-tune Strippers vs Werewolves – which was ten times more fun than this.

Director Paul Hyett previously made the accomplished and interesting The The Seasoning House, which marked him out as one to watch, but this wipes away any signs of that early promise. This scores points only because it’s competently made and well-acted. Otherwise Howl has no voice. It should have been called ‘Miaow’.

3.5 out of 10 – Flat horror that could’ve been scarier, funnier, darker and more original. A sad waste.

REVIEW BELOW BY MATT ‘SILVER BULLET’ USHER

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EVEREST

6 out of 10

UK/USA co-production

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release Date: 18th September 2015

Director: Baltasar Kolamakur (2 Guns / Contraband (2012) / Jar City)

Cast: Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Emily Watson, Keira Knightley, Michael Kelly, Robin Wright, Martin Henderson, Ingvar Eggert Sigurosson, Elizabeth Debicki, Naoko Mori, Chris Reilly, Vanessa Kirby with Sam Worthington and Jake Gyllenhaal

Trailer: EVEREST

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  • Jason Clarke: Knight of Cups, Terminator 5, Child 44, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, White House Down, The Great Gatsby (2013), Zero Dark Thirty, Lawless, Texas Killing Fields, Trust (2010), Public Enemies, Death Race, Farscape (TV), Home & Away (TV), Rabbit Proof Fence
  • Josh Brolin: Hail Caesar, Sicario, Avengers 2 (voice), Inherent Vice, Sin City 2, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (voice), Old Boy (2013), Labor Day, Gangster Squad, Men In Black 3, True Grit (2011), Jonah Hex, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Wall Street 2, W.,  Milk, American Gangster, In The Valley of Elah, No Country For Old Men, Grindhouse: Planet Terror, The Dead Girl, Into The Blue, Melinda and Melinda, The Hollow Man, Best Laid Plans (1999), The Mod Squad, Mimic, Nightwatch (1997), Flirting With Disaster, Bed of Roses, The Goonies
  • John Hawkes: Eastbound & Down (TV), Lincoln, The Sessions, Contagion, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Winter’s Bone, S.Darko – Donnie Darko 2, Miracle at St. Anna, American Gangster, Deadwood (TV), Miami Vice (2006), Wristcutters, Me and You and Everyone We Know, Identity, The Perfect Storm, Blue Streak, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, Rush Hour, Boogie Boy, Playing God, From Dust Till Dawn, Congo, Freaked, Rosalie Goes Shopping
  • Emily Watson: Molly Moon, A Royal Night Out, Testament of Youth, The Theory of Everything, Belle, The Book Thief, Oranges and SunshineAnna Karenina (2012),War Horse, Cemetery Junction, Synedoche New York, Miss Potter, Seperate Lies, The Proposition, Corpse Bride (voice), Wah-Wah, The Life and Death Of Peter Sellers, Equilibrium, Red Dragon, Punch Drunk Love, Gosford Park, The Luzhin Defence, Angela’s Ashes, Cradle Will Rock, Hilary & Jackie, The Boxer, Metroland, Breaking The Waves
  • Keira Knightley: Say When, The Imitation Game, Begin Again, Jack Ryan -Shadow Recruit, Seeking a Friend For The End Of The World, Anna Karenina (2012), A Dangerous Method, Last Night, Never Let Me Go,   London Boulevard, The Duchess, The End Of Love, Silk, Atonement, Pirates Of The Caribbean 1-3, Domino, Pride & Prejudice (2005), The Jacket, King Arthur (2004), Love Actually, Pure, Thunderpants, Bend It Like Beckham, The Hole (2001), Star Wars- The Phantom Menace, Innocent Lies
  • Michael Kelly: House of Cards (TV), Man of Steel, Now You See Me, Chronicle, The Adjustment Bureau, Fair Game (2010), Did You Hear About The Morgans?, Law Abiding Citizen, Tenderness, Changeling, Carlito’s Way 2, Dawn of the Dead (2004), Man On The Moon
  • Robin Wright: House of Cards (TV), A Most Wanted Man, The Congress, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011), Rampart, Moneyball, The Conspirator, I’m Still Here, State of Play (2009), New York I Love You, What Just Happened, Beowulf (mo-cap) (2007), Breaking and Entering, The Last Castle, The Pledge, Unbreakable, Message In a Bottle, Hurly Burly, She’s So Lovely, Moll Flanders (1996), The Crossing Guard, Forrest Gump, Toys, The Playboys, State of Grace, The Princess Bride
  • Martin Henderson: Devil’s Knot, Smokin’ Aces, The Flyboys, Little fish, Bride & Prejudice, Torque, The Ring (2002), Windtalkers, Home & Away (TV)
  • Ingvar Sigurosson: One Night In Istanbul, Jar City, Cold Light, K-19 – The Widowmaker, Devil’s Island
  • Elizabeth Debicki: Macbeth (2015), The Man From UNCLE, The Night Manager (TV), The Great Gatsby (2013), A Few Best Men
  • Naoko Mori: Suspension of Disbelief, Absolutely Fabulous (TV), Torchwood (TV), Casualty (TV)
  • Chris Reilly: The Devil Went Down To Islington, Allies, Doctors (TV)
  • Vanessa Kirby: Genius (2016), Bone In the Throat, Kill Command, Queen & Country, Jupiter Ascending The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, The Rise, About Time
  • Sam Worthington: Kidnapping Freddy Heineken, Cake, Sabotage, Drift, Wrath of the Titans, Man On a Ledge, Texas Killing Fields, Last Night (2010), The Debt, Avatar, Terminator Salvation, Clash of the Titans (2010), Rogue, Macbeth (2006), Somersault, Getting Square, Dirty Deeds, Hart’s War, Bootmen
  • Jake Gyllenhaal: Demolition, Southpaw, Accidental Love, Nightcrawler, Enemy, Prisoners (2013), End of Watch, Love & Other Drugs, Sourcecode, Prince of Persia, Brothers (2009), Rendition, Zodiac, Jarhead, Proof (2005), Brokeback Mountain, The Day After Tomorrow, Moonlight Mile, The Good Girl, Lovely & Amazing, Donnie Darko, October Sky, Josh & SAM, City Slickers

AMITYVILLE ASYLUM

3 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release Date: 3 June 2013 (DVD Premiere)

Director: Andrew Jones (The Exorcism of Anna Ecklund / Robert / Conjuring The Dead / The Haunting At The Rectory / Poltergeist Activity / The Last House on Cemetery Lane  / Theatre of Fear)

Cast: Sophia Del Pizzio, Jared Morgan, Lee Bane, Sarah Louise Madison, Paul Kelleher, Alan Humphreys, Matthew Batte, Judith Haley with Kenton Hall and Eileen Daly

Writer: Andrew Jones

Trailer: AMITYVILLE HORROR

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LET US PREY

5 out of 10

UK/Ireland co-production

Release Date: 12 June 2015

Director: Brian O’Malley

Cast: Liam Cunningham, Pollyanna McIntosh, Douglas Russell, Hanna Stanbridge, Brian Vernel, Niall Greig Fulton, Jonathan Watson and Bryan Larkin

Writer: David Cairns

Trailer: LET US PREY

Review by Matt  Usher aka Joe Pesci II

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