THE ONES BELOW

7 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release Date: 11th March 2016

Director: David Farr

Cast: Clemence Poesy, Laura Birn, David Morrissey, Stephen Campbell Moore and Deborah Findlay

Writer: David Farr

Trailer: THE ONES BELOW

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

  • Clemence Poesy: The Tunnel (TV), Mr Morgan’s Last Love, Heartless, In Bruges, Harry Potter – parts 4, 7 & 8, 127 Hours
  • Laura Birn: The Girl King, A Walk Amongst The Tombstones
  • David Morrissey: The Walking Dead (TV), Welcome To The Punch, BlitzNowhere BoyCenturion, Is Anybody There?, The Reaping, The Other Boleyn Girl, Derailed, Basic Instinct 2, Hilary & Jackie, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Born Romantic, Some Voices, Fanny & Elvis, Waterland, Drowning By Numbers
  • Stephen Campbell Moore: Burnt, The Lady In The Van, Man Up, Johnny English 2, Season Of The Witch, The Bank Job,  The History Boys, Bright Young Things
  • Deborah Findlay: The Lady In The Van, Truly Madly Deeply

GOLDEN YEARS

4.5 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release date: 29th April 2016

Director: John Miller

Cast: Bernard Hill, Virginia McKenna, Phil Davis, Brad Moore, Sue Johnston, Mark Williams, Una Stubbs, Ellen Thomas, Nigel Allen, Simon Armstrong with Simon Callow and Alun Armstrong

Writer: John Miller

Trailer: GOLDEN YEARS

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

  • Bernard Hill: North V South, Wolf Hall (TV), Outpost 11, The Kid (2010), Valkyrie, Franklyn, Joy Division, The League Of Gentleman’s Apocalypse, Wimbledon, Lord Of The Rings – Return Of The King, Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers, The Scorpion King, Going Off Big Time, The Loss Of Sexual Innocence, True Crime, Titanic (1998), The Ghost and The Darkness, Madagascar Skin, Double X, Mountains Of The Moon, Shirley Valentine, Drowning By Numbers,  No Surrender, The Chain, The Bounty, Gandhi, Boys From The Black Stuff (TV)
  • Virginia McKenna: Sliding Doors, Staggered, The Camomile Lawn (TV), Swallows and Amazons (1974), Waterloo, A Ring of Bright Water, Born Free, A Town Like Alice
  • Phil Davis: Dough, Poldark (TV), Mr Holmes, Age of KillIn The Blood (2015), Silk (TV), Whitechapel (TV), Being Human (TV), Borrowed Time, Fast GirlsOutside Bet,  Brighton Rock (2011)Another YearDead Man RunningThe Big I AmJust For The Record, Cassandra’s Dream, Notes On a Scandal, The Baby Juice Express, Vera Drake, Rose & Maloney (TV), Nicholas Nickleby (2002), Photographing Fairies, Crimetime, I.D. (dir),  Blue Ice, Alien 3,  High Hopes, The Bounty, Quadrophenia
  • Brad Moore: Gloves Off, Writer’s Retreat, North V South, Montana, The Search For Simon
  • Sue Johnston: Downton Abbey (TV), Coronation Street (TV), The Royle Family (TV), Waking The Dead (TV), Imagine Me & You, My Uncle Silas (TV), Face, Preaching To The Perverted, Brassed Off, Medics (TV), Brookside (TV)
  • Mark Williams: Father Brown (TV), Flutter, Albert Nobbs, Harry Potter parts 1 – 8, Stardust, A Cock and Bull Story, Agent Cody Banks 2, High Heels and Low Lifes, The Fast Show (TV), Whatever to Happened To Harold Smith?, Shakespeare In Love, The Borrowers, 101 Dalmatians, The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer (TV), Alexei Sayle’s Stuff (TV), Red Dwarf (TV)
  • Una Stubbs: Sherlock (TV), Eastenders (TV), The Worst Witch (TV), Worzel Gumidge Down Under (TV), In Sickness and In Health (TV), Worzel Gummidge (TV), Till Death Do Us Part (TV), Summer Holiday
  • Ellen Thomas: Eastenders (TV), It’s a Lot, Rev (TV), Clubbed, Teachers (TV), Wonderland (1999), The Lenny Henry Show (TV)
  • Simon Armstrong: Crowhurst, Viking – The BerserkersIn The Dark Half, Game Of Thrones (TV), Casualty (TV)
  • Simon Callow: Hampstead, Outlander (TV), Love’s Kitchen, Ripley Underground, The Phantom of the Opera (2004), Bright Young Things, Thunderpants, No Man’s Land, Shakespeare In Love, Bedrooms and Hallways, The Scarlet Tunic, James and The Giant Peach (voice), Ace Ventura 2, Jefferson In Paris, Streetfighter, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Soft Top Hard Shoulder, Mr & Mrs Bridge, Postcards From The Edge, Maurice, A Room With a View, Amadeus
  • Alun Armstrong: Penny Dreadful (TV), New Tricks (TV), Little Dorritt (TV), Eragon, Bleak House (TV), Oliver Twist (2005), Millions, Van Helsing, Strictly Sinatra, The Mummy 2, Sleepy Hollow, GMT – Greenwich Mean Time, Onegin, With or Without You, The Saint, Our Friends In The North (TV), Braveheart, An Awfully Big Adventure, Black Beauty (1994), Blue Ice, Patriot Games, Split Second, London Kills Me, American Friends, White Hunter Black Heart, Billy The Kid and The Green Baize Vampire, The French Lieutenant’s Woman, A Bridge Too Far, The Duellists, The Likely Lads, Get Carter

BLOOD ORANGE

6.5 out of 10

Release Date: 29th April 2016 (DVD Premiere)

Director: Toby Tobias

Cast: Kacey Barnfield, Ben Lamb, Antonio Magro and Iggy Pop

Writer: Toby Tobias

Trailer: BLOOD ORANGE

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If you’re here to find out whether Iggy Pop’s (THE CROW 2) first leading role in decades amounts to much stick around. This four-hander sets its stall out in Sexy Beast country – it’s a Meditereanean thriller featuring dodgy brits. It offers plot chicanery, a very watchable cast, aided immensely by a note-perfect performance by Mr Pop. He’s ably supported by Kacey Barnfield (WORLD WAR DEAD), Ben Lamb (NOW YOU SEE ME 2) and Antonio Magro (TITANIC (TV)).

Ben Lamb plays Kacey Barnfield’s ex-lover and son of the man she was married to before she hooked up with Iggy Pop. Lamb’s father left all his money to Kacey when he died and now he’s come to Iggy’s house to blackmail and settle the score, only he’s not as fly as he thinks he is. It would seem that the blackmailees are holding all the cards… Then Antonio blunders in and upsets the house of careful plans.

Reverse engineer the film, so of the turns are down to luck and couldn’t have been planned BUT these small inconsistencies don’t upset the viewers enjoyment. It’s a real pleasure to watch the Peter Rabbit like Ben Lamb walk into the Lion’s Den and still think he can come out victorious.  Iggy Pop was born to act and it’s a real shame we don’t see more of him in the movies, which makes Blood Orange that little bit special. Because of my fondness for this icon I was quite willing to get the best out of this little thriller and it did not disappoint. It’s nowhere near my favourite film of 2016 but at least it’s got a few ideas and works very well within it’s narrow scope.

6.5 out of 10 – A fun little jigsaw puzzle to enjoy but you’ll only remember it for being the one set in Spain featuring Iggy Pop.

Review below by Matt Usher

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

  • Kacey Barnfield: World War DeadRoadkill (2015),  I Spit On Your Grave 2, Green Street 3, Resident Evil 4, Lake Placid 3, Grange Hill (TV)
  • Ben Lamb: Now You See Me 2, The White Queen (TV)
  • Antonio Magro: Titanic (TV)
  • Iggy Pop: Sharktopus vs Whalewolf, Suck, Persepolis (voice), Coffee & Cigarettes, Snow Day, The Brave, The Crow 2, Dead Man, Tank Girl, Hardware (voice), Cry Baby, Sid and Nancy

HELLO CARTER

2 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release Date: 12th October 2015 (DVD Premiere)

Director: Anthony Wilcox

Cast: Charlie Cox, Jodie Whittaker, Paul Schneider, Christian Cooke, Antonia Thomas, Annabelle Wallis, Laura Donnelly, Kerry Shale with Henry LLoyd-Hughes and Judy Parfitt

Writer: Anthony Wilcox

Trailer: HELLO CARTER

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

  • Charlie Cox: Eat Local, Daredevil (TV), The Theory of Everything, Boardwalk Empire (TV), Glorious 39, Stone of Destiny, Stardust, Casanova, The Merchant of Venice (2004)
  • Jodie Whittaker: How To Live Yours, Broadchurch (TV), Get Santa, Black Sea, Ashes, Spike IslandGood Vibrations, Attack The Block, One Day, The Kid (2010), St. Trinians, Venus
  • Paul Schneider: The Daughter, Water For Elephants, Away We Go, Bright Star, Lars and the Real Girl, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Elizabethtown, The Family Stone, All The Real Girls, George Washington
  • Christian Cooke: Electricity, Love Rosie, Where The Heart Is (TV), Romeo & Juliet (2013), Cemetery Junction
  • Antonia Thomas: Firstborn, Rearview, Northern Soul, Scintilla8 Minutes IdleSunshine On Leith, Spike Island
  • Annabelle Wallis: Knights of the Roundtable – King Arthur (2016), Mine, Grimsby, Sword of Vengeance, Peaky Blinders (TV), Annabelle, The Tudors (TV)
  • Laura Donnelly: Outlander (TV), The Program, Casualty (TV), Sugar Rush (TV)
  • Kerry Shale: Blood MoonNarcopolis, A Fantastic Fear of Everything, The Trip (TV), Universal Soldier 3, Little Shop Of Horrors
  • Henry Lloyd-Hughes: Now You See Me 2, Indian Summers (TV), Weekender, Inbetweeners Movie, The Inbetweeners (TV), Unrelated, Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire
  • Judy Parfitt: Call The Midwife (TV), W/E, Dean Spanley, Girl With a Pearl Earring, Ever After, Wilde, Dolores Clairborne, King Ralph, Diamond Skulls, Maurice, The Jewel In The Crown (TV)

INFECTED aka CONTAINMENT

6 out of 10

Release Date: 11th September 2015

Director: Neil McEnery-West

Cast: Lee Ross, Sheila Reid, Andrew Leung, William Postlethwaite, Gabriel Senior with Pippa Nixon and Louise Brealey

Writer: Neil McEnery-West & David Lemon

Trailer: INFECTED

Review by Matt ‘Botchelism’ Usher below

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

  • Lee Ross: I.D.2, Dusty & Me, Dawn of the Planet of The Apes, Locke (voice), Centurion, Eastenders (TV), Goal, Metroland, Rogue Trader, I.D., Secrets and Lies,  Hard Men, Press Gang (TV)
  • Sheila Reid: Benidorm (TV), The Bad Education Movie, Hush,The Winter Guest
  • Andrew Leung: Lilting, The List
  • Gabriel Senior: Desert Dancer
  • Pippa Nixon: Cuffs (TV)
  • Louise Brealey: Sherlock (TV), Ripper Street (TV), Casualty (TV)

THE ANTWERP DOLLS

3.5 out of 10

Release Date: 1st July 2016 (DVD Premiere)

Director: Jake L. Reid

Cast: Jason Wing, Courtney Winston, Jermaine Curtis Liburd, Simon Pengelly, Ashley R Woods, Kayta Greer, Terence Anderson, Danny Cutler, Mani Sohal, Kate Marie Davies, Tobias Jon, Sebastien Foucan, Marcin Wenderlich with Sean Cronin and Bruce Payne

Writer: Jake L. Reid

Trailer: THE ANTWERP DOLLS

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Well at least Jake L Reid, the director, had a crack at giving some gravity to his gangster flick. It’s a shame he didn’t round up enough good actors to pull off his monologues. Even veteran Bruce Payne (PASSENGER 57) struggles to deliver much menace. Sadly there’s no budget to do little more than point the camera in the right direction. So it all looks very flat. There’s no visual flare as actors deliver soliloquoys of terror to classic pieces of music: Bach, Beethoven, etc.  This uneven gangster flick attempts to give us a little bit of a mystique, and clearly we’re dealing with a fan of Guy Ritchie’s overlooked turkey Revolver (which I loved) as this has it’s very own Sam Gold (a mysterious mr big in said Ritchie flick). Here we have a deathly assassin called Leon Hawthorne (stupid name) who nobody living has ever seen. But its told flatly and has zero pull.

The best actor is the nominal lead, Jason Wing (HOOLIGAN LEGACY) who gives a doomed performance of Shakespearean gravity as old gangster Tommy Callaghan. He’s bought himself into doing business with some mysterious Belgian brothers, Bruce Payne and Sean Cronin (GATWICK GANGSTERS) at this restrained best. The loot gets nabbed by some of his ex-employees. Cally’s bag men, Blacks (COURTNEY WINSTON) and Spacey (JERMAINE CURTIS LIBURD) have to get the bag back at all costs. But what’s inside? Well after all the double-crosses you’ll be hard pressed to care.

It’s not all that much fun, but I do like the fact that it at least tried to be different. Shame about the varying levels of talent, from the f*cking brilliant Jason Wing, to the unsure Bruce Payne, to the very ropey turn from Mani Sohal.  There are too many monologues, and no overlapping dialogue either. A bit more naturalism could have made this  better. Oddly enough it features parkour king Sebastien Foucan (JAMES BOND – CASINO ROYALE) in a seated role with no lines. Very strange.

Maybe the director is one for the ‘one to watch’ pile because there are a lot of good elements to the script, it’s just muddled and lacks a confidence. Jason Wing elevates the material whenever he’s onscreen giving this film an extra point.

3.5 out of 10 – A good first attempt, some nice ideas, but needs more money to spend on the technical side next time.

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

DESERT DANCER

4 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release Date: 22 April 2016

Director: Richard Raymond

Cast: Reece Ritchie, Freida Pinto, Tom Cullen, Makram Khoury , Marama Corlett, Neet Mohan, Bamshad Abedi-Amin, Gabriel Senior with Davood Ghadami and Simon Kassianides

Writer: Jon Croker

Trailer: DESERT DANCER

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

  • Reece Ritchie: Lies We Tell, Hercules (2014),  All In Good Time, Prince Of Persia, The Lovely Bones, 10000 BC
  • Freida Pinto: Knight Of Cups, Blunt Force Trauma, Black Gold, Trishna, Immortals, The Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, Miral, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Slumdog Millionnaire
  • Tom Cullen: A Hundred Streets, Mine, Black Mountain Poets,Downton Abbey (TV), Last Days On MarsWeekend
  • Makram Khoury: Unlocked, Farewell Baghdad, Miral, Lemon Tree, Munich, The West Wing (TV)
  • Marama Corlett: The Goob
  • Neet Mohan: The Magnificent ElevenAll In Good Time, Trishna, Everywhere + Nowhere
  • Bamshad Abedi-Amin: Colin
  • Gabriel Senior: Infected
  • Davood Ghadami: Eastenders (TV), Casualty (TV), Doctors (TV), Taggart (TV)
  • Simon Kassianides: Diamond Geezers, Agents of SHIELD (TV), How To Train Your Dragon 2 (voice)