ANTHROPOID

9 out of 10

UK / Czech Republic

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release date: 9th September 2016

Director: Sean Ellis (Metro Manilla / The Broken / Cashback)

Cast: Cillian Murphy, Jamie Dornan, Charlotte Le Bon, Anna Geislerova, Harry Lloyd, Hana Frejkova, Marcin Dorocinski, Sam Keeley with Bill Milner, Karel Roden and Toby Jones

Writer: Sean Ellis & Anthony Frewin

Trailer: ANTHROPOID

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR BEFORE?

  • Cillian Murphy: Dunkirk, Free Fire, In The Heart of the Sea, Peaky Blinders (TV), Transcendence, Broken (2013), The Dark Knight Rises, Red Lights, In Time, Retreat, Tron 2, Inception, The Dark Knight, Sunshine (2007), The Wind That Shakes The Barley, Breakfast On Pluto, Red Eye, Batman Begins, Cold Mountain, Girl With a Pearl Earring,  Intermission, Cold Mountain, 28 Days Later, Disco Pigs, The Trench
  • Jamie Dornan: Fifty Shades 3, Fifty Shades 2, The Fall (TV), The Siege of Jadotville, The 9th Life of Louis Drax, Fifty Shades of Grey, Racing Hearts, Beyond The Rave (TV), Marie Antoinette
  • Charlotte Le Bon: The Promise, Bastille Day aka The Take, The Walk, The Hundred Foot Journey, Mood Indigo
  • Harry Lloyd: Narcopolis, Wolf Hall (TV),  The Theory of EverythingThe Riot Club, The Iron Lady, Game Of Thrones (TV), Robin Hood (TV)
  • Sam Keeley: The Siege of Jadotville, Alleycats, AfterDeath, Burnt, Monsters 2, What Richard Did, This Is The Place
  • Bill Milner: iBoy, Locke (voice), Broken (2013), X Men – First Class, Sex & Drugs & Rock-N-Roll, Is Anybody There?, Son Of Rambow
  • Karel Roden: Angel (2015), Sword of Vengeance, Frankenstein’s Army, A Lonely Place To Die, Largo Winch: Deadly Vengeance, Rock-n-Rolla, The Bourne Supremacy, Mr Bean’s Holiday, Blade II, Hellboy, 15 Minutes
  • Toby Jones: The Snowman (2017), Tale of Tales, Morgan, Alice In Wonderland 2 (voice), The Man Who Knew Infinity, Dad’s Army, Serena, Hunger Games – Mockingjay 2, By The Gun, Marvellous, Muppets Most Wanted, Captain American 2, My Week With Marilyn, Snow White & The Huntsman,  The Berberian Sound Studio, The Hunger Games, Red Lights, Tintin (voice),Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows- part 1 (voice), Captain America, Your Highness, The Rite, Sex Drugs and Rock N’ Roll, St Trinians 2, Nightwatching, Creation, W., Frost / Nixon, City Of Ember, St Trinians, The Mist, The Painted Veil, Infamous, Mrs Henderson Presents, Finding Neverland, Ladies In Lavender, Harry Potter & The Chambers Of Secrets, Simon Magus

 

WHO NEEDS ENEMIES?

4 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release Date: 29th November 2013 (DVD Premiere)

Director: Peter Sylianou

Cast: Michael McKell, Ian Pirie, Emma Barton, Tom Carey, Glen Fox, Victoria Donovan, Nick Lavelle, Daniel Pirie and Kris Johnson

Writer: Peter Sylianou

Trailer: WHO NEEDS ENEMIES?

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THE UNFOLDING

5 out of 10

Release Date: 1st August 2016 (DVD Premiere)

Director: Eugene McGing

Cast: Lachlan Nieboer, Lisa Kerr, Nick Julian, Kitty McGeever and Robert Daws

Writer: Eugene McGing

Trailer: THE UNFOLDING

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This low-budget poltergeist movie is the perfect choice for those looking for yet another ‘found-footage’ horror. Or is it? A lot of the footage was certainly shot on a hand-held by characters within the narrative, but as the story also seems to be occurring at the end of the world, who is been left around to edit it? Squirrels?

A precariously happy couple venture to a haunted house on Dartmoor to investigate some supernatural occurences at a remote country pile. The boy, (LACHLAN NIEBOER – IDENTICALS) seems to think that its important to capture a ghost on film before the world blows up (or something). His girl, (LISA KERR) is also psychic and highly strung like most girls in films about haunted houses. Things go bump in the night, knifes get thrown, a voice in the cupboard and icy pipes kick proceedings off, so the couple reluctantly stick around to find out more. Seeing as they’ve come all this way, they may not have enough time to drive all the way home. Several people pop in to help like Robert Daws (OUTSIDE EDGE) as an ineffectual professor of the supernatural. There’s a dinner lady, sorry a medium and a disposable best friend. It’s all pretty straight-faced and reasonaly well-accomplished within it’s limited area.

Is it scary? Yes, at times. It’s rather good at building suspense, but the results and outcomes are regularly disappointing and lead nowhere. An invisible garden seems to hint at the girlfriend’s ability to time travel but the idea is dropped almost as soon as its picked up. The end of the world hook isn’t great either because it doesn’t fit the central story. Why prove ghosts exist when the world is at an end? Why not? But its a clunky match.

The Unfolding is solid if you are particularly undemanding and make a habit of watching this kind of film. It offers the odd surprise but nothing incredible so that you’d recommend it to your friends. Very middle of the road.

5 out of 10 – Well acted by a committed cast, it’s periodically scary but overall it’s business as usual for this over-familiar found-footager.

Review by Matt Usher below

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

  • Lachlan Nieboer: Trendy, Identicals, Suspension of Disbelief, Into The White
  • Kitty McGeever: Emmerdale (TV), B-Monkey
  • Robert Daws: Poldark (TV), Casualty (TV), The Royal (TV), Coronation Street (TV), Roger Roger (TV), Outside Edge (TV),  Jeeves & Wooster (TV)

 

 

ARCADIA

4 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release Date: 23rd October 2016 (DVD Premiere)

Director: Tom Large (Beyond)

Cast: Marc Baylis, Rufus Wright, Akie Kotabe, Joseph Baker, Thomas Coombes, Alice E Mayer, Simeon Willis, Adele Keating with Richard J Danum and Gillian MacGregor

Writer: Tom Large

Trailer: ARCADIA

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

 

IDENTICALS

5 out of 10

UK/Ireland/Netherlands co-production

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release Date: 12th September 2016 (DVD Premiere)

Director: Simon Pummel

Cast: Lachlan Nieboer, Nora-Jane Noone, Nick Blood, Michelle Assante, Jacinta Mulcahy, Andrew Buckley, Anthony Cozens and Tony Way

Writer: Simon Pummel

Trailer: IDENTICALS

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HATTON GARDEN – THE HEIST

2 out of 10

Release Date: 17th October 2016 (DVD Premiere)

Director: Terry Lee Coker (Essex Vendetta)

Cast: Michael McKell, Sidney Livingstone, Robert Putt, James Osborne, Sidney Kean with Tony (AG) Armstrong and Ian Burfield

Writer: Terry Lee Coker, Michael McKell and Ian Burfield

Trailer: HATTON GARDEN – THE HEIST

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Based on his short track record so far, Terry Lee Coker the film director is in the same league as Steve M Smith in the talent stakes. As a scriptwriter, he’s slightly better as he wrote but never directed Hooligan Legacy, which remains one of the best films with the word ‘Hooligan’ in the title. However, based on his script duties here and for the previous Essex Vendetta, something, somewhere doesn’t add up. I won’t spell it out.

To the film, Hatton Garden,  Coker’s second film as director and his second collaboration with part-time crooner Michael McKell (DOCTORS) and Ian Burfield (THE INTERNATIONAL), two reasonably decent actors.  Moving on from the tedious Essex Boys murders, here’s the first in a series of repetitive films about the Hatton Garden Diamond Heist. Perpertrated by four OAPS and a younger mystery man called Basil, judging by this film the aftermath was far more interesting then the set-up, my god this film is boring and dare I say it pointless.

The leading actors who portray the four robbers (there were six in real life) make the cast of the Last of the Summer Wine look like the cast of Avenger’s Assemble.  It’s like watching an episode of Eastenders where the cast filled their shoes with concrete and took a whopping does of ketamine. The director looks like he left the catering staff to do his job and it’s just a shambles but a boring one at the that. Short lines of dialogue are delviered slowly and the gaps between lines of dialogue are gargantuan, and it’s not Pinter. It’s zed-grade drama, thin tension and a completely rush job. The only thing this film succeeds in doing is making Essex Vendetta seem interesting. And that is a proper achievement.

As the four lags are found, they proceed to run rings and some very stupid cops in some of the worst police interrogation scenes you’ll ever see. This even gives Steve Dolton’s cop in the Haunting of Annie Dyer a run for its money. And these scenes are the best at highlighting what a lazy attempt to cash in on a famous crime this is.

2 out of 10 – Slapdash and boring, this could be the worst heist you’ll ever see. Shat on Gardens more like.

Another review by Matt Usher below

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NEVER LET GO

4.5 out of 10

Release Date: 7th October 2016 (DVD Premiere)

Director: The Ford Brothers (Offensive / The Dead 2 – India The Dead – Africa)

Cast: Angela Dixon, Nigel Whitmey, Velibor Topic, Heather Peace, Rami Nasr, Sarah Perles, Samantha Bolter, Michael Xavier, Sanita Sims with Glenn Salvage and Lisa Eichorn

Writer: The Ford Brothers

Trailer: NEVER LET GO

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After delivering two very competent international zombie movies (The Dead 1 & 2) on a shoe-string budget, the Ford Brothers venture to North Africa to do a female remake of Taken (or anyother number of straight-to-video clunkers of the 2000s).

Never Let Go stars Angela Dixon (OFFENSIVE) (unknown to me) as an American special-forces operative to takes her baby on holiday to Morocco. The father of the child is a married US Senator and is a very busy man (possibly evil). Anyway, the baby is kidnapped by some East Europeans; Velibor Topic (THE SMOKE) and Joe Pesci II’s fave, Glenn Salvage (THE SILENCER) – yes, The Silencer himself! Ms Dixon will stop at nothing to recover her kid. Police, holidaymakers, men with stubble beware – she’ll bellow, “My DAUGHTER, WHERE IS SHE!” in their face. She pistol whips pigeons, dogs, people, children, everybody who stands in her way. The film is relentless, predictable and fast paced. Where Never Let Go succeeds is its committment to being a good ‘meat and two veg’ bog standard action film. Compare this to Neil Jones‘ dog shit Age of Kill and immediately the contrasts are obvious. The Ford Brothers don’t execute their action scenes with a heavy heart or with ill-preperation. At times this feels like a top-notch actioner we may have seen Julia Roberts or Sandra Bullock starring in 15 years ago. Times have changed though and it’s all old hat, as good as the finished product may be. It’s too late in the day for a film like this to offer anything new. The Fords came up with some ingenius twists to the well-trodden, sad zombie genre, so I was hoping for something fresh here. Sadly, it’s a half-baked script and a repetitve story on offer. Shame really because I was looking forward to a third outing in The Dead series. Instead, we got this. Something no one was looking for, except for Joe Pesci II who got to see Glenn Salvage do his thing for the first time in years.

4.5 out of 10 – Not bad, but it’s nothing new. Tried and tested ground but it does have some great action sequences.

Review by Joe Pesci II aka Matt Usher (Never Stop Tugging) below

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?