TIME OF HER LIFE

0.25 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release date: 5th May 2008 (DVD premiere)

Director: Steven M Smith (Red Army Hooligans / Haunted 5 / Huanted 4 / Haunted 3 / Haunted 2 / The Howling (2017) / The Dollmaker / Borstal /   Invasion Earth / I Am Hooligan / Essex Boys – Law of Survival / Hooligans At War / Haunted (2013))

Cast: Laura Penneycard, Geoff Shaw, Colin Bower, Rob Pheby, David Farrington, Jeremy Hill, Dominic Fowler, Nicola Freeman-Wright, Paul Agar and Steven M Smith

Writer: Steven M Smith

Trailer: TIME OF HER LIFE

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THE HIPPOPOTAMUS

6 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release date: 28th May 2017

Director: John Jencks (The Fold)

Cast: Roger Allam, Tommy Knight, Fiona Shaw, Tim McInnerny, Emily Berrington, Dean Ridge, Geraldine Somerville, John Standing, Lyne Renee, Emma Curtis, Emma West, Richard Glover with Russell Tovey and Matthew Modine

Writer: Stephen Fry  / Blance McIntyre, Tom Hodgson & Robin Hill

Trailer: THE HIPPOPOTAMUS

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MY COUSIN RACHEL

6.5 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release date: 9th June 2017

Director: Roger Michell (Le-Weekend / Hyde Park On The Hudson / Morning Glory / Venus / Enduring Love / The Mother / Changing Lanes / Notting Hill / Titanic Town / Persuasion)

Cast: Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin, Iain Glen, Holliday Grainger, Andrew Havill, Poppy Lee Friar, Katherine Pearce, Tim Barlow, Bobby Scott Freeman, Andrew Knott, with Simon Russell Beale and Pierfrancesco Favino

Writer: Daphne DuMaurier / Roger Michell

Trailer: MY COUSIN RACHEL

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  • Rachel Weisz: Denial, The Light Between The Oceans, Youth (2016), The Lobster, Oz The Great and Powerful, 360,The Bourne Legacy, Dream House, The Deep Blue Sea (2011), The Lovely Bones, The Brothers Bloom, My Blueberry Nights, Eragon (voice), The Fountain, The Constant Gardner, Constantine, Runaway Jury, the Shape Of Things, About a Boy, The Mummy 1 & 2, Enemy At The Gates, Beautiful Creatures, I Want You, Land Girls, Bent, Chain Reaction, Stealing Beauty, Death Machine
  • Sam Claflin: Their Finest, Me Before You, The Huntsman – Winter’s War, Hunger Games – Mocking Jay 2, Love Rosie, Hunger Games- Mockingjay, The Riot Club,  The Quiet Ones, Hunger Games – Catch a Fire, Snow White and The Huntsman, Pirates of the Caribbean 4, United
  • Iain Glen: Eye In the Sky, Resident Evil 6, Beautiful Devils, Dusty and Me, The Bad Education Movie, Game of Thrones (TV), The Iron Lady, Kick Ass 2, Resident Evil 3,  Harry Brown, Kingdom Of Heaven, Resident Evil 2, Tomb Raider, Beautiful Creatures, The Young Americans, Silent Scream, Rosencrantz and Guilderstern Are Dead, Mountains Of The Moons, Gorillas In The Mist
  • Holliday Grainger: Halo of Stars (TV), Tulip Fever, The Finest Hours, Cinderella (2015), The Riot Club, Great Expectations (2012)Anna Karenina (2012)Bel AmiJane Eyre (2011)The Scouting Book For Boys, Awaydays
  • Andrew Havill: The Children Act, The Carer, Dad’s Army (2016), Hyde Park On The Hudson
  • Poppy Lee Friar: Mr Selfridge (TV)
  • Katherine Pearce: England Is Mine
  • Tim Barlow: Derek (TV), The Christmas Candle, Hot Fuzz, Cousin Bette, The Tall Guy, Dr Who (TV)
  • Andrew Knott: Spike Island, Sex & Drugs & Rock-n-Roll,  In Our Name, The History Boys, Where The Heart Is (TV), Black Beauty (1994), The Secret Garden
  • Simon Russell Beale: Museo, The Death of Stalin, Penny Dreadful (TV), The Legend of Tarzan, Into The Woods, MI-5 (TV), My Week Wtih Marilyn, The Deep Blue Sea (2011), Hamlet (1996), Persuasion, Orlando
  • Pierfrancesco Favino: Suburra, A Mother, Rush, World War Z, Angels & Demons, Miracle At St Anna, Night At The Museum, Romanzo Criminale

 

 

A DARK SONG

8 out of 10

UK/Eire co-production

Release date: 7th August 2017 (DVD premiere)

Director: Liam Gavin

Cast: Steve Oram, Catherine Walker, Susan Loughnane and Mark Huberman

Writer: Liam Gavin

Trailer: A DARK SONG

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THE GHOUL

7 out of 10

Release date: 4th August 2017

Director: Gareth Tunley

Cast: Tom Meeten, Alice Lowe, Dan Renton Skinner, Geoffrey McGivern, Rufus Jones, James Kenward Eyres, Rachel Stubbings with Niamh Cusack and Paul Kaye

Writer: Gareth Tunley

Trailer: THE GHOUL

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Actor Gareth Tunley’s debut shares much in common with Ben Wheatley’s second film, Kill List. It’s set in a mundane world, recognisable as our own, but there’s a dash of the occult, Satan’s minions are more apparent and they are busy here in The Ghoul gathering more flies for his web (assuming the Devil is a spider).

Chris (TOM MEETEN – TANK 432) is a police detective who is seconded to London to investigate a double murder. His only lead is a man called Coulson (RUFUS JONES – STAN & OLLIE) who hangs around crime scenes. A bit of stalking reveals that the man sees a psychotherapist (NIAMH CUSACK – HEARTBEAT) so Chris goes undercover as a patient to find out more about Coulson, and that’s where the story begins to twist and turn.  To reveal more would do this tasty debut a grave misservice.

The mood is dark and the cinematography shaky and unnerving. Chris’ London is a full of dark streets, a grey dusk and buildings with no lit windows, where are all the people? Sinister people populate this film as identities shift around and personalities tilt according to Chris. Tom Meeten is in every single scene (I think) and the actor makes light work of a complex role, a trouble character who says very little and listens attentively to all around him. The intro reminded me of Mike Leigh’s Naked and said film probably inspired the look of The Ghoul more than anything else (this is a guess).

The film is full of familiar actors from Ben Wheatley produced/directed films. Alice Lowe (THIS IS JINSY), Dan Renton Skinner (PREVENGE) and Geoffrey McGivern (STRESSED ERIC) all contribute excellent support in very interesting roles. Nobody is who they seem and nobody’s motives are clear until the end.

The soundtrack is incredible, by sometime actor/comedian (WAEN SHEPHERD – AAAAAAAAAAH!) and is very reminiscent of the theme from Mullholland Drive by Angelo Badlamenti. It serves to conjure up a potent atmosphere of disorientation and impossible gloom.

This is recommended for anybody that likes puzzle pieces where all the pieces simply cannot or do not fit. It’s outlandish, daring, upsetting and nightmarish all at the same time.  This is down to the wonderful production values, the odd cinematography, wonderful actors and a great score. Thoroughly recommended for those that love to watch something different and outlandish. The devil is out there.

7 out of 10 – Supernatural mystery that will stay with you for days. Recommended for those that love being lost and frightened.

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PROWL

4.5 out of 10

UK/USA co-production

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release date: 4th October 2011 (DVD premiere)

Director: Patrik Syversen

Cast: Courtney Hope, Josh Bowman, Ruta Gedmintas, Jamie Blackley, Perdita Weeks, Oliver Hawes, Saxon Trainor and Bruce Payne

Writer: Tim Tori

Trailer: PROWL

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THE INCIDENT (2016)

10 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release date: 25th November 2016 (DVD premiere)

Director: Jane Linfoot

Cast: Ruta Gedmintas, Tom Hughes, Tasha Connor and Noma Dumezweni

Writer: Jane Linfoot

Trailer: THE INCIDENT (2016)

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