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)

DOWNHILL

7 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release Date: 30th May 2014

Director: James Rouse

Cast: Richard Lumsden, Ned Dennehy, Karl Theobald, Jeremy Swift, Rupert Simonian with Katie Lyons and Emma Pierson

Writer: Torben Betts

Trailer: DOWNHILL

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

NATIVITY 3

3.5 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release Date: 14th November 2014

Director: Debbie Isitt (Nativity 2 / Nativity! / Confetti / Bad Neighbours)

Cast: Martin Clunes, Marc Wootton, Catherine Tate, Adam Garcia, Lauren Hobbs, Ralf Little, Susie Blake, Duncan Preston, Simon Lipkin, Stewart Wright with Jason Watkins and Celia Imrie

Writer: Debbie Isitt

Trailer: NATIVITY 3

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

  • Martin Clunes: Doc  Martin (TV), Reggie Perrin (TV), William and Mary (TV), The Booze Cruise, Saving Grace, Men Behaving Badly (TV), Shakespeare In Love, The Acid House, The Revenger’s Comedies, Harry Enfield & Chums (TV), Staggered, An Evening With Gary Lineker, Demob (TV), Swing Kids, Harry Enfield’s Television Programme (TV), Carry On Columbus, Jeeves & Wooster (TV), The Russia House, No Place Like Home (TV), Dr Who (TV)
  • Marc Wootton: The Bad Education Movie, The Harry Hill Movie, Nativity 2, Arthur Christmas (voice), Nativity!, Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel, Confetti
  • Catherine Tate: Superbob, The Office (TV), Monte Carlo, Gulliver’s Travels, Dr Who (TV), The Catherine Tate Show (TV), Mrs Ratcliffe’s Revolution, Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Starter For Ten, Sixty Six, Big Train (TV), The Harry Hill Show (TV)
  • Adam Garcia: Party Pieces, Flight of the Conchords (TV), Love Confessions of Teenage Drama Queen, Kangaroo Jack (voice), Riding In Cars With Boys, Coyote Ugly
  • Ralf Little: The Unbeatables (voice), Powder (2011), The Waiting Room, Telstar, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet Of Crisps (TV), 24 Hour Party People, The Royle Family (TV)
  • Susie Blake: Coronation Street (TV), Mrs Brown’s Boys (TV), Singles (TV), Russ Abbott’s Madhouse (TV), Born and Bred (TV)
  • Duncan Preston: Emmerdale (TV), Howl (2015), Dragonheart 3, Five Children and It, Coronation Street (TV), Dinner Ladies (TV), Surgical Spirit (TV), The Harry Enfield Show (TV), Gentry
  • Stewart Wright: Doc Martin (TV)
  • Jason Watkins: W1A (TV),  Dr Who (TV), Psychoville (TV), Being Human (TV), Nativity 2, Little Dorrit (2008) (TV), Nativity!, Wild Child (2008), Sixty Six, Confetti, Bridget Jones 2, Circus, Onegin, High Hopes
  • Celia Imrie: Second Best Marigold Hotel,  What We Did On Our Holiday, The Love Punch, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, St Trinians 2, Nanny McPhee, St Trinians, Imagine Me & You, Wah-Wah, Bridget Jones  2, Wimbledon, Calendar Girls, Heartlands, Thunderpants, Bridget Jones, Lucky Break, Gormenghast (TV), Dinner Ladies (TV), Star Wars – The Phantom Menace, Hilary & Jackie, The Borrowers (1997), In The Bleak Midwinter, Frankenstein (1994)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JIMMY’S HALL

REVIEW COMING SOON

UK/Ireland co-production

Release Date: 30th May 2014

Director: Ken Loach: (The Angel’s Share / Route Irish / Looking for Eric / Riff Raff / Raining Stones / My Name Is Joe / Carla’s Song / Land and Freedom / The Wind That Shakes The Barley / Kes / Ae Fond Kiss / Ladybird Ladybird)

Cast: Barry Ward, Jim Norton, Simone Kirby, Francis Magee, Aileen Henry, Aisling Franciosi with Brian F. O’Byrne and Andrew Scott

Writer: Paul Laverty

Trailer: JIMMY’S HALL

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

  • Barry Ward: Shooting For Socrates, Blood Cells, Bypass, The Claim (2000)
  • Jim Norton: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Water For Elephants, The Boy In Striped Pyjamas, Driving Lessons, The Oyster Farmer, Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets, Mad About Mambo, American History X, Into The West, Hidden Agenda, Adolf Hitler – My Part In His Downfall, Straw Dogs
  • Simone Kirby: Alice In Wonderland 2, Peaky Blinders (TV)
  • Francis Magee: Blood Cells, Good People, Cemetery Junction, London River, The Crew, Layer Cake, The Sex Lives Of The Potato Men
  • Aisling Franciosi: The Fall (TV)
  • Brian F. O’Byrne: Queen & Country, Prime Suspect (TV), Mildred Pierce (TV), Season of the Witch, The International, Brooklyn’s Finest, Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead, No Reservations, Bug, The New World, Million Dollar Baby, Intermission, Disco Pigs, An Everlasting Piece
  • Andrew Scott: Alice In Wonderland 2, Swallows and Amazons, Victor Frankenstein (2015), James Bond – Spectre, Sherlock (TV),  Pride (2014), Locke (voice), The Stag, Dates (TV)

EFFIE GRAY

5.5 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release Date: 10th October 2014

Director: Richard Laxton (Fortitude (TV) / An Englishman In New York / Grow Your Own / Life and Lyrics / Outlaws (TV) / Band of Gold (TV))

Cast: Dakota Fanning, Greg Wise, Tom Sturridge, Julie Walters, David Suchet, James Fox, Russell Tovey, Linda Bassett, Claudia Cardinale, Riccardo Scamarcio, Polly Dartford, Pip Torrens with Derek Jacobi, Robbie Coltrane and Emma Thompson

Writer: Emma Thompson

Trailer: EFFIE GRAY

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

  • Dakota Fanning: Night Moves, The Motel Life, Now Is Good, Breaking Dawn – part 2, Eclipse, The Runaways, Push, New Moon, Coraline (voice), Secret Life Of Bees, The War Of The Worlds (2005), Hide and Seek, Man On Fire
  • Greg Wise: Blackwood, Walking On Sunshine, The Disappeared, Morris – A Life With Bells On,  A Cock and Bull Story, Johnny English, Mad Cows, Feast Of July, Sense and Sensibility
  • Tom Sturridge: Far From the Madding Crowd (2015), Junkhearts, On The Road, The Boat That Rocked, Like Minds, Brothers Of The Head
  • Julie Walters: Indian Summers (TV), Brooklyn, Paddington, The Harry Hill Movie, One Chance, Brave (voice), Harry Potter- Part 1-8, Mamma Mia!, Becoming Jane, Driving Lessons, Wah Wah, Calendar Girls, Before You Go, Billy Elliott, Titanic Town, Girls’ Night, Intimate Relations, Sister My Sister, Just Like a Woman, Stepping Out, Killing Dad or How To Love Your Mother, Buster, Victoria Wood (TV), Prick Up Your Ears, Personal Services, She’ll Be Wearing Pink Pyjamas, Educating Rita
  • David Suchet: Poirot (TV), The Bank Job, Flushed Away (voice), Flood, The In-Laws, A Perfect Murder, Executive Decision, When The Whales Came, To Kill a Priest, Bigfoot and The Hendersons, Iron Eagle, The Falcon and The Snowman, Greystoke- The Legend Of Tarzan, The Missionary
  • James Fox: The Double (2014), Cleanskin, W/E, The Kid (2010), Sherlock Holmes (2009), Charlie and The Chocolate Factory (2005), The Prince and Me, Sexy Beast, The Golden Bowl, Mickey Blue Eyes, Anna Karenina (1997), The Remains Of The Day, As You Like It (1992), Patriot Games, Afraid Of The Dark, The Russia House, The Mighty Quinn, Farewell To The King, Passage To India, Greystoke- The Legend Of Tarzan, Performance, The Servant
  • Russell Tovey: Blackwood, Pride (2014), Muppets Most Wanted, Grabbers, Tower Block, The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists (voice), Huge, The History Boys, Being Human (TV)
  • Linda Bassett: West Is West, Cass, The Reader, Kinky Boots, Separate Lies, Calendar Girls, The Hours, The Martins, Beautiful People, East Is East, Oscar & Lucinda, Alive & Kicking (1995), Let Him Have It
  • Claudia Cardinale: Son of The Pink Panther, A Man In Love, Fitzcarraldo, The Red Tent, The Conspirators, Once Upon a Time In The West, The Pink Panther, The Leopard, 8 and a Half, Careless, Big Deal on Madonna Street
  • Riccardo Scamarcio: Pasolini, Third Person, My Brother Is An Only Child, Romanzo Criminale
  • Pip Torrens: My Week With Marilyn, Love’s Kitchen, St Trinians 2, Flood, Rogue Trader, The Remains Of The Day
  • Derek Jacobi: Cinderella (2015), Grace of Monaco, Vicious (TV), Last Tango In Halifax (TV), My Week With Marilyn, Anonymous, The King’s SpeechIronclad, Morris – A Life With Bells On, The Riddle, The Golden Compass, Underworld 3, Nanny McPhee, Gosford Park, Gladiator (2000),  Love Is The Devil, Hamlet (1996), Dead Again, Henry V (1989), Little Dorrit, The Odessa Files, The Day Of The Jackal
  • Robbie Coltrane: Great Expectations (2012), The Comic Strip (TV), Brave (voice), Harry Potter – Part 1 to 8, The Brothers Bloom, Alex Rider – Stormbreaker, Ocean’s Twelve, Van Helsing, From Hell, James Bond – Goldeneye, James Bond – The World Is Not Enough, Message In a Bottle, Buddy, Cracker (TV), The Adventures Of Huck Finn (1994), The Pope Must Die, Triple Bogey On a Par Five Hole, Nuns On The Run, Henry V, Lenny Henry – Live and Unleashed, Bert Rigby You’re a Fool, Slipstream, The Fruit Machine, Blackadder (TV), Tutti-Frutti (TV), Mona Lisa, Absolute Beginners, Caravaggio, The Supergrass, The Young Ones (TV), Krull
  • Emma Thompson: A Walk In The Woods, Beauty & The Beast (2016), The Legend of Barney Thomson, The Love Punch, Saving Mr Banks, Beautiful Creatures (2013), Brave (voice), Men In Black 3, Harry Potter – parts 3, 4 & 8, Nanny McPhee 2, The Boat That Rocked, An Education, Last Chance Harvey, Brideshead Revisted, I Am Legend, Stranger Than Fiction, Nanny McPhee, Love Actually, Maybe Baby, Primary Colours, The Winter Guest, Sense and Sensibility, Carrington, Junior, My Father The Hero (1994), In The Name of the Father, The Remains of the Day, Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Peter’s Friends, Howard’s End, Dead Again, Impromptu, Henry V, The Tall Guy, Thompson (TV), Fortunes of War (TV), Tutti Frutti (TV), The Young Ones (TV)

WALKING ON SUNSHINE

5 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release Date: 27th June 2014

Director: Max & Dania (Streetdance 2 / Streetdance)

Cast: Hannah Arterton, Annabel Scholey, Giulio Berruti, Katy Brand, Leona Lewis, Danny Kirrane, Giulio Corso and Greg Wise

Writer: Joshua St. Johnson

Trailer: WALKING ON SUNSHINE

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

  • Hannah Arterton: Burn Burn Burn, Hide & Seek (2016)
  • Annabel Scholey: Inspector George Gently (TV), Being Human (TV)
  • Giulio Berutti: Goltzuius and the Pelican Company, Monte Carlo
  • Katy Brand: Nanny McPhee 2, Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show (TV)
  • Leona Lewis: Britain’s Got Talent (TV), The X Factor (TV)
  • Danny Kirrane: Pirates of the Caribbean 5, The Hatching
  • Greg Wise: Effie Gray, Blackwood, The Disappeared, Morris – A Life With Bells On,  A Cock and Bull Story, Johnny English, Mad Cows, Feast Of July, Sense and Sensibility

KAJAKI

9 out of 10

Release Date: 28th November 2014

Director: Paul Katis

Cast: Mark Stanley, David Elliot, Scott Kyle, Benjamin O’Mahony, Bryan Parry, Thomas Davison, Paul Luebke, Grant Kilburn, Andy Gibbins, John Doughty, Ali Cook, Malachi Kirby, Robert Mitchell, Jon-Paul Bell and Liam Ainsworth

Writer: Tom Williams

Trailer: KAJAKI

poster-vue5th September 2006, Kajaki Dam, Helmund Province, Afghanistan three British Paratroopers unwittingly walk into a minefield. Kajaki depicts the true-story of what happened next.

This is a striking tribute to the men that lost their lives and those that were maimed. Kajaki does not airbrush the situation with overblown Hollywood style-heroics. The makers pull no punches when it comes to showing how a unit comes together when under extreme duress and also become victims of failing equipment, bad communications and low supplies at the same time. The wounds look very real and the performances by the actors never once strike a false beat.  The script is all too real, simultaneously remaining upbeat to keep their injured friends spirits ‘up’ yet never once letting us forget that everybody in the mined wadi is terrified.

The lack of any major ‘name’ actors gives this film a rare strength as the viewer is left to root for the whole team. Certain actors in the ensemble shine briefly for a moment or two only for the focus to shift to another soldier. That the actors probably function in much the same way as the actual soldiers did wouldn’t come as a surprise.  Kajaki is gripping in all the right ways because you feel like you’re in the thick of it too. Mark Wright (DAVID ELLIOT – STILL WATERS) explains to medic Tug (MARK STANLEY – MR TURNER) that the minefield is a hangover from the Russian – Afghan war in the 1980s. The mines had been washed down in the mud (during flashstorms) to the base of the dry wadi from their original tactical ordnances.  They also comment on the fact that they are but the next in the line of intruders to leave a legacy or war-traps behind them when they leave Afghanistan.

Kajaki is a gripping and thoroughly relentless depiction of a most tragic and unusual day. It’s an important film to see that shows that soldiers are just regular guys earning a living just like you and I, only it’s more than a profit margin that’s on the line that’s at risk. It’s a near-perfect war movie that get’s very high marks for bypassing the easy Hollywood shenanigans and cliches to stay true to the soldiers involved and the terrifying circumstances of that fateful day. Wholeheartedly recommended.

9 out of 10 – Wrought and thrilling. A true story that will shake you our of your ‘first world’ rut so you can see what our brave soldiers really give up.

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