OFF-PISTE

3.5 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release Date: 3rd October 2016 (DVD Premiere)

Director: Glen Kirby (The Pugilist)

Cast: Henry Douthwaite, Lara Lemon, Yvonne O’Grady, Jared Fortune, Paul McGuinness, Mark Crook, Jed Tune, Tony Fadil and Stephen Don

Writer: Glen Kirby

Trailer: OFF PISTE

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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

ORTHODOX

6.5 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release Date: 19th February 2016 (DVD Premiere)

Director: David Leon 

Cast: Stephen Graham, Michael Smiley, Rebecca Callard, Giacomo Mancini, Sidney Kean and Christopher Fairbank

Writer: David Leon

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ONE NIGHT IN ISTANBUL

5.5 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release Date: 11th September 2014 (DVD Premiere)

Director: Richard Marquand (Dead Man’s Cards)

Cast: Steven Waddington, Paul Barber, Mark Womack, Lucien Laviscount, Marc Hughes, Gamze Seber, Sedat Mert, Ayhan Eroglu, Robbie Fowler with Samantha Womack and Ingvar Sigurosson

Writer: Nicky Allt

Trailer:  ONE NIGHT IN ISTANBUL

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

  • Steven Waddington: Waterloo Road (TV), A Little Chaos, When The Lights Went Out, The Sweeney, Largo Winch, Breakfast On Pluto, The Parole Officer, The Hole (2001), Face, Carrington, Sleepy Hollow, The Last Of The Mohicans, Edward II
  • Paul Barber: The Magnificent Eleven, Dead Man’s Cards, The Virgin Of Liverpool, The 51st State, The Full Monty, Brookside (TV), Priest (1994), Only Fools and Horse (TV), Chancer (TV), The Brothers McGregor (TV), The Terence Davies Trilogy, The Long Good Friday
  • Mark Womack: Babylon (TV), Kelly + Victor, Uwantme2killhim?Route Irish, Liverpool 1 (TV), Under The Skin, Dancin’ Thru’ The Dark
  • Lucien Laviscount: Waterloo Road (TV), Honeytrap, Coronation Street (TV), Grange Hill (TV)
  • Samantha Womack: Eastenders (TV), Kingsman – Secret Service, The Baby Juice Express, Dead Man’s Cards, Liverpool 1 (TV), Up and Under, Game On (TV), Pie In The Sky (TV)
  • Ingvar Sigurosson: Everest,  Jar City, Cold Light, K-19 – The Widowmaker, Devil’s Island

OUTPOST 3

2 out of 10

Release Date: 31st March 2014 (DVD Premiere)

Director: Kieran Parker

Cast: Bryan Larkin, Michael McKell, Ivan Kamara, Velibor Topic, Douglas Russell, Ben Lambert, Vivien Taylor and Johnny Meres

Writer: Kieran Parker & Rae Brunton

Trailer: OUTPOST 3

Unknown-10Now this is disappointing. The original Outpost was a DOA non-thriller which trudged through the ‘ten little soldiers’ formula in which a small bunch of mercenaries are sent to retrieve a mysterious device that creates undead super soldiers from a former-Nazi Bunker. Outpost 2 was a vast improvement that opened the premise up to excellent effect and featured competent name actors playing Nazi hunters. Whilst the makers are scratching their heads wondering how to continue their series on a positive note they’ve rushed out this very boring prequel that shows us how the bunker came to be – who ran it and what would happen to anybody who came into contact with it.

A small squad of Russian soldiers are our heroes on this occasion. They are led by a plank played by another plank (BRYAN LARKIN) sporting a dodgy Russian accent into a forest to follow a mysterious road. After they ambush a Nazi convoy the survivors of the attack get taken prisoner and thrown in to a cell deep inside the bunker. The Kommandment (MICHAEL MCKELL – FREIGHT) is a brutal schwein who is project managing the said scheme to develop an everlasting unkillable soldier. From this point on it turns into an indistinguishable remake of War of the Dead with its endless series of gun fights, near misses punch ups, and gory endings for its dimly lit procession of Frankenstein-lite soldiers.

The only curiosity is the inclusion of Johnny Meres (OUTPOST 2) as General Gotz. A character from the first two films who I’d have thought would have had his back story investigated in a prequel such as this? He’s an intriguing character full of mystery but it would seem the makers either don’t care or are saving his story for a future sequel. In part 3, he pops up as one of the prisoners, pulls a funny face and disappears into the murk again. A waste of time.

This second sequel squanders all the good will generated by it’s hard working predecessor.  That it shares the same writer is even more of a puzzle. The lack of momentum and plot is a real kick in the balls as I felt I’d been cheated into watching this. If part 2 was a lemon would I have watched this? We’ll never know. But sadly there’s nothing to report. This is pointless, unthoughtful and has zero to say about the experiments that go on in the bunker. There’s literally no sign of the vril generator or any of the intrigue of part 2’s story.

2 out of 10 – Deadly boring sequel that only offers competent fight scenes in dimly lit rooms again and again. Evidence of a squandered good idea that’s been painted into to a corner.

 Review below by Matt Usher

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ONDINE

6 out of 10 Ireland

Release Date: 5th March 2010

Director: Neil Jordan (Byzantium The Borgias (TV) / The Brave One / Breakfast On Pluto / The Good Thief / The End Of The Affair / In Dreams / The Butcher’s Boy / Michael Collins / Interview With The Vampire / The Crying Game / The Miracle / We’re No Angels / High Spirits / Mona Lisa / The Company Of Wolves / Angel (1982))

Cast: Colin Farrell, Alicja Bachleda, Alison Barry, Dervla Kirwan, Emil Hostina with Tony Curran and Stephen Rea

Writer: Neil Jordan

Trailer: ONDINE

Review by Joe Pesci II aka Matt Usher below!

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

  • Colin Farrell: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, The Lobster, Solace, Miss Julie (2015), True Detective (TV), A Winter’s Tale, Saving Mr Banks, Dead Man Down, Seven Psychopaths, Total Recall (2012), London Boulevard, Fright Night (2011), Horrible Bosses, The Way Back, The Imaginarium Of Dr Parnassus, In Bruges,  Crazy Heart, Cassandra’s Dream, Miami Vice Movie, The New World, Intermission, Alexander, S.W.A.T., Veronica Guerin, Phone Booth, Daredevil, Minority Report, The Recruit, Hart’s War, Tigerland, The War Zone
  • Alicja Bachleda: Trade
  • Dervla Kirwan: Entity, Dangerous Parking, With Or Without You, Ballykissangel (TV)
  • Emil Hostina: The Fall
  • Tony Curran: Awaiting, Marvellous, Thor 2, In The Dark Half, X-Men – First Class, Tintin (voice), The Veteran, Underworld 2, The Good German, Red Road, Blade 2, The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Captives, This Life (TV)
  • Stephen Rea: Roadkill (2015), Out of The Dark, Asylum (2013), Underworld 4, Blackthorn, The Heavy, Stuck, The Reaping, Sixty Six, V For Vendetta, Tara Road, River Queen, Breakfast On Pluto, The Good Shepherd, Evelyn, Feardotcom, The Musketeer, The End of the Affair, In Dreams, Still Crazy, This Is My Father, The Butcher Boy, Fever Pitch, The Last of the High Kings, Trojan Eddie, A Further Gesture, Michael Collins, All Men Are Mortal, Pret a Porter, Interview With The Vampire, Princess Caraboo, Bad Behaviour, The Crying Game, Life Is Sweet, The Doctor and the Devils, Angel

ONE CHANCE

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release Date: 29th October 2013

Director: David Frankel (Hope Springs / The Big Year / Marley & Me / Devil Wears Prada / Miami Rhapsody)

Cast: James Corden, Alexandra Roach, Mackenzie Crook, Colm Meaney, Jemima Roper, Valeria Bilello, Trystan Gravelle with Stanley Townsend and Julie Walters

Writer: Justin Zackham

Trailer: ONE DAY

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

  • James Corden: The Late Night Show with James Corden (TV), Norm of the North (TV), Kill Your Friends, The Lady In The Van, Into The Woods, The Three Musketeers (2011), Telstar, Gulliver’s Travels (2010), Gavin and Stacey (TV), Horne & Corden (TV), Lesbian Vampire Killers, How To Lose Friends and Alienate People, The History Boys, Starter For 10, Pierrepoint, Fat Friends (TV), Teachers (TV), Heartlands, All or Nothing, Whatever Happened To Harold Smith?. Twentyfourseven
  • Alexandra Roach: The Huntsman, Testament of Youth, Cuban Fury, Trap For Cinderella, Private Peaceful, Utopia (TV), The Iron Lady
  • Mackenzie Crook:  Eat Local, In Secret, Cheerful Weather For The Wedding, Game of Thrones (TV), Tintin (voice), Ironclad, Sex & Drugs & Rock-N-Roll, Solomon KaneThree and Out, City of Ember, Pirates Of The Caribbean 3, I Want Candy, Pirates Of The Caribbean 2,  The Brothers Grimm, Churchill – The Hollywood Years, Finding Neverland, The Merchant Of Venice (2004), Sex Lives Of The Potato Men, Pirates Of The Caribbean, The Office (TV)
  • Colm Meaney: Norm of the North (voice), A Belfast StoryAlan Partridge – Alpha PapaThe Hot Potato, The Cold Light Of Day, Bel Ami, Get Him To The Greek,  The Damned Utd, Three and Out, Intermission, This Is My Father, Claire Dolan, Con Air, The Road To Wellville, War Of The Buttons, The Committments, The Snapper, The Van, Star Trek – Deep Space 9 (TV), Under Siege, Into the West, The Last Of The Mohicans (1992), Far and Away, Die Hard 2
  • Jemima Roper: The Black Dahlia, Kinky Boots, A Sound Of Thunder, As If (TV)
  • Trystan Gravelle: Anonymous
  • Stanley Townsend: The Voices, Standby, 24 (TV), Killing Bono, First Night, Cars 2 (voice), Holy WatersIsolation, Happy Go Lucky, The Libertine, Suzie Gold, Wondrous Oblivion
  • Julie Walters: Brooklyn, Indian Summers (TV), Paddington, Effie GrayThe Harry Hill Movie, 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