UNLOCKED

2 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release date: 5th May 2017

Director: Michael Apted (Bloodlines (TV) / Masters of Sex (TV) / Chasing Mavericks / The Chronicles of Narnia – Voyage of the Dawn Treader / Amazing Grace / Enough / Enigma / James Bond – The World Is Not Enough / Always Outnumbered / Extreme Measures / Nell / Blink / Thunderheart / Class Action / Gorillas In The Mist / Critical Condition / Firstborn / Gorky Park / P’tang Yang Kipperbang / The Coal Miner’s Daughter / The Squeeze / Stardust (1974) / Coronation Street (TV))

Cast: Noomi Rapace, Orlando Bloom, Toni Collette, Aymen Hamdouchi, Tosin Cole, Matthew Marsh, Philip Brodie, Michael Epp, Makram Khoury, Akshay Kumar, Tom Reed, Adedayo Adelayo with Michael Douglas and John Malkovich

Writer: Peter O’Brien

Trailer: UNLOCKED

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

  • Noomi Rapace: Alien – Covenant, The Drop, Man Down, Passion (2012), Prometheus, Sherlock Holmes 2, Beyond (2010), The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest, The Girl Who Played With Fire, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2009)
  • Orlando Bloom: Pirates of the Caribbean 5, The Hobbit – Battle of the Five Armies,  The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug, Zulu (2013), The Three Musketeers (2011), New York I Love You, Pirates of the Caribbean 3, Pirates of the Caribbean 2, Elizabethtown, Kingdom of Heaven, Troy, The Calcium Kid, The Lord of the Rings – Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings – Fellowship of the Ring, Black Hawk Down
  • Toni Collette: xXx 3, Blinky Bill Movie (voice), Krampus, Miss You Already, Glassland, The Boxtrolls (voice), Hector and the Search For Happiness, Tammy, A Long Way Down, The Way Way Back, Mental, Hitchcock, Fright Night (2011), The Like Minds, The Dead Girl, The Night Listener, Little Miss Sunshine, In Her Shoes, A Japanese Story, The Hours, Dirty Deeds, About a Boy, Changing Lanes, Hotel Splendide, Shaft, The Sixth Sense, 8.5 Women, Velvet Goldmine, The Boys, The James Gang, Clockwatchers, Emma (1996), The Pallbearer, Cosi, Muriel’s Wedding, Spotswood
  • Aymen Hamdouchi: 6 Days, iBoy, War Machine, Anti-Social, We Are Monster, Snow In Paradise, Dying of the Light, My Brother The Devil, Sightseers, Green Zone
  • Tosin Cole: Burning Sands, Honeytrap, Gone Too Far, Hollyoaks (TV)
  • Matthew Marsh: Da Vinci’s Demons (TV), Red Tails, Luther (TV), Spooks (TV), An American Haunting, Quicksand, Bad Company, Miranda, Spy Game, Genghis Cohn, Dirty Weekend, Chancer (TV), Mountains of the Moon, Diamond Skulls, The Fourth Protocol, The Monocled Mutineer (TV)
  • Philip Brodie: Zombie Diaries 2
  • Michael Epp: Another Mother’s Son, Denial, The Childhood of a Leader
  • Makram Khoury: Desert Dancer, Farewell Baghdad, Miral, Lemon Tree, Munich, The West Wing (TV)
  • Akshay Kumar: Shambala, One Crazy Thing, #Legacy
  • Adayo Adelayo: Gone Too Far, Some Girls (TV), Law and Order (UK)
  • Michael Douglas: Antman 2, Antman, Beyond The Reach, Last Vegas, Behind The Candelabra, Haywire, Wall Street 2, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, You Me & Dupree, The Sentinel, The In-Laws, Don’t Say a Word, One Night At McCools, Traffic, The Wonder Boys, A Perfect Murder, The Game, The Ghost and The Darkness, The American President, Falling Down, Basic Instinct, Shining Through, War of the Roses, Black Rain, Wall Street, Fatal Attraction, A Chorus Line, The Jewel of the Nile, Romancing The Stone, The China Syndrome, Coma, The Streets of San Francisco (TV)
  • John Malkovich: Dominion (2018), Deepwater Horizon, Zoolander 2, RED 2, Warm Bodies, Transformers 3, RED, Jonah Hex, Disgrace, Burn After Reading, The Mutant Chronicles, Beouwulf (mo-cap), Eragon, The Hitchiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, The Libertine, Johnny English, Ripley’s Game, The Dancer Upstairs (dir), Hotel, Shadow of the Vampire, Joan of Arc, Being John Malkovich, Rounders, The Man In The Iron mask (1998), Con Air, The Portrait of a Lady, Mullholland Falls, Mary Reilly, Beyond The Clouds, In The Line of Fire, Alive, Jennifer 8, Of Mice & Men (1992), Shadows & Fog, The Object of Beauty, The Sheltering Sky, Dangerous Liaisons, Empire of the Sun, The Killing Fields, Places In The Heart

AMEN ISLAND aka UNHAPPY BIRTHDAY

3 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release date: 21st June 2011 (DVD Premiere)

Director: Mark Harriot & Mike Matthews

Cast: David Paisley, Christina DeVallee, Jonathan Keane, Jill Riddiford and David McGillivray

Writer: Mark Harriot & Mike Matthews

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

  • David Paisley: River City (TV), Holby City (TV), Casualty (TV)
  • David McGillivray: The House of Whipcord

URBAN HYMN

5 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release date: 30th September 2016

Director: Michael Caton-Jones (Basic Instinct 2 / Shooting Dogs / City By The Sea / The Jackal (1997) / Rob Roy / This Boy’s Life / Doc Hollywood / Memphis Belle / Scandal)

Writer: Nick Moorcroft

Cast: Shirley Henderson, Letitia Wright, Isabella Laughland, Ian Hart, Steven Mackintosh, Jack McMullen, Caroline O’Neill, Matthew Steer, Katie Redford, Kirsty J Curtis, Billy Bragg with McKell David and Shaun Parkes

Trailer: URBAN HYMN

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

  • Shirley Henderson: On The Road – Wolf Alice, T2 – Trainspotting, Bridget Jones 3, Tale of Tales,  Set Fire To The Stars, In Secret, Filth, The Look Of Love, EverydayAnna Karenina (2012), Meek’s Cutoff, Life During Wartime, Wild Child, Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day, Marie Antoinette, Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire, A Cock And Bull Story, Bridget Jones 2,  Yes, Intermission, Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself, Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets, Once Upon a Time In The Midlands, 24 Hour Party People, Bridget Jones’ Diary, The Claim (2000), Wonderland (2000), Topsy Turvy, Trainspotting, Rob Roy
  • Letitia Wright: The Commuter, Black Panther, Humans (TV), My Brother The Devil, Victim
  • Isabella Laughland: Chubby Funny
  • Ian Hart: God’s Own Country, Dough, Boardwalk Empire (TV), Hard Boiled Sweets, Morris – A Life With Bells On, A Boy Called Dad, Breakfast On Pluto, A Cock and Bull Story, Rag Tale, Finding Neverland, Blind Flight, Killing Me Softly, Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone, Strictly Sinatra, Born Romantic, Liam, Best, The Closer You Get, The End Of The Affair, Wonderland (1999), This Year’s Love, Enemy Of The State, B-Monkey, Mojo, The Butcher’s Boy, Michael Collins, The Hollow Reed, Nothing Personal, Clockwork Mice, The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain, Land and Freedom, Backbeat, The Hour and The Times
  • Steven Mackintosh: Bone In The Throat, Set Fire To The Stars, Robot Overlords, Gold, The Sweeney, Elfie Hopkins, The Scouting Book For Boys, Luther (TV), Underworld 2 & 3, The Escapist, Land Girls, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, House Of America, The Grotesque, Muppets Christmas Carol, Blue Juice, Princess Caraboo, The Buddha Of Suburbia (TV), London Kills Me
  • Jack McMullen: The Hatching, Brotherhood, The Quiet Hour, The Knife That Killed Me, Waterloo Rd (TV), Grange Hill (TV), Brookside (TV)
  • Caroline O’Neill: Endeavour (TV), Family Affairs (TV), Coronation Street (TV), Queer As Folk (TV)
  • Matthew Steer: Crackanory (TV), Eastenders (TV), Silent Witness (TV)
  • Katie Redford: The Archers (voice), Doctors (TV)
  • McKell David: Damilola, Time Will Tell, iBoy, #Legacy, Montana
  • Shaun Parkes: The Aliens (TV), Line of Duty (TV), Silent Witness (TV), Clubbed, Notes On a Scandal, The Mummy 2, Human Traffic

 

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NO FIXED ABODE (NFA)

5.5 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release date: 29th November 2013 (DVD Premiere)

Director: Steven Rainbow (iWitness)

Cast: Patrick Baladi, Saskia Butler, Vicky Roberts, Laurence Saunders, Simon Lowe, Gabriel Paul, Sean Connolly, Ava Baladi and David Sterne

Writer: Steven Rainbow

Trailer: NO FIXED ABODE (NFA)

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

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A UNITED KINGDOM

5.5 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release date: 25th November 2016

Director: Amma Assante (Where Hands Touch / Belle / A Way of Life)

Cast: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Jack Davenport, Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael, Vusi Kunene, Jack Lowden, Arnold Oceng, Terry Pheto, Jessica Oyelowo, Charlotte Hope, Abena Ayivor, Anton Lesser, Nicholas Rowe, Merveille Lukeba, Anastasia Hille, Theo Landey, James Northcote and Nicholas Lyndhurst

Writer: Guy Hibbert

Trailer: A UNITED KINGDOM

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

  • David Oyelowo: Nina, Queen of Katwe, Selma, Interstellar, A Most Violent Year, The Butler, Jack Reacher, Lincoln, The Paperboy, Red Tails, The Help, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, As You Like It (2006), The Last King of Scotland, The Best Man, A Sound of Thunder, Spooks (TV)
  • Rosamund Pike: Gone Girl, Hector & The Search For Happiness, What We Did On Our HolidayA Long Way DownThe World’s End, Jack Reacher, Johnny English 2, Wrath Of The Titans, Made In Dagenham, Surrogates, An Education, Doom, Pride & Prejudice (2005), James Bond – Die Another Day
  • Jack Davenport: The Tank, Kingsman – The Secret Service, Mother’s Milk, Pirates of the Caribbean 3, Pirates of the Caribbean 2, The Wedding Date, The Libertine, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Bunker, The Talented Mr Ripley, The Wisdom of Crocodiles
  • Tom Felton: Risen (2016), Against The Sun, In Secret, Belle, Rise Of The Planet of The Apes, The Disappeared, Get Him To The Greek, 13 HRs, Harry Potter 1-8, Anna and The King, The Borrowers (1997)
  • Laura Carmichael: Burn Burn Burn, Downton Abbey (TV)
  • Vusi Kunene: The First Grader, The Bang Bang Club, The King Is Alive, Cry The Beloved Country, The Air Up There
  • Jack Lowden: Tommy’s Honour, Denial (2017) War and Peace (TV)
  • Arnold Oceng: Circle of Revenge, Brotherhood, The Good Lie, It’s a Lot, My Brother The Devil, Victim, Adulthood
  • Terry Pheto: Mandela – A Long Walk To Freedom, Catch a Fire, Tsotsi
  • Jessica Oyelowo: Sleepy Hollow
  • Abena Ayivor: Machine Gun Preacher, This Life (TV)
  • Anton Lesser: Allied, Flutter, Endeavour (TV), Game of Thrones (TV), Wolf Hall (TV), The Lady, Primeval (TV), Casualty 1909 (TV), Miss Potter, River Queen, Charlotte Gray, The Mill On The Floss (TV)
  • Nicholas Rowe: Eat Local, Old Boys, Snowden, Mr Holmes, Da Vinci’s Demons (TV), Dr Who (TV), Seed of Chucky, Nicholas Nickleby (2002), Enigma, Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, True Blue, Young Sherlock Holmes, Another Country
  • Merveille Lukeba: GBH, Skins (TV)
  • James Northcote: Wuthering Heights (2011)
  • Nicholas Lyndhurst: Goodnight Sweetheart (TV), New Tricks (TV), Rock and Chips (TV), Lassie (2005), Only Fools and Horses (TV), The Two of Us (TV), Butterflies (TV)

UNDERCOVER HOOLIGAN

3 out of 10

Release Date: 26th December 2016 (DVD Premiere)

Director: Nicholas Winter (Hooligan Legacy)

Cast: Kris Johnson, Simon Cotton, Ali Bastian, Munro Graham, Patrick Connolly, Tim Berrington, Sapphire Elia, Aggy K Adams, Eric Colvin with Ryan Winsley and Chris Simmons

Writer: Nicholas Winter

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I had high hopes for Nicholas Winter’s second film as director after Hooligan Legacy. Seems like a ridiculous statement but in context his debut was a tough little gangster movie with pace, good performances and proved to be a good calling card for the director and it’s leading man, Kris Johnson (WHO NEEDS ENEMIES). Sadly, this time around their latest one,Undercover Hooligan proves to be heavy work. Johnson, usually a confident actor, who’s already proved to be one to watch, falters with a bad script, and this time delivers a less than cocksure performance. The plot and acting from some of his supporters leave much to be desired too.

Undercover Hooligan follows the first underground assignment for ‘Violent Cop of the Terraces’ Michael Clarke, who has to go to jail for six months just to look authentic enough to get in with some people traffickers lead by Patrick Connolly and his children, played by Simon Cotton (RISE OF THE KRAYS) and Sapphire Elia (VENGEANCE). Cotton further solidifies his rep, at Britpic Crescent, as one of low-budget cinemas biggest over-performers. He doesn’t quite ruin the film, that’s a group effort.  Plot holes and character dopiness sabotage a potentially entertaining film but familiarity with this kind of plot arch scuppers Undercover Hooligan in more ways than one. It’s not Kris Johnson‘s only dud, see Essex Vendetta for that – but he’s not the problem in that one.

The violence is a bit sickening and every bit gratuitous, as it was in Hooligan Legacy, but here it seems stitched on to make up for the cardboard acting and tired story. Again it would seem like the word ‘hooligan’ has been wheeled out by the SEO boys to sell a few more units but it’s connection to football or hooliganism is on the thin side, as you’d expect. I look forward to Kris Johnson‘s next appearance, but for Mr Winter the director and writer he’s currently hung at a 1/1 tie-off. Please come back with something better next time.

3 out of 10 – Leaden and drawn out crime non-thriller starring the usually confident and natural Kris Johnson. This time he’s either miscast or unsure about the script as he comes across uncomfortable this once. Simon Cotton overcooks the principle baddy and the rest of the cast set about doing wooden furniture impressions. Underpowered Hooligans.

Trailer: UNDERCOVER HOOLIGAN

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THIS ACTOR IN BEFORE?

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)