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DVD Review: Prisoner Of War

Scratching at the surface, rather than being the hard-hitting expose it clearly wants to be, Prisoner Of War offers a different slant on the recent chaos in Iraq. Set for the bulk of its running time in the notorious Abu Ghraib prison, the film looks to shed...
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DVD Review: Transcendence

Rock ‘n’ Roll genius scientist Dr Will Caster (Johnny Depp), the world’s foremost researcher in Artificial Intelligence is bringing sexy back to science and is ON THE VERGE OF A DISCOVERY THAT WILL CHANGE THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT! He must be a genius; he...
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DVD Review: The Hypnotist

As a huge fan of husband-and-wife team Lars Kepler's astonishingly good debut novel, I was excited to see how it would translate to screen. Unfortunately, the film had a lot to live up to, being touted by many (including FrightFest when it screened at the...
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DVD Review: Killing Season

I don’t know about you, but, for me, seeing the names Robert De Niro and John Travolta pop up in a straight-to-DVD release is a bit of a surprise (OK, maybe not Travolta so much – but you get the point…). But then you sit down to watch the damn thing...
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DVD Review: The Quiet Ones

Few things fill me with quite so much terror as the legend “Based on a true story…” before a horror film. It’s like an icy hand squeezing my bowels, dread gnawing at my entrails and not in a good way. I know that the film I’m about to watch...
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DVD Review: The Raid 2

I’ve never really believed in the old idiom of “too much of a good thing,” being bad for you. Cullen Skink is a wonderful, wonderful thing and I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. On a hot New Orleans night there’s little as refreshing as...
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DVD Review: Das Cabinet Des Dr Caligari

Okay. ‘Das Cabinet Des…’ no, let’s say it properly - ‘The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’ is one of my favourite films. It is generally always listed among the top four German silents, along with ‘Nosferatu’, ‘Metropolis’ and ‘Der Golem’ and,...
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DVD Review: Almost Human

Ever had that feeling where you really, really wanted to love a film, but could only end up giving it a shrug of the shoulders and a ‘meh’? That’s how I feel about Almost Human, a flick clearly made by genre fans for genre fans, with plenty of gore...
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DVD Review: Haunter

The haunted house is a staple of the horror genre, from its earliest years in silent cinema with the likes of Jean Epstein’s The Fall of the House of Usher (1928), through Jack Clayton’s masterpiece The Innocents (1961) and Robert Wise’s definitive...
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DVD Review: Under The Skin

A decade on from Birth, his flawed but interesting follow-up to the rabid, brilliant Sexy Beast, director Jonathan Glazer’s new film, Under The Skin, may already be the most wilfully obtuse, peculiar, essential film of the year. A chilly, far from...
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DVD Review: Non-Stop

Liam Neeson's career of late has been a bit of an enigma to me. Here is a man who once gave such thoughtful and understated performances in the likes of Schindlers List, Kinsey and Michael Collins, but ever since Taken (2008) he has carved out a career for...
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Harold and Maude

What can I tell you about ‘Harold and Maude’, the tremendous 1971 ‘odd couple’ comedy directed by counter-culture genius Hal Ashby from a darkly hilarious but also exuberantly joyful screenplay by Colin Higgins which stars an alarmingly baby-faced Bud...
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DVD Review: The Monuments Men

In the darkest days of World War Two, as the war rages and the invading Allies battle the retreating Germans to liberate Europe, a crack team of unlikely heroes – middle aged art historians, museum curators, architects and artists – are recruited to save...
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DVD Review: Lone Survivor

The war film genre is one that has been altered and complicated in modern cinema by the aftermath of 9/11. With the political climate intensified, sensitivity and unbiased attitude is essential to the effectiveness of modern war films. Lone Survivor is a film...
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DVD Review: RoboCop

It's hard to think of any other movie in recent years, that has been on the receiving end of such hate before even a single frame had been shot. Ever since it was announced that Paul Verhoeven's Robocop was set for a modern remake, fans everywhere have...
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DVD Review: Blood Widow

Keen to escape the city, young couple Laurie (Danielle Lilley) and Hugh (Brandon Kyle Peters) buy a weekend fixer-upper in the country. For Laurie it’s a refuge from the pressures of the urban rat race and a sign that they’re taking their relationship to...
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DVD Review: Jack Ryan – Shadow Recruit

After an absence of 12 years, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan is back, with another hot young Hollywood star, a Brit playing a villain and the trials and tribulations of American/Russian relations on the line. The resulting film tries to balance the serious modern...
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DVD Review: Willow Creek

Another day, another found footage movie. Ever since The Blair Witch Project became The Most Successful Horror Film Ever MadeÔ every horror movie director with no money and fewer ideas seems to have tried their hand at the faux-documentary, sending some...