Blu-ray Review: The Thief Of Bagdad

When the charming street-thief Ahmed (Douglas Fairbanks) breaks into Baghdad Palace with the aim of stealing some treasure, it is the beautiful sleeping Princess (Julianne Johnston) who steals his heart instead. So begins a swashbuckling adventure that takes...

DVD Review: Grand Piano

Essentially a thrilling short story stretched to near breaking point in terms of its running time, Grand Piano marks another stage in the intriguing recent career of Elijah Wood. From Maniac to Open Windows to current cinema release Set Fire To The Stars,...

DVD Review: Stalingrad

1942. With the superior Nazi forces rolling through Russia, the besieged city of Stalingrad will see the fate of the world decided as the beleaguered Soviet forces throw everything they have at the German invaders in a ferocious attempt to turn the tide of...
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DVD Review: The Anomaly

Traumatised and confused, shell-shocked ex-soldier Ryan (Noel Clarke) wakes up in the back of a van with a young kidnapped boy, no clue how either of them got there and no memory of the last few months. Releasing the child and escaping with him, the pair are...

DVD Review: See No Evil 2

I suppose, in many ways, the Soska sisters were on a bit of a hiding to nothing when they signed on the dotted line for slasher sequel See No Evil 2. Heralded by all and sundry in the horror fraternity for their breathtaking American Mary a couple of years...

DVD Review: Felony

After almost being killed during the film’s opening bust, Detective Mal Toohey (Joel Edgerton) has a few too many celebratory drinks down the pub with his Drugs Squad buddies before driving home. Tired and a little drunk, he clips a young cyclist with...

DVD Review: All Cheerleaders Die

Sometimes, in American culture, there seems to be nothing more terrifying that the politics of high school. The jocks, the hotties, the freaks and the geeks; it is an environment dominated by cultural stereotypes, in particularly rigid gender stereotypes....

DVD Review: Treehouse

Yet another film on the seemingly endless conveyor belt of movies marketed as something they are not, Treehouse is a teen thriller masquerading as a horror flick. In fact, this time around even the makers are at fault, with the opening scenes suggesting...

DVD Review: Oculus

So, you’ve just made Absentia, one of the best horror films, arguably one of the best films, of the last few years, on a shoestring; an eerie, unsettling, chilling little movie, a film that climbs inside your head and keeps you awake at night. And no...

DVD Review: Cold In July

The fourth feature film from Jim Mickle (director of the wonderful Stake Land and We Are What We Are), there’s just something about Cold In July. Something grimy. Something sleazy. Something unsettling. Something dark and taboo. Something that sings to your...

DVD Review: Edge Of Tomorrow

It’s the near future and a parasitic alien race, the Mimics, have invaded the Earth, subjugating mainland Europe. After being stupid enough to piss off commanding officer, General Brigham (Brendan Gleeson), cowardly army spin doctor Major William Cage (Tom...

DVD Review: Kite

In the near future dystopian aftermath of a global financial crash where children are commodities to be trafficked for sex, orphaned drug-addicted teen amnesiac assassin Sawa (India Eisley) wages her own personal war against the Emir, the mysterious crime...

DVD Review: A Million Ways To Die In The West

When fast-talking but cowardly sheep farmer Albert (Seth MacFarlane) backs out of a gunfight his fickle, shallow girlfriend, local schoolmarm Louise (Amanda Seyfried) dumps him for the vain, foppish Foy (Neil Patrick Harris), who runs the local Moustachery, a...

DVD Review: Dark Touch

A creepy kid flick that frustrates as much as it excites, Dark Touch is one of those films that demands an audience’s concentration. It’s not that there is any great debate going on, it’s just that the film flits from idea to idea, discarding...

DVD Review: Blood Ties

It’s ‘70s Noo Yawk, a time of sideburns, ill-advised moustaches, big collars and wah-wah guitar funk. Tough, charismatic, career criminal Chris (Clive Owen) is paroled from prison and into the care of his reluctant younger brother, Frank (Billy Crudup), a...

DVD Review: Reaper

Occasionally, and I mean very occasionally, a film comes along that appears so bad, so big a mess, that you honestly think you must have missed something along the way. You know what I mean – the fact that perhaps you dozed off and missed an important...