Reviews

Publisher: DC Comics Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Greg Capullo Back in 2017, the dynamic duo of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo unleashed Dark Nights: Metal, a DC-wide crossover event that pitted the Justice league against Barbatos, God Of The Dark Multiverse. This adventure gave birth to a whole suite of twisted alternate reality Batmans, each
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Director: Oliver Milburn Writer: Oliver Milburn Cast: Alex Macqueen, Anthony Head, Samantha Bond, Oscar Kennedy, Liam Lau Fernandez Distributor: Rebellion Young Lee Keegan (Oscar Kennedy) thinks the world is over when he’s expelled from St. Mark’s School for Boys, after pulling a practical joke involving a locker cabinet. However, little does he know the world
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Author: Clay McLeod Chapman Publisher: Quirk Books Released: Out Now Price: £15.99 Hardback When five-year-old Sean comes home from school with suspicious bruises on his thigh it’s not long before his teacher is under suspicion. That suspicion soon turns sensational when rumours of a satanic cult infiltrating the town start to take root and Sean
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Released: Out now (VOD) Director: Jake Mahaffy Writer: Jake Mahaffy Cast: Julia Ormond, Emma Draper, John Bach Distributor: 101 Films Running Time: 95 mins It’s hard getting past the superficial similarities to Natalie Erika James’s superior shocker Relic (2020) with Jake Mahaffy’s Reunion. Like its Australian counterpart, this New Zealand offering leans heavily into the
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Certificate: 15 Director: Adam Egypt Mortimer Cast: Joe Manganiello, Zolee Griggs, Skylan Brooks, Jessica Allain, Paul Scheer, Glenn Howerton Distributor: Altitude Film Entertainment Running Time: 90 mins Superhero movies have been around for what seems like forever and they’re never going to go away because we’re never going to get bored of them. Even so,
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Director: Zoé Wittock Writer: Zoé Wittock Cast: Noémie Merlant, Emmanuelle Bercot, Bastien Bouillon Running Time: 93 mins Jumbo is a subtle and quirky indie romance that follows the painfully shy Jeanne (Noémie Merlant, Portrait of a Lady on Fire), who’s struggling with the tumultuous emotional rollercoaster of her first infatuation/crush. Except the kicker here is
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Released: 1 March Director: Edward Drake Cast: Frank Grillo, Bruce Willis, Brandon Thomas Lee Distributor: Altitude Running Time: 88 mins Set in 2524 (500 years after the human race began colonising Mars and other outer planets), Cosmic Sin sees the human race reeling from an attack by an alien race after first contact is made.
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Certificate: 15 Director: Karl Holt Writer: Karl Holt Cast: Karl Holt, Claire Cartwright, George Collie Running Time: 94 mins Like a good cup of tea, comedy horror is that most special of genre blends; a delicate balance must be struck to create a satisfying experience. So it’s a real delight when a film like Benny
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Publisher: Rebellion Publishing Released: Out now Writer: Mallory O’Meara Tales of the golden era of Hollywood have a habit of transporting you back in time, painting the world with a unique blend of rose-tinted nostalgia as only celluloid can deliver. Despite us knowing that it could never all be sunshine, lollipops and rainbows, the seduction
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Released: Out now Certificate: 18 Director: Brandon Cronenberg Cast: Andrea Riseborough, Christopher Abbott, Rossif Sutherland, Tuppence Middleton, Sean Bean, and Jennifer Jason Leigh Distributor: Signature Entertainment Running Time: 104 mins Nothing in Brandon Cronenberg’s Possessor is there to fill space on screen or eat up empty minutes. A line of absolute intent threads every image,
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Director: Mike Cahill Writer: Mike Cahill Cast: Owen Wilson, Salma Hayek, Nesta Cooper “Most people say ignorance is bliss, but I say, you have to experience the good to appreciate the bad,” explains Salma Hayek’s Isabel in Mike Cahill’s trippy new sci-fi drama Bliss. Owen Wilson stars alongside Hayek as everyman office worker Greg, a man
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Director: Ben Wheatley Cast: Joel Fry, Ellora Torchia, Hayley Squires, Reece Shearsmith Running Time: 107 mins Written and shot during lockdown, In the Earth (Ben Wheatley’s follow up to his Rebecca adaptation) integrates a deadly pandemic into its plot. But rather than focus on the fear and death it produces, Wheatley uses instead the resulting
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Released: Out now (Arrow Video Blu-ray and streaming services) Certificate: 18 Director: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza Cast: Manuela Velasco, Ferran Terraza, Jorge-Yamam Serrano Distributor: Arrow Video Running Time: 78 mins [REC] follows late-night TV host Angela and her cameraman Pablo who are working on a dull news piece about the goings-on at a Spanish fire
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Released: 29 January (on digital) Certificate: 15 Director: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead Cast: Anthony Mackie, Jamie Dornan, Katie Aselton Distributor: Signature Entertainment Running Time: 102 mins “The past sucks,” irate paramedic Steve (Anthony Mackie) says after time-travelling to said sucky past via a new synthetic drug, Synchronic. Indeed, directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead have
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Creator: Mike McMahan Cast: Tawny Newsome, Jack Quaid, Noël Wells Distributor: Amazon Prime When the announcement came that CBS All Access was launching an animated comedy Star Trek series, the reaction was divisive. The passion and loyalty of many Trek fans can never be underestimated and each new iteration to the franchise unavoidably causes vocal
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Director: Martin Owen Writer: Sally Collett, Martin Owen Cast: Scott Adkins, John Hannah, Lashana Lynch, Elliot James Langridge Set in 1990’s Brooklyn, we meet teenage gamer Sarah (Isabelle Allen) who, after ignoring her grumpy dad’s advice of switching off her console whilst playing side-scrolling sci-fi action-adventure game The Intergalactic Adventures of Max Cloud (think along
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Author: Adrian Tchaikovsky Publisher: Head Of Zeus Price: £18.99 Hardback Bear Head follows the story of Jimmy, a construction worker on Mars, who is building luxury apartments for humanity’s rich and powerful. His body has been augmented so he can survive the planet’s harsh atmosphere but it’s okay, the company bankrolling the venture will change
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Certificate: U Director: Gints Zilbalodis Writer: Gints Zilbalodis Running Time: 75 mins It’s hard not to compare yourself to others when counting your achievements in life – unhealthy as that may be – and it’s impossible not to do so after watching Away. This animated feature film has been lovingly crafted solely by Latvian film-maker
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Certificate: 12A Director: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Pedro Pascal, Kristen Wiig Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Pedro Pascal, Kristen Wiig Distributor: Warner Bros Running Time: 151 mins Not too long ago, DC had a few disappointments when bringing their superheroes to the big screen for its DC Extended Universe. Man Of Steel failed to reignite
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Released: Out now on Digital HD and Blu-ray/DVD on 18 January 2021 Certificate: 15 Director: Natalie Erika James Writer: Natalie Erika James Cast: Emily Mortimer, Robyn Nevin, Bella Heathcote Running Time: 89 minutes “Since your grandfather passed, this house seems unfamiliar – bigger somehow.” As an oppressive slice of female-focused domestic gothic horror, Relic feels
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