Louder Than Bombs

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Director: Joachim Trier
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Isabelle Huppert & Gabriel Byrne
Synopsis: The fractious family of a father and his two sons confront their different feelings and memories of their deceased wife and mother; a famed war photographer.
Rating: 15 Duration: 109 minutes Release date: 15 August (UK)

Louder Than Bombs is a difficult film to review; it features some fine actors, Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne and Isabelle Huppert, who are doing good work, but director Joachim Trier’s English-language debut is a monotonous journey through a family’s grief and trouble as they attempt to deal with the death of their wife and mother. While it should be applauded for providing audiences with a more intellectual drama than Hollywood generally produces, there is a tedium that quickly takes control over the film that it never quite recovers from. Continue reading “Louder Than Bombs”

Southbound

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Directors: Roxanne Benjamin, David Bruckner, Patrick Hovarth & Radio Silence
Starring: Chad Villella, Kristina Pesic, Hannah Marks & Matt Bettinelli-Olpin
Synopsis: Five interlocking tales of terror follow the fates of a group of weary travellers who confront their worst nightmares on a desolate stretch of desert highway.
Rating: 18 Duration: 85 minutes Release date: 8 August (UK)

By default most horror anthologies are a mixed bag. Ideas are dragged out for too long and occasionally they seem like an excuse for directors to stroke their ego rather than tell a good tale. The stories can be muddled and suffer from having little to no connection, interestingly Southbound features five stories that have a connecting thread which keeps viewers absorbed enough to see it through to the end. Continue reading “Southbound”

Suicide Squad

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It’s been a week since DC’s Batman v Superman follow up, Suicide Squad was released in cinemas. Over that time I’ve had various thoughts about the film. So, instead of my usual style of review, I have instead listed 10 conclusions on the film instead. Continue reading “Suicide Squad”

The Transformers: The Movie 30th Anniversary Trailer

The Transformers: The Movie celebrates its 30th anniversary this year with a special edition Blu-ray release. Here’s our first look at what’s in store when it’s released on 12 December. 

Batman: The Killing Joke

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Director: Sam Liu
Starring: Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill & Tara Strong
Synopsis: As Batman hunts for the escaped Joker, the Clown Prince of Crime attacks the Gordon family to prove a diabolical point mirroring his own fall into madness.
Rating: 15 Duration: 77 minutes Release date: 8 August (UK)

Released in 1988, The Killing Joke became a popular DC graphic novel which depicted the origins of the Joker as well as one of Batman’s most notorious encounters with his most popular nemesis. Written by Alan Moore, The Killing Joke became, quite possibly, the defining tale of the Joker and gained notoriety for its graphic nature and the implications of what the Joker may have done to Barbara Gordon/Batgirl after shooting her and paralysing her. It’s an intense story and one that will provoke a lot of reactions, both good and bad, but the animated film is not the home-run fans were expecting and may leave a few more than disappointed. Continue reading “Batman: The Killing Joke”

The Transformers: The Movie Set For 30th Anniversary Release

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Press releases don’t normally get me all that excited, but when I received news that The Transformers: The Movie was to get a special 30th anniversary release I felt a surge of excitement not seen since, well I don’t remember when.

The Transformers: The Movie was a childhood favourite of mine and I still hold it as the best Transformers film made to this day. Fans of the 1986 release will see the film transferred into 4K and released on Blu-ray in the UK for the first time.

Along with storyboards and featurettes, the release will feature a commentary with Director Nelson Shin, Flint Dille and voice actress Susan Blu as well as a brand new documentary Till All Are One.

The Transformers: The Movie will be released on 12 December.

Justice League Trailer

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Further to the earlier news regarding the ace Wonder Woman trailer follows the also ace Justice League trailer.

Directed by Zack Snyder and showing his unique visual flair, the trailer also showcases some well-timed humour and a touch of irony. Here’s hoping DC really are looking to up their game after the moody Batman v Superman.

Justice League is in cinemas 10 November 2017.