Director: James Wan
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga & Madison Wolfe
Synopsis: Lorraine and Ed Warren travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by a malicious spirit.
Rating: 15 Duration: 134 minutes Release date: 17 October (UK)
The Conjuring was a delight, in the only way a horror film can be, when it hit cinemas three years ago. It spooked audiences all the way to over $100 million at the US box office and had done enough to earn a spin-off; Annabelle and its sequel The Conjuring 2. James Wan returns to direct, as do Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as paranormal investigators Ed & Lorraine Warren. The Conjuring 2 is a similar beast to the original, but works well enough on its own to be an accomplished horror, even if it doesn’t reach the heights of its predecessor. Continue reading “The Conjuring 2”
Director: Joseph Sims-Dennett
Starring: Lindsay Farris, Stephanie King & Brendan Cowell
Synopsis: In the grip of grief following the death of his young son, his marriage on the rocks and nearing bankruptcy, Parker reluctantly returns to work as a private investigator.
Rating: 15 Duration: 83 minutes Release date: 10 October (UK)
Some films can be hard to pin down & analyse and when it comes to reviewing them, it can be difficult to muster up the words to explain what you’ve just seen. Observance is one such film. Directed by Joseph Sims-Dennett and starring Lindsay Farris, this creepy Australian made horror gradually builds suspense through close ups and a claustrophobic setting, while delving slowly into the grip of madness. Continue reading “Observance”
Director: Jodie Foster
Starring: George Clooney, Julia Roberts & Jack O’Connell
Synopsis: Financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor takes over their studio.
Rating: 15 Duration: 99 minutes Release date: 3 October (UK)
Taking aim at the 2008 stock market crash is Jodie Foster’s Money Monster. While not directly dealing with said events from eight years ago, Money Monster cuts a tale of woe as down on his luck blue-collar worker Kyle Budwell (Jack O’Connell) loses his life savings due to bad investment and then hijacks the very show that had originally made the “hot-tip” to invest in IBIS Capital. Live on air and having taken the Money Monster host; Lee Gates (Clooney) hostage Kyle finds himself in an impossible situation and one he knows he may not get out of. Continue reading “Money Monster”
Director: Wes Craven
Starring: Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman & Robert Houston
Synopsis: The lucky ones died first.
Rating: 18 Duration: 89 minutes Release date: 3 October (UK)
Horror films, more so than any other type of film, can be very much inclusive of their time. Their impact can be lost and modern remakes are favoured over their predecessors because peoples views and levels of tolerance have changed. Wes Craven’s 1977 The Hills Have Eyes has fixed itself as an essential time piece, playing on people’s fears of the unknown and commenting on various social and political scenarios. It’s also a bloody good horror film and, though it may lack the gore of its 2006 remake, it stands up as another notable work in Wes Craven’s career and as a film that punctuated the fears of the time. Continue reading “The Hills Have Eyes”
Note the date; John Wick: Chapter Two is released in cinemas on 17 February 2017!
Director: Shane Black
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe & Angourie Rice
Synopsis: A mismatched pair of private eyes investigate the apparent suicide of a porn star in 1970’s Los Angeles.
Rating: 15 Duration: 116 minutes Release date: 26 September (UK)
Crowe, Gosling, Black. The triumvirate that is General Maximus, Driver and the man who made the buddy-cop thriller have come together and made a dirty, neon-lit, campy funny throwback to the sort of films that I grew up watching in the 90’s. The likes of Lethal Weapon, Bad Boys and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang would be nothing, quite literally, without Shane Black and after last directing Iron Man 3 for Marvel Studios, he is back in familiar territory with this 70’s set action comedy that feels like a welcome return to form. Continue reading “The Nice Guys”
If you don’t have the patience to wait for the Blu-ray release, then you can catch Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders at cinemas on 17 October.
The very fun looking return of Adam West as Batman will be at select cinemas which are viewable here: http://www.batmanreturnofthecapedcrusaders.co.uk/
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders is released on DVD and Blu-ray 7 November.