The Nice Guys

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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”

The Caped Crusaders Are Back For One Night Only

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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.

 

Green Room

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Director: Jeremy Saulnier
Starring: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots & Patrick Stewart
Synopsis: Down on their luck punk rockers The Ain’t Rights agree to a last minute gig in a backwoods Oregon roadhouse. The gig soon takes a sinister turn as the band members stumble upon a grisly murder scene and find themselves targeted by a ruthless club owner and his associates; determined to eliminate all witnesses.
Rating: 18 Duration: 95 minutes Release date: 19 September (UK)

Director Jeremy Saulnier’s third full length effort; Green Room, is a claustrophobic horror focusing on a local punk band The Ain’t Rights who, while on tour, fall foul of a group of skinhead Nazis led by the impressively monstrous Patrick Stewart. Continue reading “Green Room”

Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders Trailer


Well this was certainly unexpected. In among all the darkness and brooding of DC’s extended universe has sprung some light relief in the form of Adam West’s Batman.  Continue reading “Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders Trailer”

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”