Review – Deliver Us From Evil

2 Sep

Poster for bleak 2014 horror Deliver Us From Evil

Genre: Horror
Certificate: 15
UK Release Date: 22nd August 2014
Runtime: 118 minutes
Director: Scott Derrickson
Writer: Scott Derrickson, Paul Harris Boardman
Starring: Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Joel McHale, Olivia Munn, Sean Harris
Synopsis: A skeptic cop in the Bronx teams up with a bizarre priest to investigate what appears to be a creepy case of demonic possession.

 

 

With the 2012 chiller Sinister, Scott Derrickson really arrived on the horror scene. Perfectly mastering the tropes of the modern scary movie, Derrickson crafted an intense and terrifying film. Alongside his co-writing credit on Devil’s Knot, horror-crime hybrid Deliver Us From Evil is his final film before joining Marvel on Doctor Strange. Unfortunately, it’s half-baked at best.

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Top 10 – Films not to miss in September 2014

1 Sep

The Boxtrolls is the latest animation from Laika

Summer blockbuster season is now well and truly behind us, with the red leaves of autumn lining the ground. The bombastic films of the summer are now mostly behind us, with September representing an opportunity for studios to put out some of their smaller releases.

This year, September is a mix of comedies and interesting, low-key dramas. There are new films from all-time greats like David Cronenberg and Woody Allen, but there’s also a bunch of intriguing British movies hitting cinemas before October.

Here are ten films you really should take the time to see in cinemas this month.

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Review – Lucy

31 Aug

Poster for 2014 sci-fi thriller Lucy

Genre: Thriller
Certificate: 15
UK Release Date: 22nd August 2014
Runtime: 89 minutes
Director: Luc Besson
Writer: Luc Besson
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Choi Min-sik, Amr Waked, Julian Rhind-Tutt
Synopsis: When she accidentally consumes a huge amount of a new drug, a young woman is able to gain access to the full 100% of her brain’s capacity.

 

 

French auteur Luc Besson doesn’t have a reputation for subtlety. His films are heavily stylised, utterly barmy and often pretty terrible. Thankfully, he has hit on something remarkably interesting with Lucy – showcasing the red hot Scarlett Johansson on top form as she continues her fantastic 2014.

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Review – Into the Storm

31 Aug

Poster for 2014 disaster thriller Into the Storm

Genre: Thriller
Certificate: 12
UK Release Date: 22nd August 2014
Runtime: 89 minutes
Director: Steven Quale
Writer: John Swetnam
Starring: Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Nathan Kress, Alycia Debnam-Carey
Synopsis: A team of storm chasers and a meteorologist join a desperate father as they all attempt to survive in the face of a freakishly huge tornado.

 

 

Found footage movies must be reaching saturation point by now. Originally a preserve of the horror genre, the gimmick is now bleeding out into other varieties of film. Into the Storm is the disaster movie’s injection of hidden recordings, but it’s an utterly forgettable film that really doesn’t need any help to make the cameras shake.

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Review – What If

31 Aug

Poster for 2014 romcom What If

Genre: Romcom
Certificate: 15
UK Release Date: 20th August 2014
Runtime: 102 minutes
Director: Michael Dowse
Writer: Elan Mastai
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver, Rafe Spall, Mackenzie Davis, Megan Park
Synopsis: When a man’s perfect match also happens to be his best friend, his feelings begin to threaten a number of different relationships.

 

 

There’s a reason that the romcom is a maligned genre. The majority of entries in its canon are either mawkish lovefests or macho-pandering nonsense. Occasionally however, something really smart and interesting arrives, such as Marc Webb’s (500) Days of Summer, that really grabs the genre by the scruff of its neck and gives it a shake. What If does exactly that.

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Review – The Unbeatables

30 Aug

Poster for 2014 animated comedy The Unbeatables

Genre: Animation
Certificate: U
UK Release Date: 15th August 2014
Runtime: 97 minutes
Director: Juan José Campanella
Writer: Juan José Campanella, Gastón Gorali, Eduardo Sacheri, Michael Broadbridge
Starring: Rupert Grint, Anthony Head, Ralf Little, Peter Serafinowicz, Rob Brydon
Synopsis: A young man attempts to beat his villainous childhood rival in a football match, with the help of a team of sentient table football players.

 

In a World Cup year, a film like The Unbeatables should have been a simple open goal at the box office. Focused on table footballers coming to life, it should have been able to tap into the UK’s national love of “the beautiful game”. Unfortunately, it’s an absolute mess of a film.

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Top 10 – Modern masters of horror cinema

26 Aug

James Wan made one of the best horror movies of recent years with The Conjuring

It’s easy to take a look at the state of horror cinema and say that its best days are behind it. It feels like a long time since the likes of David Cronenberg, Wes Craven and John Carpenter were creating instantly iconic movies in the genre.

Now, the genre seems full of a glut of below-par found footage movies and lame haunted house flicks. However, there are a number of people working in horror that stand a cut above the rest.

These people are the new “masters of horror” and they show that the genre still has a bright future. Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the cinema…

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