Review – As Above, So Below

19 Sep

Poster for 2014 found footage horror As Above, So Below

Genre: Horror
Certificate: 15
UK Release Date: 29th August 2014
Runtime: 93 minutes
Director: John Erick Dowdle
Writer: John Erick Dowdle, Drew Dowdle
Starring: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, François Civil
Synopsis: An intrepid archaeologist, a cameraman and a team of rebellious French cavers journey into the catacombs of Paris, attempting to prove the existence of the mythical Philosopher’s Stone.

 

 

This year has had more than its fair share of bad found footage horror films, with Devil’s Due and Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones stinking their way through cinemas. However, in the shape of claustrophobic chiller As Above, So Below, set underneath the city of Paris, there’s something a lot more interesting to keep the genre alive.

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Top 10 – Must-see British horror films of the new millennium

19 Sep

The Descent is one of the best British horror films of recent years

It’s become a bit of a cliché amongst fans of horror cinema to claim that the genre is way past its golden age.

Given the mainstream output of the genre – generic haunted house movies and lazy found footage – it’s easy to see where that sort of cynicism originates. However, when you scratch below the surface, the horror genre remains a rich and intriguing source of terror.

The United Kingdom is known for its horror films, with the Hammer studio iconic for its work with classic monsters and grisly thrills. Here are ten British horror films proving that, in the new millennium, the soggier side of the Atlantic continues to be the master of the macabre.

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Review – Pride

18 Sep

Poster for 2014 historical dramedy Pride

Genre: Drama
Certificate: 15
UK Release Date: 12th September 2014
Runtime: 120 minutes
Director: Matthew Warchus
Writer: Stephen Beresford
Starring: George MacKay, Ben Schnetzer, Paddy Considine, Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Andrew Scott, Joseph Gilgun
Synopsis: A group of gay and lesbian fundraisers form a touching, but complex, relationship with a village of Welsh miners in the 1980s.

 

It’s often a bit of a kiss of death to describe a film as “feel-good”. However, in the case of comedy-drama Pride, it’s an apt description of a film that is full of warmth and glee. Whether you engage personally with the subject material or not, you’re guaranteed to leave the cinema with an enormous smile etched across your face.

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Review – If I Stay

10 Sep

Poster for 2014 teen drama If I Stay

Genre: Drama
Certificate: 12
UK Release Date: 29th August 2014
Runtime: 107 minutes
Director: RJ Cutler
Writer: Shauna Cross
Starring: Chloe Grace Moretz, Jamie Blackley, Mireille Enos, Joshua Leonard, Stacy Keach
Synopsis: When she is involved in a horrific car accident, a young girl finds herself given the unexpected choice of whether to live or die.

 

 

Chloe Grace Moretz, best known as foul-mouthed heroine Hit Girl in the Kick-Ass franchise, is one of the world’s brightest young acting talents. At the age of just 17, she has already had a varied, interesting career and she seems a dead cert for awards glory in the future. Teen drama If I Stay yields one of her most serious, challenging roles to date.

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Review – Let’s Be Cops

9 Sep

Poster for 2014 comedy Let's Be Cops

Genre: Comedy
Certificate: 15
UK Release Date: 27th August 2014
Runtime: 104 minutes
Director: Luke Greenfield
Writer: Luke Greenfield, Nicholas Thomas
Starring: Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr, Rob Riggle, Nina Dobrev, James D’Arcy
Synopsis: Two losers discover the respect they are shown when they wear realistic police uniforms to a fancy dress party and decide to take things a step further.

 

 

In a cinematic year that has already yielded 22 Jump Street, another cop comedy might seem to be a step too far. However, with two of the main cast members from hit sitcom New Girl on the poster, Let’s Be Cops at least had a little something going for it. Unfortunately, the film does not live up to its premise.

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Review – Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

4 Sep

Poster for 2014 neo-noir sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Genre: Thriller
Certificate: 18
UK Release Date: 25th August 2014
Runtime: 102 minutes
Director: Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller
Writer: Frank Miller
Starring: Eva Green, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Powers Boothe, Rosario Dawson, Christopher Lloyd, Ray Liotta, Bruce Willis
Synopsis: Intermingling tales of crime, corruption and murder paint a dark picture of a grubby, dystopian American city.

 

 

Few films are as unique as 2005’s neo-noir thriller Sin City, based on the Frank Miller comic book series. With its innovative style and bleakly unusual storytelling, it was a rare example of a film that took real risks. Nine years later, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For could not be a more different animal.

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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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